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University of Georgia - 2016

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Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


The academic review of first-year applications centers on three criteria: the student's grade point average (GPA) in core academic courses, the rigor of a student's course selection, and his or her best combination of scores on the SAT I or ACT. Additionally, all applications are reviewed for conduct issues; recommendations; satisfactory completion of all courses and completion of the required College Preparatory courses.

GPA and rigor of curriculum weigh roughly three-to-two to standardized tests in predicting academic success at UGA. Effectively, this means that a student with a 4.0 GPA in a superior curriculum of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses might be admitted with an SAT score at or below 1000. Yet, another student with a 3.0 GPA and an SAT score of 1400 might not be admitted, if the student opted for no more than a standard college prep curriculum with few if any Honors, AP or IB courses.

The following course of study is required as a minimum by the University System of Georgia for students graduating from high school who plan to enroll in a University System of Georgia institution (
Carnegie Unit Requirements for College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) Courses and Instructional Emphasis:
• English (4 units) " Literature (American, English, World) integrated with grammar, usage and advanced composition skills;
• Mathematics (4 units) " Mathematics I, II, III and a 4th unit of mathematics, or equivalent courses (OR) Algebra I and II, geometry, and a 4th unit of advanced math or equivalent courses (;
• Science (4 units) " The 4 science unit should include two courses with a laboratory component. Georgia public high school students should have at least one unit of biology, one unit of physical science or physics, one unit of chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement course, and a 4th science;
• Social Studies (3 units) " Must include one unit focusing on U.S. studies and one unit focusing on world studies;
• Foreign Language (2 units) or American Sign Language (2 units) or Computer Science (2 units) " The two units of the same foreign language must have an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing. The 2 units of computer science must have a coding a programming emphasis (Please see list of approved courses -


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