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Freshman Admissions

UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is the ideal place for students who want a tight knit, family-oriented college experience with the benefits of a major university. Students are able to enter CAES as a freshman at the University of Georgia.

To enroll in CAES as a freshman, a student must apply to UGA through the Freshman Admissions Process. A student can choose to apply Early Action or Regular Decision. Early Action applications focus on a student’s academic achievement while Regular Decision applications focus on a holistic view of the student.

Early Action applications are due to UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions by October 15 and regular decision applications are due by January 1.

Differences between Regular Decision and Early Action:

Early Action

Students only fill out Part I of the application and provide a high school academic
report. For Early Action applicants, the admissions office considers only three
aspects of each student’s application:

  • grades through the end of junior year,
  • the rigor of a student’s curriculum relative to the
    curriculum offered at his/her high school,
  • and, results of either the SAT I or ACT

Three actions can be taken by admissions for early applicants:

  1. An applicant may be admitted to UGA.
  2. An applicant may be deferred to Regular Decision. All this means is
    UGA wants to know the student better and learn more about them to make a
    better admissions decision.
  3. An applicant may be denied admission.

Why Early Action?

This option allows an expedited process for students who do not have to submit the required essays and teacher recommendation for Regular Decision. Students will also learn of a decision sooner, typically prior to December 1. EA is an appropriate option for students who present competitive credentials in the three areas provided above.

Early Action Required Materials:

These materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than October 15:

  • Application for First-Year Admission
  • Non-refundable $70 application processing fee

These materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than October 22:

  • Official high school transcript with complete grades through the end of junior year
  • Counselor / School Evaluation Form
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores (must be both taken and scores requested to be sent to UGA by 10/15)

We will only be able to use SAT or ACT scores for exams administered prior to the
October 15 EA deadline. Note that scores must be submitted to UGA electronically directly from the testing services.

Regular Decision

Regular decision students must complete part I and II of the freshman application. If a student has been deferred, they will only complete part II. Regular Decision is a holistic review of a student based on academic profile and:

  • intellectual pursuits,
  • creative endeavors and intercultural experiences,
  • public service,
  • co-curricular activities,
  • community involvement,
  • leadership and family commitments,
  • and, integrity and personal maturity.

Students should be prepared to share about their extracurricular activities, continuing education, and write essays.

Three actions can be taken by admissions for regular decision applicants:

  1. An applicant may be admitted to UGA.
  2. An applicant may be waitlisted and can choose if they want to be waitlisted for fall, spring, or both.
  3. An applicant may be denied admission.   

Regular Decision Required Materials:

These materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than January 1:

  • Application for First-Year Admission
  • Non-refundable $70 application processing fee

These materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than January 8:

  • Official high school transcript with complete grades through the end of junior year
  • Counselor / School Evaluation Form
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Optional Teacher Recommendation Form

We are able to accept SAT or ACT results from exams administered no later than
February 11. Note that exams must be taken and scores requested to be sent to
UGA by this date. Scores must be submitted to UGA electronically directly from
the testing services.

  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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