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UGA first-year students set academic criteria records

The University of Georgia opened its doors this fall to a first-year class that has broken the high ceiling on academic criteria set by previous classes. The 2014 class begins UGA with the highest average GPA to date-3.9 on a 4.0 scale-in the most challenging courses. They also have earned the highest test scores for entering freshmen and continue the upward trajectory in the academic qualifications of students at the nation's first state-chartered university. 

"Our incoming first-year students have broken records across multiple areas and represent the strongest academic class by all standards," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. "We are pleased that these students chose to come to UGA, as most have multiple options for college. Not only do they have the highest grades and test scores, but they also have faced the most rigorous high school curriculum of any prior class. This is a strong predictor that our retention and graduation rates, which are already among the highest in the country, will improve over the long run. More than 94 percent of students return for their second year at UGA, while more than 83 percent of UGA students graduate within six years."