Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Georgia State accepts first-ever early admission class for fall 2010

In a sign that the institution is becoming more competitive, Georgia State University accepted for the first time an early admission class for fall 2010.

The 1,307 undergraduates had an average high school grade point average of 3.51 and an average SAT score of 1167.

Georgia State is a first choice of an increasing number of students in Georgia,” said Timothy Renick, GSU’s associate provost for academic programs. “This is a way of accommodating their interests and letting them know they have a seat and we want them to come here.”

The early admits have until April to confirm they are coming to GSU. Of the 1,307 students, 166 were made initial scholarship offers in December – another first for the university. These students had GPAs of 3.85 and SAT scores of 1333.

"Our reputation is getting better and by adding the residence hall, more clubs and organizations, we’re becoming a viable traditional institution,” said Scott Burke, director of undergraduate admissions. “We’ve definitely seen an increase in the quality of students applying to us early, which is a very positive sign.”

GSU is also setting records for enrollment for spring 2010. More than 29,000 students have registered for more than 350,000 credit hours, an increase of about 8 percent over last spring. And with almost 1,900 incoming students, Georgia State hit an all-time high for the number of new students admitted for spring semester.

“We are growing much faster than other research institutions in the state of Georgia,” Renick said. “I think students are attracted to our programs, our campus and what we have to offer.”

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