Savannah Morning News: UGA freshmen to be most diverse, scholarly
ATHENS - The University of Georgia's incoming freshman class will be the most ethnically and racially diverse in school history, with 21 percent classifying themselves as non-Caucasian.
The number of Hispanic freshmen who chose UGA increased by 47 percent to 153, while 361 black students picked UGA, up 16 percent over last year, said Nancy McDuff, UGA's associate vice president of admissions and enrollment management.
About the same number of Asian-American students will start UGA this year as did last year, McDuff said.
The 4,800-student class also will set records for academic quality, UGA officials announced Monday, a week before fall semester classes are scheduled to begin.
The average freshman SAT score rose nine points from 1242 a year ago to 1253, and the average high school grade point average, 3.8, also is up slightly over the 2007 freshman class average.
Almost two thirds of the UGA freshmen are women - about 63 percent, roughly the same as last year, McDuff said.
More black and Hispanic students are choosing UGA, in part because university recruiters have worked hard to attract those minority students over the past few years, McDuff said.
"Some communities are opening up their interest in us," she said.
About 85 percent of the freshmen are from Georgia, including students from 145 of Georgia's 159 counties.
The most popular intended majors are art, biology, business, chemistry, international affairs, pharmacy, political science and psychology.