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Points of Pride
Enrollment for fall semester 2013 totaled 34,536.
The 5,258 new freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2013 had an SAT average of 1280 and a high school grade point average of 3.86.
526 freshmen enrolled in the UGA Honors Program for the fall of 2013 had an SAT average of 1462 and a high school grade point average of 4.07.
Of the new freshmen who enrolled in the summer and fall of 2013, 86 percent were Georgia residents and about 97 percent of the Georgia freshmen received the HOPE Scholarship.
UGA has had 23 students named Rhodes Scholars in its history.
Juliet Elizabeth Allan of Atlanta was awarded a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship. She was UGA's fourth Rhodes Scholar in the past eight years. Before Allan, UGA's most recent recipient was Tracy Yang in 2011.
Sarah Mirza, an Honors student from Grand Island, Nebraska, has received a 2014 Truman Scholarship, which recognizes juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government and elsewhere in public service.
Tuan Nguyen, a junior Honors student from Douglasville majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, and Amy Webster, a junior from Kennesaw majoring in genetics and mathematics, are 2014 Goldwater Scholars.
Two University of Georgia Honors students, Sara Black of Birmingham, Alabama, and Ian Karra from Roswell, were awarded 2013 Udall Foundation Scholarships, recognizing outstanding sophomores and juniors pursuing careers focused on environmental or Native American public policy.
The University of Georgia is a national leader among public universities in the numbers of major scholarships earned by our students. Since 1995, UGA has produced eight Rhodes Scholars, five Gates Cambridge Scholars, five Marshall Scholars, three Mitchell Scholars, 46 Goldwater Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, and 12 Udall Scholars. 49 UGA students were offered Fulbright Scholarships in the past four years. The Chronicle of Higher Education lists the University of Georgia as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright students by type of institution.
In 2012-2013 UGA Honors students once again were highly successful in national and international scholarship competitions, and, for the third time in the past decade, Honors students were awarded prestigious Rhodes, Goldwater, Udall, and Truman scholarships in the same year.
In 2011-2012, UGA was one of only four institutions in the nation with the maximum of four Goldwater Scholars; one of only two universities with three Udall Scholars; and one of only four universities with at least five Boren Scholars. UGA students also garnered a prestigious Marshall Scholarship and 17 Fulbright Scholarship offers, placing the University among the top tier of academic institutions with regard to national awards. Alumni were well represented, as a UGA alumna garnered the coveted MacArthur “Genius” Grant for the 2nd time in three years (Beth Shapiro in 2009 and A.E. Stallings in 2011).
Lawrence Harris, a college adviser at Clarke Central High School in Athens and a member of the Georgia College Advising Corps, a program sponsored by the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education and part of the national College Advising Corps, was recognized by President Barack Obama at the White House summit on expanding college access.
A record 234 UGA students are participating in 2013 fall semester research projects.
Twelve University of Georgia students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in the summer of 2014. This is the highest number of scholarships UGA has received for summer programs. The Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a nationally competitive needs-based scholarship that aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.