The old joke about driving through Athens with your window down to get a UGA degree has slowly become a thing of the past, and this year’s academic numbers are proof-positive that Georgia is among some of the toughest (and top) schools for student-athletes.
In a story from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, editor Carla Caldwell reveals some impressive numbers about the University of Georgia’s overall incoming freshman class.
The University of Georgia says this year’s freshman class has the highest average GPA in the school’s history: 3.9 on a 4.0 scale, reports WABE.
SAT scores are also the highest in UGA history, with an average 1913 out of a possible 2400, the station says.
Those number are reflected in what’s happening in athletics from a few tweets that head football coach Mark Richt sent out last week.
I just found out that our incoming freshmen had a summer school GPA of 3.37.Great way to start your college career! Go Dawgs!
— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) August 8, 2014
More great summer school news. 65 players had a 3.0 or higher!! — Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) August 8, 2014
There was also news about a number of former players who have moved on to pro careers or other avenues that came back and earned their degrees from UGA, including Brandon Boykin, Shawn Williams, Josh Mallard, T.J. Stripling, and Kenarious Gates.
Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox had some of his own bragging to do as well.
Jarvis Hayes: UGA star, NBA lottery pick, and now Georgia GRADUATE! Congrats. pic.twitter.com/FP8WFW45tc
— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) August 1, 2014
While winning games and seeing players receive accolades is a wonderful thing, we cannot lose sight of the mission behind a school as prestigious as the University of Georgia, and that is to educate the young people who have chosen UGA as their school and to give them all a chance at a life after athletics.
Congrats to all the Dawgs, from the athletic department and otherwise, who are working hard to keep Georgia among the best schools in the nation.