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University System's GEORGIA MATCH Program Thrives with 12,000 High School Seniors Claiming Spots

Georgia Student Finance Commission

The University System of Georgia’s new direct admissions program is off to a strong start, despite not getting off the ground until well after classes began last fall. Chancellor Sonny Perdue says the program is working as they hoped but that it's only the beginning.

Nearly 12,000 high school seniors had requested information about the GEORGIA MATCH program through Jan. 7 or taken it a step further by claiming a spot at one of the system’s 23 colleges and universities participating in the initiative. More than 132,000 seniors received personalized letters from Gov. Brian Kemp last October listing the public universities, colleges and technical colleges they are academically eligible to attend.

The letters went on to explain how students can claim a spot being held for them at the institution of their choice. Three university system institutions – the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Georgia College & State University – are not participating in the program because they have different, more stringent admission requirements.

The schools that are participating will waive application fees again in March to encourage students to take part in the program, as they did last November.

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