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Minority applicants drop, despite intense recruiting

February 14, 2003 

(Athens-AP) -- Despite a stronger effort in recruiting black and minority students, University of Georgia officials said the number of black students applying for next year's freshmen class dropped by 40 percent.

The school's director for undergraduate admissions, Nancy McDuff, said only 600 black students applied for admission, which is 400 less than last year. McDuff said she did not yet have statistics for other minority groups, but she added that the number of all fall 2003 applicants is down by about ten percent.

She said the big drop isn't a surprise, and cites UGA's new lengthier application is the reason. It requires and essay and a recommendation.

McDuff said "Anytime you make things more complex, students who were stretching by applying to Georgia say, 'Maybe I won't apply."' McDuff said that out of the five-thousand early admissions applicants this year, "very few" minorities were admitted in the early admission process. The admissions office recently opened satellite offices in Decatur and Tifton.

McDuff said this year, UGA purchased a database of 12,000 high-achieving black high school students, sent out a record number of publications and mailings, and designed a new message on the admissions Web site for minority applicants.

posted at 12:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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