Georgia is 12th in the nation for international students attending colleges and universities. More than half of the students come from just three countries; China, India, and South Korea. Georgia Tech leads all schools with nearly 5 thousand international students.
New FBI statistics show that violent crime and killings are down in Georgia, mirroring a national trend. In Georgia, there were 39,072 violent crimes in 2010 compared to 42,073 the previous year, which represents a 7 percent decline. Nationwide, there was a 6 percent drop.
It's getting tougher to get into Georgia's top public colleges. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that this year's freshmen at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and Georgia College & State University broke records for SAT scores and GPAs. But the colleges aren't admitting scores of new students, though, making admission to the campuses increasingly competitive.
Some Georgia college students are uneasy about proposed changes to the financially struggling HOPE Scholarship program. If passed, the changes would grant full scholarships only to Georgia’s top students.
The state Board of Regents voted Wednesady to approve new policies regarding illegal immigrant applicants to Georgia colleges and universities. The regents took up the issue at their meeting Wednesday. The new policy prohibits the schools from accepting illegal immigrant applicants if the school has rejected any academically qualified students in the two most recent academic years.