One in four first-time freshmen entering the University System of Georgia require remedial classes.

Data released Tuesday at the state Board of Regents meeting shows that more than 14,000 freshmen need help brushing up on math, English and reading before they begin college-level classes.

The numbers are even more startling for two-year colleges: nearly 60 percent of students entering a Georgia community college need remedial classes.

University system officials say the program costs the state's 35 colleges and universities $22.3 million each year. Needing remedial classes delays students' graduation and makes them much less likely to get a college diploma.

The numbers mirror national averages.

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