Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 February Admits are Available

The February freshman admission offers are now available on the myStatus page!

This afternoon, UGA offered admission to a group of freshman applicants. In the past, this group has been approximately 1,800- 2,000 admits, and while I do not have an exact number, it is fairly close to this. This group of decisions is made up of only offers of admission, and if you were admitted, you will be able to see the decision on your myStatus page (so only admitted students will see a change on their myStatus page). Additionally, an admissions packet will be sent out in the mail early next week. Our office is too busy reviewing files for me to run any mid-range academic averages at this time, but the academic information should be very similar to the Early Action admitted students (it will not be exactly the same, as we had a large number of EA admits who were applying for our top scholarships, which slightly skews EA stats a little higher). The press release about our Early Action decisions gives more details on the academic averages for this group.

These admitted freshman, made up of mostly Regular Decision applicants, met the stringent academic criteria of Early Action admission that we used with our much larger wave of November admission offers. Do not panic if you were not admitted with this February group. We are still very much in the midst of carefully reviewing documents and data on a great many more files, and there are still lots of decisions to make.  Again, admitted students will see their decision on myStatus, while applicants who do not yet have a decision will see the same myStatus message as before. The final wave of freshman application decisions will be made by mid-late March after we have completed our holistic file reading process. Thank you for your patience as we finish our reviews over the next month.

Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 February Freshmen Admits

Late afternoon on Friday, February 27, we will be releasing a small wave of First Year admission offers. These admitted students, who are primarily Regular Decision (RD) applicants, are applicants who meet the criteria that UGA admissions used for Early Action (EA) admits. Just to stop any questions, there are no set "EA criteria levels" cut-points, as it is a review of the combination of grades, strength of curriculum and test scores, so please do not ask what the Early Action SAT/ACT, GPA or curriculum criteria is for this group. There will be a very small number of EA deferred students who are admitted in this round, mostly because of an increase in their academic standing (new test scores) or if the applicant was incomplete for Early Action, but is now complete and is admissible. We are not able to re-calculate GPA's on all deferred and RD applicants based on fall senior grades, as we do not have the manpower or time to do so (we had over 22,000 total freshman applicants this year), so that is why only a jump in SAT/ACT scores might impact a deferred applicant's decision. We do though look closely at the fall grades during our read process, and we look at grade trends, high/low grades, and how a student did in their most challenging classes, especially in junior/senior years.

Whenever we release these February decisions, we always get questions, ranging from "Why didn't I hear" to "Does this mean that more decisions will roll out through the month of March" and so on. The next group of decisions after this round will be in mid-late March, and these will be all the remaining freshman decisions. From now until mid-late March, our office will continue with reading, and reading, and reading more files. Please do not contact us and see if you can get your decision earlier, whether due to a vacation, another college's schedule, a birthday gift for an applicant, etc., as we need to review all of the files before making final decisions.

Generally, 1,800+ students have received an offer of admission in this round in the past (we only do admits during this round), and we will have a large number of students that we will be admitting in mid-late March as well. I do not have any estimate on how many students we will admit in March, as we have to review all the files, monitor deposits, cancellations, etc. before we can make these decisions. I do not have any specific academic data about this February group (GPA, SAT/ACT mid-ranges, etc.), but they should be fairly similar to the EA admitted group.

 I hope this answers a fair number of your questions.

Go Dawgs!

Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Transfer Update

Today (February 16), our office started reviewing Summer transfer applications.  The deadline for summer has not passed and we are still receiving applications and documents, so we cannot say how long it will take us to finish or guess when you will hear a decision.  If you applied early for summer or fall, please be sure to check your myStatus to see if we have your most up-to-date transcript(s).  If you were enrolled in coursework last fall and have not sent a transcript with your fall grades, you should have one sent as soon as possible.  To be complete and ready to review, we must have a transcript from each college/university you have previously attended.  If we see that you were enrolled in courses last fall and we do not have a transcript with those grades, you are not complete and this will delay a review of your application.

Once we complete the Summer transfer reviews, we will then begin to review Fall transfer applicants. Just like the summer files, we do not know how many will apply, how long each review will take, when you will hear, etc. The best this is to just be patient as we review the files. As well, Fall transfer applicants need to make sure we have the most up-to-date transcripts, and that we have individual transcripts from each college attended, even if it was dual enrollment work in high school.

Transfer decisions are made on a daily basis Monday through Friday, and it varies on how many decisions we can make in a day due to the complexity of some transfer files. The myStatus page is updated in the early a.m. every morning, and decisions are posted on the myStatus page and are mailed to transfer applicants.

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Random Admission Thoughts, February 2015

It is February, and we are deep into reading Freshman files, and just about to start reviewing transfer applications. As such, here are some thoughts about issues that usually pop up about now.

  • Freshmen: At this time, our counselors are reading thousands upon thousands of freshman files in great detail, and it is a long and detailed process. As such, we have limited availability to speak with students or reply quickly to emails. But this also means that freshman decisions will go out within the next 1.5 months or so. We always have a small group of freshmen admitted in late February (you can look at my 2014 February Decision blog post for details, and a new post will be available later this month). As well, we expect final decisions to go out in mid-late March. Please be patient, know that we are reviewing files as fast as we can, but we need time to look at everything. We do not have any specific dates for these decisions yet, but I will post an announcement here when we do.
  • Transfer applicants: We will start reviewing transfer files sometime within the next few business days. Transfer decisions go out daily once we start the review process, and we look at summer files first and then move onto fall applicants. I cannot guess when an applicant will hear a decision, as it depends on the number of applicants, when a file is complete, how complex the files is, etc. I am an admissions officer, not a fortune teller who can predict the future. In addition, we do not accept fee waivers for transfer applicants, so please plan accordingly.
  • Documents: Transfers, please remember to give us 10 business days from the day a transcript is sent OR you submit your application, whichever is last. It is a mostly manual process to match college transcripts, so it takes a while. Freshmen, if your documents are not in yet, there is a problem. We are caught up on day to day mail, and in the near future, we will cut off the importing of freshman materials. We will be accepting the 1/24 SAT, and we expect to import this score group on Friday, 2/13. Shortly after that, we will shut off test score imports. If your scores/materials show up on the Status page, this means we have put them into your file. If not, then we cannot move forward with your file.
  • Timelines: The Timelines page at under the blog header is the best place to understand more about when you will hear a decision. Remember, though, that the Timelines page has projected dates, and so these are not exact due to many factors that impact our reviews.
  • HS Junior Parents: This is the time of year when HS juniors visit campuses for the first time, and are looking at planning out their senior schedules. We are thrilled to have visitors to our campus, just make sure to schedule your visit early, as March and April tours and information sessions fill up quickly due to Spring Breaks and lots of interest in UGA. As well, our office is not the best group to suggest what a student should take during their senior year. We suggest your family sits down with your HS counselor to see what the options are, and how your student can challenge themselves yet still be successful in HS. We also get a large number of questions about AP vs DE (dual enrollment) courses, and which is the best option. Since we do not know all the details of the situation or all the options, I suggest you review a past AP vs. DE blog post on this issue and then work with your HS counselor.
  • Scholarships: We will be awarding scholarships through about mid-April, but again, this takes a great deal of time to review files and make decisions, so we ask for your patience. We made some scholarship offers in January, but we will continue with these during the next few months, and these will be for both EA and RD accepted applicants. At times, we will also offer an admitted student a higher scholarship to replace an earlier scholarship offer, but that is a rare circumstance. Please remember, though, that our office is limited in scholarship funding and we have a large number of strong/wonderful admitted students. In addition, we are not able to "match" scholarship offers from other colleges, as each institution has their own method and funding for scholarships.
I hope this helps, and Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 Quiet Time

Starting on January 28, our office will be in quiet time to allow our counselors to focus on reading admission files. Our main desk will still be taking phone calls and answering emails and we will still be conducting Information Sessions. However, admissions counselors are no longer able to take phone calls or work with students and families that visit our office. Counselors need to focus on file reading in order to be able to release decisions by late March. We are continuing to work with guidance counselors to help complete admissions files, but it may take a little longer to respond. For more information, please visit our Quiet Time Information Page.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Summer/Fall 2015 Transfer App is Open

The Summer/Fall transfer application is now open, along with the Summer/Fall transient applications (summer transient, summer/fall study abroad, etc.). While the application is now open, please take your time completing it. Make sure you are applying for the correct program, the correct campus, the correct term, etc. Here are a few suggestions when applying as a transfer.


  • Review our transfer procedures and requirements, as well as our academic consideration levels.
  • Select the term you wish to attend, not one you have heard is easier to get in (this is a myth). If you select summer, for instance, we expect you to attend for summer, and if you do not, you cannot then attend in the fall.
  • Please send in all the required transcripts after you apply, not before. As well, we need all transcripts from colleges ever attended, even if you attended a college during HS.
  • If a transcript has a different name than the one you applied with, please make sure to let us know so we can match up documents,
  • If you started a freshman application earlier to set up an account, you will need to select the Settings option on your admissions dashboard to change your application type.
  • It is much better to get everything correct before applying rather than try to fix things after you submit an application, so triple check everything.
  • Once you apply, be patient. Review the timelines page on this blog, give us time to match up things, and relax. For document matching purposes, we suggest you give us 10 business days from when you apply or submit transcripts, whichever one comes last.
  • Make sure to monitor your myStatus after sending in transcripts, but give us time to complete your file.
Go Dawgs, and be patient!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Now What?


The RD application/Deferred EA part II deadline is just about to pass, and everyone now starts to get into the mindset of "Now what?". Here are a few hints to get you through the next few weeks/months.

  1. Patience. Patience is key, as any deadline brings out a rush of supporting materials. We will receive tens of thousands of documents, and we need time to match these items up, enter them into our system, and have them show up on the myStatus page. The myStatus page is not a live feed, so if a teacher recommendation is added to your file right now, it will not show up until at least the next day. If documents were sent prior to you applying, it will take longer to match things up, as we need to do it by hand. As well, some items get split up when we receive a packet, such as a fee waiver form, as different steps need to be taken with different items. A fee waiver, for instance, needs to be handled like a financial transaction, and thus takes a little longer to enter into the system. Same with residency documents/permanent residency cards, etc. You do not need to call/email us if you do not see an item on your myStatus page. Give us 10 business days from when you applied or the document was sent (not requested but actually sent), whichever was later.
  2. Test Scores. We will take the January SAT for admissions review for this year, but that is the last exam we can use. In addition, you need to make sure to request any scores be sent to us by 1/31, as we have to keep on a timeline in order to get decisions out in a timely fashion.
  3. Timelines. Review the Timelines page on this blog, as it can give you more details on when things will occur. We do not have rolling freshman decisions, but instead have three decision release dates. One, the EA decision date in November, has already passed, another small group of admissions offers will go out for RD/deferred EA applicants who meet our Early Action admission criteria (see last year's February post for details on this group), and our final decisions will go out in late March.
  4. Responsibility. While your parents, your HS counselor, and our office are here to help you with the application process, the ultimate responsibility for your application resides with you. Make sure that we have all the items needed for review, check your emails and myStatus page for details, and make sure that you have a complete application ready for us to review. The worst calls are always the ones from students where we were not able to make a decision, even with our reminder emails, phone blasts and text updates. Take care of your application.
  5. Scholarships. From about early December through mid-April, our office will be reviewing files and awarding scholarships to a limited number of admitted students. This is not a quick process, so please be patient as we do this. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a letter in the mail, and email will be sent out, and a scholarship section will appear on your myStatus page. You do not need to call/email about this process, just have patience.
  6. Finish strong. Admission to any university does not end with an acceptance and a deposit. It ends after you graduate from high school, when we review your final transcript. Senior year is a time of celebration, but don't take this to the extreme. We will be looking at senior grades and any new conduct issues, so make sure that you finish up your senior year academically and personally on the right note. I do not want to have to call you and ask why your grades tanked during the last semester, and I do not think you want to talk to me either. Keep on track with things.
Hopefully this help, and Go Dawgs!