Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Wait List Information

For the next few weeks, the group that will be the most anxious about our process will be the students who are on the Wait List. Right now, we cannot give out any specific information, as we will not know about deposits until over a week past the May 1 deposit deadline, as we must wait for any deposits that are sent by mail and postmarked by the May 1 timeline. As I have said before, the Wait List process is not a fast process, but instead takes a while for us to both see what our yield rate is on accepted freshmen (the number of admitted freshmen who send in a deposit). We then need to also take into account how the percentage of deposited freshmen who change their mind post May 1, either due to being taken off another college's Wait List, a change of plans, a gap year opportunity, etc. Only after this analysis occurs can we then look at what we will do concerning the Fall and Spring Wait List options. As such, I cannot list a specific date for Wait List decisions.

As I have said before (and as the Wait List FAQ states), there is no one specific thing that we are looking for when making a decision about who we might offer acceptance off the Wait List, but instead we would look at a variety of factors, both academic and non-academic. I can say that, based on responses, we project that roughly 570-600 students have requested to stay on the Wait List (online response deadline is 5/1), but that is the only number I can share at this time.

Right now, there is no need to call, email, post to the blog or tweet about the Wait List, as we just need time to see what everything is looking like with deposits and then see where we can go from there. I know that patience is not easy, but right now, it is key. Make sure you have a Plan B college option in place, and then be patient and hope for the best.

When we do make any decisions about the Wait List, we will make our decisions on one day and I will alert everyone by both the blog and twitter about the decisions. We will then send out any offers by mail and the myStatus page, and we will then communicate by mail or electronic communication with those who we could not offer admission soon afterward.

Thanks for your patience, and Go Dawgs!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Updated Fall 2015 Transfer Information

The review of the 2015 Fall transfer applications is our key focus at this time, and we continue to diligently work on these files.  At this time, we have made roughly 1,500 decisions of the 2700 applications we received this year. In addition, roughly 350-400 of the 2,700 files are incomplete and thus will not be reviewed. Based on statistical data, we are averaging about 50 decisions being made per day. As such, I expect that we be be complete for the most part by about mid-May, although,we will have a few slowdowns as we get into some of the more challenging files to review.

Please remember we cannot tell you when you will have a decision as this depends on many factors. Applications are generally processed in the order in which the file was completed, but this is not always the case, as some files are more challenging, are from colleges where we are having to build a catalog in the new system, or are just complex. We also have two new staff members who can handle the more basic transfer files, so they might review some later files that can be done easily but might be out of "completion order". As well, I am not able to look at each individual file to see why someone did nor did not receive a decision based on X date.

Most applications completed by roughly the 20th of February or earlier have been reviewed with some exceptions.  If you are transferring from an out-of-state college or a college we have not had many students apply from, your application may take a bit longer to review and thus the timeline would not be correct for your situation. Transfer decisions are updated daily on the status check, and the myStatus page is updated at about 5 am every morning.

If you have been admitted and want to see how your courses transferred, you can use the transfer equivalency site off the admissions website. If you have submitted a deposit (fall transfer and beyond requirement), you can log on to DegreeWorks to see how your courses apply towards the degree/major you have selected.  As well, go to the Next Steps brochure to learn about what you will need to do next to enroll at UGA (this is also sent in the acceptance packet).

I hope this helps, and Go Dawgs.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Fall Transfer Update

We are continuing to focus as much time as possible to review the 2015 Fall transfer applications.  At this time, we have made roughly 750 decisions of the 2550 applications we received so far this year (I project about 2,700 applicants total after the 4/1 deadline).  Based on last weeks numbers, we are averaging about 60-70 decisions being made per day. As such, I expect for a large volume of decisions to go out in the next four weeks. At some point in time, though, this will slow down a little bit due when we get deeper into the tougher transfer applications.

Please remember we cannot tell you when you will have a decision as this depends on many factors. Applications are generally processed in the order in which the file was completed, but this is not always the case, as some files are more challenging, are from colleges where we are having to build a catalog in the new system, or are just complex. We also have two new staff members who can handle the more basic transfer files, so they might review some later files that can be done easily but might be out of "completion order". As well, I am not able to look at each individual file to see why someone did nor did not receive a decision based on X date.

Most applications completed by the start of February or earlier have been reviewed with some exceptions.  If you are transferring from an out-of-state college or a college we have not had many students apply from, your application may take a bit longer to review and thus the timeline would not be correct for your situation. Transfer decisions are updated daily on the status check, and the myStatus page is updated at about 5 am every morning.

If you have been admitted and want to see how your courses transferred, you can use the transfer equivalency site off the admissions website. If you have submitted a deposit (fall transfer and beyond requirement), you can log on to DegreeWorks to see how your courses apply towards the degree/major you have selected.  As well, go to the Next Steps brochure to learn about what you will need to do next to enroll at UGA (this is also sent in the acceptance packet).

I hope this helps, and I will try to keep everyone updated.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Unofficial 2015 Admitted Freshman Stats


UGA once again attracted an exceptionally strong applicant pool this year.  Competition for admission was stronger than ever.  Over 22,200 applications made for an increase over last year's numbers, and our target goal for the freshman class is 5,200 students.  This goal still allowed us to offer admission to about 11,600 students. Here are a few middle 50% statistics about the accepted group. As these are the middle 50% range, there were admitted students with academic information both above and below these ranges.

UGA Calculated Grade Point Average mid-range:  3.84 - 4.09
Please remember this is not the GPA students see on their high school transcript, but rather the GPA that UGA recalculates for everyone based on the core academic courses taken in high school and looking at the actual grades posted on the transcripts. Another way of looking at this is to know that roughly 82% of the core grades received by admitted students were A's, 17% were B's, and less that 1% were below that. In addition, we estimate that, on average, at least 6-10 of these core grades were AP/IB grades (depending on semester or block terms). GPA's above a 4.00 include added weight for AP/IB grades 

SAT Critical Reading + SAT Mathematics mid-range: 1210 - 1380

SAT Writing mid-range:  590-690 

ACT Composite mid-range:  28 – 32

  • If you converted the ACT scores received to the SAT equivalents, the mid-range SAT averages would go up by approximately 50 to 60 points.

 In addition, our average admitted student had taken approximately 7 Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses.  Over 1,000 of these students are also enrolled in dual enrollment courses. While we consider AP and IB courses as factors indicative of a student’s curriculum difficulty, we also look at the entire course selection in light of each student’s chances for academic challenges.  To that end accepted UGA students have taken a wide range of Honors, Accelerated and Advanced courses, summer academic programs, and dual enrollment work.

Statistics, of course, cannot describe other crucial non-quantifiable qualities.  Our UGA accepted applicants have exceptional high school records and undoubted potential for continued success in college.  That was also true for the vast majority of the students to whom we were not able to offer admission.  Leadership capabilities, strong writing, being an active member of their school and community and showing growth from freshman to senior year were all looked at, especially as our Admissions professional staff read and re-read the final decision applications.

The above numbers will change slightly when we are able to give out the academic averages for enrolled freshmen in September, as we will then know who out of this accepted group has decided to enroll. These are all the unofficial statistics I have available right now, as we are also focused on trying to get out transfer decisions, work with rising HS juniors/seniors who are visiting campus, and working with admitted students.

Congratulations to everyone in the college graduation class of 2019!  For those of you admitted and ready to commit to UGA, don’t forget to send your University of Georgia commitment deposit no later than May 1.

 Go Dawgs!

Friday, March 20, 2015

2015 Final Freshman Decisions are Now Available

Final freshman decisions are now available online.  We had a very strong applicant pool this year! We had just over 22,200 applications, which was our largest applicant pool ever.  Here are a few notes about decisions:

  • Please do not have multiple family members try to log onto the myStatus.  This will slow down our serves.  We suggest that only the student log in as multiple people logging in could lock down your myStatus. You can always share this information with family members after you see it. Remember, the myStatus page might be a little slow when it first opens due to high traffic volume-Just be patient.
  • No matter what your decision is, remember that there are a number of college options and UGA is just one of them. An admissions decision is not a judgement about your worth. A majority of our applicants are strong, qualified applicants, but our freshman class is not big enough to accommodate everyone.
  • When trying to comprehend your decision, please understand that our office is looking at your file individually, then in comparison with the rest of the 22,200+ applicants. That is a very large, very strong applicant pool, and we are limited in how many students we can admit and enroll.
  • We posted three blog posts this morning, one for each of the three decision possibilities, with details about each decision and links to FAQs.  Please review everything about a decision before commenting.
  • Please remember that other students and the admissions representatives in our office are people too and treat everyone with respect.  Before hitting submit on a comment, make sure you actually want to post it.
  • As in past years, we have admitted a small group of freshman to start in the Spring 2016 term. Please make sure to look at the term of acceptance if you are admitted. An offer of Spring will not be shifted to Fall or Summer, as we made a decision to admit this small group for Spring 2016.
  • We will post limited statistics about the overall applicant group next week, once that information is available and I have time to share them. I will not be able to give out statistics in the days following the release of decisions as I do not have them, and we are more focused on getting the decisions out the door.
  • We will delete any comments that are offensive, ask for personal information/stats from others, or that fall into the unacceptable comment category (Comments that bully, intimidate, or harass any user; Content that is hateful or threatening.  Please see the New Visitors information posted on the right side of the blog).
  • After decisions are out, the next steps are up to you.  Whether you are depositing at UGA or another school, signing up for Housing, or registering for Orientation.  Make sure you take care of everything you need to post-decision.
Go Dawgs!

2015 Admitted Freshman Post

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available by no earlier than 7:30 PM EST today, March 20th.

For those of you who have been admitted to UGA, here is a post for you and a chance to comment.  Please remember that this is not a blog where you should post statistics or throw fellow students under the bus. These types of comments will be deleted.

Congratulations to all of the freshman who were admitted and we look forward to you becoming part of the Bulldog Nation.  The next steps for a new student can be seen in the flyer in your admission packet, so please go ahead and review what you need to do next.  In addition, there will be a great deal of information you can access off of your myStatus page.  When you have the time, please review this, as there is key information in the Next Step materials.  Please remember a small number of students will be admitted to start in January 2016.  You will find specific information on your myStatus and in your admissions packet.

Remember that the Housing and myID pages may need a few business days before your information will be available.  Please be patient with these sites.

You have until May 1 to submit a commitment deposit in order to hold a spot in our freshman class.  We hope the next stage of the admission process is a little less nerve wracking than the decision process.  As you celebrate, make sure to be considerate of others in your school who may not have been admitted.

Good luck in the next stage of the college admissions process.  Go Dawgs!

2015 Wait Listed Freshman Post

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available by  no later than 7:30 PM EST today, March 20th.   For some students, you will be offered a place on our wait list.  Every year our office has to predict approximately how many students we can admit in order to enroll our freshman class, but we can never be sure how many students will enroll until after the May 1 commitment deposit deadline has passed.  If the number of students who say they will be attending UGA is lower than we expect, we may need to go to our wait list group in order to get the size that we want for our freshman class.  Every year we have about 1,000 students on the wait list.  We carefully monitor the deposits coming into the University to see where we are in comparison to the predicted freshman numbers.

For those of you who have been wait-listed, here is a chance for you to comment.  Please remember that this is not a blog where you should post statistics or throw fellow classmates under the bus.  These types of comments will be deleted.

The Wait List FAQ can answer some questions, but the most important thing you need to do is decide if you want to remain on the wait list.  Follow the instructions on the status check or wait list letter we mailed to let us know if you want to stay on the wait list or if you want to decline this option and move forward with admission at another college.  If you decide to stay on the wait list, you should still move forward with an alternate college plan as we will not know about any wait list options until May at the earliest.  If you select to stay on the wait list, we will know that you still want to attend UGA if an opportunity opens up.  The key word in wait list is wait as this is not a quick process.  So please be prepared to wait.

There are three options for the wait list reply.  You can say no, please do not consider me for the wait list.  The next option is to remain on the wait list, but only if it is for the Fall term.  The third option is to remain on the wait list and be considered for both Fall and Spring terms.  This is so that if there is space available for the Fall term, we will look at all of the students who have asked to remain on the wait list.  If the only space available is for Spring term, we will only look at students who said Fall or Spring.  Once you select an option, you cannot change it so be sure to think about your decision before you make your selection.

We will not know details about the wait list until after May 15, and it may be well after that.  Please be patient with our office and read the FAQ before asking questions as it can give you a great deal of information. If you do not feel like you can wait until mid-May through mid-June for a decision, it may be that the wait list option is not for you.