Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2015 Parent Post

Every year we try to open a post aimed at answering questions from parents.  We want to educate parents about the UGA admissions process and dispel myths and rumors that may be floating around high schools, neighborhoods and communities.  We recently sent an email out to students regarding the First Year application opening and letting them know about our blog, so hopefully they have already started doing more research on our admissions process, but now we want to hear from you, the parents.
With the 2015 First Year application now open and fall travel beginning, our office is about to get even busier, so now is the time to ask us questions.  Parents, what would you like to know?  Please post your questions through the comment option and we will try to respond as quickly as possible.

Go Dawgs!

P.S. A good resource as you start this process is the Top 10 UGA Admissions Urban Legends site.

Monday, September 1, 2014

2015 First Year Application Suggestions

The first-year application opens up tomorrow, so here are a few hints for when you are starting your application.

When you start working on the application, we suggest you have four items with you.
  •  SSN card (you absolutely must give us your correct Social Security Number (please proofread it twice).
  • A copy of your resume (we ask you to list your honors, activities, leadership, and work experiences which you may have already collected for a resume). This information is not used for EA, but we do use it for scholarship review, so that is why we ask it for both EA and RD applicants.
  • A copy of your latest HS transcript (you need to accurately report the college prep curriculum you’re taking and the grades you've earned).
  • Your fee payment information (to complete the application you must give us payment information, ideally for a credit card).
After you have started the application and created your UGA “ApplicantID”, you can save your work and come back later to complete the application and make any corrections.  Warning: Once you agree to the UGA Honor Code and choose "submit" at the bottom of that final page, you cannot return to make changes or corrections to your application. As well, you need to complete a payment option (check/waiver or credit card) to finalize the submission of the application.

When you are selecting your term, decision plan (EA vs RD) or major, select the ones you want, not what someone told you would be "easier for admission". If you select summer, do so because you intend to start in the summer term. We are fine to change freshmen from summer to fall or fall to summer, but it takes time and effort on our part, and we would rather not take time away from other work to change your term due to a rumor. When you select Early Action (EA) or Regular Decision (RD), it sets up different required items in your application checklist. Once you select a decision plan, you need to stick with it, as changing causes issues with the back end process of your application. As for majors, you are free to change your major after you are admitted and send in a deposit, so there is no logical reason for us to use this in an admission decision, or for you to select a major you do not want.

I hope this helps, and Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Application for UGA's Top Freshman Scholarship Program Available Soon


The Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarships are the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship programs at the University, if not in the country.

The Foundation Fellowship currently provides an annual stipend of $11,072 for in-state students (in addition to the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship) and $18,180 for out-of-state students (plus an out-of-state tuition waiver). The Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship provides $5,536 for in-state students (in addition to the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship) and $9,090 for out-of-state students (plus and out-of-state tuition waiver). Much more than financial support, program membership provides: Spring break travel-study programs, a May study abroad program at Oxford in England immediately following the first year, travel-study grants closely related to students’ academic and professional goals, which can be combined with study overseas for a full semester or academic year, grants to attend research and academic conferences, seminars and book discussions with UGA and visiting professors, and faculty and peer mentoring. For more information about the amazing opportunities for Foundation Fellows and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholars, please visit the Honors Program website

To be considered, all applicants must be current high school seniors with a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.80 and a minimum combined, super-scored SAT total score of 2100 or ACT composite score of 31.

This separate scholarship application will be available in early September on the admissions website.  The deadline is November 4, 2014. 


Feel free to email questions to fframsey@uga.edu.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Travel

Fall travel is upon us! During this time of year admissions counselors leave their desks and offices behind and head out on the road for college fairs, college nights, high school visits, counselor programs and other recruitment events. This means you may be seeing UGA admissions staff on the road! Be sure to check our Meet UGA Near You page for a list of events we will be attending this fall. This page is updated weekly so check back regularly as we continue to plan travel and add events.

Georgia students, if you are attending a PROBE  fair you can register your information online ahead of time! When you register online, you will be able to print out a bar code to take with you to the fair. College representatives will be able to simply scan your bar code to capture your information. This will prevent you from having to fill out a different information card for each college you speak to at the fair.

While you're looking through travel schedules, consider looking up who the admissions counselor is for your school and sending a quick a message. Whether it's just to say hello or to suggest places we visit while in your area, we love to hear from prospective students!

Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Said No UGA Admissions Counselor Ever

In the UGA Admissions Office, there are some things we will never say no matter what. Some people will ask questions hoping for one of these answers, but you will not hear us give an answer (at least not the one some people expect). I sometimes feel like Dr. Seuss in "Green Eggs and Ham", (paraphrasing) "I will not say that in a house, I will not say that with a mouse. I will not say that here or there, I will not say that anywhere." Here are some of the top things we would never say:

  1. "Sure, I can tell you whether to apply Early Action or Regular Decision." This is a choice that needs to be made by the student, as it is a timing issue, not an issue that impacts the chances of admission.
  2. "Of course I can tell you what classes to take for the next year (or the next four/eight/twelve years)." While we know a great deal about high school classes, we are not an expert on what your school offers, when the courses are available, what you want to take and/or your academic preparation for courses. This is best decided upon after the student and family speak with their HS counselor.
  3. "Take the easiest courses so you can make the best grades possible." We want you to challenge yourself to the best of your ability while still doing well in your classes. You need to prepare yourself for the UGA classroom experience, and the best way to do that is to take strong courses.
  4. "The SAT/ACT scores are the most important thing to UGA Admissions." While test scores get the most publicity, our first focus is how you do in the classroom and the courses you are taking in high school (see #3 again).
  5. "Sure, go ahead and cut back on your academic schedule so that you can add another activity." Academics come first. Let me repeat, academics come first. If you are struggling with being overloaded, I suggest looking at cutting back on an extra-curricular activity, not academics. You will thank us sometime during your first semester in college.
  6. "You need to make XXXX on the SAT/ACT to get admitted to UGA." UGA does not have a required SAT or ACT score needed for admission, no matter what your neighbor/friend/family member says.
  7. "It is no problem if you wait until the last minute to do things." Waiting until the last minute to apply or send in materials is just asking for something to go wrong. Please give your counselors and teachers time to send in items, as they have enough stressful issues on their plates without this.
  8. "Yes, I can guess about whether you will be admitted or not." Here is the big one! We cannot guess about an admission decision, sorry. We just cannot predict what the overall applicant pool will be like year to year and how you fall into the group. P.S.-this applies for both freshman and transfers.
I hope this lists helps everyone understand why we will not say certain things or answer some specific questions, or why we redirect some questions back to the student for the best answer. If I think of any other things we would never say, I will add them to the list!

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spring 2015 Transfer Decisions

This week, our office started reviewing Spring 2015 transfer applications.  The deadline for spring 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 for the spring term, 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 this summer and have not sent a transcript with your summer 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 you are attending a new college starting in the fall 2014 semester, we do not need a transcript, as there will not be any grades on the transcript. If you are admitted, we will need a transcript when fall term is done, though, as we will need to post these grades.

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 business morning, and decisions are posted on the myStatus page and are mailed to transfer applicants.We generally try to review files based on when a file is complete (earliest to latest), but this is not an exact science due to a shift to our new system and due to complexities within the transfer process. During the first few weeks of August, decisions might be a bit slower than normal due to also having to input summer work for incoming/returning students, but that should slow down by the start of class (8/18).

We will be reviewing Spring Freshman applicants sometime in mid-September after the deadline has passed and all files are ready for review.


Go Dawgs!

Friday, August 1, 2014

UGA Admissions Urban Legends


There are two times every year when admissions myths hit peak numbers in the rumor mill; During August/September when a large number of seniors start planning out their college applications, and in late March when final freshman admission decisions are released. I remember receiving a number of communications from one denied applicant who was sure that one of the reasons he was not admitted was due to him being a male. While we do not use gender (along with many other high-myth factors) in the admissions review, I found it interesting that he actually thought it hurt his chances while in fact UGA would actually prefer to have a few more males in the freshman class.

At UGA, we want to make sure that students and parents have the correct information about the University and admissions.  In an effort to dispel common myths, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 UGA Admissions Urban Legends.  Here are a few of the common myths we hear:

"UGA admits a quota of students per year from my high school, county, zip code or state."
The most competitive applicants are admitted regardless of high school, county, zip code or state. There are no quotas assigned to these, or any other, characteristics.

"UGA has different admissions standards for out-of-state applicants."
Admissions standards are exactly the same for out-of-state applicants as they are for in-state applicants. UGA does not have a cap on the number of out-of-state students that can be admitted.

"If I apply Early Action, it will demonstrate to UGA that I really want to go there. Even if I am deferred admission, this will be an advantage in the Regular Decision process."
Applicants deferred from Early Action to Regular Decision do not have any advantages/disadvantages over those who apply Regular Decision. All applicants seeking admission to UGA are offered an equal opportunity for admission regardless of the decision plan.

 "You need to keep in contact with UGA Admissions to show demonstrated interest in the college, as this will boost your chances of admission."
While we love to work with applicants, we do not associate the number of calls, emails, letters, thank you notes, etc. with an admission decision.

We suggest you read the entire list of Admissions Urban Legends and view the video from Nancy McDuff, our Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management.

Go Dawgs!