Monday, September 21, 2009

Urban Legends, Myths and Tall Tales

Alligators in the sewers. Sasquatch. The Loch Ness Monster.

These are some of the most popular Urban Legends and Myths that get passed on from generation to generation as stories that people "swear are true because it happened to a friend of a friend of mine". The popular website Snopes.com dispels many of these as untrue or - at a minimum -
embellished stories.

Allow us to add another: Admission to the University of Georgia

When speaking with students, counselors, alumni and parents, we often are asked questions that indicate there is a great deal of misinformation regarding what
WILL or WILL NOT help a student gain admission to the University of Georgia. Usually, the exchange begins with a student approaching us and saying: "I heard that....." or "Is it true that.....". I have to admit that some of the myths that I have heard make me chuckle and some make me cringe to think that students may be basing their application strategy on incorrect information. The college admissions process creates enough anxiety among students and parents as it is. These rumors sometimes only heighten that anxiety.

Just a few of the most popular Admissions Urban Legends we hear:

Admission quotas by state, county, high school, zip code or astrological sign? Myth
Easier to get admitted Early Action vs. Regular Decision? Myth
Minimum GPA, SAT, ACT or AP courses required for admission? Myth
Certain majors in which it is easier to gain admission than others? Myth

The best advice that we can give you is to review the Admissions website for information regarding the admissions process to UGA and to speak with your guidance counselor. Apply to colleges based on what you know, not what you have heard third hand.

In the meantime, stay away from the sewers just in case there are alligators down there.

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