Friday, November 6, 2009

Homecoming at UGA!

Since it is homecoming week at UGA, I thought you might enjoy seeing a day in the life of one of our mascots, Hairy Dawg. Enjoy!

Life as Hairy Dawg


  1. I hope homecoming week at UGA is as festive as possible!

    I am a prospective student, graduating high school a year early. I was wondering how this could potentially affect my admissions chances. I've taken all Honors/AP academic courses available at the school, however, I took two "regular" academic courses over the summer in order for me to be able to graduate a year early. I know course rigor is one of the key things UGA Admissions looks at. Will me taking those two summer courses have an adverse effect on my application as a whole? Thanks.

  2. Kelsey: We understand that there will be some courses that need to be taken for graduation(in GA, it is most likely PE and Econ/Poli. Sci), and this will not affect our review of your application.

    As it seems like you are challenging yourself to the best you can, we will see that and take it into account.

  3. Hi,
    I read about your post about "How UGA recalculate the GPA", I didn't see anything different from taking honor course,
    We live in NJ, in our school system, the honor courses are much harder compare with the regular courses and also we can't take AP until we finish honor which will be up to junior grade and above,
    Do you calculate honor courses differently? thanks!

  4. Anon: Most schools have some form of Honors class (Honors, Advanced, Accelerated, Pre-AP, etc), but the problem is that there is no overall standardization to these courses. I once had a school that offered Honors PE. Maybe they ran extra laps or something. This is the reason that we do not calculate the grades differently for Honors/Advanced courses.

    But where we do take these classes into account, and where it is even more important that adding weight to the GPA, is in looking at the overall curriculum. We are looking at the classes offered at your school, and what you then take as a whole. We are not just looking at AP classes, but overall how you have challenged yourself in the classroom. And trust me, this plays a major factor in our review.

    So keep on taking the challenging courses, as this is great preparation for UGA.

  5. I have a question about the senior year grades used in the calculation of GPA for RD. Do the senior year grades carry the same weight as the other years since senior year will only be half-way done?

  6. Anon: Senior first term grades are treated the same as any other half-year term grades. The easiest way to state it is that, in general, most high schools are on the semester system (I know, not all, but most). By the end of the junior year, we will have 6 terms worth of grades. If you then add the first term of the senior year, we now have 7. For students on trimester grades, it is the same idea but replace 6 and 7 with 9 and 10. For schools with year long grades, this will be equal to half of a year.

    On the other side, we do consider senior year grades important in that this is a student's lead-in year to college, so we are expecting a solid showing. If a student shows strong progress in both the challenge and the grades over 3.5 years, we notice this. If a student is doing average for 3 years but suddenly does great senior year, we wonder why it took so long to turn it on (similar to a student who is not active in activities 9-11 grade, but suddenly is overly involved senior year).

    But we also warn against senior slump, so do strong work your senior year. Senior year is important, so don't get in bad habits and slump, as these slumps many times carry over to your freshman year of college.

  7. Will you please define the meaning of an average performance of a high school senior at UGA? Any grade below an A? Over the past 3.5 years, my son has taken honors and AP courses ap part of his core curriculum, however, not all of his grades are As. No C's that I remember. Yet. I promise I will not read into your answer that he will be either accepted or denied, just looking for clarification on what admissions considers and average student. Really!!!!

  8. Anon: Hopefully this answers your question, but you may need to be more specific in your question. There is no specific "average" admitted student, as there is a great deal of variation within this group. Generally (this is for all admits, not just EA), we see an A/B student or higher with a strong curiculum (Honors/AP track in a broad range of areas if available), and a solid SAT/ACT score (mid ranges last year were mid 1100's - mid 1300's. As you can see, this is a broad definition.

    But as I said before, take this with a big grain of salt, as we see a wide balance within these academic areas. The biggest thing I always say is to challenge yourself and work hard in the classroom. We do not expect all A's by any means (although we do get a lot of students with these grades).

    And remember, every year is different, and the group of applicants for any given year will vary from the past year's group.

  9. Hello would UGA rather see a C in an AP class or an A in a regular class?

  10. Anonymous: I never like this question, because there are too many variables. First, I don't think you can say "I would have made an A in class X if it had not been an AP class." Second, was the regular class a required class that had no other level of rigor? Third, what other classes are being taken at the same time? Fourth, .... You get the point.

    We want to see a student challenge themselves to the level they are able to, and to do well in these classes. We do not expect a student to be perfect and make all A's, but we do expect you to do well, especially since a majority of the applicants to UGA are doing well and challenging themselves.

    On a side note, we generally see that the students who challenge themselves the most actually make the better grades, and my guess is that the student rises to the challenge.