Monday, November 2, 2009

Items you should not send to Admissions Offices


Every year, our office receives our fair share of odd and unusual items. Red and Black M&M's with the applicant's name on the side, UGA decorated cupcakes, DVD's containing a comedy sketch of the student, a YouTube video wtih the Uga mascot rapping an appeal for admission (the identical video was also sent to GT using their Buzz mascot), an essay on the side of a football, or sending a shoe with the words "to get my foot in the door" written on it. All of these have been sent to UGA over the past five years or so, along with a variety of photos, cookies, images and cupcakes, all in the hope of getting a leg up in the admissions race. Does it help? In one word, "No!".

While these items are amusing and interesting, and it makes for great admissions stories, these items are not the way to move forward in the admissions process.And as admissions offices are going more and more to imaging systems for their applicant files, it becomes even harder to know what to do with non-traditional items (although, of course, we did not try to stuff cupcakes into a person's file, those were stuffed into our mouths). But seriously, what are we suppose to do with a shoe?

So my suggestion is to leave all the baked goods, videos, and clothing articles at home, and concentrate on the things that matter at UGA, namely who you are as a student and a person. Substance over style wins every time. Enjoy the week!

P.S. About ten minutes after I put up this post, I received something in the mail that I forgot to put in the blog. While cookies and footballs and shoes are over the top, a nice note to the admissions counselor is always a nice thing to send, especially if you have just met them (or in my case, she enjoys this odd blog that I write).

During late March and April, we are overloaded with unhappy phone calls and letters, so nice notes from students/parents are always appreciated. While they will not have an impact on a decision, they do display a manners and thoughtfulness.

Thanks for the postcard Courtney!!

7 comments:

  1. About ten minutes after I put up this post, I received something in the mail that I forgot to put in the blog. While cookies and footballs and shoes are over the top, a nice note to the admissions counselor is always a nice thing to send, especially if you have just met them (or in my case, she enjoys this odd blog that I write).

    During late March and April, we are overloaded with unhappy phone calls and letters, so nice notes from students/parents are always appreciated. While they will not have an impact on a decision, they do display a manners and thoughtfulness.

    Thanks for the postcard Courtney!!

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  2. Hi, thanks for this helpful blog! Not sure if this is the appropriate thread to post this question, but... how does UGA calculate GPA for admissions? Are AP/IB or honors courses given additional weight? I'm trying to estimate chances for admission based on the first year profile. Thanks.

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  3. Anonymous: Instead of me going over how we calculate the GPA, I suggest you go to one of the previous posts that I have done, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/search/label/GPA, and it will tell you all you need to know about how UGA calculates GPA's. You can also look at the bottom right of the blog, and look at the labels section for GPA. This will also take you to the posts that talk about GPA's (or whatever topic is at hand!).

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  4. Which math class should I take next semester, Adv Alg & Trig or Statistics?

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  5. Anon: I could not say what you should take for your math course, as I have no knowledge of your academic background. The best person to answer this (besides yourself) is your counselor, who knows your past academic information and what fits with your academic potential.

    Good luck!

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  6. As a recent UGA alumna, I can say that of all the schools I applied to for undergrad and now grad school, UGA had THE BEST admissions staff. Great job, ya'll! Go Dawgs!

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  7. Laura: Thanks for the kind note, and I will let the rest of the admissions staff know about it. Go Dawgs!!

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