Friday, December 11, 2009

Early Action Decisions are Out!


The status check is now back and open for viewing, and the Early Action Decisions are now available to students! Good luck, I hope your weekend goes well, and remember, I can not comment/discuss on specific decisions on this blog.

P.S. Please remember to follow my advice on EA Decisions and How to React.

Go Dawgs!

93 comments:

  1. Thank you! Can't wait untill fall 2010. See you there David Graves!

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  2. YES! I can't wait!!! Go Dawgs! I am so proud to be one now!

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  3. awesome! i'm super duper excited to be a dawg now. thanks so much!

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  4. FYI: In the first 17 minutes or so that the status check was up, approximately 4,000 students viewed their decision. We hope this day has gone okay for everyone (yes, nerve-wracking for you and us!), and that you can now move forward with the next step in the admissions process, whatever it may be.

    I am just glad that were able to get this all done for the 10,600 or so EA applicants, and it went off without a glitch today.

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  5. I think the next step is to visit the bookstore and buy loads of spiritwear!!!! Are they open on Saturday??? ...GO DAWGS. Thank you for the hard work of the Admissions Office. The best thing is I don't have to write any more essays!!! Wooo Hoooo!!!

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  6. Thanks!! Can't wait to attend Fall 2010! GO DAWGS!

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  7. Thanks for the great blog, it has answered many questions for me. Here is another one: does the Honors Program decision get posted online or does it go out in the mailed packet?

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  8. I got deferred. I am going to re-apply but is the decision rolling or do you admit everyone on the same date?

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  9. I have also been deferred. I was wondering, is there another application fee when applying for regular admission? Also do we need to resubmit our transcripts?

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  10. Also deferred and also curious about the notification. It seems that UGA receieved the bulk of their applications during the Early Action process and posted a decision in about two months. With the regular application deadline of Jan. 15, does it really take until April to get a decision on admission?

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  11. I got deferred from EA as well.
    I just read in one of your blog that said that deferred EA students will be transfered to RD. But it also said that students who apply RD but also meet EA requirements will be notified of their acceptance in late February. What do they mean by "meet EA requirements"?

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  12. Anons: If you are deferred, that means you need to complete part II of the app, get a teacher rec sent in, and if possible, send in an updated transcript. There is no new application fee, you do not need to send in a completely new application (just part II), and if you have problems logging into the online part II, email our office's tech area later next week (you should see a link on the page listing "help?" or "problems").

    We then will read in detail between 6,000-8,000 applications, which will take us a long time. These will be any deferred applicants who complete their file, and any RD applicants who do not meet EA criteria.

    We will get out decisions by late March, and it is not rolling decisions.We have three decision points; mid-Dec for EA, late Feb for RD or deferred EA who meet EA criteria in late Feb., and late March.

    Look at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/search/label/decisions for specific details!

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  13. Hi, I was also deferred and I was just wondering what percentage of out of state students were accepted and what percentage were deferred?

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  14. Anon: What I mean by RD applicants "meeting EA requirements" is that if they had applied EA, they would have been admitted EA based upon a review of their overall academic merit.

    Anon II: About 30% of the EA applicants were from out-of-state (OOS), and about 30% of the accepts were from OOS. When UGA reviews a file, we do not treat OOS different from in-state.

    Honors Anon: I can't speak for Honors, as they run things differently from admissions. You would want to contact them about this situation.

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  15. So does that mean that if you were deferred from EA and applied for second step (essays, recs, etc) your admission status would be informed in late February?

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  16. Anon: Generally, no, a deferred student will not hear in late Feb., as they were already reviewed in comparison to EA criteria but were deferred (although occasionally, we will see a deferred student make a strong improvement with a new SAT/ACT and be admitted). For most deferred students, your file will be read during the reading season that runs from Jan-March (this is a detailed, multi-review read process of the files looking at all things) and decisions will then be released in late March. We will be reading 6,000-8,000 files, and we will not make decisions on these until we have read them all and can make decisions based upon the entire pool. As I said, it is not a rolling process.

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  17. Awesome! I admit, I obsessively checked the status check almost all day! I am so excited to be a new Dawg!!!

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  18. I was deferred and will be completing part 2 of the application. The next ACT test is in the beginning of February. Can I take it and have the scores sent in and be counted towards my admissions, or will that be too late?

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  19. I got in! Im so excited to be a UGA Bulldog! What date would you recommend applying for housing by to get priority? How many people have already applied for housing?

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  20. I was also deferred and was planning on taking the Jan 23, 2010 SAt..would it be too late?
    Also can the teacher recommendations be handwritten by the teacher?

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  21. Anon and Ariel: The January SAT should be acceptable if you have the scores sent to us when you take the exam, as the SAT gets us the scores in less than three weeks. The Feb. ACT, though, is generally too late, as the ACT takes over five weeks to get us the scores.

    As for the teacher rec, it can be hand written, but I would suggest that it be sent in through our online form, as mant times a hand written rec is tough to read.

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  22. Anon: I do not know how many people have signed up for housing, but since it has been less than 24 hours, I would guess not many. Since you have been admitted to UGA, and if UGA is the place you believe you are going to attend, I would suggest you start the housing process.

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  23. i cannot find the online teacher recommendation form?

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  24. found it! thanks anyways

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  25. I just wanted to thank you for posting this blog. The process has been scary and nerve-wracking but I have certainly gotten lots of questions asked because of your blog. It is a wonderful idea and I'm glad it exists! Thank you again!

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  26. By asked I meant answered

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  27. I was wondering how long it takes for MyID request to be confirmed and sent to the "additional email address".. Help!

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  28. Annie: Since MyID is not run by my office, I would not be in a position to know this. I would suggest that you be patient as the site does not give an exact time, and may be processing a large number of requests.

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  29. hey so I went to the status check for my EA application and it says that you guys may still be matching it with other documents and test scores... does this mean i got deferred? I'm so stressed right now because I know that the only college I want to go to is UGA...

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  30. Oh, okay. Thanks Mr. Graves :)

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  31. to be exact... it says:
    "We have received your application and may still be matching it with other documents and any necessary test scores."

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  32. I tried to fill out Part II Activities/Awards section and I keep getting this message:
    Errors were found for this activity.
    Explanation can only have letters, numbers and punctuation.

    But i don't have any mistyped characters, and i cannot continue the application. Help...thanks.

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  33. and i didnt exceed the character limit.

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  34. Okay so I got deferred from EA and was moved onto the Regular Decision. What is the percentage of last year for the deferred applicants to be accepted to UGA (from the ones who turned in Part II)? And where do you stand in the admissions process if you're deferred?

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  35. Anon: Since I do not have much to go on, I will guess at the phrase "we have received your application and ...". About 3% of our EA applicants did not send all of the required materials, and it would seem like you are one of these. You should look at the fields such as test scores, transcript, etc to see what we have in. We also sent multiple emails to students who were incomplete, but you might have had emails from places such as .edu sites blocked.

    Anon: Since I can not "see" your part II, you should look in the upper right hand corner for a link that says "problems?" or the like, which is a link to the tech email.

    Anon: Like I said in the previous post, about 50% of last year's deferred students who completed part II were admitted (and none of the people who did not complete part II were admitted!). Deferred means we want to see more about you before a decision, and you are treated just like an RD applicant (not better or worse).

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  36. hmm I checked the status check and made sure I had green checks on all the necessary stuff. Does this mean I have to reapply for RA?

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  37. Anonymous: I am assuming this is the same one that has issues with understanding their status check, but I could not say, as there are a lot of anonymous people. My suggestion is to carefully read your status check, and if you still do not understand it, contact our office on Monday. You want to double check all required materials, such as fee payment, the writing score for the SAT or ACT, etc. Again, since I can not look at your file now (it is Sunday, I am home, no info., etc), it is best to contact our office on Monday.

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  38. I've been accepted. Is there anything I can do, as far as housing and get a MyID email yet?

    I've tried both and can't get anywhere....do I need to wait on my physical acceptance packet in the mail to continue?

    I'd hate to be left behind b/c the sites not working...

    Also..the dawghouse is down!

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  39. Yes I will give you guys a call on monday, but does this mean that there is no hope for me to be accepted early?

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  40. Anon: If you were incomplete by the time we closed out EA materials from being accepted (we gave about 30 days beyond the deadline this year!), then no, we would not review your file for EA. You would need to submit all the required materials and wait for a decision later in the process.

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  41. Anon: The doghouse and housing might not be up and running yet, but I would not control this as this is run by housing. I would suggest you be patient with this process. As for the MyID, I believe that it is now up and running.

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  42. I understand that, but if I prove that everything was turn in on monday when I call, then is there a chance that you guys will review my early app?

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  43. Mr. Graves - Father of an accepted student here. Just want to thank you for the blog. You have done a excellent job of guiding us with solid information and managing our expectations in a sensitive manner. We appreciate it very much.

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  44. Anon: We will look at the situation when you contact us and move forward from there. But you will then have to explain two issues; why you waited this late to take care of this issue after multiple incomplete emails being sent and the status check showing you what was in and what was not, and when the materials were sent in (before or after Oct. 15).

    Anon father: thanks for the compliment, and tell your student good luck with his/her college choice!

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  45. Yeah I completely understand that. The thing with me is that I turned in everything a good 1-2 weeks before the deadline and checked that I had green check signs on evrything necessary. Only thing that wasn't turned in was the SAT scores which I took my 2nd one on October and collegeboard sent my scores as soon as the results came in. I still don't understand why I'm having this issue, but I understand that you can't do anything for me right now because you have no access to my information at this moment. Thanks though, I guess I will have to call in tomorrow and ask you guys whats up. I'm just glad that there is still hope for me in the EA process... if there is...

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  46. If I update my housing registration, will my registration go by my initial registration, or the last day I update it?

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  47. well everything you said in your blog was completely accurate...my daughter was accepted with a high GPA and a not so high SAT/ACT. The last 4 years of hard work and challenging courses made the difference. Even after being accepted and after celebrating all weekend, she spent 5 hours today at the kitchen table working on Honors and AP homework. Guess that's why she got in EA! Thank you so very much for taking the time to answer all questions and letting us know what to expect. You honesty and helpfulness is very much appreciated. Go Dawgs!

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  48. Hi Mr. Graves, what was the percentage of the applicants that was denied admission?

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  49. Future Bulldog: As the registration site and the housing packet states, even if you make updates/modifications, your original registration dates will be retained.

    Anon: I am guessing you are talking about EA denials, and it was roughly 6% of the EA applicant pool this year.

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  50. Os this is the person who had trouble with the status of the EA. It turns out that I did turn in everything on time because I just found out that I was deferred to RD. One question though, why was my decision come so late than all the other people?

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  51. Anon: As I do not have your specific information, I could not answer this question. I know that about 15 students had issues due to the fact that they had problems when they first applied that were causing problems (in-state residency information was conflicting, etc.). That would be my best guess, but without knowing your situation and information, I could not answer this.

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  52. Did all the 15 students get deferred because of the issue? I am in-state resident, but it is telling me that I am a non-resident. It would be very disappointing if my EA decision was tied in with this issue...

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  53. Anon: No, since admissions is not tied to residency, it had no impact on a deferral. But occasionally, when information is entered in that is odd, it causes some problems in showing things correctly on the status check. It had nothing to do with the decision, only with showing things on the status check.

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  54. Anon and all: Please make sure that when you are reviewing your file, you do not make wild guesses as to why a decision might have been made. I have gone over how UGA looks at files, the link to the Myths page is on the page, so please, go by what our office says.

    Anon, as for your residency, I am guessing that you marked one of our "residency" application fields incorrectly, with the most common one being that a student says they are not a dependent of a GA resident, when in fact they are due to being a dependent of their parents (who are GA residents). This is easy to clear up, and again, has nothing to do with decisions.

    My suggestion, though, is that you should take your time and make sure you give us accurate information, and then double check things on the status check.

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  55. When will the Dawg House Roommate Finder be opened up for the admits?

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  56. Is it true that UGA looks at GPA and SAT scores on a 3:2 ratio? GPA being a higher percentage?

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  57. Hi, quick question, is the teacher reccomendation form is supposed to be printed out and hand-written or filled out online?

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  58. So excited to be accepted to UGA!!!! Go Dawgs!!

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  59. Not trying to be rude.... but really... this blog is for prospective students. If you are in, good for you, but you are no longer a prospective student. Please stop posting questions about the roommate finder and MyID questions and leave the blog open for those of us still trying to navigate our way in.

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  60. Anons: First, I am not sure about the Dawg House and timelines, but I am sure it will be opened by Housing soon.
    GPA/SAT: Generally, if you just looked at the two (and UGA does more than this), it would balance out 2:1, GPA to test scores (roughly).
    Teacher Rec: It can be done in any method, but it goes into our imaging system quickly and without scanning if it is done online. But if your teacher just wants to send in a letter, that is okay as well.
    Admitted Dawg, congrats!
    Prospective Dawg: Actually, this blog was started by the Admissions Office (of which I am a part of) to help in all steps of the admission process, from anyone as young as middle school up to enrolling on campus after admission. I am happy to try to answer all questions, and if you are admitted, you will probably want answers to these questions as well. Remember, though, that I can't always answer questions that are not in the realm of admissions (Honors, Housing, etc.), but I will at times try to find out the answers.

    Good luck in going through this process everyone!

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  61. When will decisions and notifications be made regarding the Board of Regents Out-of-State Tuition Waivers?

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  62. Quick question:

    I have been deferred and I was wondering if it is required for me to send in an updated transcript. GPA wise it does not make that much of a difference with or without 1st semester grades, but it might bring my GPA just a bit lower. I see that it is optional to send it in, but if I don't send it would it look bad for my application? Thank you so much! this blog is a lot of help.

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  63. Anon: I am guessing that we will start sending out some (not all, but some!) scholarship offers within the next two weeks. Out-of-state students may receive a full or partial waiver of the out-of-state fee with these scholarships, and this information will accompany the scholarship offer.

    Deferred Anon: No, first semester grades are not required, but if I am reading a file, and we have suggested you submit the first semester grades, I might wonder why you did not submit them. Some schools are not able to send out first semester grades by the first of Feb, and we understand that. But if you one of the only applicants from your school to not send in first semester grades, that would not be a positive.

    We will be looking at a wide range of things when we review your file, so I cannot quantify items or say how much weight one item will have. What I can do is tell you that we look at everything in your file, and we try to understand you as a student and a person in comparison with the other applicants.

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  64. I'm a deferred student and I am freaking out about this issue. Since you told us about 50% of the deferred students get accepted in RD, what makes me stand out from the other deferred students. I guess I must write a killer essay during this winter break.

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  65. Thank you so much for offering this blog. It really is a valuable tool. I am a parent of an admitted oos student. I am interested in your response about oos tuiton waiver and scholarships. I reviewed the merit scholarship listing and have questions regarding the charter scholarship. It's description states "...Outstanding achievement in academics and reflecting other criteria contained in the Philosophy Statement of Admissions." Can you provide a link to the Philosopy Statement of Admissions? Also, if my child completed the EA application, would that information possibly hit upon the "other criteria" needed for this award? Should she have submitted other information for this scholarship?She has applied for the FF scholarships, but I think that's different. Thanks for any information.

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  66. What are the interquartile ranges of GPA and SAT for the deferred students?

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  67. Anon: What we look at in reading files is not something that makes you "stand out" in the sense that there is one thing that is amazing, like the most amazing essays in the world. What really stands out is a student that is strong and consistent, and puts forth effort in the things they do.

    They are strong in the classroom, challenge themselves in both the class and in their activities, and are strong overall. We are looking for students who have put in hard work (some people call this sweat equity), and have made an impact on and in their community.

    Skippy: The link to the philosophy statement is http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/philosophy_statement.html, and yes, we have enough to go on with the EA application, and even more so with the FF app (which we have in our office). No other materials are needed.

    Anon II: The middle 50% for deferred students is a 3.40-3.75 GPA, an 1110-1250 SAT with a 573 writing), and a 24-28 ACT. In addition, they averaged 2-5 AP/IB classes.

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  68. Hi and thank you for all the information. I too am a parent of an accepted oss student and was wondering if the scholarships, especially out of state fee waiver, has a seperate applicaton. If not, are these scholarships given to a certain number of applicants with the highest GPA,s and test scores?

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  69. Mr. Graves- Rumor has it that this year's application profile(so far) is more competitive than previous years, having higher average GPAs and Test scores. Can you verify whether this is true or is it too early to determine?

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  70. Anon: For scholarships, we will be looking at a wide range of factors, with a major focus on the three academic areas of grades, rigor and test scores.

    Hannah: Anytime you hear something that sounds like a rumor, cover your ears, run away as fast as you can, all the while singing "La La La La ...". The EA applicant pool was stronger, but I have no idea how many people will apply overall, or what they will be like. Right now, it is way to early.

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  71. I have applied RD. My status have shown "all necessary documents received" for the past month and a half. I just happened to check today and it says that my transcript has not been received. Do you require a new transcript after the 1st semester? Could that be the reason for the recent change? Thank you.

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  72. Anon: I could not say specifically what the issue is, as I would have to look at your file, but no, we do not require a new transcript after the first sem. You would want to look at the required fields to see what is in, and what is not. If you are not able to figure it out by that, I would suggest you contact our office by email or phone, as this does seem odd.

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  73. I have a question - I have recently made a change to my senior schedule for 2nd semester (I'm dropping an AP stat class to regular for next semester for my grades are predicted to be low if I continued in AP course)
    How do I let UGA know of such changes?
    And would it affect my chance of getting in ?

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  74. I was deferred from EA and am in the process of filling out Part 2 of the application. Status for my transcript said received prior to decision day and now it says transcripts have not been received. I assume this means I need to send a new transcript? I am happy to do so, however, grades don't come out until end of Dec., we return on the 4th of Jan. and it takes two weeks for the HS to process the request. This is cutting it a little close. Any transcript requests needing to go out prior to the holiday needed to be in by Dec. 4, a week prior to decision day. Don't my earlier transcripts still count? Please advise if possible.

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  75. Anon: Please double check to make sure it is the transcript that is missing, as we do not require a new transcript. It would be good to get an updated transcript, but if you were deferred, the one you sent in earlier should still be showing on the status check.

    You will be showing up as incomplete-deferred due to the fact that most likely, part II and the teacher rec are not in. Both of these are now required due to you being deferred, so they will now show up on the status check.

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  76. Anon with schedule issues: Here is a copy of the comment I wrote about the same issue, but on a different section of the blog.

    "Good question. If an admitted student is now changing their senior year schedule, there are two steps. First, look at the classes, as our office will not care if you are only changing non-core classes (drop photography, adding sculpture.).

    If you are changing a core class, Admissions would want to know if two things have occurred; first, is it due to poor first semester grades, and second, is it a significant change in core classes? A student should email our office if either of these situations are true.

    In your case, this is a minor change, and thus we would not have any problem. I did communicate today with someone who was doing poorly in two AP classes and was dropping them for second semester, in which case we needed a detailed email before deciding what to do next."

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  77. Well, is AP statistics a "core" class?
    - this is the same anon with the question about schedule change.

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  78. Anon: AP Stats is a math class, and as such is a core class.

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  79. Well I emailed the schedule change to the undergrad admin. and someone did reply with just a "Thank you" - will it greatly impact my way into UGA?? I really hope it doesn't because UGA truly is the place I want to be..

    -same anon with schedule change

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  80. Anon: You need to give us a little time to review the situation, and if we do not send you any reply alerting you to an issue, then we will have deemed it as not a big enough problem to change any decision. In this case, no news is good news. Remember, though, that we are dealing with a lot of applicants at this time, so your issue is only one of many, and you need to be somewhat patient.

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  81. I have applied regular decision, and while I'm sure ya'll couldn't get this implemented in time for my letter, I have a great idea. On the envelope of acceptance letters, you should have a picture of UGA, with him saying: "UGA loves you!" That's what I would want to see on the outside of my acceptance letter :)

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  82. I heard somewhere that it is better to complete the PART II of application before the deadline. Is it bad to complete my application around jan 14?

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  83. Anon: While we do not hold anything against a student for completing their application or part II of the app. on the deadline, it generally is good for you to not wait until the last day or so to finish it and have it hang over your head for that long. As well, we have had a few people who have computer issues, personal issues that come up, or other situations that cause other things to come up during the deadline date.

    If you wait until the deadline for any college, you are putting yourself in the same boat as waiting until the last day before studying for a test. You give yourself no room for any problems that might come up. Complete part II a little bit at a time starting now, and you should be done well before the deadline!

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  84. I have been deferred and I turned in my teacher rec form and is working hard to finish my essays. Is there anyway to make changes to your Part 1 of the application? I want to change my major.

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  85. Anon: If you would like to change your major (or things such as email, address, etc.), you can go to https://www.admissions.uga.edu/apps/infochange/ to make this change. There are certain items that can only be changed by UGA, but for this type of thing, the information change form should work just fine.

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  86. Hi, I'm confused about how the teacher rec. is supposed to be submitted..is this done electronically or can I print it out, have the teacher fill it out, and mail it in?

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  87. Anon: Your teacher can do either option, either by mail or online. The only reason I suggest online is so that you and your teacher do not have to deal with the delay due to using the postal service and then the need for us to scan it (vs online it goes straight into our system).

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  88. How long does it normally take for a teacher recommendation that was submitted online to show up in the application status check?

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  89. Kay: Generally, it would be between 1-3 business days, depending on if the teacher included the student's SSN on the form. If it is the correct SSN, it would be 1-2 business days. If there is no SSN, it takes a day or so longer. And if it is the wrong SSN, it causes major problems.

    Remember, most colleges (just like a large number of businesses) work M-F, so certain processes do not go forward on the weekends or holidays. As well, you would want to double check that the teacher submitted it, and on what day.

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  90. I also was deferred from EA. Does getting all A's this previous semester improve my chances any? 4 AP's, 3.65 GPA, 26 ACT score. Please let me know what you think, the wait is killing me!

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  91. Anon: If your did well your first semester and we have the transcript, we will certainly be able to see how you have improved, which can only be a positive factor. How much of a factor I can not say, but it does not hurt.

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  92. How detrimental is a failing grade to acceptance?

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  93. Anon: This is too broad of a question to answer exactly. Here are a few things we look at when there is a low grade. When did it occur, what class was it in, what were the other grades that term, was there a reason for the low grade, was there a grade in the next class of that core area that was strong, etc. Remember, we look at things within the context of the whole situation.

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