Friday, December 4, 2009

Early Action Timelines


As we have just posted on our Status Check page, we plan on releasing Early Action decisions on Dec. 11 in the early-evening/late-afternoon time period (unless some random act of nature strikes!). As such, you do not need to pull up the status check every day next week, hoping and praying that it will show up early, as it will not. In fact, we have to shut the Status Check down, starting today, so we can move forward with the EA decisions for Dec. 11.

I will publish a new post next week about the EA decisions and how you should react, but for now, just be patient for one more week. I also plan on posting the stats for the EA applicants that we send out in a press release every year, just so you know what the group looks like.

Remember, overall decisions for Early Action applicants are not easier or harder than for Regular Decision applicants. The only difference is time lines and when you hear, and many times (deferred EA students), these two factors still end up being the same. As I have said before, though, admission decisions that are made in December are more competitive (as seen by the strength of the deferred group), but the overall or final decisions are equal. In other words, an EA deferred applicant is treated the same (no better, no worse) that an RD applicant, and a number of RD applicants are admitted in February based upon meeting EA criteria. So EA and RD are truly treated the same, just with different time lines (and for those EA admits, I know you love not having to do part II).

I would suggest reviewing one of my earlier EA posts, and then looking at my posts next week, so you can  feel comfortable with how the admissions process works at UGA.

Have a great weekend and be patient, as the EA release date is almost here!

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful! Only a few more days to wait to find out... Thank you for keeping this blog. It has really helped me find information or answers questions I had!

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  2. I am so excited and cannot wait to hear! About what time is considered "early evening/late afternoon?" I've heard that once the status checks open they can get overflooded with people checking and then it can be hard to get on the website. Also, will you be sending out letters on Friday or will those come later?

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  3. Catherine: We have shifted things over to a more powerful server, so hopefully this should not be a problem (we did not have an issue last year, but the year before was a little crazy). We will begin sending out the letters on Friday, altough with over 10,000 letters, it takes a while to print, stuff and mail them.

    Early evening/late afternoon is the best I can give you right now.

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  4. So, just to clarify: the decisions about early action are being sent on Friday?

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  5. Early Action decisions will be available on our status check on Friday, Dec. 11, early evening/late afternoon. Letters will also be mailed, and will start going out on Friday.

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  6. Does having a sibling currently attending UGA have any influence on admissions decisions?

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  7. Anon: Having a sibling at UGA, or family members that have attended UGA previously, has no impact or influence on an admission decision. We ask that question on the application for institutional knowledge, not for admissions purposes.

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  8. How much does the counsellor recommendation form count in this EA acceptance? I ask because my counsellor and I do not see eye to eye on some issues and I wondered how much weight this form has on my being accepted. It isn't that I am or have been in any trouble, in fact I have never been in trouble but I have reported some things that I think are wrong and I feel it might be held against me.

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  9. Anon: the counselor rec. is one part of the evaluation, and an important one, but not one that is weighted as heavily as the academic factors. While you may not see eye to eye with your counselor, I am guessing that he/she will still be honest with us about you as a student and a person. That is what we are ultimately looking for, what you are like as a student, a person, and a member of your community.

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