Friday, December 18, 2009

Honors Program and Scholarships


Every year, right after we release Early Action decisions, two questions are certain to follow; When will Honors start making admission decisions, and when we will hear something about scholarships? These are not bad questions to ask, and I will try to give you a little insight into the time lines for both. Please remember, though, that the Honors program has their own application and their own process, so that office is the best one to answer Honors questions. I will just be passing on information that our office has received.

1) About one to two weeks after our Early Action decisions go out, Honors will generally send out a first wave of decisions, sometimes referred to as "auto-admit" decisions, and these will be based upon an admitted student's academic information. These will only make up a part of the Honors admission offers, as a number of students will also be invited to apply to Honors based upon their academic information, and other students will move forward on their own with the application process. The deadline for applying for the Honors program is February 1, and the Honors Program site can give you more information about this process. The Honors Program will then be able to review the submitted applications and make decisions, with a time line of having Honors decisions out by mid-April.

2) Scholarships follow along a similar path, and are mostly done by the Admissions Office. Within the next week or so, our office expects to release our first wave of scholarship offers, and these will be based on the overall academic information of the applicants. From January all the way through March, we will be reviewing admissions applications both for admission and for scholarship possibilities. We expect that by late March, all of our scholarships will be awarded. We have now made it so the scholarship offers are posted on the status check (for the admitted students who have been offered one),  as well as being sent by snail mail. Please remember, though, that we can only offer a limited number of scholarships, and if no scholarship is posted on your status check, it means that one has not been offered to you (at least at this time). Remember, we will continue to review files and make scholarship offers through March, so you do not need to contact us if you do not see one on your status check.

57 comments:

  1. I was accepted through the early action decision and was wondering if I took the ACT or SAT again if the admissions office would use those scores to consider them for scholarships? Thanks! :)

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  2. or can additional info. like leadership, etc. be sent to help with scholarship?

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  3. Anon: Yes, a new SAT/ACT score will be looked at, as long as the test is taken in January or before, and as long as you send it directly to UGA when you sign up for the test. Any Feb. or later exam will be too late for review by this office.

    As well, if you applied EA and want more information in our hands, my suggestion would be to send in a 1 page resume. You do not have to do this, but if you want us to have more information, that would be the best way.

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  4. Receiving an "auto-admit" into Honors or be in the first wave of scholarship offers would be an amazing way to start to start 2010! Thanks for the blog!

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  5. Just to clarify, does that mean that if there is no scholarship posted on the status check as of this moment we haven't been offered one? Or is it within the next week or so?

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  6. Anon: If a scholarship is not posted on the status check right now, it means a scholarship has not been offered to you right now. Since we will continue to offer scholarships through late March, that is the best I can say.

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  7. OK thanks! I would also like to say thank you for doing this blog, its a big help.

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  8. Do you know if honors "auto-admit" will be posted on status check and if so what date it should be posted? Thank you.

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  9. No, the status check is just for admissions, so Honors information will not be posted on it.

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  10. Ok, do you know if the honors "auto-admit" have been mailed out yet?

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  11. I believe that the auto-admits for Honors have been sent out, but I do not know the date they were sent out.

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  13. Does the Honors program calculate GPA the same way as UGA undergrad admissions?

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  14. Conner: The Honors program uses the GPA that the admissions office calculates.

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  15. Will we also be notified if we are NOT auto-admitted into the Honors Program and need to apply?

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  16. Anon: Honors will "auto-admit" some students and will invite some to apply to Honors, and if you do not fall into either of these categories but are interested in Honors, you should contact their office and look into the Honors application. See http://uga.edu/honors/p_s/apply_to_honors.html for details of their process and timelines.

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  17. Can you give an estimate of what ACT scores are needed for admission to the honors program?

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  18. Were the honors invites sent at the same time as the auto admits?

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  19. I do not have the information about this year's honors information yet, but I would suggest looking at http://uga.edu/honors/p_s/first-year_profile_this_year.html for a profile of last years students.

    In addition, I do not know if the honors invites were sent out yet. I would suggest contacting Honors in early January for more information.

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  20. do you know around what act score is needed for the charter schp? i saw the sat stats but im curious about act stats

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  21. Anon: There is no set requirement for a Charter scholarship for GPA, SAT, or ACT. The overall profile of the freshman class for last year can be found at http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first_year_class_profile.html , and it does have mid 50% ranges for scholarships and honors on it (including ACT).

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  22. Have all of the Charter Scholarships been awarded? Our daughter was accepted under early action and was hoping for an out-of-state tuition waiver.

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  23. Anon: No, all charter scholarships have not been awarded. The first round of charter scholarships have gone out (similar to Honors), but we will be reviewing files for scholarships until early April.

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  24. Do you know what the next step is for the Foundation Fellowship Scholarship? Just wondering when notification will be made and how it's made and if you get notified if you didn't make it into the interview round. I'm asking because the airfare is getting more expensive as the weekend gets closer. Also, would love to know if I didn't make the cut.

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  25. Will the charter scholarship and other scholarships only be awarded to those who filled out an application for the foundation fellows? Or do they look at everyone's applications to award scholarships?

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  26. Anon I: I do not have a timeframe for the Fellowship notification, but I expect you should hear something shortly.

    Anon II: We look at all accepted students for scholarship opportunities, and we will be making scholarship offers through the end of March.

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  27. So if you were accepted under Early Action and haven't heard anything about any scholarships yet, it is still possible that your application is being considered for scholarships?

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  28. Anon: Yes, because we will still be reviewing files for scholarship through late March.

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  29. Where exactly on the admissions site does it say if you have been offered the charter scholarship.
    thanks,

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  30. Anon: We have added a new feature to the status check, and it shows up on an individual's status check when an applicant has been offered a scholarship. It does not show anything if a student has not been awarded a scholarship. Remember, we will be reviewing applications through late March/early April for scholarship opportunities.

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  31. If an applicant does not receive an invitation to the Foundation Fellowship weekend when will we hear about other scholarships and a possible regents waiver? Is there another round of Charter scholarships set to go out soon?

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  32. Anon: See my response a few comments up. I can not predict when we will exactly send out scholarships, but by late March/early April for sure.

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  33. If one was auto admitted to the Honors Program, should they expect to receive a Charter Scholarship as well? If so, why would it not be sent in the first round of mailing.

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  34. Anon: The Honors program makes up about 10% of the freshman class, while scholarships are offered to about 5-7% of the class. In other words, the scholarship process is somewhat more competitive than the Honors process, and so an Honors admit should have hopes, but not expectations, for a merit scholarship. We will be making more scholarships awards in the near future, as we generally make scholarship offers through early April.

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  35. Based on your previous post, someone who received a Charter Scholarship but was not auto admitted to the Honors program should have a good chance of getting into the Honors program?

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  36. Anon: Since Honors makes the decision on Honors, I will leave that up to them, and not try to guess as to what decision they may make. But be patient, as I expect some Honors decisions to go out shortly as well. I do not know a date or time, but I know they are working hard reviewing files, and want to let students know about decisions.

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  37. How many additional charter scholarships do you expect to award and when do you think those will be sent out?

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  38. Anon: I do not know how many additional scholarships, or when they will be sent out. I expect by early to mid-April, all scholarships will be sent out, but that is just a rough estimate.

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  39. many thanks for the info, but just have to ask one follow up (knowing the horse is completely dead) - if a student is awaiting scholarship notification to either attend UGA or accept another offer, doesn't there be have to be a "final date" that would mean there will be no scholarship award so a decision can be made? "Mid-April" or so as an official notification policy is pretty ambiguous...

    thanks again for all your info, very useful.

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  40. Anon: As you have probably seen in the past, I do not give exact dates unless I know the exact date. Therefore, since I am not sure of the exact date, I am giving you a rough estimate. Remember, at times certain things are fluid (budget issues, new programs, etc.), so we can not always be exact. But since the required date for letting a college know where you will be attending is May 1, you should know something well before that.

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  41. Does the university release all of the charter scholarships and regent waivers at once? Or have they begun releasing them, since it is already mid-march. If so, should they be expected to show up any day on the status check? thanks so much!

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  42. UGA Office of Financial Aid requires that the student let them know of any outside aid that has been offered like scholarships, etc. Since the SAR from a processed FAFSA is sent to all institutions listed as well as the student, is it necessary for the student to report the aid that will be offered via the FAFSA application?

    This is regarding transfer students.

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  43. Anon: No, the charter scholarships are not released all at once. We have offered some scholarships already, and I expect we will continue to offer them until mid-April.

    Anon II: This would be a good question for the financial aid office, as I do not have the answer.

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  44. how long will the status check site be closed for? I have been checking to see if I receive any sort of scholarship money but now the site is closed.

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  45. Anon: The site will be back up when we release our final decisions for freshman.

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  46. Will the remaining scholarship awards (Charter)be posted to the status check at the same time the final admit decisions are posted.

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  47. Anon: Due to changes in some of our scholarship programs, I expect that we will offer a small number of scholarships through mid-April. A large majority have gone out, but there are now a small number of additional ones to award.

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  48. Have all of the charter scholarships been awarded? My daughter is an out of state admit hoping for a charter scholarship award. Can she call to find out whether she is even being considered for one?

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  49. Anon: I expect a small number of scholarships to go out in the next few weeks, but a large majority of our scholarships have already been released.

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  50. Have all of the honors decisions been released? Will there be a notification if you are either accepted or rejected, or do only those accepted receive notification?

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  51. While Admissions and Honors work closely together, I always say that you want to get answers straight from the horse's mouth (or bulldog's mouth, if at UGA). As such, I would suggest you contact Honors about this question.

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  52. I was admitted through Early Action, and I applied for the Foundation Fellowship Scholarship. I didn't receive a scholarship, but I received a letter saying that I was still being considered for a charter or merit scholarship. Have all of those been granted, or is is still possible to receive one?

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  53. meghand: To quote from a comment from a few days ago, "I expect a small number of scholarships to go out in the next few weeks, but a large majority of our scholarships have already been released."

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  54. Have all of the scholarship offers been released?

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  55. Anon: I believe that 99+% of the scholarships have been offered, so I would go with yes to your question. There is an occasional situation where a review of the scholarship offers and acceptances leads to a small (under 10 or so) number of additional offers, but I would not count on that.

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  56. can I apply early decision to UGA and then apply to the Honors Program later or do I have to send in my application for the Honors Program at the same time?

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  57. Anon: The details of applying to the Honors Program can be found at http://uga.edu/honors/p_s/apply_to_honors.html. A small, strong group of students who are admitted during Early Action are generally offered admission to Honors shortly after that, and a number of other accepted EA applicants will be contacted about applying to Honors. My suggestion is to review the Honors site, and then contact Honors if you have more questions.

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