Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Responsibility is a serious word, and while it is not usually something I would leave you with for the holiday break, it is something that needs to be shared with all applicants. There is an expected level of responsibility when a student applies to college, in that it is now your obligation to make sure all required materials are submitted. The responsibility does not fall to your parents, your counselor, your siblings, or the college, but instead rests with you.

Colleges have the responsibility to let you know what is going on with your application, and to update you on the above mentioned materials. If you submit all the materials within the set deadlines, the college is responsible for reviewing your application and making a decision on your file in a reasonable time frame (although the definition of a reasonable time frame varies depending upon who you ask!).

But remember, the duty of getting in all information falls to you, the applicant. For 6+ years, UGA has had the status check, and last year we added a status check for high school counselors as well. We also send out between 2-4 emails to incomplete applicants to alert them to any missing information. In addition, we suggest not waiting until a deadline to apply, as this puts you in a bad position when trying to make sure all materials are received by a college.

In other words, if you apply, get your stuff in at least by the deadline if not hopefully before, and make sure it is received by the college. You, the applicant, control the time line, and if you wait until the last minute to apply and submit materials, you are the one putting your application at risk of being incomplete.

I don't want to be completely negative, as our EA applicant pool had about 97% of the students get all materials in on time! Our office hates to have incomplete applications, and we do our best to get them completed. But ultimately, it is up to you, the applicant, to make sure you have taken care of everything, thus allowing us to make a decision.

Responsibility is a strong word, but one that is important as you make the change from high school to college. We look for this quality in our applicants, and we expect it from our students at UGA.


  1. This question is almost completely unrelated to this post, so let me apologize in advance.

    If an applicant has submitted his or her application months before a deadline (example: a regular decision applicant applying in october or november), will he or she have to wait until April 1 to hear about admission or does UGA release acceptances in waves?

  2. David: No, UGA is not rolling admissions. We have 3 "waves", and you can look at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2009/08/admission-plans-forrest-gump-style.html for more details about the timelines.

  3. I was deferred on EA and am almost done with part 2 of the application. I changed my major once on my application and want to change it again. Does it look bad to keep changing? Should I just leave it? Are some majors harder to get into than others?

  4. Anon: We have no problem when a student changes their major, as it has no impact on admissions. My suggestion, though, is that if you are so unsure of a major choice (which will impact advising at orientation), why not wait until after the end of your senior year and see what you are thinking at that time? If you then have been admitted and decide to enroll, you can then make the change at that time.

  5. Just curious... What if an applicant experiences unfortunate technical diffculties and is unable to pay the fee until the morning after the deadline or something? Are they still considered a regular decision applicant at all?

  6. Anon: We do not shut down the application right at midnight of the deadline, as we know that occasionally an applicant will have problems. You should be able to submit the application for the next few days with no problem, but do not take too long, as we will shut it down soon.