Tuesday, January 5, 2010

10 Days and Counting!


Ten days and counting until the January 15 deadline for Regular Decision applications, part II of the application for deferred students, and any and all required materials! My suggestion is to try and take care of things a few days early, just in case of any unplanned problems. I have had students in the past who have waited until the last day, and suddenly computer problems, car crashes, or major personal issues have come up. Our office is flexible with materials that a student is not always in control of (teacher recommendations, transcripts, etc.), but not as much so with things of which you are in control. In addition, while we do not look at applications submitted on the deadline differently from any other applications, rushed essays, misspellings and sloppy errors show up in many of the deadline applications.

You want to put your best foot forward with your application, so make sure it is not rushed and submitted last minute. As well, when you submit things at least a week or more before a deadline,  it makes it easier for my office to match things up before the big rush of materials hits (which means less nervousness by you as you look at your status check and see that things have matched up with your file). I expect that we will get 30+ bins of mail during the week surrounding the deadline, and it takes a while to get all of it into our system and matched up with applications. So be patient with us as we pull everything together, and we will all make it through the deadline safe and sound!

Go Dawgs!

27 comments:

  1. Hi! I completley changed my major from the time I applied early. Is there any way I can go back and change what major I'm applying under?

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  2. Anon: Yes, you would go to the Data Verification/Information Change form on our website, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/apps/infochange/ , to make changes such as this. You are able to easily make some changes here (major, email, address, etc.), but there are some items (name, SSN, etc.) where you must send an email to us, and possibly other materials, before we can make a change.

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  3. When does UGA start notification of the regular decision candidates? If you were a defer candidate do you hear any sooner?

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  4. Anon: Please refer to the post http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2009/08/admission-plans-forrest-gump-style.html for more details on timelines.

    Deferred applicants and Reg. Decision applicants are now on the same timeline.

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  5. Anon: Or, I would suggest that you use the search option in the upper right hand corner and put in "timelines", then go from there.

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  6. Hi I was a deferred student and I have completed the part II of the application. But when I log in my application status check page, it has a red X next to the "part II of the application." I turned mine in on December 26th and it still has a red X on it. Do you know what might be going on in here?

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  7. Hi! I was just wondering if it is a bad idea to write about a song that is not in english on the essay question about what song best describes your life

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  8. My daughter was deferred and is working on Part II of the application. Her high school is on a block schedule and she has now completed her senior year Math and 3rd year of foreign language. She will now have a new GPA and class ranking. Should she ask her counselor to fill out another "counselor form" with the updated information or is an updated transcript sufficient? She made all A's, Fall semester, so this will increase her GPA and hopefully her class ranking!

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  9. Anon I: Since we have been on holiday break since 12/23, and only returned today, we have not been able to push any applications, part II's, transcripts, etc. until this week. As such, be patient while we get back into the swing of things, and it should show up in a few days.

    Anon II: I have no problem if you select a song that is not in English, and if it lets us know more about you, then I am all for it.

    Betty: No, a new school evaluation is not needed, but I would suggest she sends in a new transcript. When we read her application, it will be good to see her fall grades (especially since she did so well!).

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  10. I was wondering, if a teacher submitted an online recommendation, how long does it take for it to come up on the uga website? I still have a big x next to my teacher recommendation!

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  11. Anon: I would suggest you check with your teacher to make sure she submitted it, and check to make sure that, if she used your SSN, that it was correct. Since we just got back from the holidays, we are getting in all of the materials and applications that were submitted just before or during the holiday period. Almost all of this should show up on the status check in the next two days.

    If needed, the teacher could submit another one without the SSN, and we would match it up within a few days of the submission.

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  12. If you have been deferred, when is the latest date you can send in the new high school transcripts?

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  13. At my school, our transcripts with first semester grades aren't available until after the application deadline. Do I still need to send an updated copy of my transcript even if it's after the deadline?

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  14. Anon and Emma: January 15 is the deadline for materials to be sent in, but we do give some leeway for school materials, especially if your counseling office can not send us first semester grades before the deadline. It is not required to send in an updated transcript, but it does help us understand how you have progressed from year to year.

    My suggestion is to have your school send us the transcript as soon as possible, and if you attend a GA high school, have them submit it through GA411. Also, tell them NOT to fax it, as that will be shredded.

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  15. My school is having some major problems with transcripts. They werent able to put the joint enrollment student's grades on the transcripts on time so they will have to request for a re-do. Our school doesnt post transcripts on GA411 so i am even more afraid that all my last semester's hard work wont even get the change to be taken into consideration. I know you said there is a leeway given, but how much of a leeway? I am really upset with how transcripts are being treated at our school even when they know that we have deadlines to meet. PLEASE HELP!

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  16. On Friday, December 18 I gave our mail carrier the High School Evaluation Form and the Teacher Recommendation Form. The Teacher Rec. Form is checked off as being received (thanks) but there is still a big red X next to the H.S. Eval. Form (mocking us). What do you suggest we do?

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  17. I want to be sure I understand the Jan. 15 deadline- must mailed items be rec'd by that date or merely postmarked by the deadline?

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  18. Anon: The best thing you can do is make sure we have a transcript with your first 3 years of work on it, and then get an updated one as soon as possible. The other option is to get the Joint Enrollment work sent on a college transcript so we will at least have it for our records.

    Anon II: When we get items in by mail, we split them up by category for scanning. It might be that your School Eval did not get matched up with your file, so you should contact our office and ask to speak with the primary counselor (or a parent can do this), and then have the counselor search both your file and the holding file (where unmatched documents go).

    Anon III: The deadline is a postmarked deadline, but if you send it in then (which is okay), it will come in with the other deadline materials, which amounts to about 30 bins of mail. Sending things in a few days time before the deadline may help you not panic over us slowly matching deadline items.

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  19. Anon II: Remember that the matching of materials starts when either the material is received or your application is received, which ever is last (so the matching of your school eval depends on when you applied). As well, we were out for about 2 weeks during the holiday break.

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  20. my teacher said she filled out the teacher recommendation application without the ssn and i still have an "x" next to it...she submitted it like one and a half weeks ago!what should i do?

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  21. Anon: My suggestion would be for you to contact our office by looking up your counselor at http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/meet_the_uga_admissions_staff.html, and asking them to check on your teacher rec, both in your file and in the holding file.

    Make sure to give them your full name and birthdate, and if you go by any nickname, let them know. I was just matching up documents and came across three items that were for the same person, but had three different names for them. We can only match up materials when we know who the applicant truly is.

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  22. Do you recommend sending all ACT and SAT scores? I just had the highest scores sent. But, looking back my writing score on the SAT was very high, however, the overall score still didn't compare to the highest ACT composite. I don't want to have my lower overall SAT hurt my chances for acceptance. Thanks.

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  23. Anon: Yes, I would suggest sending in all test scores, as we only look at the strongest scores for admission (search for score choice for more about this). If your ACT was stronger, we would only focus on the ACT.

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  24. is it too late to send ACT scores from December 09?

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  25. Anon: It is not too late if you rush them here, as the normal sending of scores might take too long at this late of a date.

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  26. I was deferred and am just now completeing and sending in part II of the application. will my application still be reviewed, and will this count against me?

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  27. Anon: If you are just now sending in part II, then you are 45+ days beyond the deadline. At this time, we are not accepting any further materials, so no, we will not review your application. You should look at your other college options, as UGA's focus is now on the students who did complete their file in a reasonable amount of time.

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