Monday, January 11, 2010

2010 Transfer Applicant Update

Although most of the focus will be on Freshman applicants for the next month or so, I did not want to leave out our transfer students. While our evaluation team will be reviewing a large number of freshman files through the month of January, I expect that we will begin the transfer review process in full sometime in early to mid February. As this is the case, I would suggest that any transfer student should do two things; one, send in your application (of course!), but like I have told the freshman applicants, do not wait until the deadline hits. Second, make sure you get in all of your college transcripts by the deadline, and make sure they have the most up-to-date work on them.

If you have already applied as a transfer student, of which there are almost 1,000 who have already done so, make sure to request a transcript with fall 2009 grades on it. We will not be able to review your application unless we have fall transfer work to review! As well, since this is deadline week for freshman, I would suggest you wait until a week later to send in your transcripts. It always helps when your transfer work is not in the 30 or so mail bins of freshman materials!

We will be reviewing summer transfer students first, and then fall, and I expect that you will see transfer decisions start to roll out in mid-February.

I hope this helps you understand the transfer timeline, and Go Dawgs!

86 comments:

  1. Hi! I applied for the Fall 2010 term and already sent in my transcript. I had to drop a class today and I picked up two more in the place of it. Do I need to send in another transcript now?

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  2. Anon: No, you do not, as we only make decisions based on courses that are completed and have grades. Just make sure the transcript you sent has fall 2009 grades on it (status check will show the date we received it, and you can generally go from there).

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  3. Thanks so much! Yes it has fall 2009 grades on it. Once the status check shows the transcript has been recieved, will it change when my file is being reviewed/has been reviewed?

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  4. Anon: It will change when a decision is made, and decisions are both mailed and displayed on the status check.

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  5. i understand from a previous post that transfer decisions are made on a rolling basis. is the online status check updated at a certain time each day or periodically as changes are made? thanks

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  6. Anon: The status check is generally updated nightly, so it will show new information the morning after each business day.

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  7. If I applied for Fall 2010, about what time could I expect to hear something back? I go out of state and would like to have things settled before summer begins.

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  8. For Fall 2010 transfers, it will depend on when you applied and if you have all of your college transcripts in to us. I expect that for Fall transfers, we will begin review in mid-March and finish (for the most part) in May.

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  9. Ok I applied in January and UGA received my transcripts on January 28th...would that be considered early enough to hear back sooner rather than later? (Sorry to be annoying about it, but I'm just anxious to hear as soon as I can).

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  10. Anon: As of right now, we have about 450 summer transfer applicants, and about 1,300 fall transfer applicants. We are first going to review any summer transfers to determine if all materials are here, and then move forward with a decision. Summer transfers need to know sooner than fall transfers, so this is logical. We will then move forward with fall transfers (interspersed with any updated summer transfers), and review them in the same manner.

    Generally, the files are reviewed in the order in which the transcripts have come into our system, so the earlier a transfer student completed their application, the earlier the decision. As such, I cannot give you an exact transfer timeframe, only a limited one, due to not knowing how many files are complete, how long it will take to review each file, etc.

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  11. Will we will be emailed the decision before it is updated online?

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  12. What does a rolling decision mean?

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  13. Anon: We do not email decisions, but instead mail them and give you access to the decision by the status check.

    For freshman, we have three admission decision release points. For transfers, we make decisions daily, thus every work day from tomorrow through June we will most likely be making transfer admission decisions and releasing these decisions. That is what is meant by rolling.

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  14. About how many Fall transfer applicants does the university plan on admitting?

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  15. Anon: For transfer applicants, we do not have a set number that we admit. Last year, approximately 3,000 transfers applied for Fall 2009, we admitted roughly 1,800 (based upon the criteria listed on our website), and we enrolled about 1,300 fall transfers. We base our decisions for transfers on the academic information we list on our website.

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  16. Will the status check show when the application is complete and ready for review or is it just the green checkmarks?

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  17. Anon: For freshman, we are able to show when a file is complete and indicate this in the wording due to specific items that are required, and are either received by UGA or not.

    For transfer students, completion is more complicated. We are many times dealing with multiple transcripts needed from both multiple colleges or from the same college (updated transcripts), so it can not be automated to show completion.

    So for transfer students, you will generally just see the green check marks or red X's to show what we have received. We wish we could make it a little more clear, but with the volume we get and the complicated nature of each transfer file, we just can't. Good question!

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  18. Would it be possible for you to post on here when the university starts reviewing Fall transfer decisions? That way we could get a better idea on when we may here back.

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  19. How are the UGA budget cuts going to effect transfer students? I heard 1,000 transfer students will be cut. Does this count for Summer and Fall together? Will this cause changes in transfer requirements in any way?

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  20. Anon I: I expect I will have a new post when we start moving forward in any serious way with fall transfer decisions.

    Anon II: The budget issue is still only at the proposed level for the GA legislature, and we will then have to see what the final decision will be in regards to UGA's overall budget. Until that happens, I could not guess as to what the next steps will be.

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  21. Will decisions still be made throughout this week and posted on the status check even though it is Spring Break?

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  22. Anon: Today is a furlough day, so no decisions will be posted today or tomorrow. But admissions works through Spring Break (as do a number of offices), so we will be making some admission decisions through the rest of the week.

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  23. I have 27 hours and a 4.0 GPA. I thought that I would have 6 more hours of SAT II credit to add to my 27, but my current institution does not count SAT II scores so UGA won't accept them. So I have decided to take a CLEP exam, but I won't receive my scores until a week after the transfer deadline (April 1). Is there anything I can do to gain acceptance for fall, or do I just have to wait until spring admissions roll around?

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  24. Anon: In order for work of any kind (SAT II, AP, IB, CLEP) to transfer into UGA and be used as transfer work, the information must be on the college transcript and it must be for a specific course with specific credit hours. Even if the CLEP exam results were received a week after the deadline, they would still need to show up on a college transcript to be considered transfer work, and your transcript would already be considered late. The most logical situation is to apply for Spring.

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  25. Once all three of my previous college transcripts have been received and have the green check next to them on my status check, about how long should I expect before I hear a decision?

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  26. Anon: Go to my post about transfer decisions, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2010/02/summer-and-fall-transfer-decisions.html, and review the post and the comments. This should give you a good idea about transfer timelines.

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  27. I have 34 hours and a 4.0 GPA at a large SEC university. All my classes are transferrable, and I do not have anything criminal or a violation on my record. I know you can't give me a straight yes or no answer on my transfer decision, but is there anyway I could possibly be denied?

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  28. Anon: Yes, you could still be denied. If the 34 hours did not all transfer, if your 34 hours were not complete by the deadline, if your situation changed after spring semester, if you did not get everything in on time, if drastic changes happened with transfer admissions, etc. I do not guess on decisions, especially if I do not have all (and I mean all) the details.

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  29. Hi there. I am currently enrolled this semester and began in the beginning of Jan. I am a transfer student from Florida and am curious if already being in school if I will be affected by the transfer cuts? I would really appreciate some clarification in this matter because I am so worried I could be one of the many cut. Please help ease my mind in this matter..Please!!!

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  30. Anon: I am guessing you are saying that you are a current UGA student that started in January, correct? If so, then you are a UGA student, and as such, you do not need to worry about admissions anymore (I am guessing a lot of people who read this blog could feel that way!).

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  31. So, as of right now, the budget cuts have not yet affected transfer decisions, and they are still going as they normally do, correct?

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  32. Anon: Actually, as I have commented on in some more recent posts, we have stopped sending out acceptances for transfer students right now, but are still pre-evaluating transfer files so we can move forward quickly once the budget issues are settled. I hope we will know something soon, and I will post information when I know more.

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  33. Do you have any idea on a guess about how long it will take before the budget issues are settled?

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  34. If the budget cut goes through, and it says UGA can only allow a certain number of transfers into the school, and UGA has already accepted that many people, will UGA just ignore all the other transfer applications? I worry because I have a 4.0 GPA, 34 transferrable credit hours, a clean record, and all of my applications were received at the end of January. I would hate to not even be considered just because I happened to not be the first application in.

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  35. I know this isn't the place to ask, but do you have any idea when the cut decisions will be made?

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  36. Anon I: No, I cannot say when the budget issues will be settled.

    Anon: If I do not have the answers, I don't guess, so my answer is that I don't know. Since we have made almost no transfer admits for summer or fall, we will not just ignore all of the other transfer applicants. When we know something, we will let people know.

    Anon III: Your question is vague, so I am not sure what type of applicants you are referring to in your comment. I would suggest you read the more recent posts and do a search on timelines for an answer.

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  37. Hi, just wondering if there was a computer glitch or something where transcripts on the Application status check show as not have arrived? I checked last week to make sure mine had finally gotten there and it said that they had, but earlier today I looked and it showed no transcripts for me. I just looked a few minutes ago and now the transcripts show as they have arrived. Do you think I need to check into it more to make sure my transcripts are actually there?

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  38. Anon: We have not seen any glitches, so it may have just been an issue with how your computer was displaying things (my best guess).

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  39. Are Fall transfer admissions still aiming for he mid-March date, or has that been pushed back...I'm trying to figure out my housing situation, so I wanted to see when decisions may start being released again.

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  40. Anon: Things have been delayed somewhat for all transfers due to the budget issue, and we hope we will have more information soon.

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  41. I know you can't say for sure when things will pick back up, but could you give an estimated guess as to when that may be? Thank you!

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  42. Anon: I try not to make guesses, especially when my office is not in control of the situation. Sorry!

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  43. I'm applying as a transfer student and am currently a freshman at another University. As a senior in high school I took a few dual enrolled classes through a governor's school I attended. However, the college transcripts I sent that show this show it as taking it at a community college. The classes I took were more advanced then this so would you recommend me sending a transcript from my governor's school as well or just my college transcripts?

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  44. Anon: I am assuming that the while the courses might have been through a governor's school, they were the courses of the community college. As such, we only need the college transcript. As well, you need to have 30+ transferable hours completed and on a transcript by our deadline (Fall transfer deadline is April 1).

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  45. Hi! I applied as a summer 2010 transfer student. Is there hope that decisions will be made before the maymester or the summer semester? Thanks.

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  46. Anon: I fully expect that we will have summer transfer decisions out before summer classes begin.!

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  47. Will fall and summer transfer decisions be made at about the same time then, since summer transfer decision arn't even out yet?

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  48. Anon: I would suggest you look at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2010/02/summer-and-fall-transfer-decisions.html, as I go over some of the expected timelines (pre-budget issue), and how long it takes to review a transfer file. As well, we have made some summer transfer decisions, and we generally have a lot less applicants for summer, so they go quicker than the fall (right now, I would guess we have 500 summer transfer applicants as compared to an expected 2,500 fall).

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  49. Do you have any Fall applications done at all?

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  50. Anon: We have reviewed some fall transfer files, but we are unable to release any decisions yet due to the budget issues. As well, it takes a while to review transfer files, so please be patient.

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  51. I read that some fall transfer files have already been reviewed, yet decisions cannot be released yet due to the budget issues. Does the same bode for summer transfers as well where more decisions cannot be released due to the budget issues? Thanks

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  52. Anon: All transfer admit decisions, both for summer and fall, have been temporarily halted until we know more about the budget. I hope we will know something soon, and we are continuing to pre-evaluate files.

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  53. About how many are you pre-evaluating a day, and does that mean you'll send them all out immediately after the budget issue is settled?

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  54. Anon: Sorry, but I have no idea how many files we are pre-evaluating each day. Remember, it takes a while for each transfer file to be reviewed, so there is no way we will be sending them all out immediately after the budget issue is settled. First, we have a lot of transfer applicants. Second, the fall deadline has not even hit yet, so we are still taking in applications.

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  55. Is there anyway to find out anything about the budget cut decision on a website or a phone number or anything, because many of us, especially summer transfers, need to know ASAP, and there just does not seem to be any answers; which, with all due respect, is extremely frustrating and stressful to students who need to find housing, and make plans for the future.

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  56. Anon: As I have said before, this is in the hands of the GA State Legislature, the Governor, and the Board of Regents. UGA is waiting on information just like everyone else, and we are just as nervous about the issue as everyone else.

    Until the legislature makes a determination on the budget, we are limited in what we can do. We understand your frustration, as we are also frustrated. But UGA can not give any answers to you until we know about the budget.

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  57. If you don't hear anything by a certain point then you'll have to release decisions I assume...if that's the case, do you know when that date would be?

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  58. Anon: I do not know when we will begin releasing transfer decisions. I am not trying to be coy, I just do not know. As such, I am not going to guess, make an assumption, etc. When I know more, I will post it on the blog. Until then, the only response I can give anyone about transfer decisions is "I do not know at this time".

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  59. Hi! I had a question regarding transferrable courses. It says on the website that Transfer Elective classes are these:

    Example: ENGL1101 = ENGL1T** Prefix (ENGL), class level (1), transfer designation (T**) Reasons: no direct equivalent UGA class, or insufficient credit hours.


    Does UGA still take those though? Because it doesn't say that they are not transferrable, but are transferrable electives. i know this may seem stupid, but it's a little confusing...thanks!

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  60. Anon: When it states "transfer elective" it means it transfers in. The equivalency database also shows what would be listed for a non-transferable course. A transferable elective transfers into UGA.

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  61. It says the status check is now closed until may March while we evaluate decisions...does this mean some decisions will be released late March/early April?

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  62. Anon: The status check is down as we prepare to release final freshman decisions. I do not have any new information about transfer applicants at this time.

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  63. Since Freshman are getting their decisions, will transfers start to recieve theirs as well?

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  64. The status check site was down for a while. This weekend, I noticed the status check was back up, checked status but there were no updates to my status. I checked again today, and it does not accept my user and password; although I am sure it was entered incorrectly. Does that have any special meaning - such as the application has been reviewed for acceptance or denial, thus the status check has been disabled for me?

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  65. Anon: Please review some of the above posts for more information about timelines.

    Anon II: I have no idea about your individual situation, or about your inability to access the status check. My best suggestion would be to click on the link that says either forgot password or username, or if that does not help, click on the link that says "Need Help?" on the upper right hand corner of the status check.

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  66. What has been decided about the budget cuts and when will we know about the budget cuts? Also,how many students will you be accepting for the fall and when should we expect to hear back?

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  67. Anon: Please see other recent posts about transfer decisions.

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  68. I recently checked my application status and it showed that I was missing a transcript from a school that I was enrolled in summer classes as a transient student. I had my transcript from that University sent a second time but, the status check says it still has not arrived. I just had a third copy sent today, but I am worried that since the transcript was not in on time my application will be discarded. Will this be the case?

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  69. Anon: Yes, this is an issue, since this means we do not have all the transcripts needed. I would suggest contacting the college, asking when it was sent out, and what address was used. In addition, make sure the name on the transcript matches the name you used to apply. We give a slight extension beyond the deadline to compensate for the mail, but this could be an issue.

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  70. Hi! Any information on the status of the Legislative decision on budget cuts???

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  71. Anon: When I know something, I will post it.

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  72. There will eventually come a time when you can no longer wait for the legislative decision to be decided and you all will have to give people an answer...do you know what that date would be? People are going to have to know eventually, and if the budget cuts are not getting decided quickly enough, a date as to when decisions would be released if it doesn't hurry up would be nice. Thank you.

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  73. Anon: Be patient a little while longer and I should have more information, maybe even by tomorrow.

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  74. What is happening tomorrow that will give you (possibly) more information?

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  75. Anon: Please see the most current post I have written.

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  76. People need an answer!

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  77. Anon: UGA has always been very upfront about the timeline for transfer decisions, and I have been very clear about when there were delays due to issues outside of UGA's control. If you need an answer now, I would ask if you applied and completed your application early in the process, or if you waited until later in the process to apply. Since for the most part we are work from the earliest completed to the last applicants who completed, the applicants who made it a priority to take care of things early are the ones who are hearing first. If that is not you, then I am sorry that you did not take care of things at an earlier date.

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  78. Anon: If, on the other hand, you are asking about what we are doing about fall transfers, then go to the main page of this blog, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/, and look at the second post down.

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  79. When considering the 30 hours, does UGA take into account AP credit hours from hight school?

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  80. Does UGA take into account any AP credit hours already given to them by their colleges when considering transferrable hours?

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  81. Anon: If the college you attend puts the actual class course, number and hours received for each AP credit you earned, then yes. But we can only transfer in specific classes, not something like "12 hours AP credit".

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  82. I read in some previous posts that the people who apply first are the first to hear back. I know of several people who applied in late March and have already been accepted or denied. I applied in January and I still have not heard back, and I know of people who applied as early as December and haven't heard back either. Is there any particular reason for this? Is there any particular cut off date in which everyone will have either been accepted or denied?

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  83. Anon: I have gone over this before, but I will try to explain it again. For the most part, we are making decisions on transfers based upon when the student submitted and completed their applications. For the most part. But, on occasion, you will see a decision for a student who applied later for one of a few reasons. First, the admissions office works specifically with a few UGA colleges/programs that deal with a number of transfers, and at times some of these applicants will hear earlier if that program requests an early review. Second, some decisions are easier or harder than others, thus driving some of the timeline differences.

    It is a complicated process to admit a transfer student, as each class must be entered into our mainframe system, HOPE GPA's must be calculated, courses might need to be reviewed, etc. It does not take long to deny someone, especially if the applicant is well away from the consideration requirements. If a student has a 2.30 GPA with 18 hours, an admissions person can quickly and easily make a decision without having to be trained on keying in courses. This means an admissions person (even myself) can look at at the wide range of applicants to see if anyone is clearly not admissible, thus leaving the possible admits to be reviewed by our transfer evaluation team, which knows the ins and outs of entering in admitted student data.

    Again, we are reviewing transfers mostly by application and completion dates, but there are some occasions where we might not follow this exactly. Hopefully, some of the exceptions will actually speed up decisions, as our evaluation team will not have to review all of the files, and can instead focus on the admissible students.

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  84. I applied in November and still have not heard anything :(

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  85. Anon: I would suggest contacting our office by phone and speaking with a counselor.

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