Friday, January 29, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup

In my family, I am known for cooking one thing well; my homemade chicken noodle soup. I take great pride in making this, and it becomes a half day process of cooking the chicken just right, making sure I have fresh celery, onions and carrots, and the right type of noodles. The carrots and celery need to be cut to just the right size, and the chicken needs to be shredded, not chopped (yes, I know, I am a little type-A at times), and the noodles have to be just the right type. After all of the lengthy preparations, it then takes a while to cook, with an occasional stir, adding the cream sauce, tasting to see if it needs salt (it always does!), etc. Finally, after what seems like a lifetime, or three to four hours in reality, it is time to eat.

This is kind of how admissions works. There is a lot of preparation time, and I mean a lot of it. We received almost 18,000 applications again this year, scanned over 150,000 pages of materials, imported over 12,000 online school evaluations and teacher recommendations, etc. We then have to match all these things up with the files, review the academic materials, move forward with the holistic reading process, all the while still talking, emailing and running information sessions with applicants and prospective students. And I have left off about half of the other things we do such as admission travel, scholarships and special programs.

Right now, we are at the cooking stage. We have matched up the last of the documents, are almost done with the academic reviews, and jumped in feet first into the holistic read process this week. If you are missing something in your file, contact the teacher/counselor/testing agency first to make sure it was sent, then contact us. The only exceptions are a few last paper applications and about eight GA411 applicants who left off their SSN that we are still working on. But overall, we have done all the prep work, and we are now moving forward with the next part of the recipe.

Remember that right now we are going to go into reading season, and we will be somewhat less accessible to the public so we can have decisions out by late March. We apologize for not being as available, but it takes a lot of people reading a lot of applications to get decisions out. If you want the soup to taste just right, you don't want to rush the cook!

Next week, I will start talking a little more about our holistic read process, and what we look at within an application. For now, just wait while finish the cooking, and have yourself a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Go Dawgs!

10 comments:

  1. Hello Dr. Graves,
    I haven't been able to sign into my application status check page for the last 8 business days. I know the notice says to give it some time to process but I wanted to know if this is normal. Thanks in advance!

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  2. NC: Have you ever been able to sign into the status check? As well, how did you apply (UGA online, paper, or GA411 assuming you are a freshman applicant). If you were able to sign on but can not now, that is unusual and means you either have the wrong sign in information or some other oddity.

    We allow for 2 different ways to sign in, though, using either your application login user name and password or some key data from your app. Try both ways, and if you still can not sign in, contact our office. Remember, though, that if you applied by paper or GA411 and had errors on your app, it takes a little while longer to fix it.

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  3. I was able to sign in on the admission deadline date, Jan. 15th (which is when I submitted my application on UGA online as a freshman applicant) but I couldn't sign in starting from about last Tuesday. Could you tell me how I can log in using some key data from my app?

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  4. Please disregard my last comment, I located the alternate sign in and was able to log in. Thank you!

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  5. Hi again. I asked about my teacher and guidance submitting their recommendations before submitting my application three weeks ago and I got a response that it would be matched up. These still do not show up on my status check.

    Upon reading this blog I am a little worried... My teacher/guidance counselor both confirmed that they submitted their respective parts. Should I ask them to submit their files again or just wait it out further, I don't want to put an unnecessary burden on them. Thanks.

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  6. Anon: First, please give me your last name and high school, and I will do research and delete the comment after getting it. Second, do you know if they did them online or by mail? Third, did you apply online or by mail? Remember, if go by Anonymous, I have no idea how to refer back to a previous comment.

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  7. TCR: I will look into this first thing in the morning. If the counselor and teacher used the wrong SSN, it will not match up. We do show multiple transcripts, though, from the school (at least 3).

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  8. TCR: I have sent you an email about this, but I also thought I should post it for others to see. Neither the counselor form or the teacher rec has been submitted, and you need to go to these two people to get this taken care of ASAP, especially the counselor form!. I emailed the link to the pdf for you. The counselor may be thinking about a different recommendation she did for you, but you still need to check with her on getting this taken care of.

    The first thing you want to do when items are missing (after giving enough time for delivery and matching), is to check with the person or agency that sent it. You want to make sure it was sent, and that it has your full name, correct birth date, and if an SSN is on it, make sure it is correct.

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  9. DGraves, with all honesty do you think I have a chance in getting into UGA with a 2.98 Gpa and a 1300/1600 SAT score? I know you do not chance, but I just wanted to know if my GPA would end up being what will get me rejected?

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  10. Anon: I do not guess (as you stated), so I will not begin now. What I can say is that if you have a GPA that is below a B average (a B being a 3.00), then you have put yourself into a tough situation, as we focus first on academic achievement in the classroom, and you will be competing with other applicants who have well above a B average. But I do not guess, so that is all I can say.

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