Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Magic Eight Ball of Admissions
There is no magic admissions eight ball that, when shaken the right way, will tell us whether you will be admitted or not. We can't twist it to the left just the right way for test scores, then lean it to the side for GPA, and hope that it will magically say "Outlook Good" or "My Sources Say No". The process in much more detailed than this, as we take in your activities, your rigor of curriculum, your essays, etc. And we can not just go by what the class was like last year (or years before), as the applicant will be reviewed in the context of the applicant pool as a whole.
As well, I would not suggest going to one of the websites such as College Confidential and asking others who read the site to "chance me!". Throwing up a few numbers on a discussion group post and having 10+ people rate you will not be an accurate measure of how UGA (or any other college) will review your application. You actually might be better off with the magic eight ball.
So my recommendation is to look at yourself in the overall context, look at the information we share as to what we look at and what last year's class was like, and be patient as we go through the review process.
As the magic admissions eight ball says, "Reply Hazy, Try Again Later in Late March!"