Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What is your Name?

I opened up a teacher recommendation letter this morning, and it stated that John was a great student, a wonderful person, and an all around great applicant. Unfortunately, this letter will never make it into John's file, as his teacher did not tell us John's last name, his birth date, or even the school that he attends. So for now, the letter goes into our holding file, which contains all the materials that did not match any applicants.

Now that we are close to finishing up matching materials for our applicants, here is a suggestion for future applicants; Make sure your counselor, your school and any teachers you ask to write letters for you know your full name, and then use it in their letters/forms/transcripts! I am amazed at the number of teacher recommendations that come in with names such as "Trey Smith", and we then have to hunt down all the Smiths from that school to see who it matches. We even get transcripts with nicknames, even though these are official documents from the school!

So make sure that your school officials know to use your correct name, and get the materials into our office in plenty of time to match it up. Oh, and just as important, make sure that when we ask for your first and last name, you put them in the correct order. We have probably had over 400 applicants switch these two fields, and it makes it tough to match things up as well!

Go Dawgs!

22 comments:

  1. do we have to send an updated transcript with first semester grade

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  2. Anon: No, it is not required to send in first sem. grades.

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  3. about how many people apply RD?

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  4. oh i forgot. i was looking at the a closer look page and i didnt see this. how many people applied and out of that number how many were admitted?

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  5. Anon: For this year, roughly about 7,000 people have applied for RD. I do not know yet who will be admitted from this group, as we have not finished the review process. I would suggest you search the word timelines you understand the process and decision dates for RD applicants.

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  6. Hi, I applied EA and got deferred. I re-applied for RD. I have a question about my app though. I applied to go Summer when I applied EA, since then my preference has changed. On the RD app I couldnt figure out how to change it to fall and I decided just to apply summer anyway. If I am admitted and still decide I would rather do fall, is there anyway I can change?

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  7. Anon: First, I hope you completed part II of the application that is set up for deferred students, and that you did not fill out an entirely new application. Second, this is not a field that is easily changed in our system, so we have to do it in-house.

    But since there is no difference between summer and fall freshman admission (we allow students to change at will), I would suggest you stay as summer for right now, and if admitted and you decide to enroll, you can then email us concerning the change.

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  8. Yes, I did complete the application for deferred students. Okay awesome, that makes me feel a lot more at ease. Thanks so much !!!

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  9. i wonder since one of the essays was your theme song,have you seen a lot of REM and B52s songs because they are from Athens?

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  10. There was a mistake with one of my semester grades (that were just recently sent to UGA) so I had to have a revised transcript sent. Is there any way for me to tell that this has been updated? Also, I had my SAT scores sent but they are not showing up on my stats. They are lower than the ACT equivalent, is that why? Thanks, just trying to make sure everything is in order....

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  11. Anon: No, I have not seen a lot of REM or B52 songs (and I don't really want to think about why someone would choose the B52 Love Shack song!), but more a wild array of different choices. I am glad to see that applicants are showing us their unique interests and music tastes.

    Anon2: I would suggest you call our office about both of these items, as we can show when we receive a new transcript, but that does not mean we understand a change in the transcript due to an earlier error. As well, if the SAT is not showing up, it means that either you did not request them to be sent to UGA, or our system can not match them up (generally due to an SSN issue or a student not using their full name on the score report).

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  12. Thanks for the advice. I checked on the SAT and there was a mistake with the SSN so I just had it sent again. I have a call into the office regarding the transcript update. My school says that they mark it with a red revised stamp but I just want to verify that it is received etc.

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  13. i was wondering for my essay about an interesting story, is it ok that it is something that did not happen during high school.

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  14. Should we send in an updated transcript with our semester one grades?

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  15. Anon1: If you sent in the SAT with a SSN issue, we can still match it up, just call our office or email.

    Anon2: Yes, it is okay to use a story from any time in your life.

    Anon3: Review some of the other comments on this post and the other recent posts for your answer.

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  16. I asked my counselor for a copy of my counselor recommendation form and teacher recommendation form because both of these were completed on line. My counselor says she has no way of getting back into UGA's system to get me a copy. Is this true, and if so, is there some way for me to actually view it on-line?

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  17. i dont know if you get these a lot. i was suspended when i was in 10th grade after an altercation with another student. my principal looked into it, found out the other started it my principal dropped it from my record. i left that out of my application because he dropped those days. is that ok?

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  18. Anon1: No, there is no way for you to view the recommendation, and I generally would not suggest anyone ask this of their counselor or teacher. These recommendations are generally considered private communications between the HS official and the college, and if you want an honest and open recommendation, then you should be considerate of your counselor/teacher and their right to privacy in these matters. I am not trying to lecture here, just suggesting the best course of action.

    Anon2: If the school dropped the suspension, then you do not have to mention it. If the suspension occurred, and then the school wanted to just ignore it, then I would suggest mentioning it along with a brief explanation of the situation and outcome. Issues such as this can be seen as negative, neutral or even positive depending upon the situation, the results, and how you may have grown from this. But if we do not know details, we can't be sure.

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  19. i served half of the suspension then my principal told me to come back directly to school after he found out that it was not my fault. and he threw it out. i was gonna tell it in my application, but my parents told me not to because it would look bad and hurt my chances of getting in. what do i do now??

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  20. Anon: Because your principal threw out the suspension, you would not need to tell us about the situation. In general, though, students should tell us about all issues, as one, they should be open and honest, and two, you never know when it might be mentioned in another piece of material (transcript, rec. letter, etc.)

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  21. Is there anyway for me to print my application after everything concerning my application process has been submitted and completed. I desperately need it. It was saved to my last computer which has now crashed. Any way to get the submitted application back or to print it?

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  22. Anon: If you log back into the application site, you will be able to print a pdf of your application (assuming you did it online through the UGA site).

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