Friday, February 12, 2010

File Reading, Part VI (the final chapter!)

Several years ago, I read a great book by Robert Fulghum called "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten", and a portion of it applies to the last part of File Reading:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
In looking at applicants, we are looking at future members of the UGA community.  They will be living in the residence halls together, studying together, dating, hanging out, and generally interacting with the people in the UGA community 24/7. In light of this, I want to know how they interact with other people in their own community right now. Do they play nice with the other kids in school, are they respectful to people from other cultures, backgrounds, socioeconomic groups, how do they treat teachers, etc. In other words, how well do they get along with others?

We look at recommendation letters, essays, personal notes, and other indicators to get an understanding of this. It does not always come through clearly, but we many times can see this through the comments in the overall application. I am not saying that this is the biggest part of the file review by any means, but it does come into play, especially when we see very positive or very negative situations.

I hope that this six part review about file reading has helped, and it came about by a suggestion from one of the blog readers. So, if you have any suggestions about future posts, please let me know!

Go Dawgs!

21 comments:

  1. Should a transfer applicant send in an essay?

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  2. Anon: For transfer applicants, we look at the coursework completed, the overall grades, and the total number of hours for all college work. You do not need to send in an essay, as we would not look at this.

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  3. So I was reading where you wrote if we had any suggestions. Well is there anyway you can explain the FAFSA process. I have visited the website but everytime I get on I feel so overwhelmed.

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  4. Is the credit evaluation needed for UGA international transfer student? I have submitted my online application. So should I do the credit evaluation and submit it?

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  5. Do you think it would be possible for you to tell us anxious transfer applicants when you have start to send out transfer decisions? Maybe just slip it in one for your blogs?

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  6. International transfer Anon: Yes, if you have college work completed outside of the US, you need to have a outsourced credit evaluation submitted to us by one of the acceptable companies, and have it in by the deadline.

    Anon Transfer: I have mentioned transfer timelines a few times in the past, and I will probably do a post shortly about transfer applicants. In the mean time, do a search in the upper right hand side for transfer, and it will give you some past posts about transfer applicants.

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  7. Our daughter is a Junior and recently took the SAT. Did rather well and the four schools (all SEC of course) we selected to get the report have by now. UGA is the only one we haven't heard from. The other 3 have been sending 2-3 letters a week for a couple of weeks now. One has invited her to an invitation only tour. Does UGA not "court" academics as they do athletics?

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  8. So I was deferred from EA and I applied for RA. While I didnt send any new test scores(ACT/SAT), I did send a new transcript with my 1st semester grades on it. Ive read only those who meet early action criteria will hear back late February. Does this mean Ill have to wait until the end of March to hear my decision? Considering the fact my last semester grades were all A's but there was no improvement on the ACT/SAT. Thanks in advanced

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  9. Academic mom: Without specific information, I could not tell you the exact situation, but Patrick Winter, our Sr. Assoc. Director, who works specifically with Recruitment, would love to hear from you. Go to our Meet the Staff page, http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/meet_the_uga_admissions_staff.html, and you can email him from there.

    Just so everyone knows, we do work with about 60-70 thousand prospective students a year, and it varies as to what we can do for each student. In addition, every college has their own way of recruiting, with a variety of different funding (we have been through three years of budget cuts by the way), and different timelines for recruiting. It does not mean one is right or wrong, just different. For instance, our scheduled programs generally start in late Spring/early Summer, so we do not send out invitations for these until later in the cycle. In addition, some out of state schools have increased their out of state recruitment, as they hope for out of state tuition revenue as a positive.

    Patrick should be able to give you more information, and you should get something from us shortly no matter what!

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  10. Deferred Anon: When we only dealt with about 12,000 applicants, we were able to do recalculations of GPA based upon fall work. Since we have grown so dramatically (about 18,000 applicants), we simply do not have the resources or time to both recalculate all those GPA's, read files, and get decisions out by late March.

    As such, any EA deferred student will most likely not receive a new decision in February unless we received new and improved test scores. There may be a few cases where we wanted to re-review the grades (for instance D or F grades early and we want to see senior work), but for the most part, your understanding is correct. We do have a substantial number of RD applicants who meet the EA criteria, so a large part of the Feb decisions will be RD applicants.

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  11. Current and Hopefully Future UGA MomFebruary 16, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    When do you think February decisions will be released? Last year, my oldest daughter was admitted February 20, 2009, and I just wanted to know if 02-20 could be applied to this year as well. I could not be more proud of my son who has applied to UGA this year, and I am hoping he meets the EA criteria required to receive an admissions decision in February.

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  12. Current//Hopeful UGA mom: I do not think that we will be able to have the decisions out by 2/20, but it will be before the end of February. I will post something here the day of the release of our Feb. wave of decisions.

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  13. Does this decision timeline include transfer decision or do you think some will hear something by the end of the week?

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  14. Anon: No, this is not applicable to transfer decisions, as they are done more on a rolling basis. I would suggest you do a search on the upper right for "transfer", and also look at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2010/01/2010-transfer-applicant-update.html

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  15. Thanks, this blog is awesome.

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  16. I was deferred and applied for RD. Is the decision process work the same way the EA worked? Such as when I go to the application check status page it will show it is offline and will be back up at a certain time? Or do I just have to continuously check from now until late March for a decision to show? I know you have said to be patient and I understand, but just some clarity on how the process works this time around? Thanks so much this blog is awesome.

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  17. Anon: I would suggest looking at the post http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2009/09/early-action-and-regular-decision.html for more details about admission decision timelines.

    As I have been saying, though, we have three times that we release admission decisions; EA decisions go out in mid-December, in late February we will send out a round of admit notices (admit only, no other decisions) for RD or deferred students who now meet EA criteria, and the last round of decisions is released in late March. You do not have to check the Status Check every day, as this is not a good use of your time. As I did for EA decisions, I will post information on the days we release decisions.

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  18. Completely off topic of entire blog but do transfer students have to live on campus?

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  19. Anon: No, transfer students are not required to live on campus.

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  20. I was wondering who will receive admission letters by the end of february, and what does it mean to meet the criteria of an EA applicant?

    Thank You

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  21. Anon: I would suggest reading an earlier post, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2009/09/early-action-and-regular-decision.html, which goes over both what UGA looks at in the EA decision process, and what happens in the Feb. decision wave. This will probably help you, and feel free to ask questions after reading it (along with the other posts and comments about our decision timelines.

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