Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Wisdom of Walt Disney

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."  Walt Disney


A recent post brought up a good point for all high school junior and below students and parents about how to learn more about colleges and the opportunities at each institution. In order to start the process, you need to quit talking about colleges and actually begin the college search process. This means sending colleges your SAT/ACT scores (like the family from the recent post did), visit the campus to take a tour or attend an information session, sign up on a schools mailing list, etc. It is only then that a college will really start to know more about you, and can start to communicate with you. Every college will have a different time line concerning how and when they send you things, based upon their budget, their time lines, and the information you give them. But no matter what, a college can't really start contacting you unless you start the ball rolling!


We have a few families every year who are unhappy because we "heavily" recruited a friend or neighbor, but "barely" recruited them at all. When we go back and look at their file, it is generally due to the fact that we only learned about the student when they applied, and that was generally right around the deadline. In pulling up a random applicant for this coming fall, I see that she did a great job of contacting us early (fall of her junior year), and has since had about 10 different communications from our office. Contrast this with the following student in our recruitment database, whose first action was to send us test scores in late December of his senior year, and who applied right on the deadline. He has given us almost no time to communicate with him at all!


So the best thing you can do now is to start working with colleges early (soph. to junior year) by visiting the campus, sending SAT/ACT scores (remember, we only look at the strongest sub-scores, so there is no negative to sending us junior year test scores!), going to college fairs, and generally just letting a college know that you are interested. With 60,000+ prospects every year, I can't say that we will send you 2 or 3 letters every week, but you can at least put yourself on our radar. So as Walt Disney so succinctly uttered, "quite talking and begin doing!"


Go Dawgs!

14 comments:

  1. I like this blog more and more every day. Thank you for this blog post inparticular. If UGA wasn't her first choice I don't think the heavy recruitment by others and the lack of recruitment by UGA would be an issue. But it's good to know how things work. We have been up for the tour (loved the little mini-buses) and then actually came back that weekend for the UGA-Auburn game. So she's sent scores, toured and looked into Honors/Myers. She just needs someone to throw her a bone. But all in good time. So in about 6 months she'll be sending an application your way.

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  2. I tried to check my status check this morning (I can't help it) and it won't let me log on. It says my username and password are invalid. My application was complete the last time that I looked. Is there any way something could have happened to my application? or is it a system problem?

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  3. One more thing... the "try the different login screen" isn't available either.

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  4. Anxious to hear: I am guessing that you have an error when entering in your username and/or password. Underneath the sign-in is how to access a forgotten username or password, so I would suggest using this. For security sake, we have now removed the alternate login screen (we have been phasing it out slowly), as UGA and the state are now going away from using an SSN in any login screen.

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  5. How is the RD applicant pool faring against the EA pool? Are the stats significantly lower than the EA pool? Also, do you have a rough estimate of how many applicants will be offered admission this month? Thanks!

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  6. Jess: Once we are at this stage, our office does not treat the RD applicants differently than the EA pool, so it would be tough to say. Generally, the EA pool is somewhat stronger academically as a whole because a large number of the very strongest students go in that direction, but we also have a large number of very strong RD applicants that will be accepted in the Feb. wave.

    When we are looking at the deferred EA applicants and the RD applicants together, I do not see a big difference overall.

    At this time, I do not know how many students we will admit in the Feb. group.

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  7. Do you know when the Feb. decisions will be out? Will it be by next week?

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  8. Anon: As you might have seen from previous posts right around EA decisions, I never give out an exact date, as things change at times, and I would not want anyone to be upset if I said a specific date and it somehow changed due to some issue.

    What I will do is post information on this blog the day that decisions are to go out, and I am still expecting the second wave of decisions to go out before the end of February.

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  9. My daughter was deferred EA and has applied RD. She sent in an updated transcript with a new and higher GPA! (Block schedule) Her "Application Status Check" states "You have applied under the Early Action decision plan." It does not state "You have applied under the RD plan." Is it showing Early Action because of her new transcript and new GPA? Does this mean that she might be considered for the Feb. wave?

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  10. Betty: Your daughter applied EA and was deferred, as such she is a deferred EA applicant. Students who applied RD are classified as RD. We do not treat either group any different, but for internal purposes (tracking deferred students who still need to send in part II, making sure an RD applicant knows their timeline, etc), your daughter will always see her file as an EA applicant who was deferred.

    As for the Feb. wave, all deferred students and RD students will be considered. But, as I stated in another comment, we do not have the time or the manpower to recalculate all of the updated transcripts (unless people would be okay with decisions coming out in May!), so generally only deferred students with new SAT/ACT scores might hear in Feb.

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  11. Ok follow me if you can. Freshman year public high school, regular schedule. Sophmore year private school, block schedule. Junior year back to original public school which is in it's first year of block schedule.

    1) How crazy is her transcript going to be to read and how often do you update school profiles so you will know her school is now on block schedule?

    2) How bad will it look that she tried another school and came back?

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  12. Flip-flop: 1) Yes, the transcript will be a little crazy, but no worse than some other transcripts we have seen. There is one public school in the Atlanta area that has block, semester and quarter classes offered at the same time! It should not be a problem for us.

    2)Wherever she applies to college, have her write a brief note (for UGA, it would be in the special circumstances section) that explains the changes and why she opted to go this route. This will help us better understand what was going on, and will not leave us scratching our heads. It should not look bad, unless there was some major problem as to why she left X school (failing grades, discipline issue, etc.), which I doubt is the case here.

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  13. Thanks again for the quick answer. No the public school where she was is a bit out of hand right now. Issues with discipline/administration/BOE. So we took her to a private school but they couldn't live up to the AP curriculum they promised (had to let some teachers go/had more interested than anticipated in AP courses). So she came back to the public school and is in an all AP day pretty much. Just looks kindof scary to read her transcript.

    Is there a special circumstances area in the EA application or just the extended RD?

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  14. F/F: Yes, there is a section for special circumstances on the EA app, and as well on the extended part of the app for RD students.

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