Thursday, March 18, 2010

Book Recommendation for Parents



Since I cannot give you any news about decisions yet, I have one suggestion as to how you can pass the time during this challenging waiting time. As I have said before, I love to read, and at times I drive my two children crazy with book suggestions. Now I guess it is my turn to drive all of you crazy. I finished a wonderful book last weekend called NurtureShock, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, and for all the parents out there, I seriously suggest it. The book is not  of about the college admissions process or anything even remotely like that, but is instead is a realistic and analytic review of child development. And while some of the information might be about children much younger than the age of your college bound students, it is still a great read! I hope you enjoy it, and please just be patient a little longer (for both freshman and transfer decision information).

Go Dawgs!

40 comments:

  1. I can't wait to get hold of this book...thanks for your recommendation!
    For the meantime, I continue to say my prayers every night for my son. I sincerely hope (and pray) he gets in...GO Dawgs!

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  2. I seriously check this blog every day, and I am very grateful for your updates and patience with us :) .
    Concerning scholarships: I remember you said they would be sent out until April or so, but have the majority been awarded already?

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  3. Anon: Tell your son to be patient for a short while longer, and that whatever the decision from UGA, I am guessing he has several good options. He should select the best option for him and go forward with a strong focus on doing his best, having a strong first sem, and enjoying all the opportunities that college offers.

    Anon 2: A large number of our scholarships have been awarded, but not all. There are still some offers to go out.

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  4. I applied as a transfer student for summer term. My file has been showing complete for six weeks until a two days ago. A transcript from a previous college was missing and was marked with an X. Iam not really sure how this could happen, but Iam sure it does with the large amount of applicants you have. I requested another transcript to be sent but Iam sure as you know, some times it can take up to two weeks. UGA said that they would wave the deadline for me but we are approaching May very quickly. I have been reading this blog and thought it might be a good idea to ask your opinion.

    Thank You!

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  5. Anon: Actually, this does not happen very frequently at all, and generally it is the case of an applicant that either forgets about a previous college and leaves it off the application, or just does not list a college on the application that they attended. It is only after a review of the transcripts that we then find out about the college, and then put it in the system, with a missing transcript then showing in our database. The only other issue would be if a student sent us a transcript over a year ago, and we no longer have it (remember, the status check and the application say to get us updated transcripts if they are over a year old).

    If you have already spoken to someone, then I would not worry, but make sure you get it in ASAP.

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  6. since application status check is down, does this mean regular decisions for freshman will be released soon?

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  7. Anon: Yes, final decisions will be coming soon, although I do not have an exact date yet. As I have said before, it will be by the end of March.

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  8. How are the readings so far, Mr. Dgraves?
    Which part of processing are the counselors on? i.e. still reading the files, or comparing as a whole process?

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  9. will the decisions come out this friday since all the others did?

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  10. I heard the decisions always come out the Friday before April 1st because one year yall got a lot of calls asking if it was an april fools joke that they did not get in. This is what they said at the information session in January so wouldn't that mean that the decisions would be released this Friday?

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  11. This must be a hard time for yall when reading the applications since yall are cutting the class by 500 this coming year isn't it? How are yall handling this and picking and choosing?

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  12. Hi I just wanted to thank you for this awesome blog! This is such a helpful site for students (including me) who are rising seniors and hopefully future dawgs!

    I was wondering if let say a student has consistent A's in his/her GPA but did not take any honors his/her freshman and sophomore year, but took a total of 5 AP's her junior and senior year? is this still considered rigor?

    and for the ACT test does UGA look at the individual sections of the 4 subjects? or the composite socre when comparing to other students (I am aware that UGA "superscores" the ACT sub scores.)

    Thank you D Graves!

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  13. All recent anonymous posts: We are getting very close to being done, and when I know an exact date for releasing decisions, I will let you know. Again, I do not want to say a date if I am not sure, but when I know, I will post it here.

    Future dawg: It is hard to talk about rigor with only a limited amount of information. We look at your four years, the depth and breadth of your rigor, and what the school offers. Just saying 5 AP's does not tell me about the breadth of rigor.

    As for the ACT, we look at the subscores, but with a focus on the 3 (English, math, writing) that connect more with the subscores for the SAT.

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  14. Say you have two applicants, with the same SAT/ACT scores, same amount of community involvment/extracurriculars, etc. Everything is the same except for the rigor of the schedule. (Same school so classes & difficulty would be equal). Would you choose the student who took more rigorous classes and got slightly lower grades (more B's than A's) but challenged themself or would you choose the student who took less rigorous classes and earned higher grades (more A's than B's). I understand that if there is a student who took the more rigorous classes and got better grades (A's with few or no B's) they would be ahead in the applicant pool, but I'm just trying to see which one you would prefer to see. This is not a real situation so I'm not asking you to guess on an acceptance, just seeing what admissions would rather accept into UGA, the one who challenged themself and didn't do stellar or the one who took an "easier" schedule and performed well.

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  15. My junior year schedule was pretty jam-packed with Honors classes and 2 electives (Business Mgmt and Psychology) so I didn't have any quarter class electives. Most people (at my school) balance their schedule with these while still having a rigorous schedule. When it got to my senior year, with the way my school works, block scheduling, there was only enough room for the rest of the classes that I needed to take. I went to the highest courses that I could, not mentally could, but that could actually fit in my schedule. So I was left with a bunch of electives to fill in the gaps, some were required like 2 quarters of English classes (1 credit) has to be taken Senior year. Is this going to look bad if I had a pretty rigorous Junior year and then senior year there was not a lot left over so I had to fill in with electives, that could have been distributed throughout my other years, but weren't because all the classes I was taking freshman-junior year were pretty rigorous too and filled up my whole schedule prior to my senior year? I hope this makes sense..

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  16. Anon: Before I answer your question, I just want to go on record and say I have never seen two identical students, not even ones who are twins or triplets. We are looking at such a wide variety of things, that it does not come down to which one of these we would admit, as we could decide to admit both, admit neither, admit one and WL the other, etc.

    But since you are more looking at our view of rigor, I always say a student should challenge themself, even if they think they will have slightly lower grades. That does not mean you should rush out and take every AP class available and make C's and D's. And their is also the idea of what one individual sees as a rigorous schedule, as their are many viewpoints on this. But, as a whole, challenge yourself, as you will be more prepared for college work, you will be more focused on time management, and you will come out on the better end usually overall.

    confused: Actually, now I am somewhat confused. Are you saying that your school would not allow you to take any advanced courses beyond the required ones needed to graduate for senior year? I would think you would want your counselor to explain this in their letter, as we would want to understand this better. I know there are some specific required courses (health/pe, government, English, etc,), but generally you still have some room for other courses.

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  17. Hey! Since the decisions are rolling in, I kind of wonder, will you even look at my application? You see, I turned the actual application in at around 11 pm January 15 (I know, flame me.) However, the site didn't acknowledge it until Tuesday because payments are only accepted a certain time. So...should I just give up and go to tech? I really really really wanted to attend this school >.<

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  18. Hey! What percent of applicants that apply generally get wait listed?

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  19. late bloomer: If you applied before we shut down the application, and your file is complete, then we will treat your application like any other. I cannot say what will happen, but your application will be treated like any other.

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  20. Anon: I am estimating, based upon past years, that we will have about 1,000 to 1,300 wait-listed applicants, but that is just a rough estimate, as we will know more details shortly.

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  21. What percent of applicants usually get denied?

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  22. @ dawgfan

    Last year I think 55% of applicants were admitted, give or take 2%, so that leaves roughly 43-47% of applicants denied.

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  23. Will we find out via status check or mail first?

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  24. Dawgfan and Anthony: Anthony's numbers are roughly accurate on admits (I think it was actually 53% or so), and about 5-6% were wait-listed. Remember, a number of the denials were also students who did not end of completing their application, so that drops the numbers down a little as well.

    Anon: On the same day that we mail out letters, the status check will open up.

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  25. I have a question...

    Okay, back with being "competitive" since it seems if you are not compeitive, they don't bother looking at EC's or any of that?

    Does being competitive include GPA, Test scores, and rigor? or just GPA?

    I have been thinking about this for the past week or two.

    Also, do you guys first calculate the UGA GPA before determining if they are competitive or just look at the grades and determine it tht way?

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  26. Anthony: If we review a file and determine that a student is not "academically competitive", then we are looking at all of the academic areas (grades, rigor, and SAT/ACT scores). Whenever a freshman applies, we calculate a GPA.

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  27. Someone I know applied as a transfer student (as did I), and she got rejected a few days ago. My question is, are you holding the transfer acceptances and only sending out denials or at this time are you sending out both? And since the application status check is down right now, will we find out via email or letter?

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  28. I am a freshmen applicant for the summer semester. My question is do you ever wait list summer applicants or do you just offer a decision of accept or deny? I would be concerned if I was wait listed for summer as it puts me in a time crunch to make a final decision on which college to accept. Thank you!

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  29. anxious: At this time, we are not sending out any transfer admit decisions, as we do not know how the budget issues will impact our admission decisions. But for students who do not meet our minimum academic levels for consideration, we are able to go ahead and let these student's know that they have not been admitted. Any decisions from UGA are posted on the status check and have a letter sent out as well.

    meredith: We treat summer and fall freshman applicants the same, and even allow them to go back and forth between the two terms if there is an issue where they need to change their term. As such, we also treat wait-list students the same no matter the summer or fall term.

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  30. I hear the decisions are coming out Friday!!!! I am so anxious cant wait to hear! How long does it take yall to stuff all the envelopes?

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  31. I sent in an updated transcript this week and before I did not meet minimum requirements, So will my status change before your decision is posted/mailed out?

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  32. when will you know when the decisions are going to be able to be released? or do you know now, but are just with holding the release date from us? just wondering...

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  33. what exactly does wait listed mean?

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  34. is a 3.61 gpa competitive
    (I calculated it the way the earlier blog post said to)

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  35. If i sent my application by mail is it possible for me to do an online status check when the day comes, instead of waiting for the decision to be mailed?

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  36. Anon: As I just posted, yes final freshmen decisions will be available late Friday afternoon, and they will be available on the status check and with a letter in the mail as well (and yes, it takes a long time to get the mail out!).

    Anon II: You stated that you sent an updated transcript, but I have no idea if you are a freshman or a transfer applicant. If the transcript is late, then we cannot use it. If it is for a transfer applicant and it is before the deadline, then we will use it.

    hmmmm: Not trying to hold the release date, but it was close as far as releasing decisions this Friday or next week.

    Anon III: A wait-list student is one where we are not able to admit a student, but if less admits commit to us than expected, we may admit some students from a smaller group of wait-listed applicants, who were the strongest group of freshman that we could not admit.

    Anon IV: As a GPA, yes it is competitive. As for all of the other things we look at, I could not say.

    Anon V: Yes, if you applied by paper, you can still check on the status check. When a paper applicant first checks on the status check (which many have already done so), they will need to be assigned a user id, and then they can move forward with the status check.

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  37. what was the gpa range.. for rd applicants?

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  38. hmmmm: As I said earlier, I will try to post admission numbers on Friday. As well, when you say rd applicants, do you mean rd applicants or everyone (rd and deferred who were still waiting on decisions) that was in the final decision group. Remember, the Feb. wave of admits had a large number of rd applicants, but I do not think that is what you are asking about.

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  39. do you have any idea or be willing to share at about what time tomorrow the decisions will be out? I know it will be late afternoon but i was just hoping for specifics so i could check it as soon as possible.
    Thanks for the great blog! And i desperately hope to get in, its been a lifetime goal!

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  40. Anon: Late afternoon is late afternoon. When we open up the status page, I will post on here that it is open. Right now, though, I cannot say an exact time.

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