Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cooking and Admissions

In my mind, there are two methods of cooking; working within the scope of a recipe, and working with what you have available.

When you are cooking with a recipe (let's say a cake), you gather all of the ingredients, carefully measure out everything that is on the list, mix the ingredients, and get everything ready to bake. You set the oven, put in the pan, and 30 minutes later you have a warm, wonderful chocolate cake. Everything is clear cut and exact, and if you do not have all of the ingredients, you will not bake a cake.

Other times, you are cooking based upon what is in the pantry and the refrigerator, and then using the different ingredients to make a great meal (let's say it is soup this time). You look and see that you have a whole chicken, but you are out of noodles, so instead you use rice to bolster the soup. You are low on onions, so you use what the few you have, but add some seasoning salt to add flavor. And then you notice that you have carrots and celery that can be added for color, taste and nourishment, so you add those in as well. In the end, you have a great chicken and rice soup which is unique due to the variety of ingredients, and your next pot of soup will be unique and different due to the ingredients you have available next time, and how they blend together!

This is in some ways the difference between transfer and freshman file review. With transfer decisions, we have a very specific recipe as to what we are looking for in an applicant. You must have a certain number of transfer hours and a certain transfer GPA or higher to be considered, and we only focus on the specific ingredients needed when making a decision.

When we review freshman applicants, we are looking at a much larger number of variables, and each applicant brings their own unique set of ingredients to the table. Applicant X might not have as much of one ingredient, but might have more of a different one. Applicant Y might have an abundance of one spice, but might be missing an important stock ingredient. Each applicant is different, based on the unique things they have to offer in their application and how they blend together. I won't go into each ingredient, but you should be able to look at my series on file reading to get an understanding of what we are looking for, and they key ingredients.

This is why it is easier to tell if a transfer student is within the range of admission consideration, but why the freshman process is much more complex. This is also why, when a person says "How about if I have ...", I cannot give a good answer, as we are looking at all of the ingredients mixed together, and because we are also looking at a lot of applicants for a limited number of spaces.

I hope this helps, and GO DAWGS!

34 comments:

  1. This is an extremely random question, and it's not related to the post BUT - I didn't know who to ask. With the honors program, it is possible to get a combined bachelors and masters degree in 4 years. My question: is there a non-honors route to attaining a combined degree.

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  2. Anon: There are some opportunities for combined bachelors/masters programs (some 4 yrs, some more), and you would want to speak with your academic advisor at UGA. Some information can be see on the graduate school website at http://www.uga.edu/gradschool/academics/special_programs.html. Some of these have ties to the Honors program, and some do not.

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  3. Yea my mom is always telling me that I need to learn how to cook. Hopefully my unique ingredients fit into the UGA soup. Thanks for writing the blog I have been keeping up with it during the admission process. I am waiting... patiently... well trying to wait patiently.
    Thanks again!

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  4. When is the latest admissions would let an applicant know about a summer transfer decision? I feel like it is sneaking up on me.

    Thanks!

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  5. Anon: Because of the proposed budget cuts that I have mentioned before, I can not give you an exact timeline. When things clear up, I will let everybody know about transfer decisions.

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  6. Approximately how many people were deferred from EA this year?

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  7. Is it true that when a transfer applicant has received an associates degree with a 3.0 gpa they receive top priority when making admission decisions?

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  8. Anon: About 4,000 or so students were deferred this year.

    Katie: I am guessing you are referring to the Board of Regents policies, and it talks about transfer students from USG institution if they have 60+ hours or an AA degree and at least a 3.00 transfer GPA. Unfortunately, while it talks about priority admission, it does not define what "priority" actually means, or how any major situations might affect this situation (i.e. the budget issue). Right now, I would just suggest waiting to see what will happen with the budget issue, and we will let you know when we know something.

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  9. someone just randomly told me that the we will find out on the 15 of march did the date change

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  10. Anon: My guess is that the someone who told you this date randomly does not work for the University of Georgia, or have any real knowledge about our timelines. As I have said before, do not listen to rumors (earplugs sometimes help)!

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  11. does sociology count towards my UGA gpa calculation?

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  12. does sociology count toward my UGA gpa? i was wondering

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  13. Sociology is a Social Science class, so yes, it would be used in the calculation of a GPA.

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  14. one more question. i got spanish 1 credit in the 8th grade, not in high school. does that count in my UGA gpa?

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  15. Anon: If the Spanish 1 credit has an actual grade on it, and is treated as a high school class (UGA looks at Alg. 1 and a For. Lang. classes in the 8th grade generally as a high school course) and is on the transcript, then yes, it would be in the GPA.

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  16. if u want to be in the marching band, do you have to be accepted in the music school first?

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  17. Anon: That is a good question, and I would suggest you look at http://bands.music.uga.edu/home/ for more details about the redcoat marching bands, and more details about applying for the program.

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  18. how many students have been admitted so far?

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  19. When do you think a budget cut decision will be made?

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  20. Are transfer decisions still being made while information on the budget cuts is still waiting to be heard?

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  21. Anon I: I am not sure if you are talking about freshman or transfer students, so I am not sure how to answer, but freshman numbers are covered in some of the other posts, and you will transfer information at the end of this comment.

    Anon II: I have no idea when the budget issue wil be settled, but we all hope it will be soon.

    Anon III: At this time, only transfer denials are being sent out, as we do not know what we will be able to do about transfer admission decisions for summer/fall, and we have to wait on the budget decisions before moving forward.

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  22. I will be a senior next year and I am trying to make decisions regarding classes. Do you look more favorably on AP classes for college courses taken at a local accredited college?

    Thanks!
    Alex

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  23. The above question should have read:

    I will be a senior next year and I am trying to make decisions regarding classes. Do you look more favorably on AP classes or college courses taken at a local accredited college?

    Thanks!
    Alex

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  24. Alex: We suggest you challenge yourself as best as possible, and each school/situation is different. Generally, we suggest you try to utilize the resources in your high school first (honors/advanced/AP/IB), but if dual enrollment courses are your best option, then go with that.

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  25. If a transfer student is denied, will their status change in the application status check immediately? If not, how long would it take to change?

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  26. Anon: When any decisions are made, the status check will be updated the next business day. It is not an automatic process where it instantly shows up on the status check, but is an overnight computer system job to post to the status check.

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  27. There is a rumor going around my son's school that you guys are releasing some decisions today. I find this hard to believe, and I was wondering if there was any substance to it.

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  28. Concerned Mom: Ah, the joy of rumors. Remember what I have said about rumors; run away, run away quickly! Since our office is still reading files, treat this as a false rumor and have your son move on as normal with the day. He can then go back tomorrow and do the whole "I told you it was just a rumor" thing.

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  29. I wish to transfer to the School of Agriculture and have 15 credit hours with 14 in process (I'm only a freshman at USC-Columbia), I submitted my transcript and application. I heard that if you want to transfer to this particular school that the credit hour requirement of 30 hours does not apply, is this true?

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  30. Anon: No, this is not correct, as all transfer applicants have to meet the April 1 deadline. We have had an extended deadline in the past for a few UGA programs, but not at this time.

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  31. Will the budget issue be resolved when The Ga general Assembly Session ends

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  32. Anon: I hope so, but I do not know. Again, this is an issue that our office is not in control of, so we are waiting just like you.

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  33. Does it matter which university system school one transfers from, if all the numbers are there?

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  34. Anon: No, we do not look differently at one college vs another, as long as you have attended a regionally accredited college.

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