Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Final Decisions!

Yes, the question that all freshmen applicants (and their parents) have been asking again and again can finally be answered. Final decisions for freshmen applicants will be released on Friday, March 26! As normal, we will open up the status check late afternoon on Friday, and applicants will be able to view their decisions. As well, decision letters will be sent out by mail.

There will be three decision groups (Admit, Deny and Wait-List), and in a nod to the great blog that Dean J does at UVA, I will try to post some information on all three of these decisions. Starting on Friday, I will also change the settings on the comment section so that I can monitor any comments before allowing them to post to the site. No matter what your decision, please make sure to think before commenting, as this is an emotional time, and you probably do not want to write something you may regret later.

Remember, we cannot and will not give out any decisions by phone or by email, and we are as happy as you are to have decision day finally be here.

Go Dawgs!

67 comments:

  1. Will transfer students receive their decision Friday?

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  2. Hanah: First, individual transfer decisions are not quick, and it takes a while to review each one. As well, until the latest issue with the budget situation, we would do transfer decisions on a rolling basis (release decisions day by day as we made them). Since we have not been given specifics about the budget, we cannot move forward with transfer decisions yet, but we hope to be able to soon.

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  3. What are the numbers....total applications received, number admitted, number denied, number wait listed?

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  4. How do you pick and choose who gets off the wait list?

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  5. So then there's no reason to check the application status check for tranfer decisions until you let us know when the school gets told something about the budget cuts, correct?

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  6. Anon I: On Friday, we will release the decisions, and we will also send out the press release with the details of these figures. I will wait until then and link to it, as it will spell it out very clearly.

    Anon II: Generally, we will have about 1,000-1,3000 students on the wait-list every year. When we do our holistic review, we are able to determine the strongest group of students (looking at the rough numbers above) who we are not able to admit and put these on the wait-list.

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  7. Do you atleast have a rough estimate of how many admits for this last wave? 2000+ I hope!!

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  8. Thanks so much for letting us know. You have been wonderful and very patient with us!

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  9. @ Anonymous, I remember him saying in one of the other blogs in the comments that is was around 2500. This probably changed, but I remember him saying this.

    Well, looks like it's coming down to the moment of truth...I've seen people get in with my GPA so I think I was academically competitive...hopefully...
    Expecting a rejection, hoping for an admission.

    Good luck Everyone!

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  10. oh goodness, how exciting! best of luck to all! thank you d. graves and please give a a HUGE thanks to all of those of you who have tirelessly put forth all this dedication! :)

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  11. Ahhh I am so anxious. Thank you DGraves for this blog- I've been checking it daily for the past several months, even sometimes more than once a day, and it has helped so much. You've been so helpful and patient answering all of these questions. It is relieving to finally know a specific day when the decisions are being released but now I'm so nervous!

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  12. Based on past posts it sounds like it will be under 2,500 admits this round. I seem to remember one post that said they expect to have 9,500 admissions. They had 6,000 ED and another 1,500 in the second wave so that leaves 2,000 for this group. The ED group looks like over 50% admit rate and the RD group looks wayyy smaller given that there will be admits from this wave that are from deferred ED. Would be interesting to see those stats. Will you post that information in the press release or on the blog?

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  13. Thank you so much for this blog. It has been so helpful through this whole process!

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  14. d. graves, first this blog is great. second i'm really nervous about friday. my UGA gpa is a 3.32. is that too low?

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  15. Anon, Shell, Anthony, etc: We will post the numbers on Friday I believe, and I will link to it from there. As for the balance of EA Dec. admits vs. later ones, please remember that over 60% of our applications came in EA, both EA and RD are treated the same overall, and the EA applicants generally are stronger overall academically because many are looking at scholarships that have earlier timelines, and because students self-select to apply EA or RD based upon their view of their academics.

    I am glad this blog is a help to everyone, and I am also glad that we are finally ready to release decisions!

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  16. my SAT is not in the uga mid range, but my ACT is. my dad had both sent because i took both december. should he have just sent my ACT?

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  17. Anon: I can not guess about a GPA and what is or is not too high or too low.

    As well, for the post stating "my SAT is not in the uga mid range, but my ACT is. my dad had both sent because i took both December. should he have just sent my ACT? ", for some reason, your post has not displayed. But the answer is that we are looking at the strongest scores, so a low SAT coupled with a strong ACT means we would focus on the ACT. No reason to worry about sending the SAT.

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  18. Seth:
    I am going to UGA next year; but, I also applied to University of South Carolina, and a month after they accepted my admission, they sent me a letter granting me scholarship money even though I did not apply for scholarship money. Does UGA also send out these late letters with scholarship money?

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  19. Well this journey is almost over and hopefully it will have a happy ending for my daughter. Either way, I just wanted to tell you that this blog has been a great tool for us. It has been many, many years since I applied for college and let me tell you things have CHANGED! Thanks for the valuable info, for answering every question and for keeping us up to date on this entire process! And thanks to the rest of the staff for their hard work and diligence too! Looking forward to Friday!!

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  20. Hi DGraves, while we are on the subject of Test scores, I have a question you may be able to help me with. I sent an ACT score and SAT score. I did not take the writing part od the ACT brcause it was my junior year but i did for the SAT. My ACT wa a 25 while my SAT was an 1110 without writing (670 in writing). By the time I saw on the status check that I must take the writing portion of the ACT in order to use it, it was too late to take it again. My SAT does not fall in the mid-range but my ACT does( barely). When looking at applications will admissions counselors not even consider the ACT score because of this or will they only look at one with all of the components(SAT)? And I know that standardized scores count less than other factors like GPA and rigor which I feel confident about, but I feel that it can be what makes it or breaks it for me and I have been curious about the answer for a while.

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  21. Seth: For the most part, we have already offered all of our scholarships, but there may be a small number that goes out between now and mid-April.

    Anon: We need to have the writing portion of the ACT in order to use it for review purposes, so no, we would not have taken it into consideration. I will say, though, when looking at the ACT and the SAT, we are looking at the individual subscores, and with the ACT, our focus is more on the subscores that match the SAT areas (English/C. Reading, Math/Math, Writing/Writing). I am guessing if you look at the subscores of the two tests, they might look very similar.

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  22. Thank you for answering my question regarding the standardizes tests!!

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  23. My ACT superscore was 27, and I got a 26 on Math and 34 on English. If only those two subjects counted the average would be a 30, but since I scored lower in Science and Reading it brought the overall composite score way down. How much does Reading and Science scores of the ACT count or did you even consider those subject scores at all?

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  24. i was looking at college board and it said 2% of admits were in the bottom half of their class. how could be? amazing SAT?

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  25. Do you wait until late in the day on a Friday to post decisions so those who do not get in can't call you office until after the weekend?

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  26. Is the reading section of the ACT not equivalent to the SAT critical reading section? So UGA mainly looks only the writing(essay), math and English for the ACT test?

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  27. Anon and ACT tester: As I have said a number of times, we look at the ACT overall, but we also specifically use what the ACT and the SAT have determined to be compatible, which are the SAT CR with the ACT English, the SAT math with the ACT math, and the SAT writing with the ACT English/Writing combined. They even post concordance tables to compare these sections. But as I have said, we look at the overall scores and more specifically these areas due to comparison of the two tests.

    Anon II: First, remember what your mom always said about assuming, as "an amazing SAT" is generally never the answer. Outside groups do not always get data correct, or they have old data, as the 2% is not accurate. We will have a small number of admits in the lower half of their class, though, and it is due to a number of factors. For example, there may be a person who is 4/7, but the decile is not an accurate indicator of the student. Another example would be a student who had a poor first year or so, but has shown amazing growth and challenge over the last 2 years. In addition, we will have some students with special talents (for example a great artist or musician who has been noticed by the accompanying UGA program) whose artistic talents overshadow their decile.

    Anon III: We generally notify people on a Friday so students and parents will have the weekend to digest the information and, if angry, cool off before writing or saying something that they then wish they had left unsaid.

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  28. OK, So I KNOW what you said about rumors but my daughter was told that there are people that were admitted in early decision that later received letters retracting that decision due to budget cuts for UGA. So she does not believe this is a rumor. I can't imagine that this has occured but can you tell me if this was the case?

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  29. Anon: There is a great show that my son and I love to watch on the Discovery Channel called Mythbusters that is great, and I want you to recommend it to your daughter. Question 1: Does she know anyone that this happened to, or has she ever met anyone in this situation? There are no applicants who have had their admission decisions retracted due to budget cuts. Zero, Zip, Nada.

    It is a rumor based upon bad reporting by an Atlanta news group, and you should ignore it.

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  30. D.Graves... I was just curious if during this admissions process,do all the counselers use a scorecard or something similiar in deciding who gets in and who doesn't as they review each section of a students app. It seems that would make it a more uniform process.

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  31. when do the students who get wait-listed find out if they have been admitted or not?

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  32. Anon: The word scorecard sounds a little too harsh, but I am guessing every college that does a holistic review process has some sort of form that looks at the different components that are key to their review (like the areas I mentioned in the six part post about file reading). Ours is a detailed process, but one in which we try to be uniform in the way in which we review files.

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  33. ACT 29
    SAT 1200
    GPA 3.4
    Excellent resume
    Eagle Scout
    Athlete
    AP Scholar
    One D Junior Year
    Otherwise- excellent grades

    Should I be hopeful or doubtful??

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  34. Anon I: Generally, wait-listed students will find out a decision between early May and late June, depending upon our review of who has said yes to enrolling at UGA.

    Anon II: I do not guess, sorry!

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  35. If I am wait listed is it a good idea to send a letter with other activities I have participated in since I filled out my application? or... should I just leave the office alone. It seems like they have alot on their plate.

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  36. Anon: For right now, I am going to wait on giving suggestions out, as you do not know where you fall within the decisions. Any wait-listed student will be given specific details on what to do and not to do about the process.

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  37. is a 3.3 uga gpa competitive?

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  38. Is "late afternoon Friday" before or after 5:00?

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  39. Anon I: I really cannot get into what is competitive or not competitive at this point, especially with only one factor, only one of me, and so many prospective students.

    Anon II: 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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  40. Earlier you wrote "we also specifically use what the ACT and the SAT have determined to be compatible, which are the SAT CR with the ACT English, the SAT math with the ACT math, and the SAT writing with the ACT English/Writing combined." Concerning the "ACT English/Writing combined" score, what if a student gets an 8 of 12 on writing with an English of 23 on first take (combined of 23), but on second ACT attempt, scores an English of 31 without retaking the essay--does the student get a recalculated combined writing score as if 31 and 8/12 were together? or just stuck with lower? Thanks.

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  41. I just wanted to appreciated you for all of the time you have taken to thoroughly answer our questions. This blog has been so helpful throughout the whole process! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow! Good luck everyone!

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  42. Even though my SAT score is right in the middle percentile, I'm most likely not going to get in, because my GPA is way too low and I have made some mistakes that will prevent me from admission to the University of Georgia. However, I'm planning to work hard and transfer to the UGA next year. Regardless of the decision I receive tomorrow, I would like to thank DGraves for all the patience and care you has given to every anxious student ready to start the next stage of their lives. Again, Thank you!!!

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  43. is the ACT superscore the one that was listed on the status check or is that just the highest score?

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  44. Hopefully A Future Bulldawg!March 25, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    You have done an AMAZING job of keeping us entertained and occupied while you guys have been working so hard in trying to figure out admission decisions! I really want to thank you for that. I am praying to the up most extent to hear some good news. I remember my heart dropping when I was deffered. I really hope I get much better news this time around. Once again thank you so much for being so patient with us and always being so willing to answer so many questions!! =)

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  45. About how many students were accepted this year after being deffered in the ED process? I know you said the stats will go out later on tomorrow but I just wanted to see if you can give a round about the way you did about the amount of kids who get wait listed every year.

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  46. So as of now no transfer students are being accepted until the budget cuts decisions are made? If there are budget cuts will transfer students still be admitted? Or is there no hope?

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  47. Am I at any disadvantage by being deferred?

    No. In past years, a large number of students who were deferred initially were eventually offered admission to UGA.

    I found this at: http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/deferred_applicants_faq.html

    Is this true?
    Are most kids that are deffered that do part 2 of the application eventually offered acceptance into UGA? Does eventually mean Regular Decision?

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  48. Does anyone know decisions ahead of time?

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  49. DGraves, I just wanted to say this is (in my diction) a "legit" blog. Thank you for patiently dealing with anxious concerns and responding to them efficiently. I hope you maintain this blog in the future. Whether I get in or not tomorrow, I must say: GO DAWGS!

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  50. Anon, me too, My gpa is low because I messed up my junior year because some devestating things came up and my grades dropped plus I was taking a sorta rigourous courseload like Pre-Calc. The thing is, my senior years are higher then average gpa here at UGA and my freshman/sophmore grades are good also, but I dont know if they even took that into consideration. My SAT/ACT was right below the middle percentile and my rigor is probably the top 25% of my school or Advanced with 3 AP's and numerous Honors.

    My teacher recommendation was amazing and I think I had good awards/comm. service/essays/summer activities.

    I'd say if I had a better GPA, my chances for admission would have shot up largely. That's why I've been asking so many question about competitiveness.

    I've seen people get in with my low GPA, but they had good test scores, whereas I have a bit above average, still not in UGA's 25-75% perentile, but I would say pretty close.

    Miracles happen though and I just hope they looked beyond just my juniors grades and considered other things.

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  51. Anon I: This is a pretty technical question about the ACT, so I will have to look it up and get back to you if different, but I believe it will calc the highest combined English/Writing.

    Anon II and III and Hopeful: Thanks, and good luck in your first year of college, either at UGA or at another great college.

    Anon IV: The ACT will show the superscore.

    Anon V: I do not have any ED deferred info, and that might come out later than Friday, as our first focus is just getting decisions out and second getting the overall numbers so people can see what the class looks like.

    Transfer Anon: I fully expect that we will be admitting transfers, but it is the number that we are not sure of, so we have to wait until we get a clearer picture before moving forward.

    Anon VI: We do not treat EA deferred any differently than RD applicants, either in a positive or negative way. I will say though, that "a large number" does not equal "most". And eventually meant either final decisions in March or off the wait-list.

    Anon VII: Generally, the only ones that know are the admission people and the higher administration at UGA, so no one else should know.

    Anon VIII: Thanks for thinking of me as legit (especially since I work in the office and read just over 1,400 files this year!). Seriously, though, I am glad that people are using this as their real source of information, and not word of mouth or other so called "admissions advice" sites.

    Anthony: Good luck tomorrow, and know that we do look at everything in the file, while trying to look at it in comparison to the other applicants as a whole. My suggestion is not to compare yourself to others that you know that are admitted or not, as you probably will not know all that is in their application.

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  53. DGraves, thanks so much for the informative blog. This has been such a great resource. You rock!

    Good luck today, everyone!

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  54. will the decisions be up before 6 o clock?

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  55. Dawg Mom: Thank you for the kind words!

    Anon: As I said before, "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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  56. I am a transient student hoping to be admitted for just the fall semester 2010 from a UGA partner university in the UK. Will my decision come through today too? I applied on paper and it was sent through my university to UGA so think the process might differ a little.

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  57. Anon: The decisions that will come out today are for freshman applicants, not transfer or study abroad transient applicants.

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  58. Thanks so much for your time! You have been wonderful and very patient with us throughout this process ....

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  59. Thank you so much for the great information you have been giving us throughout this entire process. I am hoping for good news this afternoon!!

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  60. This news has been killing me. I am not very hopeful because i didnt take many AP classes and my gpa is about a 3.65 but i moved from state to state so it was hard to adapt to each place.

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  61. We got good news this afternoon! My daughter was accepted to UGA!!! GO DAWGS!!!! We are so excited! Where are the Fireworks? We were looking for them!

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  62. Pam: If a student is admitted but the fireworks do not show, it is generally due to your computer and what images (flash, etc.) is allows to be shown. Other than that, I could not tell you.

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  63. Okay! we will check again! Thanks for your reply! GO DAWGS!

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  64. Does UGA look at the SAT Writing section?

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  65. Anon: Yes, UGA looks at the Writing section of the SAT/ACT's.

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  66. does UGA take the writing section into consideration for admissions?

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  67. Anon: As stated above, UGA does use the writing section of the SAT/ACT score report.

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