Thursday, April 15, 2010

Commitment Deposit Time!

We are coming up on May 1, the date by which most freshman applicants need to make a commitment to attend their chosen college. UGA, along with all the other colleges, wants you to take your time and make sure you make the best choice for your future education. You may still be waiting on financial information, taking one last visit, or just trying to make up your mind. If you are still unsure, take the time to make a good decision.

But if you know that you will be attending a specific college, I would suggest that you move forward with sending in your commitment deposit (or whatever action your college of choice asks for), and then let the other colleges that you are considering know this decision. These actions let the colleges know who to focus their attention on, who to now stop mailing materials to (this is probably the highlight for some of you!), and at some point, it will allow the colleges to know more about the wait-list possibilities and overall enrollment numbers.

So if you know where you will be going to college next year, go ahead and let all of the colleges you are working with know this fact. Don't just be involved, be committed!

Go Dawgs!

28 comments:

  1. DGraves,
    I sent my commitment deposit on Monday and my status check reads that it still hasn't been received. When should I see this status change?

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  2. Anon: If you sent it on Monday, understand that it may take a few days to get to UGA by mail, and then the Bursar's office still needs to enter it into the system, and then the next business day, it will show up on the status check. In other words, it takes at least a few days.

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  3. Was admitted as a summer transfer! Thank you so much for this blog! It has been so helpful!

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  4. Hey dgraves i was admitted for summer as a transfer, when will I be receiving more information regarding the next step such as registration and orientation? Thanks

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  5. Tony: You will receive information by early May about summer orientation, and fall orientation information will be sent out shortly after that.

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  6. At this point in time, are deposits ahead of, behind, or about the same as the same time last year?

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  7. wlq: We are ahead of some past years, behind some, and it is too early to tell what it is like for deposits this year.

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  8. Is the only way to submit the deposit is via mail? Wondering if there was an online option.
    Thanks!

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  9. Dad: Yes, at this time the only way to submit the deposit is by mail, although we hope to have an online option next year.

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  10. Do freshman also receive orientation information in early May? I sent my deposit in early April and it was received by UGA two weeks ago, but I haven't heard anything since then.

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  11. Anon: Yes, freshman will be able to start the orientation process in early May, and you should go to the orientation site for more information.

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  12. I was waitlisted but received a T-shirt from UGA in the mail. My status hadn't changed to accepted and I haven't been notified of an admission decision. Was this a mistake? Or have I been admitted? I don't want to get my hopes up....

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  13. Anon: UGA has not admitted anyone from the wait-list yet, so do not take anything that we send to students as an indication of anything. As well, before we admit students off the wait-list, we will contact them by phone. Since I am not sure about the t-shirt (who at UGA sent it, why, etc.), I could not comment on it.

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  14. If i will be at uga on Friday, can i just drop off my commitment deposit to the office of admissions?

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  15. funmi: Yes, you can drop it off at our office, although it actually goes to the Bursar's office, which is about a 2 minute walk from our building. Stop by our office and we can either take it or direct you to the appropriate location.

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  16. OK, I've been searching this site for way too long looking for a way to pay committment deposit online. So that's not happening... How do I need to mark the check so it goes to the right place and gets credited?

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  17. Laura: There is a commitment deposit form in your acceptance packet which has the information needed to submit the deposit. Just in case that is lost, though, the address is The University of Georgia Bursar's Office Rm. 105 Business Services Building, Athens, GA 30602-4227. You will also want to attach the form, or if you do not have that, a piece of paper with your name, SSN, address, email address, phone, and the term you will begin at UGA.

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  18. I have been admitted to the Honors College and really like UGA. I had hoped to receive an out of state tuition waiver, but didn't. As I try to make my final decision, can you tell me are there scholarship opportunities beyond my freshman year as this will factor into my decision?

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  19. mcall: Generally, any scholarships that are given out after the freshman year are done through the specific college that a student is enrolled in, so you would want to either contact that college or visit their web site for more scholarship information. Since the admissions office does not have input into these scholarships, I would not want to give advice on areas outside my control. Good luck with your decision!

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  20. Thank you for the t-shirt. It arrived today and was such a nice surprise for my daughter when she got home this afternoon.

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  21. My child was admitted EA and committed right away, and hasn't received a tee shirt!

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  22. Anon: As I said in an earlier post (a few months ago), when budget cuts hit, we had to cut back on the number of t-shirts we could mail out, so not everyone will receive a t-shirt. I wish we could send them to everyone, but they are fairly expensive to produce and mail. I am not a part of the group that determined who to send t-shirts to, but I am sure they agonized over who they were and were not able to send them to. Sorry!!

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  23. I sent in the commitment deposit on 4/20 and was wondering what to expect next. Will we receive a confirmation email of the deposit and further instructions?
    Thanks.

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  24. Dean: You should be able to go to your status check and verify that we have received it, and then the next communication will be about orientation. I expect that orientation emails will go out in early May.

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  25. I mailed my deposit Tuesday from my brother's apartment, which is right next to UGA's campus. But my status still says that they do not have it. Should I call or am I worrying too much?

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  26. Melanie: Due to the furlough day on Friday, I would not be worried about this yet. Be patient, and if it is not showing up by Wed, then contact us.

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  27. I sent the required forms (Counselor Evaluation and transcript) to UGA recently since I am applying for Early Action. However, I just received a fee waiver from my counselor and the paper stated I had to send the waiver ALONG with my application materials. Moreover, I already checked that my payment will be by waiver. Can I still send the application fee waiver to the admissions office by mail by itself or did I really mess up?

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  28. KW: It is no problem to have the fee waiver form come in separate from the other materials, it is just sometimes easier for your counselor to include it with the other items. Just have your counselor send it in and it will be fine.

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