Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fall Transfer Update Part II

As I stated last week, I will try to post a weekly update about Fall transfers and how the process is going. Since tomorrow is a furlough day, I will be out of the office an unable to see what is going on with the numbers, and our evaluation team will also be out. As such, I am giving you an update today.

Our evaluation team is moving along at a very rapid pace, and we are almost at the same point in time decision wise as last year for transfer students. Over 700 admit decisions have gone out, and over 1,000 decisions as a whole have been made (admit and deny). Taking into account the overall numbers and the number of incomplete applicants, it looks like we have made decisions on just over half of the actionable applicants (files with all materials submitted to UGA). The evaluation team is averaging roughly 60-80 decisions a day, and I project that we will have almost all Fall transfer decisions out by the end of the third week of May.

Again, due to all of the different variables of each applicant, I cannot guess as to when a student will hear a decision, or what exact date we are working on at this time. Please be patient with us as we try to close out the decisions over the next several weeks.

Go Dawgs!

25 comments:

  1. Dgraves,
    If I'm not mistaken, by this time last year some waitlist students had been notified. Throw us a bone! Does it look like the waitlist may be utilized? As we near graduation, it is really a unsettling feeling not knowing where you will be in August. Everyone else is wearing their shirts and putting magnets on their cars! I can assume I'll be at my backup but can't help but hold out hope. I'd like to put the whole matter to bed and be able to enjoy my last month of high school. What do you say?

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  2. Anon: As I have said many times before, I do not comment on a situation unless I know what is going to happen. Right now, we are still waiting on the last of the deposits, and so we do not have anything definite about the wait-list yet. When I know something, I will let you know, but incorrect information would be worse than no information.

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  3. I know that you guys are kinda moving in order for the most part from the fall applications that you have received. I realize that there are special cases etc. that take longer to review and what not too. I'm just wondering if you could let us know when are the average received dates on the applications that are in current review? it would relieve my stress a little. thanks!

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  4. ^ 3rd Week of May DGraves said...

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  5. Anon: As I have said before, I cannot guess on the dates as there are several factors in play, but like the second anonymous said, my guess is that we will be 99% done by the end of the third week of May.

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  6. DGraves, I'm a accepted transfer student for fall 2010. I understand the orientation date has not been posted, but I am afraid I wont be able to make it. I'll be in Africa studying abroad from June 12th to July 11th. Is there a alternative session later in the summer?

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  7. Anon: There is always a late orientation just before the start of classes in August for students who are not able to make any other dates. I would suggest you look at the available dates when fall orientation opens up, and then make a choice.

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  8. Do you happen to know when the commitment deposit is due for fall transfers? I can not find it on the website. I only see the freshman deadline.
    Thanks!

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  9. Anon: UGA does not require a deposit for transfers, so that is why you have not seen anything concerning this issue on our web site. For transfers, we use orientation registration as an indicator of an intent to attend, and the orientation fee is then attached to your student accounts record. The orientation fee is also non-refundable, even if you decide not to attend UGA or orientation, so it serves a similar purpose.

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  10. i applied as a transfer student for fall, do i still receive a letter if am not admitted?

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  11. Anon: We send out 3 types of decision communications; admit letters, denial letters, and an incomplete/late materials email. You will receive one of the three communications depending upon your review.

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  12. Will all of my grades transfer over from my previous university or just the credits I have earned? Does my GPA "start over" when I start at UGA? Thank you!

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  13. Anon: When a transfer student enrolls at UGA, they will have two GPA's. There is an overall GPA, which includes both transfer work and UGA work, and the UGA GPA, which is based only on UGA work. Both of these go on a transcript.

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  14. Hello, I have been accepted as a Fall 2010 transfer student. I have been doing well this semester except I think I may have done poorly on one of my final examinations which may bring one of my grades down to a D. How much will this affect my final acceptance decision into UGA when I turn in my final transcript?

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  15. Anon: Here is what I wrote a week or two ago about a similar issue, hope it helps. "Anon I: If a transfer student falls below the required GPA for admission consideration, the admissions office will review the file to see what has occurred, and how steep the drop was. This will then give us information on the actions to take, from no action all the way to rescinding their offer of admission."

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  16. Oh I see, Thanks for the help! So as long as my GPA remains above the required GPA for transfer admission I should be ok?

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  17. Anon: For the most part you are correct, unless you are put on academic probation or commit a serious discipline/criminal act.

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  18. Thanks DGraves- about the info on transfer Orientation as the commitment!

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  19. I got in!!!!!! thanks DGraves blog is wonderful see you in the fall

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  20. My daughter was accepted!!! I believe I read in one of your blogs that she will get something in the mail that tells her how many of her credits will transfer. It wasn't in the acceptance package that arrived yesterday, so I'm assuming there is another mailing for that?

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  21. Anon: Congratulations to your daughter! We do not send out the transfer credit information in the mail, but instead she is able to access this information through OASIS, the registration system at UGA.

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  22. Are there any plans to go back to the 2.5 min for transfer students who have at least 60 hrs? As a taxpayer in Georgia, I'm really upset that a student who is passing classes, never been on academic probation, works and attends classes faithfully can't transfer into UGA to complete an education. UGA is a landgrant univ. and was set up to educate a diverse population including diversity in GPA's as long as they are passing their classes.

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  23. Anon: The reason for the increase from a 2.50 GPA to a 2.80 GPA for transfers with 60+ hours was due to space on campus, as we are now at roughly 35,000 total students. Over the past several years, UGA had a large growth in transfer students meeting the baseline set for admission, and we could not continue to keep on growing.

    As a taxpayer of Georgia (of which I am one as well), I am sure that you also want the students that we admit to have classroom space, parking spaces, places to study, etc., all within a limited budget. As well, you most likely want the students to continue to challenge themselves and be prepared for the coursework at UGA. The stronger a transfer student is coming into UGA, the better off they are in our classes (in general), and the better chance they have of both being admitted into a major, graduating, and getting a job after graduation.

    Due to the projected increase in high school graduates in Georgia over the next ten years, I do not see demand slowing down for admission to UGA, for freshman or transfers. As such, I do not see a decrease in the transfer consideration levels in the future.

    UGA is a land-grant university, and looks to educate a large number of Georgians. But UGA cannot do this alone, and that is why there are 35 other USG colleges and schools out there. Remember, there are over 300,000 students at USG colleges.

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  24. It seems like the number of freshman admissions should be restricted if space is an issue because it is alot easier to get your core classes at another institution rather than your major classes in your junior and senior years. For students who cannot move or attend another institution in another city, this greatly hinders the ability to complete an education. Also, what should you do if a major such as forestry isn't offerred anywhere else nearby? It seems like UGA is trying to become an "elitist" institution rather than attempting to meet the needs of the citizens of Georgia. Are there ever any transfer admissions waivers for hardship if you are very, very close to the required GPA?

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  25. Anon: We actually do limit the number of freshman students admitted to UGA, as we have 18,000 freshman applicants and can only enroll 5,000. In addition, if we cut freshman students, that would only increase the number of future transfer applicants (denied freshman many times become transfer applicants), thus increasing the competitiveness for transfer admission.

    As for UGA being an "elitist" institution, I personally do not feel that the current consideration levels are in any way elitist, but that is my opinion. For forestry, my suggestion is to speak directly with the people in the Warnell School, talk to them about your interest, and see if they have suggestions about your situation. Since I do not have details about your academic standing, I cannot comment about your particular situation. In addition, if, after speaking with the Forestry School, you can then choose to appeal your decision, and maybe see if either a previous professor or the person from Warnell can write a letter of support. During the appeal process, we do look at a variety of things, including the courses you have taken, your progression, letters of support, etc., and we do look carefully at students who are applying to programs that are not offered elsewhere in the state of Georgia. First though, I would suggest talking to someone in the Warnell School.

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