Friday, April 23, 2010

Fall Transfer Update

Although I cannot give daily updates on what is happening with Fall transfer decisions, I will try to post a weekly update either on Thursday or Friday about the progress our office has made in reviewing Fall files. I will not be able to tell you when your file will be reviewed, what date is being reviewed (because it depends upon when a student applied, when the initial transcript was received, when the last transcript was received, and if we have all needed materials, etc.), or why an applicant has or has not heard yet. Our focus is on reviewing files, and we generally can make about 50-75 decisions a day, depending on how complicated the files are.

As of this morning, we have roughly 2,500 fall transfer applications, and my estimate is that about 400 of these applications are incomplete (no transcript, missing transcript, out of date transcript, etc.). We have made decisions on about 750-800 files so far, and fall transfer decisions are our main focus at this time. At times, we may be pulled away for a day or so due to other issues, such as updated summer transfer materials right before summer orientation, or a furlough day (one is scheduled for 4/30).

Please bear with us as we move forward with these applications, as we are working as quickly as possible to make decisions on these files.

66 comments:

  1. I'm really starting to worry that my application is not complete. I only had one transcript to send in and the status check says it has been recieved on Jan 20th. Does this equal a complete application? If it's not complete will I be notified?

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  2. Kclark: If you only had one transcript to get in, and it is showing up on the status check as being in the admissions office as of Jan. 20, then I would assume that your file is complete. What you are not taking into consideration is all the students that applied before you and completed their file before you. We have a large number of applicants who applied in early January or before, and completed their files prior to Jan. 15. As I have said before, please be patient, as we have a large number of applications, and we have been delayed due to budget issues.

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  3. i totally understand it takes time to process everything but it just seems like that movie "Groundhog Day" where everyday I ritually wake up and check up my status and nothing has changed. hah My application got sent in March so I assume it will take awhile...

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  4. Uga saw his shadow. 6 more weeks of waiting...

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  5. I understand that this is a long process and whatnot but the problem is that there are some of us who have to reserve a spot in apartments or dorms. Spots are getting taken away each day and the only way to counter the wait for acceptance letters is by paying a 25 dollar fee hoping that in 14 days our letter will come in saying that we got accepted. This is a very stressing and nerve racking wait. Please hurry <3

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  6. Do decisions made on Friday post Saturday or Monday? Thanks!

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  7. Anon I: For most applicants, it will not be much longer, but if you applied right at the deadline, you will hear later.

    Anon II: As I have said before, we would like to make decisions as quickly as possible too, but it is not that easy. I will let you know that since UGA is opening a new residence hall with 550 beds, there should be more available on-campus housing and/or off campus apartments than in the past.

    Anon III: They have at times posted on Saturday if we had to update the system Friday night, but at times it does not update until Monday.

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  8. I am a denied freshman applicant. I appealed my admission decision, when will I hear back about the status of my appeal?

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  9. My application was reviewed, and was found to be incomplete prior to April 21st. Does this mean my application will be "at the bottom of the stack" of applications, or will my file be re-reviewed now that it is complete?

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  10. Anon I: A freshman appeals meeting will happen in mid-late May, and the files will be reviewed by the admissions office, then a faculty group, and then sent to the President's office. As you can guess, it is not a quick process. I would expect that a decision will be released in late May/early June. As I have said before, almost no freshman appeals are overturned (last year I think there were 2), so I would suggest you look at your plan B.

    Anon I: There are two options for late students. If it was late due to complications from trying to get an update of an old transcript, or another unusual situation, then we would most likely review you at the end of the process. If you just did not get us a transcript until over 21 days beyond the deadline, then most likely we will say that you were too late to be reviewed. We expect students to get things to us on time, or at least within a reasonable timeframe (our faculty expect the same thing in the classroom). If that is the case, you may want to contact our office and ask that your application be moved to Spring 2011.

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  11. I still have not received my Fall transfer decision. However, planning for the worst, if I do not get accepted, how soon can I reapply to transfer? Thank you!

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  12. Anon: You would be able to apply for the Spring 2011 term, and the application will open up in June.

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  13. If my application, fee and first transcript was received in November, and my second transcript was received in early April, where does my application stand in the review process?

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  14. Anon: As I said in the post and in a number of comments, I cannot even begin to say when an individual file will be reviewed. I do not know the situation concerning the second transcript, what your overall file is like, etc. We are moving as fast as possible, so please be patient.

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  15. I know you hear this a million times, but this blog really does help to ease the anxiousness of prospective students. I've been waiting for months, and this blog has helped keep me informed about the timeline. Luckily I found out I got in this morning, but if it wasn't for this blog I would've been pulling my hair out for the past 3 months. Thanks D. Graves!!

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  16. YES!! im in...finally. thanks for everything D. Graves.

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  17. Do you know the dates from summer transfer students to attend orientation?

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  18. Anon I and II: Congratulations!

    Anon III: I do not have the dates, but keep checking the orientation website for more information.

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  19. I am concerned because the date for my making decisions about other schools is May 1st. That is the deposit deadline for other schools I've been accepted to... is there a set date you think all the decisions will be given by? I just don't want to be unsure and thus have to count UGA out of my decision making process. :( Also I submitted in lateish Feb. if this helps.

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  20. Anon: We are moving forward as fast as possible, but I cannot give you any exact date by which you will hear from us. My suggestion is to contact the other college you are looking at and see if you can get an extension, or if there are any other possible options. The other step would be to deposit at another college, and if you are admitted later to UGA, then make a decision on your situation (and let both colleges know).

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  21. When will Fall transfer students need to go for orientation? Also, are transfer students able to get on-campus housing or should we look for somewhere off-campus?

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  22. Anon: As I stated earlier, I do not have the orientation dates, but you should keep checking the orientation site for more details. You should check with housing about on-campus housing possibilities, as there is a new 550 bed residence hall opening up, so that will free up space both on campus and off campus.

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  23. http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/orientation_home_page.html

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  24. What happens if your GPA falls below the 3.2 Transfer standard for Summer Transfer Admissions...

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  25. By attending Orientation for Summer Class, will your advisor also register your for Fall Classes at the same time... Also, what if Fall classes are full?

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  26. 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.

    Anon II: When a student attends summer orientation, the will be able to be cleared by an advisor and register for summer classes. They are not eligible to register for fall classes until after a certain amount of time in the summer term (I do not have an exact date), and they would then work with their advisor to sign up for fall classes. Just like any other college, if a certain class is not available, you would look at signing up for a different class.

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  27. DGraves:

    I just finished my Freshman year at college. I earned a 3.8 GPA with 30 transferable hours. I'm looking to apply for Spring 2011 at UGA. I know it opens up in June, but if you apply in June when will you find out a decision? I need to know where I will be attending school next year by the end of this summer to see if I need to sign a new contract for the apartment I am living in at my school now

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  28. About how many applications still need to be reviewed?

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  29. Hello. I'm sorry if this is interrupting your checking of the applications. I have a friend that found out today that he got accepted when he applied way after I did. I was just wondering if there was a reason for this. Would there be a problem with my application? I just want everything to be alright.

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  30. Anon: At this time, I cannot tell you exactly when you will hear about Spring 2011 decisions, as it is a little too early to know. Last year, we were able to make some decisions in August, but some were not sent out until October if the applicant submitted items at or after the deadline. I would also ask that viewers not guess on timelines based upon past experiences, as their situation might not fit yours.

    Anon II: As stated, I will post information on Thursdays or Fridays on Fall transfer progress.

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  31. I know you cannot give a for sure answer on this, but what are my chances of being accepted for Spring 2011 being an in-state student with a 3.8 GPA and 30 transferable hours? I have never been in trouble at school, either. I just really need to know at least if I have a pretty good chance because I have to make a decision on going to the same school next year (North Georgia College and State University) or transferring to UGA by the end of the summer. If I decide to transfer and don't get in, then I'm screwed and stuck at my community college (Dalton State College) for a whole year since I will have to go there for the fall semester waiting for the spring one to get here to go to UGA.

    Thanks

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  32. Kelly: Here is a copy of a comment I wrote from a question in another post, hope it helps explain things:

    Anon: I have gone over this before, but I will try to explain it again. For the most part, we are making decisions on transfers based upon when the student submitted and completed their applications. For the most part. But, on occasion, you will see a decision for a student who applied later for one of a few reasons. First, the admissions office works specifically with a few UGA colleges/programs that deal with a number of transfers, and at times some of these applicants will hear earlier if that program requests an early review. Second, some decisions are easier or harder than others, thus driving some of the timeline differences.

    It is a complicated process to admit a transfer student, as each class must be entered into our mainframe system, HOPE GPA's must be calculated, courses might need to be reviewed, etc. It does not take long to deny someone, especially if the applicant is well away from the consideration requirements. If a student has a 2.30 GPA with 18 hours, an admissions person can quickly and easily make a decision without having to be trained on keying in courses. This means an admissions person (even myself) can look at at the wide range of applicants to see if anyone is clearly not admissible, thus leaving the possible admits to be reviewed by our transfer evaluation team, which knows the ins and outs of entering in admitted student data.

    Again, we are reviewing transfers mostly by application and completion dates, but there are some occasions where we might not follow this exactly. Hopefully, some of the exceptions will actually speed up decisions, as our evaluation team will not have to review all of the files, and can instead focus on the admissible students.

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  33. Anon: You seem like a strong candidate, but I cannot say anything definite until we review your file, and until we know what the overall transfer situation is like. I would suggest applying and submitting your transcript in June so we will be able to look at your file in the earliest part of the review process, as you seem to need an early answer.

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  34. What about Kelly s question DGraves?

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  35. Thanks DGraves! You answered my question perfectly! Hopefully I will find out soon :) Fingers crossed!

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  36. Anon: It was about 9 p.m. when the question was asked, and I answered just after midnight. I was tied up with helping two children finish homework and getting them to bed, and then taking some time to relax, so please cut me a little slack on the response time.

    Kelly: We hope you will hear soon as well, as we are working on these applications as quickly as possible.

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  37. Which programs request earlier admission decisions? I was accepted into the communication sciences and disorders program, but I have not heard anything from UGA yet. Is this something to be concerned about? Thank you so much!

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  38. Anon: Two UGA colleges we have worked a great deal with in the past have been the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, who have a large number of transfer students and who work with a number of USG colleges in the planning of programs that lead to UGA degrees in these two colleges.

    This does not mean that all applicants to these programs will hear earlier, but some will as they work closely with the colleges in planning out their academic plans. You should not be worried about not hearing a decision yet, and please be patient as we go through the fall applications.

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  39. I got in!!! Thank you so much Dgraves for all you have done in answering my questions! Woo! :)

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  40. Kclark and Kelly: Congratulations on being admitted!

    Kelly: The reason I removed your comment is that when you give the dates of your application and transcripts, it causes expectations for other applicants and their decision times, but their situations might be vastly different from yours. I do not want to set up any timelines for applicants that might not occur.

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  41. I got in! Thanks, this has been a really helpful blog. I also wanted to point out to anyone that just glances at their page that I almost overlooked my updated status because the page does not look different. The only difference is the paragragh that says I was admitted.

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  42. Anon: For most people (unless the computer you are using does not support flash), you will also see fireworks in the upper area of the page if you are admitted. But yes, the status check will always look similar, and the key is the initial paragraph which states a decision.

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  43. I was accepted for this summer, but will I have to reapply for the fall?

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  44. Hey I got in but didn't see my fireworks :( that's alright DGraves I figured that would be a problem

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  45. Anon: If you were accepted for the summer as a transfer student and attend for the summer, you are then eligible to keep on attending UGA for the fall and beyond. If you do not attend for the summer, then you admission offer is no longer valid for any future terms.

    On a different note, if you are admitted to UGA as a transient (or guest) student, you are then expected to return to your home school after the summer term, and you cannot sign up for fall classes. The idea of a guest student, just like guests at your house, is that they will have a great visit, but will eventually go back home.

    I hope this helps!

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  46. Hey!Is this blog for undergrads only? If not pls help!!.I have applied to UGA in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical sciences Deaprtment for a PhD. I was curious to know as to when does UGA send out admit letters. I havent heard from them since 2 months now.

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  47. Anon: This blog is only about the Undergraduate Admissions process, as that is the office where I work. I would suggest you contact the specific department for more details on your graduate application.

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  48. What are chances of getting accepted if my gpa is less than a 3.2? and possibly a late transcript?

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  49. First I just want to say that this is an awesome idea, I wish more schools had done this when I was applying as a freshman, it would've been a lot less nerve racking.

    I know that there are set GPA standards for admission, however I'm now in my 3rd year of school and have really only had one bad grade since my freshman year. I was wondering if you knew if admissions looks at improvement, or do they really just see that if it doesn't meet the required GPA that admission won't be granted. I had a really rough freshman year, and have really done everything I can grade wise since then to boost my GPA and it still has me in a very gray area for admissions.

    Thanks a lot for taking the time out to answer all these questions, I can tell answering them can be awfully stressful on you haha, and it's really appreciated.

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  50. DGraves:

    I know this may be a little too much to ask, but if I send you an e-mail with my courses that I took this year at school and what school I attended could you tell me if they transfer to UGA or not? I'm not sure how to work the transfer equivalency thing, and I would really like to know. It would only be 10 or 11 courses.

    Thanks

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  51. Andrew: I am guessing you are talking about transfer admission in your comment. In reviewing transfer files, we are looking at your overall academic situation, not a term by term review or a focus on GPA growth or decline. So look at what your overall GPA would be, and then the transfer hours, and you will get an idea of your situation.

    Anon: No, I cannot reply to an email with your classes and how they would transfer, as this would then lead to a large number of similar requests that I could not handle. I would suggest you either look closer at the transfer equivalency instructions, or sign up for a Friday afternoon transfer information session.

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  52. Hi, i just got accepted on tuesday. When i try to signup for myid, i filled out my information and it said that my social security number has already been used. what should i do?

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  53. Nhat: Are you using the same SSN that is on the application? I would first suggest you are using the correct SSN (both with what you have and what you gave UGA). You can then contact the MyID help desk, or if you have given UGA the wrong SSN, you should contact the Admissions office at admproc@uga.edu about this situation.

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  54. Hey, I was notified today that I was denied admission as a Fall 2010 transfer. My GPA is a 3.5 and I have 33 hours, so I am quite shocked that I didn't get in.

    Is there an admission decision appeals process?
    If so, how do I go about it?

    Thanks so much for your blog!! It's been really helpful!

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  55. How can i check to see if i entered the wrong ssn on my application or not?

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  56. Anon: Before we go into the appeals process, I would suggest you make sure that you and the admissions office are on the same page. First, the denial letter will state the GPA and hours we have calculated for you. Second, you should look at both a copy of your transcript(s) and our transfer FAQ (http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/transfer_faq.html), to make sure you understand what UGA looks at in the transfer review (for instance, a number of applicants do not understand how UGA looks at AP exam credits). If you still have an issue, you should then call the admissions office to speak with a counselor.

    Nhat: If you printed out a copy of your application, it would be on there. You can also review your status check page and the Information Change page (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/apps/infochange/). If you still do not see what you have entered for your SSN, contact our office at admproc@uga.edu.

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  57. Is it to late to apply for fall admissions as a transfer?

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  58. Anon: The deadline for applications and materials for Fall transfer admission was April 1. As such, we are almost a month beyond this deadline, and the application has been shut down. You should review our transfer web site for both future deadlines and requirements.

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  59. If a class transfers according to UGA's transfer equivalency search, does that mean it counts for the same amount of hours at UGA? I have 30 hours completed, so I need for all mine to transfer with the same amount.

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  60. Yes assuming they are semester hours and not quarter hours ,and if they all transfer.

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  61. Anon: Generally the hours come in the same, and if there are differences in the hours from your college to UGA, we will generally adjust things with an additional elective hour.

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  62. Hey, I hate to be repetitive with my questions but I've just found this resource. I am a transfer student for the Fall 2010, I applied back in February (Febuary 17th is when UGA received my transcript to be exact) and I haven't heard back. I read on earlier responses that an acceptance/denial comes with how early you applied. Would you know of any reason why I haven't heard back? Should I contact admissions? Thanks!
    -RoxD

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  63. Ok that is good news to hear about the transfer hours. I attended another University System of Georgia school my first year so I would assume all the hours would transfer the same to UGA as they were at my school.

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  64. RoxD: As I have said before, I do not have an exact date on when people will receive a fall transfer decision, as there are several variables that come into the equation. Just be patient as we go through the applications.

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  65. I plan to apply to transfer to UGA for the 2011 Spring semester. My grade point average based on my Technical College is a 3.5, will UGA transfer my grades to the UGA scale of plus / minus?

    Also, I will have completed 33 hours of transferable credit to UGA. Will the lack of hours hinder my chances of being accepted?

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  66. Anon: The GPA we calculate will not be a +/- system, but will be a straight A-F grade scale. If you have 30+ hours, then you can be reviewed for transfer admission, and students with 30 hours are treated the same as students with 59 (the same with a student with 60 vs 100+ hours).

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