Friday, May 7, 2010

Fall Transfer Update Part III

Here is my weekly update on the Fall Transfer process, and how the general timeline is looking for this group.

Our evaluation team is moving along at a very strong pace, as almost 900 admit decisions have gone out, and almost 1,400 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 about 70% of the actionable applicants (files with all materials submitted to UGA). The evaluation team is still averaging roughly 60-80 decisions a day, and I still project that we will have almost all Fall transfer decisions out by the end of the third week of May. There may be a few very difficult files (4+ different colleges that we have not dealt with before, etc.) that will still need to be reviewed at the end of my projection, but we still seem to be on track with things.

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.

50 comments:

  1. Hey DGraves,

    Just found out I got in this morning! What should I do now?

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  2. Celebrate! But really, the next step is to sign up for orientation when it goes live on Monday. As well, http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/orientation_to_do_list.html is a link to a to-do list prior to orientation.

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  3. I am looking to transfer to UGA. If I go to Georgia Southern for summer and fall and complete 30 hours will summer and fall count as a year per the requirements?

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  4. Anon: Yes, it is possible to take 30 hours combined in the summer and fall to be considered for the following fall term, but I suggest you be careful not to overload yourself in the summer, as it is a very different type of schedule (more compact terms and longer class hours in summer).

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  5. I think I may be from one of the 4+ different colleges. Will those applications be reviewed by June?

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  6. Anon: I do not know your individual situation, so I cannot give you a specific timeframe. Sorry!

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  7. Do you have a cap on how many fall transfer students you will be admitting? As more and more people get accepted I get increasingly nervous that you're reaching your cap... if you do will you then move to spring admits?

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  8. Jessie: There is not a cap on the number of fall transfers we will admit, as we control the overall size of the transfer classes by the requirements put into place that we post each year. Just be patient as we go through the process.

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  9. Do you know when they application for spring will be up? Is it still rolling admissions for spring applicants?

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  10. I just got an acceptance letter from UGA as a Fall student, which was exciting...but then I received my grades from this term at a smaller school with a couple of surprises. I'm panicking that my grade point average is going to drop below the acceptance rate for UGA. My question is that if I take college classes over the summer and am able to raise it back up, would I still be accepted to UGA or are they going to just drop me as soon as they see the grades from the fall?

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  11. Blair: As the transfer application site states, it will open in late June. As well, we are shifting the deadline for Spring from Sept. 15 to Sept. 1. This is not a major shift, but it should give us a little more lead-in time for freshman files, and we expect that all spring applicants should be able to get things in by Sept. 1 without any problems.

    Anon: I could not answer this question without knowing specifics. My suggestion would be that after you have an official transcript with Spring grades, you should attend a transfer information session (Friday afternoons at 1 pm) with the sealed transcript in hand and talk with the evaluator about the issue.

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  12. is there anyway you could give a rough estimation of the GPAs being admitted for transfer students currently? I hope I get admitted this week sometime.. I am worried about it as well..

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  13. Anon: I am not sure quite what you mean as far as a rough estimation, as there are a variety of students, GPA's and hours within the overall applicant pool. I can say that if you do not meet the stated requirements for consideration, you should expect a denial.

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  14. what time of the day are decisions usually posted? should i be checking the online status check more towards the morning, afternoon, or after 5?

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  15. What do I need to do to let UGA know I am thrilled I got accepted, but have changed my mind about attending since applying? I certainly want my spot to be available to someone on the waitlist and can't seem to find anything telling me how to inform the school of my decision.
    Any information you could give would be so helpful. Thank you!
    ---Erica

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  16. Anon: The status check is generally updated every business day morning by at least 9 am. Every once in a while, we will update the system for another reason (research of data, etc), and it will be updated in the afternoon, but this is not the norm.

    Anon II: If you want to cancel your application, you can do so through the status check. Remember, we admit a % more than will enroll due to the fact that we know not all students who are admitted will choose to attend. A such, one cancelled admission does not mean we will then admit one additional student.

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  17. DGraves, you have mentioned that applicants with 4+ different transcripts may be complicated and take a lot of time to deal with. Does this apply to applicants with a lot of credit hours that do not transfer to UGA (but still have enough to meet the 30 transfer hour minimum)?

    I have over 20 hours that won't transfer to UGA and about 37 that will. I am fearing that the admissions office figuring out my transcript is what may be the cause of the delay of notice about my acceptance (or er, rejection).

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  18. Does being an international student impact when I will hear about a decision? I am one. My transcripts and paid fee was received at UGA on 10 of March. Why have I still not heard a decision yet?

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  19. Anon I: I cannot guess as to your situation, and that is why I left my answer somewhat vague, as I cannot say exactly when each file will receive a decision, or what decision will be determined.

    Anon II: A large majority of the applications came in before mid-March, so it is no surprise that you have not heard a decision yet. As well, it depends upon what your individual transcripts look like when determining a decision.

    As I have said before, please be patient with the process, as we are moving as quickly as we can. Repeated questions about similar issues will not produce different answers.

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  20. I have been accepted and I just got my grades from this semester. Do I need to have my college send you guys the transcript or bring a sealed one when I attend orientation?

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  21. How do I cancel my application through the status check? After I enter my information to log on the status check, it only tells me I have been accepted, shows the college/degree/term I applied for, and required/received documents. There is nothing else for me to select or type.

    If that is the case with the admissions percentages, do I even really need to notify UGA that I wish to deny my admission and stay where I am for the time being? I reevaluated my plans and would prefer to come to UGA for graduate school. I do not want a failure to notify the school now to affect a possible later admission or anything. =D

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  22. Katie: I would suggest you get an official sealed transcript in now (either by mail or by bringing it in), so we can have it before you attend orientation.

    Anon: The cancel option is on the status check for freshman, and I assumed it was there for transfers (but I guess I am wrong). Just send an email to admproc@uga.edu, and canceling your application has no impact on later applications.

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  23. I got accepted and I was wondering where can I check to see which of my classes transfered and which did not?

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  24. LS: You should have received a form called "Transfer Course Equivalency Questions and Answers" with your acceptance packet, and the first question deals with how to view the courses that came into UGA. You would go into the OASIS system on UGA's website after creating a MyID (there may be a few days delay between creating a MyID and being able to access some information), and then go to the Degree Audit report to see how your courses apply to the major you have indicated.

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  25. Trying to see which classes transfer and wanted to know what the asterisks mean?

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  26. Anon: If you look under the instructions, you will see this section:

    "Additional Keys

    A * in a Source Institution indicates any number.

    Example: BIO*** = Nontransferable. This example represents that all BIO courses from the Source Institution not specifically listed do not transfer to UGA. Example: POLS1101* = POL1101 This example represents that all POLS1101* courses (POLS1101, POLS1101H for honors, POLS1101S for summer course) from the Source Institution not specifically listed transfer to UGA as POLS1101

    Other symbols such as # are for internal use and should be ignored. "

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  27. can anyone who has been accepted share what the status check will look like?

    so far it has said name, "Thank you for your interest in attending the University of Georgia. Our records indicate the following:" then goes on to list what i have applied for, etc. etc then the infamous "We have received your application and may still be matching it with other documents and any necessary test scores. Please use this Web site to monitor your file completion process and verify that you have submitted all required materials by the stated deadlines."

    what will it look like once i have been accepted? will the color, font, etc. of the page change?

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  28. Hi! I was just wondering since I applied as a Fall transfer student if I will be notified in the mail of the decision before its shows whether I am accepted or denied under my status check online? I have been checking my status check under the UGA website since I applied and it just shows the documents I have sent in not anything about my actual application. Thanks for your help!
    -Ashley

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  29. Anon: If your computer supports flash, you will see fireworks, and the first paragraph will talk about being admitted to UGA.

    Ashley: The status check changes the next working day after a decision is made, and the letter is mailed out on the same day. Generally, you will see it online first.

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  30. Hi! I got in, and I'm really excited. Thanks so much for doing this blog. Wish I'd found it earlier; it would have saved me a lot of anxiety.

    Question: as a transfer, do I need to have my (5 years old) AP/IB scores sent in, or will the credit that I received for them from my previous university suffice? (FSU gave me roughly 36 hours; it's on the transcript.)

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  31. Rachel: We will use how another college brings in AP or IB courses, as long as it lists specific courses, course numbers and hours. If you want, you can send in the scores, but if you have 36 coming from FSU, then I would not thing you would need to do this.

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  32. If my area * (Ex. A) is satisfied for the general education requirements at my current university, will it be satisfied at UGA? I ask this because I am worried that I will have to take even more classes to earn a degree...

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  33. Anon: If you are applying from another USG school, then the completed core areas will transfer into UGA as completed core areas at UGA. I would suggest you look at the UGA bulletin at http://bulletin.uga.edu/index.aspx and do research on the major you are looking at, as they will have some specifics for your intended major. As well, you would want to look at the requirements for Area F/Area VI (UGA terminology), which is the core area for courses related to the program of study, as this area focuses on major specific classes.

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  34. I got accepted for the summer term...does this mean I'm automatically in for the fall semester too?

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  35. Anon: If you are admitted for summer and attend, you are then eligible to attend for fall and beyond. But if you decided not to attend summer, then fall is not an option. It is just like the idea that if you are admitted for fall and attend, you can then still attend for the following spring, etc.

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  36. Just got in! Thanks for everything DGraves. For all those who haven't heard anything, keep hanging in there. It took over 2 months from me submitting my info to being accepted. Can't wait!

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  37. All my materials were received months ago, but my college sent an incomplete transcript. I just got the corrected transcript to UGA about a week ago. Does this mean I will be one of the last applicants to be reviewed? I am happily waiting patiently, but it would be nice to know I don't need to keep checking my application status for a few days. Thanks so much!

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  38. I applied under the same circumstances as several of my friends. I have 15 hours completed at my current college, and over 15 from AP credits. These credits were counted at my current university. My friends hours were also split the same way. I got my "un"acceptance letter today and it said my hours did not meet the requirements, however all of my friends with the same hours were accepted. What might be the problem?

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  39. Anon I: Generally, a transfer file would be reviewed in the approximate completion date order (not exactly, but pretty close due to limited exceptions), so yes, you may be put at the end of the list.

    Anon II: Were your 15 AP credits on your college transcript as specific classes (ie 3 AP credits, ENGL 1101, 3 hrs), or was it just listed as 15 AP credit hours. We can only transfer in specific courses with a specific course number and course hours, not general "AP credit hours". I am guessing that is the issue, and I would suggest you get a look at the transcript sent to UGA.

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  40. The transcript has a very confusing layout, but it did not list any specific information about the hours. My transcript reads semester hours as 15.5, and total earned hours as 39. When I click on my student records and view the AP course credits accepted by my university it lists them with SPECIFIC courses like HIST1102 (not sure if that is actually a course) but this information is separate from my colleges transcript report. Have I been misjudged? What steps should I take?

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  41. This is continued from my last comment. I just viewed my records online again, and the only thing my transcript indicates is 18 transfer hours, which I assume were not reviewed. However another link in my online records shows the transfer credit with exact courses, and I checked the specific course number and hours and they should transfer exactly. Can I send this in separately or talk to a counselor about alteration?

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  42. Anon: I would suggest you contact our office to speak with a counselor, but we can only go by what is on an official transcript. If the AP credit is not course specific on an official transcript, we cannot use them as transferable coursework.

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  43. i'm starting to believe that UGA has lost my application :( it says my transcripts were received on 3/4/10. i'm really looking forward to your next transfer update DGraves...

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  44. Hey, my transcripts were received on December 23rd! So don't feel like you've been waiting too long. I feel your frustration! Think of the relief when we finally get the letter!

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  45. Maybe they are just trying to see which one of us snaps and goes nuts first lol

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  46. Yeah I agree! I find myself checking my "status" 3x a day!!!! I have a feeling I might go nuts first! Good luck with everything!!!

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  47. Anon I: Since a majority of the applications came in before March 1, generally they would hear first. I ask that you be patient.

    Anon II: I would suggest you contact admissions, as a completed file by Dec. 23 should have a decision.

    Anon III: As I have said before, it takes a while to review files. If you submitted materials or the application in mid-March or later, you should expect a little later decision (I am not sure of your application dates or transcript dates, so you might want to put this in on any later comment).

    Anon IV: As I have said, we update the status in the early morning, so I would not suggest checking the status check 3+ times a day.

    Please remember, we would love to be done with transfer decisions as well, but we have had challenges ourselves that are out of our hands. Budget cuts have severely limited our evaluation team staffing, the state budget slowed us down by 3+ weeks, etc.

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  48. My question concerns the whole gpa thing. I got my acceptance letter 2 days ago, and needless to say I was/am ecstatic. But then I saw that my GPA has fallen below the 3.2 benchmark after this last semester, and I'm VERY worried that UGA will revoke my admission status due to this fact. I won't give the exact number but it is still a 3 but below a 3.2, I'm going crazy thinking about if they'll really revoke my admission...I've worked soooo hard for this. But will they???

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  49. Anon: It will depend on how low your GPA is, what your spring semester looked like overall, etc. I cannot make any promises, as we will have to review each of these cases individually.

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  50. Well in that case, it went from a 3.34 to a 3.06,but I understand. I guess all I can do now is just wait patiently.

    But thank you so much for the help!

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