Monday, May 24, 2010

Freshman Application Changes Part II

As I said in an earlier post, there will be a few changes to the Freshman application this year. I will give you more information later this week on the other changes, but I want to go step by step on each to make sure everyone is comfortable with understanding the changes.

Starting with the Spring 2010 application cycle and beyond, UGA will only be accepting online applications (this applies to freshman and transfers), as we are shifting away from paper. Less than 4% of applicants applied by paper last year, but the delay in inputting information, scanning the documents and interpreting the handwriting proved a great challenge to our office. In order to streamline the process and allow for quicker timelines, we have shifted to the online application only policy. We will still have sample pdf copies of the application available for you to review, but they will have a large "SAMPLE" image across them.

We hope that this will ultimately make the process easier and quicker, and it will assist our office in obtaining more accurate information in an easier to read method. I will post about the other changes later on this week.

Go Dawgs!

14 comments:

  1. I have a question on whether i should apply for early decision or regular.

    my story is that: in high school i tried my hardest but failed a couple of classes but now i am working really hard and bringing up my gpa. I will also be interning with a professor at uga this year. I will be a senior this year.
    I was also in a pharmacy program at uga over the summer. and i have many leadership experiences and extracurricular activities. my only problem is my gpa.
    should i apply early or regular?

    thank you.

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  2. Karen: I do not advise students to apply EA or RD, as that choice has to come from the student. If you want UGA to review your file based upon what we have on Oct. 15, then apply EA. If you want updated grades, new test scores, etc. to be looked at, then apply RD. It is not easier or harder to be admitted to UGA if you apply EA or RD.

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  3. thank you. but i was asking like depending on my grades and all would i be admitted better by EA or RD?

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  4. Karen: Early Action is no easier or harder to be admitted through than Regular Decision, so your question does not have an answer that I can give you. My previous response gives you the question you should ask yourself in determining how to apply.

    Please read a previous post I did last year, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2009/09/early-action-and-regular-decision.html, that tells you the difference between EA and RD.

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  5. When looking at a student, what are you exactly looking for in the admissions process. I read all of the information on applications, but still do not understand what UGA is looking for in a student. For Example, Would a student who's school offers only 8 Aps and 13 honors courses need to take all of those courses, or would taking 6 out 13 honors, and 6 out of 8 AP courses be good enough. Lets say he also has a dual curriculum in his school. What does UGA look at as far as rigor? Not only that but also GPA and SAT scores?

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  6. Anon: Your question seems to have the idea that UGA has a specific profile of an applicant that we compare each student to, and base a decision off of that profile. That is not the case, as each applicant brings their own unique set of positives (and negatives) to the applicant pool, and we determine admission based upon a review of the overall pool of applicants.

    I do not expect a student to take every single AP, IB, dual enrollment or Honors class offered, but we will look at the student's schedule in comparison to what is offered and what else the student brings to the table. We are looking at the overall view of an applicant in the context of that individual student's circumstances. I would suggest you look at my series on file reading to get a better understanding of our review process.

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  7. I just had a quick question. First of all i'm really excited about applying to UGA for this upcoming year! so my question is how many teacher recommendations are required and if it can be any teacher from grades 9-12 including non academic teachers?

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  8. Anon: You do not need a teacher recommendation for Early Action, but you would if you were deferred or are going to apply Regular Decision. The teacher should be from a core academic area teacher, and should be from someone who has taught you within the last 2 years.

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  9. i am an entering freshman in 2011. if i pick the summer 2011 term will it give me a better chance to be accepted into uga?

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  10. Anon: Selecting summer has no advantage or dis-advantage to admission to UGA (and neither does applying to a lesser known major, another rumor that generally goes around this time of year).

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  11. My qustion is how long does the Addimission staffs to file my paper? i sent my counselor evaluation forms on Dec.15 and UGA supposed to recieve it on 16th at noon. However, today, Dec.23, i have checked on my application status which says that they still do not revieced my high school evaluation form. should i wait after the christmas break??

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  12. Anon: I would suggest you send an email to admproc@uga.edu today so we can look into this. One, if it was not a UGA school/counselor form, then it will need to be reviewed and translated to our form. Two, please make sure to include your full name and when you applied, and how the counselor form was sent in (mail, Fedex, etc.). We will only be in the office for one more day, so that is why I am saying email now.

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  13. When are the applications processed for regular decision applicants and when does uga start notifying if those applicants are accepted?

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  14. Anon (and please if possible do not use Anonymous): The RD applications are processed when we receive the application and the supporting documents. We will then do an academic review on the files by the end of January. For any RD applicant who meets Early Action admission criteria, we will then admit in mid-late February (not a large number, but some). For the rest of the applicants, we will be going through a holistic review process from mid-January through mid-March (with a number of EA deferred applicants in this process as well), and we will release final decisions sent out in late March.

    If you are the person who asked about the counselor evaluation that was sent in on 12/15, we still have not received an email at admproc@uga.edu.

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