Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Freshman Application Changes Part III

In reviewing the UGA admissions process and the information that we ask for on the application, we started looking at Part I and Part II of the application more closely. While the separation into two parts has worked well for UGA (and for the applicants), we want to make sure we have enough information from students during certain time periods in the admissions process. For instance, during the Early Action period, our focus is primarily on an applicant's academic areas (grades, rigor of classes, test scores, etc.), but occasionally we need to look at the entire applicant. In addition, UGA is starting to expand our process of reviewing files for scholarship to include more review of an applicant's extra-curricular activities.

As such, we will be shifting a section of Part II of the application to Part I. We will be moving the "Leadership and Activity Record" section to part I, which includes a student's school and community activities, athletics, honors and awards, work experience and summer activities. Part II will be primarily the four short essays, as well as a small section for any updated information for deferred students.

This will not change the way we review EA or RD applicants, but it gives us more information if needed, and will eliminate the issue of EA students wanting to send in a resume. I repeat, this will not change the way we review EA or RD applicants. We also hope that this will make life a little easier for deferred EA applicants, as it will give you more time to focus on just the short essays, and will be quicker for you to complete part II now.

15 comments:

  1. This is an off-topic question. I have not yet received any sort of "official" confirmation of acceptance in the form of a paper letter or an e-mail. However, my Application Status Check page is reporting that I have been accepted. I just wanted know if I should consider my acceptance "official" if I have not yet received an acceptance letter.

    Thanks!

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  2. DeutschDawg: My guess is if your status check shows "Admitted", then the letter is most likely in transit through the mail system. Be patient, but know that the status check is how most students see they have been admitted.

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  3. This site is a great resource. Thanks again.

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  4. Does this mean that "Leadership and Activity Record" will affect EA decisions? I think this is a great idea Dgraves!

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  5. Anon: Please review the last paragraph of my post, as it starts off with "This will not change the way we review EA or RD applicants at all, but it gives us more information if needed, and will eliminate the issue of EA students wanting to send in a resume."

    There are a small number of EA files every year that we review in full, either because they have issues (D/F grades, conduct, etc), or they are on the cusp of being denied based on the overall academic review. It will help in these cases, but this is a very small group. These files were already being reviewed as a whole, but this will give a little more information with which to work.

    As I said though, this will not change how we review the EA applicants, and the focus will still be on the overall academic areas of the applicant.

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  6. I'm not sure if this deals with the topic or not, but if I decide to transfer in fall 2011 what do you think are the chances of me getting in if I keep my GPA above a 3.2 and I have 30 hours?

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  7. Anon: I do not "chance" students on this site, either for freshman or transfer admission. I wish I could predict the future, but alas, I cannot. If you have 30 transferable hours by the deadline and a 3.20+ GPA, then you will be in consideration for admission (which is better than the alternative!).

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  8. Just in case you can answer any questions about "Explore Georgia" visitation invitation. Will there be any Fall dates offered or only these dates in the summer?

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  9. flip-flop: We will be having a number of summer and fall programs on campus, and we will send out invitations to students that fit the criteria (for instance, a range of SAT/ACT for an Honors program, etc.).

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  10. Does the EA freshman decision only depend up till a student's junior year when his/her GPA is calculated? or are 1st semester senior grades also calculated when calculating an applicants final GPA for EA?

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  11. Anon: EA decisions are released before fall classes are done, so we cannot use first semester senior grades for EA decisions. As well, the deadline for EA is Oct. 15, so we can only use grades submitted by that deadline (which would be grades from the first three years of HS).

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  12. Thanks for clarifying that you won't change your EA evaluation process at this time. Some kids, like my son, thought he could easily get in on his academics and test scores. He is very busy in sports and with a job but not in clubs or honor socities. His grades, test scores, # of AP classes put him at the very top of your middle 50% range. He panicked when he saw that you were pulling in the leadership and activity section into the EA submission since, outside of sports and work, since he really doesn't have any. But, based on what we're reading here this shouldn't hurt him when he applies. Please let the guidance counselors know when this is going to count during EA so that kids can prepare in time. Thanks.

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  13. Anon: We try to keep guidance counselors informed of changes throughout the year, and we will be letting them know about our changes both in the summer and in our late summer/early fall counselor workshops. The changes will not affect applicants greatly, but are instead trying to move the process forward in an easier and more responsive fashion.

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  14. Hi, nice post! I enjoy reading it.
    Keep it coming!

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  15. VERY nice resource, I hope to see more!

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