Monday, August 16, 2010

First-Year Application is now available!

The UGA First-Year application is now open! As is our history, we normally open our First-Year application in mid-August, and it is generally on a Monday to make sure we are available if any minor issues arise. Please remember that there are a few changes to this year's application:

  • UGA is only accepting online applications for admission. Any print-outs of the application are for your records or to view the application questions, but are not to be mailed in. 
  • The Activities/Athletics/Employment (Extra-Curricular Areas) section has been shifted to Part I of the application. We will not be evaluating Early Action applications any differently than in the past, but having this information in part I will help with scholarship review, completion of part II for deferred students, etc.
  • There is a new section on the application called Self-Reported Grades, and this is required for all applicants. You will need to have a copy of your high school transcript for this section, and you will enter in the academic grades you received from 9th through 12th grade (or 11th grade if applying before you have completed the first term of your 12th grade). You will only include actual course grades (do not enter any final/overall grades that are averages of your year), and this section will list the courses that should be included in the grade chart. Here is an FAQ for the self-reported grades chart.
Please remember, you do not have to rush to complete the application, but try to make sure you do not wait until 11 p.m. on the deadline date to submit it either!

Go Dawgs!

70 comments:

  1. I am trying to access the 2011 Freshman application, but everytime I try and login with my ID, it says that my password is invalid. I have also tried resetting my password and copying and pasting the new one in the box and it still tells me that I am invalid.

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  2. John: When you first create a UGA ApplicantID, you will then be sent an email to the email address you gave. Did you follow the instructions in the email? If so, then contact adm-tech@uga.edu with your issue and they will be able to help you. If not, then go to your email and follow the steps for applying.

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  3. John: Just in case, try to log into the system again to see if it might have been a temporary delay on either our side of things or on your computer. It occasionally happens, so just retry logging in.

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  4. On the two examples for transferring credits into the application, both show students as having received 4 AP credits, when the first student actually took 4 AP's and the other took only 2 but doubled it to account for the least common denominator. Would these two students look the same to admissions officials, or will they look at transcripts prior to acceptance? Also, is there anywhere on the application where we will just be able to list our AP classes? Is the bottom section labeled "Other AP/IB" for non-core AP classes like art or for classes that will be taken senior year?

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  5. Anon: I am guessing you are talking about the self-reported grades. Both are shown as having 4 AP grades that need to be listed, not 4 AP courses. If you look at the self-reported grade form, you will see two fields, one that asks for the number of grades that are listed in the form that are AP/IB, and a second one asking for a total of all AP classes taken from 9th-12th grade. As well, we will be looking at the transcripts (which are required) to understand more about the overall rigor of the student's schedule, along with the information from the school. As for the "Other AP/IB", there is a sample list on the self-reported grades page.

    Except for the last question asking for how many AP/IB courses you will take over the 9th-12th grade years, this is all about grades. So you would enter the grades in the chart based upon the academic fields and the headings of A, B, C, D, F.

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  6. My school is a very small school, and they dont have enough classes for honors and CP. They still have not decided which people will be in honors, and which people will be CP, what shoud i put?

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  7. if you are applying regular decision, how would you go about updating any new act scores and sat scores, and your first semester gpa?

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  8. I am taking two joint enrollment classes my senior year. The application asks for "Colleges Attended." Do I list the college that I will taking the joint enrollment classes from this year even though I am just now starting there? Or, do I just list the classes that I'll be taking at the college when I enter my senior class list? Thanks for your help.

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  9. On the self reported grade section I accidentally put the current grades that I have this school year, if I was not supposed to do that, then how can I change it?

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  10. In the section, "Standardized Testing History," I am trying to list my AP scores. If you fill in the area for the name of test., ex. "AP Latin," where do you want us to list the score?

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  11. Anon I: I would suggest you complete the application without specific honors/CP designation, and when your school counselor completes the evaluation, they can put the designation of honors or CP.

    Anon II: The SAT and ACT scores are not the official ones we need, as you will need to have scores sent from the testing agency, and they can send updated scores to us as well. As for Fall senior grades, you can request that your school sends us an updated Fall transcript.

    Anon III: Yes, you would list the dual enrollment college under "colleges attended". You also would list the classes under the senior courses section.

    John: How do you already have grades for this school year? If you have not already submitted your application, then you can go back to individual pages and make corrections. If you have already submitted the application, then wait until your transcript shows up on the status check, and then email our office and let us know you made an error on the self-reported grades.

    Anon IV: The last box for each individual test score should have SAT Total, ACT composite, AP/IB/SAT II score. If not, I will have it changed tomorrow. Go ahead and put it in the last box, as that is where it should go.

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  12. I sent in an e-mail to change some areas in my freshman application, how long do you think it will take for the updates to show up? Also, do you think that I should wait to send in my official transcript and counselor's letter until my application has been corrected?

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  13. Anon: Since the application only opened up today, that means that we have not had the time to even download the application into our system. As such, please be patient, and to others who read this, please take your time completing your application so and make sure that you have filled it out correctly.

    As for sending in materials, you can have your counselor go ahead and send in the school evaluation and transcript.

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  14. for the Standardized Testing History section I'm a bit confused about the ACT writing score we have to list, do give the ACT writing score (1-12) or the English + Writing score?

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  15. ACT: Generally, we would suggest entering in the combined English and Writing, but since this section is not official, and we will be using the official score you send us with all of the score data, either one is fine.

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  16. my counselor would like to know if her evaluation needs to be in paper form with the official transcript or does she send electronically? Also does the official transcript need to be in paper form or electronically? on the 2011 fall admissions, it sounds like you would like everything electroncially. thanks so much

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  17. Anon: Both the school evaluation and the transcript can come in electronically, with the evaluation through the counselor page off the admissions website, and the electronic transcript through GA411 if you attend a GA HS. We also accept paper copies of the school evaluation and transcript, but it sometimes takes longer get them to us in the mail and to match things up as compared to electronic submission of the documents.

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  18. As a homeschooled applicant should I skip the self-reported grade section and just send in my transcript or something else?

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  19. Anon: In the self-reported grades section, there is a box for Home-Educated students not attending an accredited program and International Students attending a non-US style educational system to check to opt out of this section. These are the only two exceptions, and you would have to determine if you fit the criteria.

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  20. if my grades are listed as only year averages on my transcript when entering them should i request a copy of all of my report cards or should i put in the year grades ?

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  21. Anon: If the only grades you have are year long grades on your transcript, then list only the year-ling grades. These are your official grades from the school, so list these grades. We only want grades off your official transcript, so list these grades.

    Here is an example of one course, and then what we want the student to list: The report card lists English 10, C first semester, A second semester, and a year average of a B. We want the student to list an A and a C grade, and leave out the B grade as it is not the teacher's actual grade, but an average of the two semester grades. I hope this helps.

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  22. for list of courses I am taking this year should i list courses that are in my dual curriculm or just core classes?

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  23. Under the test section, I have entered the three times I took the SAT, the one time I took the ACT, and one of my AP scores, but now it doesn't present me with the option to record my other two AP scores. How should I work that in?

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  24. Anon I: We are fine with you listing all of your senior classes (core, dual curriculum, non-core, etc.).

    Anon II: We only have a limited number of spots for the test scores, but this is only for reference, and not for actual use. Any test scores also need to be sent officially from the testing agency, so just make sure they are sent in from there are you will be fine.

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  25. would u recommend sending Ap scores if we got a 4, 3 and 1? the one has an explanation by the way, and a very good one. do u guys use it against the student?

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  26. Anon: UGA does not hold a low score on the SAT, ACT, AP or IB exams, so it is not an issue if you send in all three scores. If you would like, you can also list the explanation for the score of 1 on the application in the special circumstances (it does not quite fit but it is fine to put it there).

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  27. After hitting the submit button after finishing the freshman application, I received a message saying that the credit card payment system was not available. I then tried to save and exit the application in order to pay at a later date, but received a message saying, "There was a problem saving your application. You may continue at anytime." Is there a way to confirm that the application has been saved properly?

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  28. When I did my application and then reviewed it before sumitting, the Self-Reported Grades never gave me a blanks or spaces to fill in so I sent it in and paid the application fee without worrying. A couple of hours later I logged back in and looked at the printable version of my application and the blanks for the Self-Reported Grades where there. But I sent it in already! Is there any way I can go back and fill it in or send an e-mail or something fully completeing it since the blanks never showed up in the first place and it's required to be considered for admissions?

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  29. Anon: The credit card payment is only available during specific hours (I believe it is not an option after 9:30 pm EST), but you should be able to log back into your application today to review it. I would suggest you log back into your application, review it, and then proceed with the payment.

    Anon II: We have not seen this with any other applicants, and since you submitted your application, you cannot go back and edit it. We will just have to review your grades ourselves by using your high school transcript.

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  30. Anon II and all: The initial Y/N question about being able to report your high school grades then triggers the display of the grade fields once you answer yes. If you answer no to being able to answer them, it will not show the grade fields, although we may change this to show the fields for everyone so there is no chance for confusion.

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  31. Okay, but I didn't answer the yes or no question at all... why didn't I get an error message telling me to anwser the yes/no question?

    And what are the disadvantages to not filling this part of the application out. Will it affect my chances of getting into UGA. Or will my grades be interpreted differently since I didn't do the personal status report sharing what classes were AP and honors?

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  32. Anon: We have now set it up so that the yes/no question is a required field (remember, this is a new section, so be patient), and so now a pop-up will occur if someone does not answer it. I am sorry that you did not see that question and answer it. As for impact on a decision, this will have no negative or positive impact on your decision. We will look at your transcript and senior schedule to determine the AP courses taken from 9-12 grade.

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  34. Jake: You are making an assumption that this form is how UGA will look at the rigor of your curriculum, which is not correct. This form is for the most part to get information on your grades, and is not focused on overall rigor. In looking at rigor, we will review the course offerings at the school, the counselor feedback, the Honors, Advanced, AP, IB, dual enrollment, etc. courses taken as compared to what is offered. Does that help ease your mind?

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  35. Why is there only a spot to put down the number of AP classes? I have only taken 1 AP class but 5 honors classes. If I put only 1 AP class down and no honors classes it doesnt look like I have much course rigor.

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  36. Thank you for the clarification. Other than that, I thought the application process was well instructed and completely understandable.

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  37. Yes it does, thank you! It was making me very nervous. Ok, I also have one more question. I submitted the application and paid the payment but what do I need to do now? Do I need to print out any forms for my school to fill out or do they send the transcripts, SAT scores, and counselor form?

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  38. Jake: You need to contact the testing agency (for you the SAT) and have your scores sent to UGA, unless you have already done so. In addition, you need to have your counselor send us a school evaluation form and a transcript. The counselor form can be done electronically or by paper, and the counselor would go to our website and click on the HS Counselor Link for this information. As well, if you are in GA, your transcript can generally be sent through the GACollege411 site (see your counselor to find out if they have set it up), or you can have it mailed to us. I would suggest you review the different web pages on our site concerning freshman admission, as it gives you details on timelines, required materials, etc.

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  39. Jake: Either late this week or mid/early next week, your application should be in our system and you will be able to check the status of the materials through the myStatus page. This will show what we have received, what is missing, etc.

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  40. pre-pharmacy isnt listed under the majors..what do i do?

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  41. Anon: That is because pre-pharm (along with pre-med, pre-law, etc.) are not majors, they are areas of interest. You select a major you are interested in, and in a section after the majors is the areas of interest.

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  42. hi. i made an account and started the application but i want to change my email address because i used my high school email address and i found out they deactivate it after we graduate. how can i change it?

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  43. Molly: Graduation is a long way away, so I would not worry about this right now. First, keep on using your email address for right now to complete your application. A majority (if not all) of the information you will need from the myStatus page will be before you graduate from HS. If you are admitted and decide to enroll, you will be asked to sign up for a UGA email address, and that is where a majority of any notification emails will then go. We are working on a way to change your email address, but for now, just keep the one you have.

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  44. when self reporting my grades, how do i count the # of AP class grades under the "of the above grades, how many are AP/IB?" i have reported six semesters of AP classes.

    also, under the "how many full year AP/IB classe will you have completed by the end of your senior year (round up if needed)" it says full year but then it says round up... does that mean include semester AP classes?

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  45. MUR: Look at the grades you just put down in the form, and list that many. So if you reported 6 grades, then put 6.

    As for the overall AP/IB classes, Look at your transcript as a whole, including the senior year classes you have signed up for but not completed yet. Generally, most AP classes are year long, but occasionally there are 1/2 year AP classes such as AP Government, or a student may have dropped the second half of an AP class. When looking at your overall courses, let's say you took AP English (full-year) and AP Stats (full-year) junior year, and will be taking AP Chem (full-year), AP Calc (full-year) and AP Government (half-year) senior year. That means you have taken 2 full-year AP courses junior year, and will take 2.5 full-year AP courses senior year. Adding this up would mean 4.5 AP courses overall, and by rounding this up, you would make it 5. I hope this helps.

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  46. I am not sure how to report my daughter's AP Calc grades. It was a semester class but the class met everyday and she received a full credit for the course not .5 as you normally get for semester classes. She took AB one semester and BC the next semester. Some of her courses are semester and some are year long. In the spirit of reporting them at the lowest level, we are reporting all grades as semester grades. Should she report that grade as 2 semester grades or one semester grade?

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  47. Anon: I could not say unless I saw the transcript. Almost all transcripts will show some form of credit for each grade, for example a number of transcripts with both semester and block courses will show 1.00 credit for each block grade and .5 for each semester grade. You would go by this unless it is not shown, and then I would suggest going by reporting the AP Calc block grade as 2 semester grades as you are thinking.

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  48. i need to print my confimation page for when i submitted my application for my school. How do i do that?

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  49. Molly: You can print out the application and show them that I would guess, or a print-out of an email about applying, or a print-out of the status check page. I would not know what your school would want specifically, but I am guessing these would do.

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  50. my status check says its currently closed. when will it be open?

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  51. never mind. i figured it out. thank you.

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  52. I have received recruiting information from every college and university it seems like except from UGA however a few people that I know have received e-mails and mailings recently. Can you explain any certain criteria that targets certain students? Also, I recall that my sister was invited to a Scholar's Day Tour in the fall - can you tell me if there will be one this fall and the criteria for this invitation as well? Thank-you.

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  53. Anon: I could not say specifically, as I do not know what information we have in our recruitment system about you. A good post to review would be http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2010/02/wisdom-of-walt-disney.html, which talks about how to start receiving information from colleges. Generally, an invitation to a Scholar's Day program requires that we have a fairly strong SAT or ACT score submitted to our office so we know if you are a potential match for certain UGA programs. I do not have exact criteria for a Scholar Visitation Day, but it is on the high end or above of our mid-50% range.

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  54. Where is the grid for totaling grades? I'm on the UGA application through gacollege411 and it only lists 7/8 - 12 grades (pages 9 - 13) for self reporting. I can see no grid to summarize or total. Am I missing something?

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  55. Anon: We were not able to put this on the GACollege411 application, so we will do this part of the process for anybody who does the GA411 application. Remember, because we cannot make adjustments for EA vs RD on the GA411 application, you will need to complete the entire application, including the essays.

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  56. I know you must have answered this question a million times- but does uga add weight to honors classes?

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  57. Riley: No, UGA does not add any extra weight to the GPA for Honors classes, but we do look at them in the overall review of a student's curriculum.

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  58. After submitting my online application, I saved and printed a copy for my records. Unfortunately, some of the information at the bottom of some of my answer fields did not show up on the saved copy that was printed after the application was submitted (some information at the bottom of the fields was cut off). The online application program did not show that I had exceeded the allowed number of characters so I don't know if you are looking at the full answers I sent, or the chopped off answers that are showing on my saved copy. I did skip a line in-between some bullet statements and I'm wondering if this action resulted in some of my information being eliminated from your view, even though it did not warn me that I was exceeding the maximum characters for that answer block. Basically, what I want to know is, should I be worried that the copy that I have saved and printed after submitting my application shows only partial answers? Or do you receive full answers but the saved copy is limited and only shows partial completion? How can I confirm that you received my full answers and not just partial ones?

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  59. Anon: I am guessing that, based upon your answer, the area that went over was in the activities/sports/work part. While it does have an active word count to help you not go over, you most likely fooled it by spaces/bullet statements. While we try to allow for a wide range of space, it cannot be unlimited, and large areas of space are probably not the best for these areas.

    The easy solution is to send an email to admproc@uga.edu, and attach a resume (or if it was in a different area, send that information), in pdf form. We will then add it to your file.

    All: When completing the activities area, please remember that you do not have to go overboard in how it looks or in adding too much extra details. Conciseness is good as well, especially when we are dealing with 18,000+ projected applications.

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  60. where is the my requests page for when one does the myid request page

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  61. Anon: I am not sure quite what you are asking, but I will try to help. I am guessing you are looking for the UGA MyID, where you can sign in after you have been admitted? If so, go to https://myid.uga.edu/.

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  62. i did this and already requested the myid, how will i know when i get a MYID?

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  63. Anon: The MyID system is run by the technology group for the University, not by the Admissions office, so I could not give you an exact timeline. First, be patient, and second, review the MyID FAQ at https://myid.uga.edu/info.faq.php, as it also has a contact email if you have questions. As well, be patient with me, as you do not need to post a question 3 times.

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  64. For self-reported grades, I counted both my .5 credits and my 1.00 credits as one letter grade. Should I have counted the 1.00 credits as two letter grades? If so, do I need to submitt the changes even though I have submitted my application and it's past the deadline?

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  65. Anon: I would suggest you send an email to admproc@uga.edu to alert us to the fact that you believe you did the self-reported grades incorrectly, and we will then review your transcript and evaluate your grades.

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  66. Hi, I was completing part 2 of the application..the essays. However, when I logged back in there is a box saying that there is no application status available for me. I did not finish my application nor submitted it. What should I do?

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  67. Anon: I am assuming you went to the part II of the application that only has the 4 essay questions and a section for any updates, and you did not just start a new application. If so, then log back into the myStatus page, and see if it comes up. If not, email adm-tech@uga.edu to gain access, and your link to part II should be off of that myStatus page.

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