Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UGA-Atlanta Office

Many of you might not know this, but the UGA Admissions Office has two people based in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Jackie Pearson, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, and Lindsey Dean, Assistant Director of Admissions, both work out of the One Live Oak Center near Lennox Mall in the Terry College of Business Executive Education Center, where they work specifically with a a majority of the Metro Atlanta schools and students.

Both Jackie and Lindsey will be on the road a great deal over the next month or so (Lindsey also works with students from TN), but they are happy to meet with students when they are in town. If you are from Atlanta and are looking for a convenient way to interact with a UGA admissions officer, I would suggest you go to the Meet the Staff page and contact Jackie and/or Lindsey. They will be more than happy to set up some time to speak with you about the opportunities at UGA.

Go Dawgs!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

College Program Etiquette

Like many of you, my two children had to go through a year of "Etiquette" classes. They learned about table manners, dinner table rules, proper introductions, social graces, etc. It is interesting that one of our most recent Admission Counselor hires, Sarah Peters, taught etiquette for an Athens-based company for a number of years (and she lists her favorite book as "anything by Emily Post" in her UGA Admissions Profile).

Over the next two months or so, there will be hundreds of college fairs, visits to high schools, and admissions programs across the country. After having done well over a thousand programs of some sort during my admissions tenure, here are a few hints about how to handle yourself during a college admissions event and show off some college admissions program etiquette.

  1. When you go to a college fair, make sure to introduce yourself to the person behind the table. Feel free to ask them questions about admissions, academics, etc., but understand that if it is a large program, they may have to speak to a number of people besides you, so treat this more as gaining information and less like a 15 minute interview. As well, an admissions counselor would not be able to guess if you would be admissible or not (similar to what I always say about guessing on this blog). On the other end of the spectrum, don't race around the event like a 400 meter track event, grabbing whatever you can and stuffing it into a bag.
  2. If you fill out an information card, make sure that you do it at that colleges table, and not on the table of the college next to them. It is a small thing, but it will make sure that no neighboring college gets mad at the person with which you are interacting. As well, make sure you write neatly so we do not butcher your name or address, and know that it may take several weeks to get your information into a colleges database. In other words, do not expect something to be mailed out by the next morning.
  3. If you are among a group of people waiting to talk to the admissions person at a college fair, it may help to slide up beside them and listen to what the representative is saying. Generally, about 70% of the questions are very similar from student to student, and this may save both you and the representative time and effort.
  4.  If you attend a college program during your school day, make sure that you actually want to hear what is said, and are not going just to get out of class. This is as much for allowing your fellow classmates to have more of a chance to speak to the college representative as it is to let the admission counselor focus on the truly interested students.
  5. Make sure to turn off your cell phone during the college visit (if cell phones are allowed at your school), and understand that this is not a time for texting friends. Give the representative your attention, and while we want you to feel free to ask questions, make sure you do not dominate the program (let others ask questions too!).
  6. When the visit is over and everyone is leaving, say thank you and, if you are really interested in this college, get a business card from the representative. If you really want to be polite (and if you thought the presentation was insightful!), write a quick thank you note. While this will not have an impact on a decision, it will probably make that representative's day when they get the card. You would be amazed at the number of admissions counselors who keep thank you notes tacked to their walls!
So go out there, enjoy the college fairs, college nights, high school visits, college workshops, and whatever else admissions offices are calling their events. Learn a great deal, and show off your college admissions etiquette!

Go Dawgs!

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Freshman Application Data

    Now that we are a little over a month into the Freshman application cycle, I thought I would let you know how things are going so far in the process.

    • As of today (9.21.2010), we have received approximately 3,000 Early Action applications. 
    • Of those 3,000 or so applicants, just under 2,000 of them have submitted SAT/ACT scores. Remember, UGA needs official scores sent in from the testing agency in order to use the scores. We do not use the test scores off a transcript or off the application as official. We will be accepting the October SAT/ACT scores for EA as long as you requested they be sent to UGA when you signed up for the exam.
    • Roughly 800 of those 3,000 applicants have a school/counselor evaluation form in their file. We must receive a school evaluation form for your application to be complete, and the easiest way is for your counselor to submit this online at through our HS Counselor Portal.
    • Approximately 1,100 applicants have submitted an official transcript, which is still a required document even with the self-reported grades.
    • 24 of the EA applicants have submitted an ACT score without any ACT Writing score. UGA requires an ACT Writing section in order to use your ACT scores (the writing section for the SAT is mandatory, so this is not an issue with SAT scores).
    Even with the two additional fields (self-reported grades and moving the activities section to part I), we are still running on par with past years as far as applications. I expect that we will have 10,000 to 12,000 EA applicants this year, but we will have to wait and see. Please remember that we must  have all the required documents in order to review your file. The myStatus page is the best place to get the most up-to-date information on your application, as it indicates what UGA has received.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about this process.

    Go Dawgs!!

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    Foundation Fellowship & Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship Application

    Happy Friday!  My name is Cindy and I work in the UGA Admissions Office as well.  I manage the Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application process.  Many thanks to DGraves for allowing me to guest post today.

    The 2011 Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application is now available on the admissions web site. This year there are a few changes and things to keep in mind with this application process.

    1. Students may only apply online for these scholarships. There will be an opportunity to print a pdf of your application once it is submitted.
    2. Please submit your admissions application prior to submitting the scholarship application. Since we use many of the same components for both applications, it makes things easier to match up.
    3. The deadline to submit and complete the scholarship application is November 15. Your admissions application must also be completed by this date.
    4. Applicants must be current high school seniors with an unweighted high school GPA of at least 3.75 and a minimum combined SAT score of 1400 (Critical Reading and Math only) or ACT score of 31.
    5. If you are planning to apply for the Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships, then you must communicate this with your counselor and teacher. We will use the same forms they send in support of your admissions application. Since the letter is not required for the school evaluation form, be sure your counselor knows so she/he may include a thorough and detailed letter.
    6. We are now requiring a Peer Recommendation to complete the scholarship application. This is not required for the admissions application. Make sure you select a classmate that knows you well enough to write a great recommendation. Students will list the name of the peer, along with the peer's email, in the scholarship application. The peer will then receive an email with further instructions to complete the recommendation online. Remember to communicate with your selected peer!
    7. We will use the same transcript, school evaluation and teacher recommendation that is sent in support of your admissions application. There is no need to send two copies of each. Be sure your counselor knows to include a thorough and detailed letter with the school evaluation.

    We look forward to reading your applications! Feel free to email me if you have questions at

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    Spring Admissions Update

    Since we are about a week out from the Spring admissions deadline, I thought that I would give everyone a heads up on where we are at this point in time for both Spring freshman and transfers. I expect that in about 2 weeks, we will release decisions on all Spring freshman, so I heavily suggest that all Spring freshman applicants check their myStatus page and make sure that all required materials are here! We cannot move forward with a decision if all materials are not in. As for Spring transfers, we received just under 1,500 applications, and we have made decisions on roughly half of those files so far. In looking at the day-to-day progress, we have been averaging around 40 transfer decisions per work day, so I expect that we will have most decisions out by late September. We still have a number of Spring transfer applicants with incomplete files, so hopefully the transcripts are in the mail. Please double check your myStatus, make sure we have up-to-date transcripts, and remember that we need transcripts from every college you have attended.

    Go Dawgs!

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Fall Travel Time!

    September brings about cooler weather, college football (Go Dawgs!), and in the land of college admissions, it is the start of Travel Season. From early September (actually late August this year) until early November, the UGA Admissions team will travel across the nation visiting different high schools, attending college fairs, hosting counselor and student workshops, and generally just spreading the word about the University of Georgia. In order to track where UGA is visiting, I suggest you search our "Meet UGA Near You" site, as it will give you an idea as to where we will be traveling. You can sort the list of travel events by state, or by clicking on the column headings.

    Last year, our counselors visited 345 high schools, attended 319 college fairs, and met more than 58,000 students while touring the country. Travel season is a great time for our office to meet prospective students, but by the end it can be somewhat exhausting. So if you see a UGA admissions counselor out on the road this fall, let them know you appreciate their time and effort. We hope to see you out there!

    Go Dawgs!

    Spring 2011 deadline extended to Sept. 3, 4 p.m.

    In order to work with students who may have been impacted by the application being down for a short period of time in early August, we have extended the Spring 2011 Freshman and Transfer deadline to Friday, September 3 at 4 p.m. Please make sure that all the required materials have been submitted by the deadline. For transfers, this means that all transcripts from all colleges ever attended need to be submitted to our office. For freshman, we will need all forms, transcripts and test scores to be postmarked by this date. I expect that almost all decisions for Spring 2011 freshman and transfer applicants will be made by late September.

    Go Dawgs!