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!!

159 comments:

  1. First of all I love this blog and the updates!
    I also know you don't guess at early admission. I have not seen very many posts on here regarding IB curriculum/diploma from high school. I am a senior taking the two year IB program. I take 7 IB classes (last year as well as this year). I have received all A's and B's in my IB classes. I took 7 AP classes 9-10th. Received mostly A-B's but got 2 C's in AP math in 10th grade - no C's since. Strong extra-curricular/volunteer/president of club record. I do not have a current strong SAT (590 CR, 550 Math). Will these past C's and Sat score hold me back from EA? Thank you!!!!! I love UGA!

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  2. Anon: We look very highly at the IB programs we work with, but as you know, the International Bacc. program is not in many schools in GA or the surrounding states (except FL). We understand that an IB program asks a great deal of their students, and as such we know that IB students will come out of their schools well prepared.

    For your 9-10 grade courses, I am guessing you may have taken 7 pre-AP/pre-IB courses, as I have never seen any student take 7 AP/IB courses in the 9-10 grades (11th grade yes if they are in IB though).

    As you have stated though, I do not guess, so I will not guess here. I will say that 2 C grades are generally not going to be the downfall of a student, and that grades and rigor come before test scores in our review of a student's academic profile.

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  3. Thank you for the quick response. My typo on the calculations of my courses/credits for AP. I was going by the grade credits (0.5 credit = 1 grade and 1.0 credit = 2 grades) - due to my mixed grade reporting (semester and block schedule)on my transcript.

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  4. If I have an alumni who wants to write a recommendation letter for me, should he send it during the EA period? Also, is EA still based on grades and test scores??

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  5. Jenn: It is fine to have the recommendation letter sent in, but we will not look at it during the EA review period. Early Action decisions focus primarily on core grades, the rigor of your curriculum, and your SAT/ACT scores. Notice I put test scores last, as grades and rigor are more important in the review process.

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  6. With my EA I sent my SAT and ACT scores.Upon checking the status page I found that my ACT score does not show my reading score. In this ACT I did not take the writing. Does that have to do something with my missing reading score for the ACT.It has my composite , englishand maths but no reading.
    The ACT I took in Sept, 11 2010 I took the writing, and that scores will be directly sent from ACT agency.

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  7. Anon: I am not quite sure what your question is, but I will try to answer it. On the myStatus page, we list the score subsections that overlap for the SAT and ACT for space and consistency sake. The SAT CR is looked at in comparison to the ACT E, the Math is looked at in comparison to the Math, and the SAT Writing is looked at in comparison to the ACT E/W. Your Reading score is here, so do not worry. I am guessing we do not show an ACT Writing score as we do not have one, but when the Sept. ACT comes in, it will show up when we receive it.

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  8. Dear Mr. Graves,
    I am currently working on the leadership, honors, and summer activities section of the UGA application. This past summer I attended the Georgia Governor's Honors Program. I am a little confused about where to place this in the application. I know it needs to be listed under Summer Activities, but I also feel that it is an extreme honor. Please help! Thank you!

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  9. GHP: The Admissions staff at UGA is very familiar with the Gov. Honor program, so when you put it in the summer activities area, please understand that we will recognize it for being both a great summer academic program and an Honor to be chosen.

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  10. Hello,

    In regards to submitting the October 2010 SAT scores, for the Testing History portion of the EA Application should I include the October 2010 exam as one of my test and leave the score section blank or should I go ahead and put my previous test score and when my official score report is sent to UGA the admissions committee will automatically take the higher scores even though I didn't notify on my EA application that I am taking the October SAT.

    Thank you.

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  11. Anon: It is fine to list it and leave the score section blank, or to leave the Oct SAT out of the score history, as we use this as section in very limited ways, and the only SAT/ACT scores that are truly important are the official ones that we require and come in from the testing agencies. When the new scores reach us, we will then link them with your file and use the highest sub-scores.

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  12. For the Major portion of the EA application, it says that we have to indicate a "Second Intended Major". Is this for people who want to double major or is this for everyone and UGA wants us to explain why might choose another major instead of our first choice?

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  13. Bethany: When a student first applies, we ask for second major due to the fact that we like to know a little more about the applicant and their academic interests. A student cannot initially apply for a double or dual major, as that can only happen once a student enrolls and discusses their options with an advisor. So this area is for all applicants.

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  14. my grades are fairly ok... some are low-mid A's and some are Low-mid B's and one high C and one Low C for precal... i'm involved in so many clubs and organizations and did two sports for two years 10th-11th... my SAT score is low like a 1500... do i have a chance to get in or should i wait for regural decision and have teacher recommendations to help me.. im retaking the SAT and i'm taking the SAT in October. :)

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  15. In regards to the Course Work area, should I enter in my Band class? And if so, how should I list the "course level?" It is the top band out of three at our school.

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  16. Does it matter for a certain reward if we put it in the "Honors and Awards" section versus the "School and Activities" section. The latter includes the phrase "List your top five activities or awards by their order of importance to you" so I wasn't sure which would be a better choice, or if it even mattered

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  17. This might be a silly question, but would being on homecoming court count as an accomplishment or recognition? If so, where could we put it?
    I know this might seem silly, but it is a position voted on by peers!

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  18. Anon I: I do not guess about admission decisions, so you have to decide for yourself if you feel comfortable with UGA reviewing your file based upon what you get into us in Oct., or if you want us to look at updated information based upon fall grades, new test scores, etc.

    Jon: If you are talking about the self-reported grades, you do not include band. If you are talking about your senior schedule, and what courses you will be taking, just put it into the spaces and list it with the type of schedule (semester, block, etc.).

    Anon II: If it is an activity (a group or club that you participate in), put it under activity, if it is an award (top Latin student, etc.), put it under Honors/Awards. Overall though, it would not have an impact if you put it in one area or another if you could not determine the exact section to put it in.

    CJP: I would guess that homecoming court would be put in the "Honors/Awards" section. Congratulations by the way!

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  19. If early action is based on grades, rigor and test scores, why do the kids need to put their activities and awards, etc...

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  20. Anon: There are two reasons we now ask EA applicants for their activities and awards. First, there is a new scholarship program at UGA, the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, and we want to make sure we have the vital data on all students when making decisions on this program. Secondly, on a small group of applicants, we will be deciding if we should deny or defer them, and we want to have more details about their overall profile before making that determination. Due to time constraints, we cannot look at all 10,000+ EA applicants for activities, special circumstances, etc., but for this small group, it is feasible.

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  21. Thanks DGraves!! LOVE THIS SITE!!!

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  22. I was accepted as a transfer for spring 2011. When will the orientation information be available and where would I be able to find it?

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  23. Jon: Spring orientation information will be emailed out to students in early October.

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  24. Hi. Is the ACT composite on the My Status page supposed to display the highest composite from a single test or is it supposed to display the super-scored composite? I ask this because the composite shown on my status page appears to be the result from a single test as it is one point less than what I should have on a super-scored basis. Thanks.

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  25. Anon: The ACT composite we list is the super-score of the best subsections of the ACT. If you believe that we do not have all of the scores, then you should do two things. First, look at the ACT score report from the "missing" score, and make sure you sent it to UGA, you listed your full name and SSN. Then, if you did have it sent to UGA, contact our office so we can match it up with your file (if this is the case). Generally, when a test score is not matching, it is due to us not having the correct SSN and full name, as many students leave off the SSN and then list their first name as Bill instead of the William they put on their application (or Bob or Mia or Junior).

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  26. Maybe I am calculating the super-score incorrectly. I added my highest Math, highest Reading, highest Science, and highest English scores together and then divided by 4 to reach the super-score. I didn't include the combined English/Writing score. Can you direct me on the correct way to reach the Super-Score value? Thanks a lot.

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  27. Anon: From the ACT website, "Your Composite score and each test score (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high). The Composite Score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up.".

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  28. OK. The My Status page is showing scores from the two different ACT tests I took so I think UGA has the two tests I submitted. When I calculate my Super-Score using the format you describe I come up with a composite that is 1 point higher than the composite shown. Should I call the admissions office to discuss or do you think I just shouldn't worry about that 1 point? Do you think it's possible that the UGA system isn't averaging the correct categories?

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  29. I submitted my application already, but have not paid the fee yet. This is due to the fact that I submitted the application after it was too late to pay with a credit card for that day. I now can no longer find a way to pay online. How can I?

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  30. Anon I: I could not guess about it, as I cannot look at the information on hand. I would suggest emailing admproc@uga.edu with the specific information and they will be able to look into your issue.

    Anon II: If you have submitted your application, then you would have marked "Pay by check or fee waiver", and as such, you would need to pay by check or fee waiver. There is no going back and then paying by credit card if you selected this option.

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  31. I am going to a visit to UGA on Monday. Can I turn in my application fee then?

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  32. Anon: Yes, you can turn in a check or money order to the admissions office when you visit on Monday. It should go to the front desk of Terrell Hall.

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  33. When looking at SAT averages on US News and World Report Magazine, I saw that the middle 50% is 1130-1330. On the UGA website it says that its from 1190-1360. Which one should we look at, or are they saying different things?

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  34. Anon: My suggestion is to always go to the source when you hear differing information, so go with UGA's information. US N&WR (and other publications) do not always use the most current information, as they may need to go to print before the new statistics are released. As well, there are at times differences between the categories used. For instance, the middle 50% on our website, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first_year_class_profile.html, gives mid-ranges for admitted students. Is the US N&WR information on admitted or enrolled students? Again, if push comes to shove, always go with the information from the college.

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  35. Hi, I'm applying early action. When should I send in AP scores? Do I do this later in the year if I get accepted? Also, I heard the top 2% of UGA EA applicants are auto-admitted into the Honors program. Is this true?


    Thanks,
    Trisha

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  36. I applied Early Action and am wondering if you will do rolling notifications as you all decide or wait until a time when you can release all decisions at once? If rolling, when will those start to come? And if all at once, when could I be expecting that?

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  37. Hello, i have a question on the SAT Early Action submission dates:

    October 15

    Postmark deadline for Early Action applicants
    Completed Part I application and non-refundable $60.00 processing fee, Counselor/School Evaluation form with official high school transcript and official SAT I and/or ACT scores with Writing section must be submitted no later than today. To avoid delays in processing, we recommend that applicants submit all paper documents in the same envelope if possible.

    The Month Of October

    Last possible SAT I and ACT test dates for Early Action applicants
    Note: Official test scores must be submitted to UGA electronically by the respective testing agency. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to accept paper score reports or match the same with application files.

    My question is whether or not I can do early action application and send in my SAT scores on Oct 28? Since the testing date is oct 9, im worried i may not make the deadline(what is the deadline anyhow?! one paragraph says one thing and the other says another!!). Thank you for your help.

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  38. Trisha: If you have already received AP scores, you can go ahead and send them in, and they will automatically go into your file. As for Honors, the best people to ask would be Honors. They have made some admissions offers right after EA decisions go out, but I do not know the specifics of exactly how they selected these students.

    Jane_Doe: Early Action decisions will go out all at once (admit, deny, defer, incomplete), and it is generally done in early to mid December. I would suggest you look at some of the posts I have done with the keyword "timelines" associated with it (see the bottom right hand side of the blog for keyword links).

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  39. Alex: For almost all of your admission information, you have control over when it gets submitted. You control the application and fee, you control when you ask your counselor for the school evaluation and transcript, etc. One item that you do not exactly control is an SAT/ACT which you will be taking in the future, as there is a delay time for scoring, sending to colleges, etc.

    UGA, along with a number of other colleges, tries to help students with this issue. What we generally say is that if you are taking an SAT/ACT in the month of the deadline and you have marked that you want the scores sent to UGA when you register, then we will take those scores in and treat them as on-time.

    The EA deadline is stated specifically as October 15, which is stated clearly in the section you cut and pasted. In that deadline statement, you will see it states that the test scores "must be submitted no later than today" (Oct. 15). In order to help students and work with you on getting in test scores, we look at "submit" and the process of taking the test and requesting the scores be sent in as almost the same.

    In other words, get all documents in postmarked by Oct. 15. As for test scores, we will take ACT/SAT scores through the October test dates (or January test dates for RD) as long as you requested the scores be sent to UGA when you signed up for the exam.

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  40. My guidance counselor does not know the PIN for the evaluation form. We tried to contact the admissions counselor from SC to obtain the PIN, but still haven't received a response. It's been two weeks now.

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  41. Anon: My guess is that the spam filter caught either the original email or the response, so have your counselor email admproc@uga.edu on Monday and we will try again.

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  42. How long after College Board sends my SAT scores to UGA should I expect it to take for a status check to show UGA has those scores? College Board says they sent my scores on 9/17, but I did a status check today (9/25), and it still says UGA does not have my scores.

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  43. I took my SAT but i want to retake it again in November for a higher score. Can i still apply for EA (and send in my scores later) and some other scholarships that require my SAT score?
    P.S. I think someone asked a question similar above, but i just wanted to be 100% sure.

    Thank you!

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  44. Nicholas: I would wait until later next week, and if they still do not show up, then contact our office. Please look at your SAT report to make sure you included your SSN and full name, and if not, let our office know this.

    Anon: You can take the Nov. SAT, but it will not be used for EA. It may be used for later scholarship review, but not the EA decision.

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  45. Mr. Graves,

    Should I wait until I have completed ad paid for my online application before sending out my ACT scores, counselor recommendation, and transcript? Or can I send them in as I'm working on the online part of the application?

    Thanks

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  46. Anon: I would go ahead and have your information sent in within the next week or so, even if you have not completed your application yet. I would also suggest that you try to get in your application at least a week before the deadline so that if you have a problem, you have time to take care of it. I had an email about three weeks ago from a student who had a computer issue at 11:55 pm of the deadline, and that is not a good place to put yourself in.

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  47. If I havent passed the regents test, does that mean I can not transfer in the spring?

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  48. Anon: We are not looking at the Regents test for admissions purposes, but it may impact you during your first semester here as far as progressing with your major.

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  49. will I be told when orientation is for spring 11 transfers?

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  50. Anon: You should hear something shortly about spring orientation (early October).

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  51. I just applied and sent in my payment. How do I obtain the high school counselor evaluation form to give to my school?

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  52. Anon: My first suggestion for you is to direct your counselor to the UGA high school portal, which can be found at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/high_school_counselors.html and they can access information there. If they cannot do it online, go to the printable forms page and print one out for them.

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  53. 1. I am confused as to how we list our awards and activities. Do we list five total for (schools and community, athletics, honors and awards) or five for each one? Also is the work/summer section included in the five or is it in addition to the five?
    2. My friend said that she needed to submit a teacher recommendation with her UGA early application but I can't find anywhere that it is required. Do I need a teacher recommendation for early application?

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  54. I have played in my church's praise band for the past several years, which has required quite a lot of rehearsal and performing time.(we lead worship weekly for approximately 200 high school students) Can this be allowed and/or considered as one of my "community activities"?
    Would it be looked at as a good leadership role?

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  55. I just received my newest ACT scores and I got a 29. That score is higher than the one showing on the application status page. How do I make sure UGA has the most current scores when they start reviewing my applicationj?

    Also, how long should it take to receive a high school transcript sent through GA college411??

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  56. Anon I: On the application, it says to list the top 5 school and community activities, so that is 5 for that group. For sports, there are 4 areas, for Honors/Awards there are 4, and for work there are 3 spaces. As for your friend stating that she needs to submit a teacher rec. for EA, she is incorrect.

    Anon II: Playing in a praise band (or any band for that matter) is fine to put into your activities area, and you would want to tell us of any leadership roles this position has.

    Anon III: In order for UGA to have SAT/ACT scores, you need to request that they be sent directly to UGA by the testing agency. You would then, after a period of time, be able to see the scores on the status check. As for transcripts being sent to UGA through GA411, we generally are able to get them into the system the day after they are sent, and then it takes another day to populate on the status check. I would give it 3-4 business days before it shows up on the status check.

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  57. My transcript was sent 1 week ago??? Should I check with GA COLLEGE411???

    Thanks!

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  58. Anon: Actually, I would suggest you send an email to admproc@uga.edu, and we might be able to go into the GA411 site and see if we can pull the transcript down. Over 99% of the time, the GA411 transcripts flow in just fine, but one or two a week have a technical glitch that stops the import. UGA can then go into the main system and try to download it again.

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  59. If a student is denied admission to the spring semester as a freshman, can they reapply for the summer/fall as a freshman if they improve sat's scores? or do they have to transfer from another university after one academic year?

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  60. If a student is denied as a freshman, they would generally not be admitted as a freshman at a later date. I cannot say it will always be a denial, but if you remember that the SAT/ACT is the least important of academic areas, and that we generally expect next year to be more competitive (based upon the applicants so far), my suggestion is to look at transferring into UGA after 1+ years at another college.

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  61. If we have teacher recomendations sent in with our EA application will they be looked at? Or, do they only get looked at during regular admission?

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  62. Anon: Generally, we will not look at teacher recommendations when we are reviewing files for Early Action. There are a small number of files where we will do a detailed review to determine if they should be denied or deferred, and we will look at everything, but for the large majority we are focusing only on the academic factors.

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  63. I did horrible on my ap lang and ap bio exams, scored a 1 in bio and 2 in lang although I had a pretty high grades in both classes (high B's). The week of AP Exams was really hectic and chaotic and some personal issues arose and I couldn't focus on my exams resulting in my low exam scores. I have cancelled the ap scores- will that affect my admission?

    Also, I have signed up to take the october SAT and ACT and put UGA down to receive them when scores come out- as long as I do this, I'm assured that UGA will receive and use these scores when looking at my application, correct?

    Thanks Mr.Graves

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  64. I have already submitted my application for early action, paid the fee, and according to my status, ya'll have received everything necessary. Upon reading something in your blog about self-reporting grades, I think I have made a mistake in the way I did that (that part was very confusing to me!) I dont want this to affect my chances of admission. Is there anyway I can go back in and change that part to make it correct before consideration?

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  65. Mr. Graves,
    I submitted an application for early action. I took the SAT in May and will take it again October 9th. When I registered for the October SAT, I requested that my scores for May and October be sent to UGA. I assumed they would go ahead and send my May test scores, but it looks like they are going to send both the May and October scores together after I take the test on the 9th. Is that okay, or do I need to ask them to send my May scores to UGA now? (I have also taken the ACT and UGA has received that score already.) Thanks.

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  66. I thought I can waiver the fee but according to my counselor I cannot, so now I don't know what to do. Is there any way I can go back and pay with my credit card because the application locked me out.

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  67. Anon I: If you believe you have made a mistake on the self-reported grades, send an email with the correct information to admproc@uga.edu, and we will make the changes and add the email to your file.

    Jeff (thanks for not using Anon!): You do not have to have your earlier SAT scores in now, but I would check and make sure that the May scores will be sent along with your Oct. scores, as you now have to specifically ask for College Board to send earlier score reports.

    Anon II: You will now need to send in the application fee by check.

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  68. Anon: The lower AP scores should not impact admission, and I would suggest putting your explanation into the "special circumstances" section. As well, UGA will accept the Oct. SAT and ACT scores if you requested UGA as a receiving college when you signed up for the test.

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  69. Mr. Graves-
    Regarding your comment about lower AP scores not affecting admission, does this mean that a low score won't hurt me, even if I have no "special circumstance?" I made a 4 in AP Lang (the teacher did a great job of preparing us for the exam) but a 2 in AP US History. I wasn't as well prepared as I should have been, and although I hate to place any blame on my teacher, it was his first ever year teaching, and we were his "guinea pigs," so to speak. I will not be sending either score, as I am taking English 1101 and 1102 at a local community college (I'm joint enrolled), so I assume that, like the other person concerned about low AP scores, that this will not hurt my chances of admission? I did perfectly fine in the class, however. Sorry if this seems like a repeat question, but this has worried me for a while and I want to be sure. Thanks in advance!

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  70. MG2011: Generally in the Admission Process, we are not focused on AP results, as we do not receive many prior to admission review, there are a number of oddities that can occur (one good example is first semester block classes and then having to wait until May for the AP exam), and because we are more focused on the day to day work you put into the class. Yes, a strong AP score is good for both college credit and for an added small positive, but a lower score is generally not seen as a negative by UGA (unless it is accompanied by a low grade in the class).

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  71. Mr. Graves-
    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! This is comforting to hear. My grade in the class was pretty good (an 89 the first semester, and a 95 the second), and since all of my other test scores were good too (4 AP Lang, 32 ACT & 2120 SAT), I feel a bit better. Thanks again! This blog has been really helpful and informative throughout the admissions process.

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  72. If I apply for early decision and get deferred, will my first semester grades in my senior year then be considered into my gpa just like the regular decision applicants?

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  73. Cindy J: Due to the fact that most applicants will not know their first semester grades prior to completing the application (and therefore the self-reported grades), the GPA will not include this term. But for students who are deferred or who apply RD and then send in first semester grades on a transcript, we will put these into the admission file and review them when going through the file reading process.

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  74. I am still confused about the self-reported grades. I have looked at the examples given, and I am still not sure. For example, at my high school we took Constitutional Theory Honors A and B along with US History AP A and B. We are on a semester system. Each course was given a .5 credit. I had A's in all classes. Would I give myself credit for 4 A's or would I just count them as 2 A's? I had originally counted them as 2 A's....but now I am not so sure. Thank you for your time. Confused...

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  75. I am with you, anonymous! I cannot for the life of me understand how to do this self reporting of the grades! I have read, re-read, asked my counselor, asked others how they did it..I get conflicting answers everywhere!! I have no idea what to do!

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  76. Anon I: Two things; If you feel like you cannot answer this section, check that you cannot answer it, simple as that. Second, if you are on a semester system, then put down all your academic semester grades. Your example would be 4 A's, as there are 4 semester grades of A. As well, you would list 2 of these grades in the section asking if any of the above grades are AP/IB, as you stated that two of the grades were in AP US History.

    Anon: Review the FAQ and answer it as you believe you should. Do not try to guess what everyone else has said, just review the application and the FAQ and go forward.

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  77. From Anon I: Thank you Mr. Graves. I believe I understand it. I just wanted to be sure. This blog in invaluable. It has helped me to answer other questions as well.

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  78. On the application, there are not enough fields to record every test I have taken. All scores will be reported to UGA...so do I just enter the highest and/the most important?

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  79. Anon I: Glad to hear it!

    Anon II: List the ones that are most important to you, and if you feel like you need to have all the scores you have taken listed in your file, send them in an email to admproc@uga.edu

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  80. As of now how many people have submitted their application for Early Decision?

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  81. Feivel: At this point in time, we have about 5,000 Early Action applicants. I will have a better idea of the total number of EA applicants on Monday, Oct. 18, after the deadline is behind us.

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  82. Mr. Graves,
    I am having trouble on choosing my major because I want to be an orthodontist, but I noticed that there was no pre-dental major that I could pick from on the list. I have selected biology for my first and health promotion for my second. Is this the path people normally take, or do you have any suggestions on the majors I should choose?

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  83. Mr. Graves: I have grades from 4 full-year foreign language classes (I doubled-up my sophomore year). In the self-reported grades, do I need to report the grades from all of the classes, or can I pick grades from only 2 of the years as that is all of the foreign language that is required?

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  84. Mackenzie: Generally, pre-med and pre-dental students select one of the biological sciences or health sciences, but it is not required. Pre-Med, Pre-Law, etc. are all advisory programs, which is listed on the application after the major area.

    Tiffany: UGA uses all the academic grades on a transcript, so you would list all the foreign language grades on your transcript.

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  85. I too was not certain that I recorded the self-reported grades correctly. I recorded them as I understood was correct, i.e., if units earned was .5, I recorded it as 1 letter grade; if 1.0 units earned, I recorded it as 2 letter grades. Does this sound right? (I did show them to Ms. Kerry Clinton when she came to our school for the UGA/Georgia Tech information session, and she said it was correct.)

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  86. Confused: If you have both semester and block grades, the count the semester once and the block twice, just like you did. Since this is what we say to do in the directions, you did it just right, and since a UGA representative also confirmed this, you are fine.

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  87. ok at the risk of sounding stupid, could you please explain what you mean by "block grades", as I am also confused about how to report these grades!

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  88. help! A block scheduling system is on where a school offers fewer courses during a term, but the classes are longer in length, resulting in a year's worth of academic work being compressed into a half year's worth of time. So while you might be taking AP Biology from August to May, a block schedule student would take it from August through December, but both courses would cover the same amount of information, work, time, etc. Most schools are on a semester system , so if you are semester (or tri-mester, quarter, etc.), you would mark what your school's course schedule system is.

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  89. Thinking too much....

    Mr. Graves...

    1. My school is on a semester system with a block schedule. Most of my academic classes are 1 credit classes, but there are a couple of academic classes that are .5 credit classes. For example, I have an AP class that is taught over 2 semesters that earns .5 credit each semester. At the same time, I have an AP class that is just one semester with a 1 full credit. Do I count the .5 as 1 unit/1 grade earned and 1.0 as 2 units/2 grades earned?

    Thank you...I know you probably only want to hear the word block as it pertains to a football game.

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  90. Thinking too much: Here is a quote from the application page about self-reported grades;

    "If your high school uses multiple term types (the most likely one being semester and year-long block), use the smaller of the two term types as the basis for your grades. For example, if you have a World History course with a block grade of an A, and an Economics course with a semester grade of a B, you would convert the World History grade into two semester grades each being an A (two semester grades equals one block grade), giving you two A's and one B. The same applies for trimester (three trimester to one block) or quarter (four quarters equals one block) grades. "

    So yes, the 1 full credit course grade should be counted twice, and the .5 credit course grade should be counted once.

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  91. I go to a school that is on the semester system but uses block scheduling with over 90% of the classes offered earning a full year's credit (1.0) in one semester. In reference to the previous post, using it as an example because it is similar, could you tell me how many grades to report in these 2 scenarios assuming 2 different people at the same school? I'm just trying to get a handle on this.

    One student took all 4 AP classes worth 1.0 credit per semester.

    Another student took the same 3AP classes worth 1.0 credit per semester but took 1 different AP class worth .5 credit that semester.

    In the first example, I assume you report 4 AP grades and in the 2nd example you report 7 AP grades.

    Is this correct?

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  92. Continuing the earlier post.....

    or would the first person report 8 AP grades, even though the student didn't take a .5 credit class, because the school offers both semester and block?

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  93. Anon: You seem to be making the self-reported grades section more difficult than it really is. Your first focus should be on how your grades are reported.

    Using your examples (and calling them app1 and app2), here goes. App1 too only 4 courses, and ALL were one credit courses, and all were AP courses. That would then be 4 grades reported on the chart, and since all 4 were AP grades, all four would be listed as AP grades.

    App2 has 3 one credit courses, and 1 half-credit course, and all were AP courses. Since the courses are not all one credit or half-credit courses, you must find the common denominator, which would be the half-credit. Therefore, you would have 3 full-year grades converted to 6 half-year grades, plus the additional half-year course grade they took. So they would have 7 grades, and 7 AP grades.

    Look at your schedule and see how your courses are listed, and then go from there. Seriously, this is not rocket science, so do not treat it like it is and over-think it. Get a copy of your transcript and go from there. If you want, get a pencil out, cross out all non-core classes, and mark it up based upon your grades, your grading scale, your credit system, etc.

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  94. I have recently submitted my online application. Does UGA sent out a confirmation email? Thanks.

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  95. Got a question...

    I have always had the results of all my AP tests sent to UGA on my report. When I look at my application status, no AP test scores are reported in the test results section. I had always assumed the scores would be there. Is there something else I need to do?

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  96. Anon I: After a student's application is loaded into our Student Information System, an email is generated, and the student can then also view their status on the MyStatus page (where before they would just see the Dashboard with the option to continue the application). As well, we send out emails about 10 days after the application date if a student is incomplete.

    Anon II: I believe that the status page does not show AP or SAT II scores. If you are wondering if the scores were sent to UGA, you can look at your score report from the College Board.

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  97. I read a previous comment about receiving an email after submitting my application. I did not receive a confirmation email although I can view the MyStatus page to see my information. Is this something that I should be concerned about? I have checked my email throughly.

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  98. Anon: No, you should not be worried if you did not receive an email, as at times there are issues with any email process as far as spam blocks, email issues, etc. If you can go into your status check and see your status, your data about the documents needed to go along with your application, etc., then you are fine as far as submitting your application.

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  99. I submitted my application 2 weeks ago and sent my SAT scores in August, but they still aren't showing up on the MyStatus page. Is this normal?

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  100. Caroline: As I have told a number of applicants, review your test score report to make sure you sent it to UGA, and that your name, SSN and birthdate match what is on your application. If any of these items do not match up with the application information, send an email to admproc@uga.edu, and put any differences in the information in the email so we match it up correctly.

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  101. I submitted my application last week. Last Friday, my transcript and counselor evaluation were sent off. Should I be concerned if those items are not showing up as being received on my status?

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  102. I was wondering if the selection of a major has any bearing on the application process. I am concerned about my daughter's selection as it is a pre-veterinary type major listed in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

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  103. Anon: I would not worry about items that were scheduled to be mailed out last Friday not showing up in your file yet, as it takes a little while for the mail to get to us. Give it another few business days or so and then contact us.

    Susie: The intended major of an applicant is not a factor in the freshman decision process at UGA, so you do not need to worry. In fact, sometime in the next few days or so, our Information Change site will be available for applicants to make changes to some basic application information if needed (birthdate, address, phone, email, etc.), and one of those is the major. If we allow freshman to change their majors at will, then we cannot really use the intended major as a factor.

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  104. I have a similar situation to a previous post. My transcript was electronically sent on Friday, October 1st. The evaluation request was also sent to my counselor to fill out and send in electronically. I know that it can take a few days, but I am beginning to worry. I would definately think that the transcript would at least show up by now. I watched her send it.

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  105. Thank you for your response. We are out of state, and your blog has been very helpful guiding us through this process.

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  106. Anon: It is hard to guess about your situation without any actual information about you, such as when you applied, when your counselor sent in the evaluation, if she used the correct SSN, etc. Remember, things being matched up is dependent on whatever is submitted last, either your application or the materials. If the materials are sent in and you apply a week later, we can only start matching things up after you apply (and documents are matched up a little slower if the application is after the other items).

    My suggestion would be to check the status check today, then go see your counselor about this. She can go on to the counselor site to see if the evaluation went through (there is a submitted school eval section that lists the students). As for the GA411 transcript, I believe that you can go to their website and request another one be sent, so go ahead and do this. Roughly 1 out of every 300+ GA411 transcripts have a coding issue that causes a download problem (generally due to a HS school coding issue), but it is easy to either send another one or for UGA to go into the GA411 site and download the transcript again (if we know to).

    Susie: I am glad this blog has helped!

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  107. HELP!HELP!HELP!
    I havent been able to access the UGA App site for about 6 days. I have tried to access from multiple computers all times, day and night and I cant even access forms to download them. I have sent email to your web but it appears that other parts of the state can access the app. At one point, I was able to log into a text only site but I couldnt save updates. Do you have any suggestions because the early app date is quickly coming up and I can't complete my app.

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  108. Anon: First of all, take a deep breath and calm down. You still have a week before the deadline hits, so my first suggestion is to make sure you have all your information ready when you access the site (have your correct SSN, a copy of your transcript, and a copy of your resume so it is easy to complete the activities section).

    We have not heard of any area, group, location having problems accessing our site, so it most likely is the computer(s) you are using. The easiest link to go to if you have already started an application is https://www.admissions.uga.edu/access.html, or if you need to create an ApplicantID but have already reviewed the instructions. I would suggest going to a local library to log in if your home computer cannot access our site, or ask a friend if you can use their computer. Remember to log out completely if you ever use a public computer for application information.

    Second, you do not need to access any forms, as the two items you need from your school are a transcript and a completed school evaluation, and your counselor can do the school evaluation online or you can give them the web site for the printable evaluation form. Go ahead and communicate with your counselor about sending in the materials (and make sure you have requested official test scores from the ACT/SAT companies).

    Again, there is no issue with access to our site, so I am guessing it is either the URL you are trying to use (our main page is https://www.admissions.uga.edu/), or the computer.

    Good luck!

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  109. Once the counselor electronically sends in the counselor evaluation form, how long should it take for it to show up on the status check? Our county has had a hold up on establishing class rank and this has caused a major back up for our school's counselor to complete the counselor evaluation forms.

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  110. Anon: Generally, the online counselor evaluation form will show up a few business days after either the form is submitted or the application is in our system, based on the date on whichever is sent in last. Since class rank is not focused on in our EA decisions at all, the counselors should just leave this part blank for their EA applicants.

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  111. Hi, I'm applying to UGA EA and I have a question about SAT scores. I'm sending my June SAT scores through Collegeboard today. Collegeboard says it takes about 4 weeks to send the score and to allow one week for the receiving school to process it. If this is true, then that means UGA will not receive my SAT scores until November! When the UGA website says to have test scores "submitted" by the deadline date, does that mean 1) I request Collegeboard to send scores by Oct 15th or 2) UGA receives the scores.

    One more thing that is worrying me is that the UGA website says it can accept October and November scores for EA while you said it only accepts October scores. I'm sorry, I'm just really confused. Different sources are saying different things!

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  112. Anon: On the UGA website AND in this blog, the last SAT/ACT scores we can accept for EA are from the October exam date (see https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first_year_application_step_one.html). It may be that you are reading something that is not quite clear to you, but Oct. is the last test date for
    EA.

    As for the SAT you have sent, I am guessing it will not take four weeks to get here (based upon my knowledge), so just be patient and see when we receive it. We tell students to submit it by Oct. 15 so that it will make it in time for the our timing of decisions, and I am guessing your June scores will be fine.

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  113. I have always been a horrible SAT test taker but I do fairly decent on the ACT
    I am applying early and wrote my SAT scores on the testing history part but not my September ACT score because I had not received them till after I already submitted my application- UGA has received my ACT but I have not sent them my SAT scores- is this ok and will that affect my admission?

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  114. Riss: We will use the test scores that you official send to us, and it is your choice as far as what you send. Remember, though, that UGA only looks at the strongest scores you send, so even if you had sent the SAT score, if the ACT was stronger, that is what we would have used. So no, not sending the SAT is not a problem, but sending them would not have been an issue either.

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  115. This may have been asked, but what is the estimate of the number of people that will be applying for Early Action.

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  116. Anon: I will know more in about a week, so I will do a more detailed post at that time.

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  117. I have a question in reguards to how to count a couple of classes in the AP/IB count from 9th through 12th grade. In 11th grade, I took AP US History A and B. I received two semester grades worth .5 each semester. In my count, would I record it as just one AP class or two? I have another class in my senior year that is the same situation.

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  118. Anon: This is a two semester class, which means that it is one full year class. As such, this would count as 1 AP class.

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  119. DGraves:
    I was wondering about SAT scores for EA. Currently, I have a 480 in Math, 670 in Critical Reading, and 610 in Writing. 1150 Critical Reading and Math but 1760 combined. I saw that on UGA's website that the middle 50 percent had 1190 and 1800. Apparently I am just missing the mark. Will I still have a chance in being accepted into UGA' EA?

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  120. Anon: I do not guess about an applicant's chances, so I will not start now, especially if all I have is someone's test scores, which are the least important of the academic factors. No matter what, though, I do not guess.

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  121. I submitted a change through an email to my EA Application because I left out the college information for my Prior Educational Experience. Is there any way for me to know if they've recieved and made the changes, and will it hurt my chances of getting accepted?

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  122. Anon: Generally, you would see the college information on the myStatus page (remember though that freshman applicants with dual enrollment work do not need to send in a college transcript unless they want to), so you should see it there.

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  123. Jason: I took SAT on December/2009 and I had the agency sent the score to UGA. I applied for early action but the status check showed UGA has not received the score. I checked the agency (CollegeBoard) and it showed score is sent to UGA 12/2009. What should I do? Should I request Collegeboard to resend score by paying the fee? Is it too late for Early Action?

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  124. Jason: Review your SAT score report and make sure you have your full name, SSN and correct birthdate on the report, and it was send to UGA. If something is not included, then send an email to admproc@uga.edu with the information so we can try and match up the test scores to your file.

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  125. If your transcript and evaluation form are sent 2 days after EA deadline is it considered invalid for EA decision even if application was sent on time?

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  126. Jason: I did not have SSN entered when I registered SAT with College. Last Night I updated collegeboard profile wih SSN and I ordered the score to be sent to UGA again by paying $10, just in case the first one did not make it. Is it too late for early action? Thanks.

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  127. Anon: As I stated in a previous comment on a different post, "If your counselor submits/sends in the school form and transcript on Monday, that should be just fine. Again, we are trying (up to a point) to review all applicants, so we will be working with you on getting any missing items in."

    In other words, we will work with students in getting in their materials, but do not be seriously late or there may be problems.

    Jason: Actually, just send the email as I already suggested and we will then try to match up the test scores that are already in the system but have not been matched up yet. This happens with a number of applicants who give slightly different information to UGA and then to the testing agency.

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  128. Hello
    So if we want our teacher to do the teacher recommendation for the regular UGA application do we just tell them to do it online with the online application?

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  129. Anon : You would direct your teacher to go to the online HS teacher recommendation (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/teacherrec.html) and complete the form.

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  130. OK thanks for the fast reply!!!

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  131. Hi...i chose to send my sat scores when i took the sat on oct. 9th....college board hasn't sent them yet and wont send thim until they are available....am i ok?...should i have done something differently? i mean i sent them in long beofre the 15th. i also have previous sat scores...what should i do?

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  132. Nageen: We will be accepting the Oct. SAT and ACT scores for Early Action, so you should be fine.

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  133. thank you...its been killing me..and also on my application status it says that UGA has recieved my transcript but not my evaluation...i sent them in the same envelope...is this something to be concernced over?...

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  134. Nageen: What it means is that you need to be patient, as when materials are received in our office, we separate the different items by item type and then scan them into our system, and we received a huge volume of materials over the last few days. Please give us time to enter in all the materials we have received and put these into our system.

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  135. How do we send SAT scores to you guys?

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  136. Anon: Test scores must be sent directly to UGA from the testing agency, so you would need to contact the College Board to have your SAT scores sent. I am hoping you are not applying for Early Action, as you should have already done this research prior to applying to UGA.

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  137. thanks and don't worry I'm not!

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  138. When I apply online, can I send in a fee wavier?
    The application space for semester/fall and spring is not taking the whole spelling of spring, what should I do?

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  139. Anon: The payment page has the option to mark either credit card or check/fee waiver. We then process the application and wait on either the check or a fee waiver from your school. You can abbreviate the course information (Spr for spring, US Hist, for United States History).

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  140. Thank you............ Will my December Sat scores be used if I submit my application by November 15?

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  141. Anon: Since you will be submitting your application by Nov. 15, I will assume that you are applying Reg. Decision. Based upon the collegeboard.com website, UGA will receive these scores on Dec. 22. As such, we will be able to use these for Regular Decision.

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  142. is a SAT score of 1680 or lower too low to get into UGA?

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  143. Worried: I have no idea if a 1680 or lower SAT will get you into UGA, as we do not have that type of cut-off in admissions at UGA. First, we look at your core grades and rigor as the most important academic factors, and then the SAT/ACT scores. Secondly, we do not look at the SAT like this, but instead we are looking at the individual subscores and how you have done. Third, for a large number of applicants, we will look at everything in the file during our holistic review process, so the test scores are just one part of a wide range of things. Lastly, I do not guess about admissions. Sorry, but there is no way I could say anything about a student with only one individual factor, and one that is only a limited part of the review.

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  144. How important is intended major on your application? I don't want my chances of getting in to be foiled by choosing the wrong major on my application. Are there certain majors that the admissions office hates to see?

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  145. Anon: UGA does not make decisions based on a major, as we allow freshman applicants to change their major from the day after they apply right through orientation. Actually, the worst thing you can do is select a major thinking it will get you admitted when you really have no interest or passion at all in that field. Some of the worst explanations for why a student has chosen a specific major are from students looking at majors such as Poultry Science when the closest they have been to poultry is a chicken biscuit. Attempts to write what you think admissions counselors want to read instead of being honest, whether is is a short essay response or the choice of a major, usually are not impressive.

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  146. Hello Mr. Graves,

    I have recently received the news that I have not yet been accepted, deferred or denied from UGA due to a missing document that I have never heard one word about. It is the High School Evaluation Form. 1. How does my councilor access the evaluation page if she works at a Canadian High School? and 2. Now that I have figured out what i'm missing, will I still be eligible for EA Acceptance considering it's past the deadline?

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  147. Kris: Go to this pdf, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/document/school_evaluation.pdf, and print out the form. When you applied, this was one of the listed requirements, and it also showed up on the myStatus page as required but missing (it has showed up like this since you applied). At this time, we can not review you for EA, but if you complete part II and send in a teacher rec, we can then consider you for admission.

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  148. Thank you very much for your quick reply. If I complete part 2 and send in a teacher rec, this is now considered as a regular decision. Does this mean I will find out when regular decisions are announced?

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  149. Kris: Deferred students are now in the next stage of evaluation, and will go through a holistic read process, and the decisions for the most part will come out in late March.

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  150. What is the address that we send our high school transcripts to?

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  151. Lizzy: Our address is Undergraduate Admissions, Univ. of GA, Terrell Hall, Athens, GA 30602-1633.

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  152. Where do we check to see if our counselor or teacher sent in their recommendations?
    I looked everywhere on the Mystatus page and I can't find it...

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  153. Jennie: These two items are on the myStatus page, with the counselor item listed as the school evaluation, and the teacher rec. listed as the teacher rec.

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  154. Hello, How long does it take for transcripts to arrive at UGA? I sent my transcript a week ago by mail and I just checked my status and it says that UGA has not received my transcript.

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  155. Joshua: If it was sent by mail, then it takes as long as the postal service takes to get it here, plus about two/three business days for opening the envelope, scanning it, matching it with your file, and posting it to the status check. We do not control the postal service, so...

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  156. Hello, the mystatus page says that UGA has not recieved the teacher recommendation or the counselor form but I'm sure that they sent in those a long time ago.

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  157. Anon: First, have you checked with your teacher and counselor? If not, do that. Second, if they sent them a long time ago, and if you applied in or before mid-December (remember that we were on break for a while), then contact us at admproc@uga.edu . If you just applied during the break, give us a short while to catch up on the materials and applications that came in during the break, and then in about a week, send us an email about the issue if they are still not in. But first, check with your counselor and teacher.

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