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!

73 comments:

  1. after i requested myid, how do i get it?

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  2. it said that im a guest wanting to get myid. Is this right? How long does it take for the email t0 arrive?

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  3. Anon: See my answer from your other comments, and please remember that you do not need to post multiple times to get an answer, just be patient.

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  4. If a student has already been accepted for Spring 2011, will a withdrawal from a class at his or her current institution negatively affect the admission decision?

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  5. Anon: Generally, the only reasons for UGA to revoke an admission offer would be a serious drop in your academic situation (a W grade would not do this, but D/F/WF grades might cause issues), or a new issue involving a student's conduct or criminal situation.

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  6. Hi, the highschool I go to just opened this year. On the application I just put in the "unknown" school code; but how will my teachers be able to fill out recommendations if there's no code? I already emailed the Admissions team and I haven't gotten a response yet, so I'm assuming there's no problem. Will it work itself out when I send my SAT scores? Thanks, and thank you SO much for the blog!

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  7. Sloane: Until we are able to put your school into our system and create a password for the school, your teachers and counselor will need to complete the forms on paper and mail them in. As for the SAT scores, they are tied to you, not your school.

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  8. I'm a dual enrollment student, and I am working on my application to UGA. The application asks for the classes that you are taking this year, and I only know my classes for this semester because colleges don't have their class schedule for the spring up yet. Right now, it only looks like I'm taking one class next semester because that's the one AP I am actually taking at my high school. I tried to email an admissions counselor, but she hasn't responded yet and its been a week. What should I do/ put on my college application? thanks.

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  9. Morgan: If you can estimate what you will be taking in dual enrollment for the Spring (such as ENGL 1102 if you are now taking ENGL 1101), that is fine. If not, you can let us know by an email when you do sign up for the classes. As well, email the UGA counselor you contacted earlier and let them know you have the answer now. Don't worry, we understand that plans may change come Spring semester, whether it is dual enrollment courses or traditional HS courses.

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  10. Hi DGraves,

    Will myStatus update through out the day or is there a specific time that I should check for a decision? For example- if it hasn't changed when I check in the morning, there is no point in checking later on in the day.

    Thanks very much for the blog!

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  11. Texas: The myStatus page is generally updated once during the early morning (3-5 a.m.?), and that is it for the day. Occasionally we will have an update in the middle of the day if we need to do some review or if the early morning upload did not work, but generally I would suggest you only need to look once during the day.

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  12. Hi!

    I had a question regarding my application. I've already sent in my application for Early Action, but yesterday I received an AP Scholar award in the mail from CollegeBoard. I really want to include that information on my application. Does CollegeBoard automatically send that information to UGA, or will I need to fax it to admissions? Or is it too late to make any changes to the application?

    Thanks for your help!

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  13. AJ: You would want to send this information in an email to admproc@uga.edu, and we will then add it to your admission file. Please do not fax it, as we do not accept faxes for admissions documents. I generally joke that the shredder is next to the fax for a reason.

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  14. I was accepted for Spring admission. I have not received any communication from UGA and can no longer log onto the status page. Can you tell me when UGA might begin to contact me regarding housing etc?

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  15. Anon: If you were accepted for Spring, you would generally have received a packet of information along with your acceptance letter talking about the next steps. I expect that orientation will open up in early October for Spring students, and that is the next step. I expect that, if you are a freshman, you will begin hearing things from different campus offices in October as well. Transfers are not required to live on campus, so if you are a transfer student, you would want to contact them directly.

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  16. will transfer students get help finding housing for the spring if there is no more on campus housing?

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  17. Anon: You should talk to housing about the campus housing situation, and they would generally also have information about off campus housing options and the best way to locate information.

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  18. they have transfer student information sessions every friday at 1:00pm in Terrell Hall.

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  19. Recently Accepted: Admissions does have an information session for transfer students on Fridays at 1 pm (you can sign up online at https://www.externalaffairs.uga.edu/visit/), but that session will not have any more details about housing then what I have just given. The Admissions information session focuses on admission, while housing has information on housing.

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  20. Does UGA acccept online courses from other institutions of transfer students?

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  21. Asad: We accept courses from regionally accredited colleges/universities, either as traditional or online courses. You would need to check our transfer equivalency database to see which specific classes transfer into UGA, and how they come into UGA.

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  22. I received an email from one of admissions people today (9/16) saying that I need to send another transcript with the proper AP Credit information. And I did so, by requesting one from my school the same day, but I wanted to know if there is a deadline you must receive it by, because my school (Georgia State) said it would take 2/3 business days for it to send/arrive. Also will this have any effect on my admission other than me receiving the proper credits (3.78 GPA 28 w/o AP, 37 Credits with AP).

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  23. Anon: Because of the issues that Ga State sometimes has with the AP credit showing on the transcript, we will many times allow for a second transcript showing the needed information after the deadline. In other words, if it comes in within the next 1-2 weeks, you should be fine, and it will only have an impact on the timing of the decision, not the actual decision.

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  24. In the Testing History section of the EA application, it asks that you report your AP exam scores along with your SAT/ACT scores, but there is no field to fill in the AP score. How should I report the AP scores?

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  25. Anon: the testing area allows for you to input any/all types of scores, so just input it in the way that you would input an SAT/ACT score, with the last field being where you would enter the 0-5 AP score.

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  26. When do you expect to be done with decisions for transfer and first year students? It is already Sept 20th. How many more do you have left to go through?

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  27. Anon: Please re-read the initial post of mine (which gives you a timeframe), and if you then have a specific question, please let me know.

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  28. Is there penalty for transcripts being late past the deadline (sep 3) due to mail issues or any other occurrences that could cause transcripts to arrive late? I assumed no going by your initial post with students still having incomplete files, however i just wanted to be sure, since my transcripts arrived a few days after the deadline.

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  29. Anon: If your transcripts were only a few days late, you should be fine (we have about a two week grace period for transfer applicants). If you are beyond that timeline, we may not be able to review your file.

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  30. Just out of curiosity out of the roughly 1500 transfer applications, about how many have been processed up to today?

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  31. Anon: Rough estimate as of early this morning (and I mean rough estimate!): 900 or so have an accept/deny decision, 250 will be incomplete due to missing transcripts or payment, 50 where we are still waiting on something due to problems with other issues, so roughly 300 more who still need a decision. If we average about 30-40 decisions a day, then we should be done by late September.

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  32. When exactly will the school release decisions made on spring freshmen applications?

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  33. Anon: Please re-read the initial post of mine (which gives you a timeframe), and if you then have a specific question that was not answered, please let me know.

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  34. Is there any exact date which all decisions will done by? Also, does it take longer for the status page to change if you have not been accepted? Thank you!

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  35. Anon: No, there is no exact date that we will be done with Spring applicants. It is difficult to determine how long it will take to review each and every file, and since transfer applicants are on a rolling basis, we cannot do exact timeline predictions. And no, it does not take longer for a denial to post on the status check as compared to an acceptance.

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  36. DGraves-
    Iam wondering if Iam one of those applications that has trouble issue. Last time I applied there were some issues with my application. Is there anyway to check to make sure Iam good to go.

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  37. Mary Anna: I would say to be patient for about one more week, as I expect we will be done with Spring transfer applicants by late Sept, and we are not quite there yet. If it gets into October and you still have not received a decision, then contact us.

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  38. I read a comment you made that said transfer applicants are on a rolling basis, what does that mean? Thank you for the blog it's been very helpful.

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  39. Anon: Transfer decisions are not made all one one or two dates, but are done on a daily basis, as we review the transfer files and make determinations of admission based upon the guidelines set forward by the University and listed on our web site. For instance, I expect that we will make about 40 spring transfer decisions today, and the next day, and the next, etc. until we are done with spring transfers.

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  40. DGraves, Since transfer decisions are on a rolling basis, if my particular college space "fills up", might I be offered enrollment for Fall or will I need to reapply?

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  41. Anon: Your particular college space will not "fill up", as there is not a specific limit on the number of transfers we can accept into specific colleges and majors. I would suggest you make sure all materials are in and up to date for all colleges ever attended, and then be patient.

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  42. I had commented earlier about my situation with Georgia State, the transcript should be with the with the admissions office by now, I just wanted to know how am I going to find out if they received it. In the the check status section it says a transcript has been received but that is the original transcript that I sent first. I just wanted to know how I would know whether it had been received or not.

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  43. Anon: I would first contact GA State and make sure the transcript was sent, and what date it was sent. If it was sent a while ago, I would then call the UGA admission office and ask about it, as the date would change after receiving a new transcript on the status check.

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  44. about how many freshman applications for the spring are there?

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  45. Anon: We have about 100 or so freshman who applied for Spring 2011 admission, and we also have about 250 freshman who applied for Fall/Summer 2010 and we admitted them for Spring 2011.

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  46. Are there going to be scholarships available to transfer students for Spring 2011? If yes, then around what date?

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  47. Anon: Sorry, but there are no scholarships for spring transfer students.

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  48. DGraves,

    I've checked myStatus which says that my acceptance is still pending. However, OASIS has an account set up for me, listing my transfer credits and what courses I still need to take. Also, HOPE has been sent to UGA and waiting confirmation from me. Is it ok for me to assume that I've been accepted? I don't want to accept HOPE for UGA only to find out a week later that I've been denied.

    Thanks much for your response and for the time you take to answer these questions. We appreciate it!

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  49. Anon: You know what the say about assuming something. Until you receive a notice saying you have been admitted, do not assume you have been admitted.

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  50. Hello. I just got accepted for Spring 2011 as a transfer. I was wondering that can I re apply right now for Fall 2011 or do I have to wait? Also, what are the chances of acceptance for fall 2011, as I got accepted for Spring 2011?

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  51. Anon: The Summer/Fall transfer application will open up in late October. Being admitted for one term does not mean that you would be admitted for another, but it does show that you are academically strong. We would need to look at fall 2010 grades in our review of your future fall 2011 transfer application.

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  52. how important are sat's scores? I am an international student with good grades grades (mostly A's) but my sat's scores are average(around 1600).

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  53. Anon: For freshman decisions and academics, the first focus we have is on core grades, the second is on the rigor of a students coursework, and the third is on standardized tests. In other words, grades and courswork come before SAT/ACT scores.

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  54. I commented earlier about my issues with Ga State and their transcript problems. Well today I contacted the UGA undergrad office and once again State sent the wrong transcript (no AP Equivalency). I was told that I have to get my transcript to UGA with the proper information by the end of the week because you guys are wrapping up Spring Transfer decisions. So I went to State and told them the situation and this time I spoke directly with someone in the records office, since it takes 3 to 5 days to process and ship (which would take longer than the end of the week) they gave me a printed and sealed transcript which they said I could send it myself so I could get it there in time. So today I sent it to Terrell Hall via Express Mail and it should arrive sometime tomorrow before noon. So my question is how long would it take for them to receive and process the transcript, because obviously theres a time crunch for me.

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  55. Anon: First, I would suggest that you send an email to admproc@uga.edu about this, as we can then expect it and move forward on a decision. Second, while you may feel there is a time crunch, we still have a long way to go before Spring term begins, so be patient. I am sorry that your current institution has not been able to send what you want, but remember, we have to work not only with your situation, but also all other freshman and transfer applicants.

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  56. is there a way to appeal a decision made by the school?

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  57. Anon: I would suggest you contact our office and speak to the counselor of the day, and they will discuss the appeal process. They will also look at your file, and try to counsel you about our admissions process as a whole, and the reasons for your desire to appeal the decision.

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  58. as of this morning, do you have a rough estimate of how many transfer decisions are left?

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  59. Anon: I will give an update on Spring applications early next week, so please be patient until then.

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  60. since there still a long time left before the spring semester starts, is it possible to appeal a decision with new SAT's scores?

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  61. I applied in August, and my transcripts were recorded as "recieved" by the 22nd. You mentioned decisions were made on a rolling basis, and by how many people you estimate are left I feel like I should have gotten a decision by now (based on the assumption that many waited to apply until the last minute). Should I be concerned that my application has still not been reviewed?

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  62. Anon: No, it is not possible to appeal due to having new SAT scores, as everyone has the same timeline and is reviewed based upon the same criteria. There is not an appeal based on the fact you want information to be looked at that is in well after the deadline.

    Anon II: I would suggest giving us a little more time, as I do not know your exact situation, but I do know that we should be done with almost all files by tomorrow, and will then go over any files that seem to be incomplete. I would suggest making sure that we have all materials, and then give us a little more time.

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  63. I have not gotten a decision yet on mystatus, and called the office to make sure everything was in as far as my application. The person I talked to said there are a couple more weeks until decisions will be complete, so there is nothing they can do, but I know you mentioned you should have been pretty much done with the review process on completed applications by Friday. I don't mean to be impatient, but I want to make sure I can sign up for the orientation I want and am really nervous about getting in. Do you know of any possible reasons I do not have a decision yet?

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  64. I'm accepted for the Spring! There's a class that I'm considering dropping this semester, if I do I receive a "W" on my transcript. Will this in any way affect my admissions decision? As in, is it the equivalent of my GPA dropping below the minimum requirement (though my GPA for the semester could be a 3.8 or something)?

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  65. Anon: Without more details, I could not guess about your situation. Sorry!

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  66. Toni: A simple W grade will not affect your GPA or admission decision, as it would be a null grade. If it was a WF grade, that would have an impact, as WF means an F grade, though with your GPA, I doubt that would have an impact on a decision.

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  67. I, too, called the admissions office on Friday to see if something was wrong with my application. I applied in June, paid, and sent my transcripts in. The woman said there was nothing wrong and everything was in, however; she said a status would not be updated for another three weeks or so.

    I am trying to find housing and get acclimated if I do get in. I am just making sure that nothing else is incomplete. In your aforementioned post to Anon II, I guess you do say that you should be done with -almost- all files by last Friday.

    Thanks so much, DGraves. I read these blogs daily (and check my status a few times a day) and I am really happy that you guys in admissions take the time to really help students out.

    To clarify, I was just curious if I was incomplete on any other means other than payment, transcript, and application.

    I think you said you will write a blog on this soon... I look forward to it!

    Anxiously waiting patiently,
    C. C. Harris

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  68. Cate: For a small number of transfer applicants, their academic credentials place them right around the level of admission, and a faculty member is reviewing the file for more information about the student and their academics. Your file is one of these (like I said, only a very small number fit into this situation - my guess being about 2%), and so this process takes a little longer. But I am also guessing that it is better to have a little more detailed review that takes a little longer than a quicker denial response. Be patient just a little longer is my suggestion.

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  69. DGraves: Thank you for responding to my post so expediently. This really helps calm my nerves! I appreciate it. I have waited this long, a few more weeks will not hurt a bit!

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  70. Hi David,

    My daughter and I were wondering if it is possible to take only certain sections of the ACT exam and have those sections count for superscoring. She is happy with her Reading and English and Writing scores and would like to focus on Science and Math? Is this possible? If not if you already have a writing score on file, can she register for the test without the writing section this time? Thanks

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  71. Tamara: You have to sign up for at least the four sections, and it is not a good thing to leave any section blank (at least in my mind). Since you state that we already have a Writing score for the ACT on file, then it is fine to not take the Writing portion for an upcoming ACT if you are fine with the Writing score you already have.

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  72. I took the SAT in December of 2009 and May of 2010. I chose UGA as one of the schools to send my scores too both times. Do i need to send them again through the College Board or do they hold on to the scores?

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  73. Anon: If you had both scores sent to UGA already, then you do not need to send them again, as we hold onto the scores and match them up when an application comes in.

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