Friday, October 29, 2010

October SAT Scores Are In!

We received the October SAT scores late yesterday, and we were able to download them into our system this morning. We just updated the myStatus page about an hour ago to show any updated/new scores. We will be running checks next week for any applicants who submitted October SAT's but there are differences between their application information and their test score information that causes a matching problem (no SSN on the SAT, different name such as Bill instead of William, birthdate error, etc.).

We are also caught up with the mail, so anything that is not showing up as received on the myStatus page should be checked on with the person that is suppose to be sending it, such as your counselor or high school registrar.

Have a great weekend, enjoy some  Halloween candy, and Go Dawgs down in Jacksonville!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shout out to High School Counselors!

Over the last 3 years, our office has made it so that high school counselors and teachers can submit their evaluation/recommendation forms online. As you would probably guess, it started off slow the first year, but it has been gaining traction ever since, with great growth this year! Having these forms come into our office online helps in matching up the materials to the students (it happens overnight in a large batch job), eliminates the delay of the mail, means fewer issues with illegible writing, and lessens the items we must open, scan and match up with applicants. In addition, it allows schools to save general academic information for the school in the UGA database (and not write it out again and again), cuts down on postage, and lessens the phone calls from panicked families. So far this year, we have received over 10,000 online school evaluations (this includes Early Action and Regular Decision applicants, along with a few who have not applied yet but the form is in)! If you get a chance and your counselor (or teacher) did their recommendation online, give them a big thank you from UGA. Here is a list of the top 15 high schools based upon the number of online school evaluations submitted.

  1. Northview HS - 246
  2. Milton HS - 166
  3. G. Walton Comp. HS - 148
  4. Brookwood HS - 141
  5. Alpharetta HS - 135
  6. Collins Hill HS - 121
  7. Roswell HS - 110
  8. Chattahoochee HS - 109
  9. Lassiter HS - 107
  10. The Westminster Schools - 104
  11. Alan C. Pope HS - 96
  12. Peachtree Ridge HS - 94
  13. North Gwinnett HS - 94
  14. Starr's Mill HS - 92
  15. Marist School - 84
Just so you know, there are already 50 schools with 40 or more online school evaluations! Way to go high school counselors!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Test Scores and Early Action

As of today, we have 10,621 Early Action applicants, and just under 2,300 of them are still missing SAT/ACT (with writing) test scores. What this is telling me is that a number of you have waited to send in your test scores for the October SAT/ACT exams, even though UGA uses only the strongest subscores. But good news, as the College Board's website states that the October SAT results will be sent to the colleges on Friday, October 29. As such, I expect that we will be loading these scores into our system on either Friday (depending on the time we get the scores) or Monday. While you may be able to view your scores online on the College Board website on Thursday, please be patient with colleges as we load them into our systems.

As for the October ACT, I do not have an exact date for receiving these scores, as their website does not give reporting dates, and they give variations of 3-6 weeks after the test for scores to be received by colleges. The ACT has been getting better about sending us the scores in a timely fashion, so I hope that we will have the scores by mid-November, but we will just have to wait and see.

Please remember to keep up with your myStatus page to make sure that all your information is in to UGA, and I will keep you updated about the timeline for Early Action as we get closer to the decision date.

Go Dawgs!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Early Action, The Day After

The Early Action deadline has come and gone, and we will spend the next two weeks matching up transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc. Please be patient while we go through the mail, as we had five full bins this morning, and the postman said that he could not fit the rest in his truck so he will be bringing more this afternoon.

As of now, we have just over 10,500 Early Action applications, which is slightly above last year. Now the important thing is to make sure your file is complete. We will be taking the October SAT and ACT scores if they were requested when you signed up for the exam, and we will be receiving a large number of other test scores as we know there is always a high volume of requests just before the deadline.

I have no idea at this time any exact timelines, what the applicant pool looks like right now, etc., so please do not ask what it looks like for admissions for EA this year. And as always, I do not guess about decisions, and whether you will be admitted, deferred or denied.

So sit back, read a good book (I just finished Pay it Forward, a great read), watch some good football now the UGA is back on the winning side of things, and have a great fall term!

Go Dawgs!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Deadline Day is Here!

Yes, today is the deadline for Early Action Freshman applicants, and that means a huge volume of applications, mail, phone calls, and emails will be generated surrounding this date. As I have said before, do not panic is something is not showing up on your myStatus page yet, as we have thousands of documents that come in right at the deadline. Please give us time to open the mail, scan the documents in, and match them up with your file. As well, please remember that our office is closed on the weekend, so if you send something to us on a Thursday, do not expect it to be in on Monday just because it has been 5 days. Please allow for time for items to go from your school or home, through the postal service, and into our office.

As for test scores, be patient as well, as there is not an instantaneous download once you request the scores to be sent to UGA. Give the testing agency time to send them to us, and then give us time to download them into our system. Patience is key during this time of year for everyone.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.  ~St. Augustine

Go Dawgs (no, St. Augustine did not say this)!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Early Action Suggestions

We are coming up on the Early Action deadline, so here are a few suggestions as we approach this timeline:

  • Even though the deadline is October 15, I do not suggest waiting until the last minute to submit your application. We do not hold it against you if you submit the application at 11:59 pm on 10/15, but if you do this, you will most likely be praying that everything goes smoothly, and that you do not have a computer issue, spill your Mt. Dew on the keyboard, or accidentally fall asleep while thinking about what to write. In other words, while the deadline is the deadline, always shoot for an earlier time.
  • After you submit an application, be patient. If you take nothing else away from this blog, take away the idea that you need to be a little patient with admission offices. I expect we will have approximately 10,000 Early Action applicants, and a majority of the materials will be sent in over the next two weeks. We will be matching up materials fast and furiously, but please give things time to get here before contacting us. Items will not be matched quicker if you call or email. If an item is mailed, allow time for the postal service to deliver it. If a test score is sent, allow time for it to be both uploaded by the testing agency and downloaded by UGA. If is not an "in your file" deadline, but a "postmarked/submitted" deadline.
  • If you or your school faxes something in, I will shred it. As I have said before, we place the shredder next to the fax machine for a reason, as we cannot accept official documents by fax. Tell your counselor, tell your friends, tell your fourth cousin twice removed, UGA does NOT accept official documents by fax.
  • Please remember that while the application is available 24/7, the credit card payment option is only available from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm EST. You can still select the check/fee waiver option after 9:30 pm and submit this document though. And just so you know, debit and check cards cannot be used to pay the application fee.
  • Take time to review your application before you submit it. Again, take time to review it, make sure you have followed the word/character count areas, and that you are comfortable with the finished product.
  •  Test scores must be sent to UGA by the testing agency. If you send it by mail or if it is on a transcript, it will not be used. It has to come to UGA from the testing agency! And remember, if you want to use an ACT score, we must have an ACT Writing score as well.
Good luck, and Go Dawgs!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Spring Applicant Update part II

As I promised last week, here is the update on Spring admissions:

All freshman decisions have been made, and the decisions have been mailed out. Spring freshman application numbers are always small, so I will not go into details about the exact information.

Transfers: Of the 1,460 or so Spring transfer applicants, here is the rundown of the decisions.

  • 956 transfer applicants have been admitted.
  • 305 transfer applicants have been denied.
  • 156 transfer applicants are incomplete (missing application fee, no transcript, incomplete transcripts, etc.).
  • 41 transfer applicants are still being reviewed, and the delay many times is due to either  very complicated transcripts, a faculty member wanting to review the file, or some other oddity.
  • 1 student canceled their application (just thought I would throw that one in here).

Decision letters have been sent to all accepted or denied applicants, while emails were sent out earlier this week to the incomplete applicants. This list does not include study abroad applicants or students applying to the Griffin or Tifton campuses. These students should work with the contact people within those programs.

I hope this has helped everyone with their application process, and now accepted Spring students should start signing up for orientation (477 transfers have already signed up, and 72 freshman have as well).

Go Dawgs (and beat Tennessee)!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Admissions Application Video

 In order to help out with the freshman application process, Morgan in our office has created this video to walk students through the steps to apply to UGA. I hope you enjoy this, and thanks to Morgan and Milly (the voice behind it all!).

Friday, October 1, 2010

Spring 2011 Orientation

The Spring 2011 Orientation site is now open for admitted students, and I advise that you read the introduction carefully to make sure you take the proper steps in signing up. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming freshman and transfer students, as this is where students will meet with an advisor, register for classes, etc. There will be three available dates for transfer students (one in December and two in January), and two for freshman (two January dates), and you will both see the dates and select the one that is best for you when you sign up for orientation. Freshman must submit a commitment deposit before signing up for orientation, while for transfers, there is no deposit but orientation is how you let UGA know that you will be attending the University in the Spring. If you are not sure if you will be attending UGA, do not sign up for orientation until you do know your future plans, as you are making a reservation (and paying for it!) and taking up an orientation slot.

Go Dawgs!