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!

53 comments:

  1. If my ACT score from April was sent electronically 10/10/10, do you think you will receive it in time for Early Action?

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  2. Anon: I cannot say for sure (as we do not control the arrival date of test scores), but based upon what has happened in the past, I would that these scores will be here in time for EA. Remember, we will be taking the Oct. ACT/SAT scores if UGA is selected when you sign up for the exam, so we will be taking scores in at UGA for a several weeks after Oct. 15 (this is also to allow for students such as yourself that request scores right around the deadline).

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  3. Is UGA going to be accepting 6,000 of the 10,000 applicants for EA, like last year, or is it dependent on the applicant pool?

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  4. Anon: Every year is different, so I cannot predict how many EA applicants we will admit, or what they will be like overall. I still do not know exactly how many EA applicants we will have!

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  5. Just want to confirm, college transcripts for incoming freshman are not required. Correct?

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  6. In the EA instructions I don't see mention of submitting Part 2 of the application or the letter of recommendation. Are these also due by 10/15 or are they due at a later date?

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  7. My SAT scores were sent to UGA from the College Board in August. My Status report does not show that you have received them. Is that normal?

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  8. Is it necessary to have AP test scores formally submitted by October 15 or can that be done at a later date?

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  9. Anon I: As stated on the status check in the area detailing college transcripts, these are not required to be submitted by freshman applicants. We indicate if they are in or not for your assistance, but we indicate they are not needed.

    Anon II: Please re-review the application instructions at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first_year_application_step_one.html, as only part I is needed for EA admission, along with the fee payment, a school/counselor evaluation, HS transcript and official test scores. If you are deferred, you would then complete part II and send in a teacher rec.

    Anon II: I would suggest looking at your test score report and making sure you have given the same personal information as is on the application. Check your SSN, full name, birthdate, etc. Then email admproc@uga.edu and let us know about this issue along with the full personal information so we can see why they are not matching up.

    Anon IV: No, AP test scores are not required for EA, and can be done at a later date.

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  10. Hello,
    I apologize if you have answered this 100 times already! My son is currently a high school senior taking classes at our local college in addition to his high school classes. Should he apply to UGA as transfer student or not?

    Thanks!

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  11. Anon: Your son is a high school student, so he should apply as a freshman applicant. We have a large number of applicants who take dual enrollment courses, but they still need to apply as a freshman, as they have not graduated from HS yet.

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  12. I was filling out my Leadership and Activities Record portion of the application and it will not allow me to move on to the next page. For one of my activities, it is notifying me to only use letters and numbers and there are only letters in the activity box. For my third activity, even though I have edited out enough characters, I am still being notified that I am over the limit.
    I have re-entered this information many times from different computers and still the same errors appear.
    How should I proceed?

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  13. Anon: My guess is that you are not taking into account that spaces are characters, but that is only a guess. Please remember, when giving us information about activities, you can short hand information (Cptn means captain, Cl means club, etc.). As well, it does not have to be narrative style, as you can give us sentence fragments if that helps. That is my best suggestion. If you still are having issues, complete what you can and then send in a resume to admproc@uga.edu, and we will add this to your file.

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  14. DGraves:
    If your high school does not require you to have service, you should check the box for no correct?

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  15. Taylor: You are correct, if your school does not require service, then check no, the school does not do this.

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  16. Ok, so I checked no, but the fields for extracurricular activities did not come up. Is something wrong? I would like to submit that information eventhough my school does not require community service?

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  17. Plus, I have already sent in my application (so the leadership & activities record is blank) What should I do to get that information included?

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  18. Taylor: The activities area does not pop up once you select that option, but instead there is an item that says "add activity". After you complete the first activity, you then select to add the next, and so on. Same for athletics and Honors. Since you have already submitted your application, I would suggest you now send a pdf copy of your resume to admproc@uga.edu so we can add it to your file.

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  19. Thank you
    Will I get a response back saying they got this?

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  20. Taylor: Generally, we will respond to this type of email saying that we have added this information to your file.

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  21. My Georgia 411 says that my transcript was sent on 10/01/10. My status does not reflect that it was received. Would you suggest I resubmit?

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  22. Anon: Just to be on the safe side, and because GA411 transcripts occasionally have issues (maybe .5% of the time or less), go ahead and resubmit the GA411 transcript. At this time, GA411 is having a few issues, so be patient with them.

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  23. Do some decision letters come soon on or after Oct 15th, or do they stack up until around Dec 1? Does they in the upper-2% of Early Action get notified earlier than others?

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  24. JAB in GA: UGA has one decision release date for Early Action, and we do not make any decisions on EA applicants until well after Oct. 15, after we have had a chance to review the applications, review the applicant pool as a whole, and then determine decisions. As for the upper 2% issue, I have no idea where this rumor started (it is generally about Honors), but there is no upper 2% that can be categorized in any specific way, and they do not get notified earlier.

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  25. Do some decision letters come soon on or after Oct 15th, or do they stack up until around Dec 1? Do those in the upper-2% of Early Action get notified earlier than others? We have already received two acceptance letters from non-binding Early Action Institutions (1 out-of-state SEC and 1 ACC with full-ride & honors), and just trying to plan for the future relating to deposits and things.

    Stanford is academically recruiting my daughter and says we will definitely know via phone on November 12th, yet their published advertisements say December 1st. (Not saying she'll attend there); just looking for more definitive info than the standard website stuff.

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  26. Sorry, I accidentally posted before completion using a google login.. My second comment does not reflect that your 1st answer was incomplete.

    {You were fast and kudos to you} Thanks for the info.

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  27. JAB: Last year, we released decisions in mid-December. I do not know an exact date at this time, but I will post on the blog when I do. We do not make decisions on a rolling basis, but only after we are able to look at the applicant pool as a whole. In addition, we do not give out decisions by phone, but our myStatus page is where decisions will first be available.

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  28. I have just taken the SAT for the 2nd time this past Saturday. According to Collegeboard, my scores should be available online on October 19. Due to the application deadline being October 15, should I submit my first set of SAT scores from earlier this year, or wait until it becomes October 19, and submit it from collegeboard in on that day?

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  29. Chad: What would be the reason for not sending UGA your earlier scores? We only look at the highest subscores, so there is no negative in sending the earlier scores if you Oct. scores are higher or lower than the previous ones. It is your choice, but I would say go ahead and send them now.

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  30. Well, I didn't do too well the first time around with a 1690 but the 2nd time around, I know I did a lot better. If I were to also send the 2nd set of scores (the ones I will receive Oct 19), would it be looked at for Early Admission instead of the first one assuming I did better?

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  31. hello,
    i informed my Counselor about sending in my transcrip and the counselor form; she informed that there might be a small chance that she would not be able to send it in on time by the deadline. What would happen if she were not be able to send it in on time? would i be sent in as regular decesion? i'm worried because i already submitted my application

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  32. Chad: UGA is one of a number of colleges that uses just your highest subscores, so we would focus on only your best scores.

    Anon: First, a deadline is a submission/postmark deadline, so you still have time to get in materials. Second, UGA is slightly flexible with school materials, so if she sends it in soon, you should be fine. If is is very late and we could not review you for EA, we would roll you over to deferred EA, and you would then complete part II and get in all required materials.

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  33. Hello,
    I'm starting to apply for the Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey honors scholarships and I have a couple of questions for those:
    1) Do I need to apply to the honors program before I apply for the scholarships?
    2) For the teacher recommendation form, is there a specific type of teacher (for specific subjects) I need to get the recommendation from? Like,I want to major in biology so do I need to get a recommendation from a science teacher or can I get it from my Latin teacher whom I've had as a teacher for three-years?
    3) Also,do I need to send a seperate transcript for these applications or is the one I sent for my early action okay?

    Thank you so much.

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  34. Anon: You have not stated if your are applying EA, but I will assume you are. As such, you do not need to apply to Honors before you apply for the Foundation Fellows/Ramsey scholarship. Second, we suggest a core academic area teacher, so your Latin teacher is just fine. Third, you do not need to send in a separate transcript or counselor form, as one can serve for both admission and the scholarship program (see https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/foundation_fellowship_part_ii.html for details).

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  35. Hello, I just had a question that has been bothering me. I sent my transcript through ga411 on October 11. Then I received an email stating that UGA had received this document. I sent my score report back in June and the Score History stated that my scores were sent on June 22nd. On my status though, it does not reflect the receipt of my transcript or my SAT scores. I resubmiited the transcript just in case, and I plan on calling collegeboard tomorrow to verify that they sent my scores. However, I can't help but worry. In case they did not, would it be too late to send my scores tomorrow?

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  36. Is it possible for me to send my transcrips on the day before the early admission deadline on october 15th?

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  37. Anon: As I have said before, occasionally there are issues with the GA411 transcripts, although they are more reliable than paper. Over the past few days, the GA411 site has also had a few issues. As such, give us a little time (you have only given at most 2 business days) for the transcript. As for the SAT scores, check your score report to make sure it was sent to UGA, and that you used your full name, correct SSN, and correct birthdate. If one of these is off or missing, email admproc@uga.edu and explain the issue, and we can then match up the SAT.

    Anon II: Yes, the Oct. 15 deadline is a submission/postmarked deadline, so you can send in items the tomorrow.

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  38. Hi DG,
    I know this has been addressed many times before (I have read through the blog archives), but why does the information for Foundation/Ramsey applicants state that a minimum requirement is "an unweighted high school GPA of at least 3.75..." when this blog has consistently stated that the GPA considered is not "unweighted," but, rather, re-weighted or "weighted the UGA-way so as to level the playing field"? None of the top 10% of my class has an unweighted GPA at or above 3.75 (since they are all taking AP courses--many of which rarely give A's), and so the only people who would qualify if it were truly unweighted are the ones not taking AP courses. Clearing up this wording on the scholarship website would make your life easier...or is this job security?

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  39. Anon: Since I do not run the Foundation Fellowship/Ramsey program, I cannot say exactly why this is stated as such, but I can guess. In a number of states, a student's GPA on their high school transcript is so inflated by their school that many times their GPA is over a point above what we would see. I have seen a GPA on a transcript just the other day that, on a 4.0 scale, was listed as a 5.30. In other words, if this was not put this way, you would see a large number of possible non-qualified students sending in scholarship applications for the FF/Ramsey. I am sorry if this wording irks or confuses you, but most schools are not in your situation, so we have to give information that hits the huge majority of the prospective students and hope that the 1-2% that it does not fit exactly can read between the lines. As for job security, I think bigger issues impact that more.

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  40. Thank you so much for answering my question, it was very helpful! but i had one more question. So how late can the guidance counclor send in the form and transcrip because if she doesn't submit by today she was planning on doing it monday would that be too late?
    thanks again!

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  41. Anon: 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.

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  42. I accidentally checked the check/free wavier form and it will not let me go back to pay with a credit card. How do I change this? I know it's too late for me to pay with a credit card tonight, but I'm planning on doing so first thing in the morning.

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  43. Mary Laurel: If you checked pay by check/fee waiver and submitted your application, then you need to pay by check or fee waiver. Unfortunately, there is no way to go back and pay by credit card. Do not worry, just send in the application fee by check within the next few days and that will take care of the issue.

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  44. I am currently a senior and I have just recently attended one of your information sessions. In the session, I was told that when you look at a student's rigor, you look at the number of honors and AP classes a student has taken. Do you also look at and consider the Honors and AP classes that are "In Progress" in my senior year on my transcript? I know that they do not have grades for them yet, but I was wondering does the rigor section of admissions include the Honors and AP classes that are in my senior year.

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  45. Anon: We look at all of your coursework, from 9th through 12th grade, including Honors, AP, dual enrollment, Accelerated, IB, and anything else.

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  46. I was looking at my status for my application, and it said that UGA didn't recieve my SAT scores. I had them sent to UGA when I took it last November, but it hasn't shown up. What do I do? Thanks in advance!

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  47. Maria: As I said in a few earlier posts, "I would suggest you first review your score report, and see if your full name, SSN and birthdate all match with your application. If not, email admproc@uga.edu and tell them to try and match up the scores and the UGA system might be having trouble matching them in the normal way. This is only if the scores were sent several weeks ago or more, though, so not if they were just sent."

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  48. How many applicants are there for EA? Sorry if this was asked before.

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  49. Anon: Please see my new post today for a few more details about EA applicants.

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  50. For EA applicants, is there a cut off?
    Meaning after looking at the applicant pool, do you take students with certain cross matched statistics? Or is it a certain percentage of students taken?

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  51. Ronnie: We will be looking at the overall academic profile of each student as compared to the overall EA applicant pool, but there is no set percentage/number/anything that we will take. It will depend upon the overall EA applicant pool and what we think the overall EA and RD combined applicant pool will be like.

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  52. Hi,
    I'm almost finished with my application for regular decision. I was going to send my transcript through GACollege411 but I'm hesistant about sending it online because I'm not sure if that website has my updated grades from first semester senior year. Is it okay if I send my transcript by mail?

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  53. Kelly: It is fine to have the transcript sent through either GA411 or the mail, but please do not send it both ways as it will just duplicate the information and add to our work.

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