Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Changing Application Information

You have submitted your admission application to UGA, when suddenly you come to the realization that your email, shakeyourbootyallnightlong@yahoo.com, might not be the most appropriate email address to use. You want to change it, but you are not sure what to do. Well at UGA, it is fairly easy to change certain key items on your application.

After students apply to UGA, they are still able to make some changes to their personal application information by going to their myStatus page, found at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/access.html. From there, log into your account, and select the Settings option on the left hand menu. You will be able to select the Information Change option for students who have already applied, and this will show you the fields that you have the option to change. This will allow you to change such things as your address, email, major (for freshman applicants), and phone number. You are not able to change everything in your file, such as your name or your SSN, as those changes need more detailed documentation, such as a copy of your SSN card, and you would send these changes to admproc@uga.edu. This is not a place where you can change every small part of your application, such as what you did in the summer of 2007, but instead is focused on the important data elements of your application file that may need to be changed due to a change in your situation (address, email, etc.).

These changes will then flow into your application and will show up in our system on the next business day.

We hope that this helps you in the overall application and enrollment process at UGA!

39 comments:

  1. Do the admission counselors take into consideration the reputation of the school? Because I'm sure many schools in Georgia literally hands out A's to students.

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  2. Anon: I always suggest that before someone posts a comment on this blog, that they should always review what they have written and make sure their question is clear and what they mean to say, and that their question is not offensive. In your case, I would have suggested pausing before hitting submit and editing your comments.

    As for how we look at high schools, we do review the past performance of UGA students from each high school to see how well they are doing at UGA compared to what we expected. But as a whole, admissions is based on what you as an applicant have done in the academic and overall realms, and how that compares with the other applicants.

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  3. first of all thank you so much for this blog! I chack it everyday and it has been a true help to my application process.

    I was curious when early action decisions might be coming out. I heard that it might be earlier than December 15th.

    Thanks again!

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  4. If I was unclear: I was just wondering if admissions take into consideration that some schools have a "easier" curriculum than others, thus making it easier to have a higher GPA

    But, thank you, you answered my questions

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  5. Anon I: I am not able to say just yet when EA decisions will go out, but I should have that information soon and I will post it then.

    Anon II: You were not unclear, but you make an assumption that just by a school having a broader range of courses or more challenging offerings, that this means the individual students are taking those courses. I have seen students at nationally ranked high schools slide by taking the easiest course load possible, and students at schools with limited offerings taking dual enrollment, Virtual School AP courses, academic summer programs, and the like. Again, our focus is what the student is able to do within the framework of their situation.

    And just so you know, I do understand where you are coming from, but using a phrase like "I'm sure many schools in Georgia literally hands out A's to students" is pretty inflammatory and somewhat offensive to some great schools and students.

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  6. I know it has been said on this blog before that the October SAT test date is the last chance to have you scores in for EA, but it sounds like the October ACT scores are mysteriously being awaited. Is it possible that my Nov SAT scores could be included in my application review? I am hoping they are significantly higher and I am afraid I will be denied rather than accepted or defered.

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  7. Does it make a difference in an admissions decision if an applicant has a meeting with an admissions counselor at UGA before early decisions go out? A friend said that she was setting up an "interview" with admissions, and I didn't know this was done. Thank you.

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  8. Anon: I am sorry if you feel we were not clear enough in our information about the Oct. ACT, but I have repeatedly posted that we will be accepting the Oct. SAT and ACT scores. In fact, here is a quote from one of my recent posts; "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." As well, in the link I have listed in the right hand column named UGA Freshman Application Calendar (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first_year_application_step_one.html), we state that we will take the Oct. SAT and ACT. There is nothing mysterious about it.

    I have emailed a contact at ACT over the last few days, and he expects that we will receive the last of the Oct. ACT scores with Writing (we already received the ones without Writing) by next Monday or Tuesday. Right after that, we will shut down the importing of test scores until after the EA decision release date. Since the Nov. SAT scores will not get to us until Nov. 24th at best, we will not be able to use these scores for EA.

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  9. How do I send in the counselor recommendation? Is there some way I can print it out?

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  10. Anon: Meeting with or "interviewing" with a UGA admissions counselor (it would not be considered an interview by us) has no impact on an admission decision. You can come by and visit the campus, attend and information session and speak with a counselor, but it will not make a difference when it comes down to a decision.

    Anon II: The printable counselor form can be found at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/printable_forms.html, and you would give this to your counselor to submit.

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  11. I apologize if I appeared to be inflammatory, but I think you understood me wrong. I just meant the SAME course may be easier at some schools. I'm almost positive that it is much easier to get an A in chemistry in a school where the graduation rate is 50%.

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  12. Seriously dude, you don't get it. Think before you speak. Your words were harsh and uncaring. Acknowledge it and move on. DGraves is not looking to debate you on this.

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  13. To Anonymous who thinks it is easy to get A's: On behalf of all other students who go to schools in Georgia other than the one you attend, I believe it is time for you to drop the subject. DGraves has done his best to give you the benefit of the doubt, and yet you continue to add additional derogatory comments. As someone who lives in a poor district with a 50% or less graduation rate, I am amazed at the ignorance of your comments. Those statistics have nothing to do with the education given by the teachers or the hard work ethic and intelligence of the students. I would be offended but am not, since I recognize the iggnorance and arrogance of the speaker. Concentrate on yourself and stop attempting to justify your high school statistics by belittling others. Thank you DGraves for what a good job you do in answering the relevant questions that are posted on this site.

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  14. Thank you for updating your blog daily! I hope the UGA early decisions come out earlier than Dec.15... I am anxiously waiting!

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  15. Thank you all for the posts about different schools and competitiveness, and I think it is time to put this issue to bed and move forward with other issues.

    Nervous: I am glad you enjoy the blog, and I will let everyone know soon about EA decision timelines.

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  16. After decisions have been made for EA, When will the application for Freshman College Experience be up?

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  17. Anon: I am not sure when the application for the Freshman College program will be available, but it is not a race to apply to it, so be patient and follow their website for more information (http://freshmancollege.uga.edu/).

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  18. Is the 'my status' page updated regarding information received for the Bernard Ramsey and Foundation Fellowship application. My counselor and teacher have electronically sent their recommendation letters and it has not shown up.

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  19. Anon: The myStatus page reflects the items that are used for the admission application, and if any of these overlap with the FF/Ramsey application, then they will show up here as well (for example, the teacher rec would show up, but the peer rec will not). It depends on when your counselor and teacher sent them in and when you applied, so if it just occurred, please be patient as we match things together. You will also receive communications from the FF/Ramsey people about any missing items.

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  20. I'm sorry if I have chosen the wrong place to pose this question. That said, I'll shoot and hope all is well :).

    How much of a factor is one's major when transferring with 60 or more hours? For instance, I'm working on a B.S. in mathematics right now at GSU and interested in transferring, but only have a 3.0. I know the minimum is a 2.8, and I don't feel the 3.0 really distinguishes me. Just curious, thank you.

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  21. I posted the comment above. I was reading through some of the archive and I realized it may sound rude for me to have posted my stats and expected some sort of insight as to my potential admission. I apologize. Would you mind just paying attention to my now specific question which is this, How much of a factor is one's major when transferring with 60 or more hours? Thanks and sorry!

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  22. Anon: No problem! The major that you choose does not have a bearing on the admission decision. Since you have the ability to change your major after enrolling at UGA, there is not a differential decision due to your academic interest.

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  23. I applied for early admissions. When selecting intended major, I could not find a way to go undeclared so I chose a major I was interested in. Should I make it clear that I am still undecided or will the major I listed play an important role in the consideration of my application?

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  24. Anna: If you want, you can go into your myStatus and change your major, but it will not have an impact either way as even for freshman, the choice of major is not a factor. If you want to be undecided, look under the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and Undecided will be an option.

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  25. I applied for early action. Although I am satisfied with my resume, I participated in a program that I REALLY want to add on my resume as I think it is important for admissions to see. Do you know if there is any way I can do this?

    Thank you,
    Ashton

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  26. Ashton: You would email this information to admproc@uga.edu, and we would then add it to your file.

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  27. This is in reference to the last question posted.. so if I have won some honors since the application has been submitted that I would like to be included on my early application, I can email them to the address above to be included before review? Or is it too late for that?

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  28. Wondering: You can go ahead and send them in to the admproc@uga.edu email. Remember, EA decisions are primarily based upon academic areas, so a majority of the students who are reviewed for EA will not have their activities/leadership/honors reviewed at this time.

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  29. will we receive a confirmation that the email was received and that it has been added to the file?

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  30. If I transfer with over 30 hours, but have not taken anything beyond a remedial math (intermediate algebra), will I still be eligible for transfer? I assume I'll have to take the math placement exam and hope for placing in college algebra. What happens if I don't place in that class? Do I try again, or does UGA offer a remedial math class?

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  31. one more question: Generally, the people who view the admproc@uga.edu emails will respond with a brief note about placing the information into your file.

    Anon: UGA does not require a specific math course to be taken before you transfer. I would suggest, though, that you look at your intended major and the math expectations, as you may want to consider taking math in the upcoming Spring term at your current college to get prepared. As well, we do have math assistance courses, but we only have a limited number due to the small number of students coming into UGA needing this help. It might be in your best interest to look at staying at your current college to take some math courses if they offer a broader range of remedial math options, at least until you are at a level on par with your major. The transition to UGA for a lot of transfer students is fairly challenging, and if you are then adding to the challenge with remedial math work, it may prove very difficult.

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  32. Will you please keep us posted on whether the EA decision date will be changed to an earlier date? I'm dying here just waiting until december 15th! Haha thank you DGraves!

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  33. I am trying to confirm that my application was received. Is there a way to check the status online? Thank you.

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  34. Anon: If you just applied today, then know that it takes at least one business day for the application to go into our system. You can check your application at UGA's myStatus page, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/access.html, to see about both the application and the supporting materials. If you applied by GA411, it may take a little longer for the application to get into our system, as it has to go through the GA411 site, then shifted to our system, then uploaded. I hope this helps!

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  35. DGraves:
    Thank you for the answer, I was able to contact the school and it was changed!

    Another question - on my page of information, the school has received my essay score for the ACT which was a 9. However, my SAT essay score was a 12. Is there anyway I can report that or send that? I would much rather that be shown..

    Thank you!!!!

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  36. Ashton: We would have the SAT essay score, but we are limited in the number of spots we have available on the myStatus page, and thus we have not listed this piece of test score information there. Do not worry though, we have it.

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  37. Okay, great. That gives me some relief.
    Again, thank you so much for this blog. it is very efficient and you are always quick to answer. it is very much appreciated.

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  38. How many AP classes does UGA view as competitive?

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  39. Tammy: UGA does not look at rigor based only on AP courses. We look at how a student challenges themselves within the context of what is available within their school and community. We are looking at Honors classes, Gifted, Accelerated, AP, IB, dual enrollment, summer programs, etc. We then look at a students rigor of curriculum in addition to the academic performance in the core courses, as well as the SAT and ACT scores.

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