Friday, November 19, 2010

We Anticipate That EA Decisions Will Be Released on Dec. 3




In the late afternoon of December 3, UGA anticipates that we will make the Early Action decisions available on the myStatus page. We say anticipate in case something unforeseen causes a delay (power outage, the Board of Regents making a change, office closing due to a blowout win by UGA over GA Tech in football, etc.). In addition, we expect that we will begin mailing out the decision letters on December 3, although these will take a few days to get out as, we have over 10,600 letters to send out. We are thrilled that we will most likely get decisions out earlier than normal, and we hope this is good news for you as well!

(Since the newest Harry Potter movie is being released today in theaters, I thought the Owl Post image was appropriate, but sorry, no owls or bulldogs will be delivering your decision letters!).

75 comments:

  1. Thank you, admissions staff, for your hard work!! It will be very helpful to know what your Early Action decisions are at an earlier date.

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  2. Oh Yeah! Here we go to the countdown! So glad you are announcing a little earlier this year - that way, If I get deferred, I can start working on my essays, teacher recommendations, etc. before Christmas break. (If I don't get in - I can lick my wounds and move on mentally before break. However, if I DO get accepted - it will be the best Christmas Ever!! Thank you for all your information posts and answering all my questions over the last few months. Reading other posts has educated me on admissions in a way no other information session has been able to do. AGAIN, THANKS!!!!!!

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  3. Marie: I am glad that this blog could be of help to you during this process.

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  4. If I have already submitted by SAT scores (1300-1350 range for c/r & m) and have taken the ACT but not submitted by ACT scores (28), is it necessary/required to still submit my ACT scores? Will it be used more or less than the SAT? Can it still be considered part of the EA decision?

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  5. Hopeful in NC: If you have submitted an SAT score, it is not required or necessary that you submit an ACT score. At this late of a date, we cannot accept the ACT for Early Action as we are no longer taking in test scores until after EA decisions have been released. If you are deferred, you can have them sent in for review during that process.

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  6. i just have to tell you how very much this blog has helped to answer SO many questions that i have had! its good to hear that others have the same questions and concerns that i have had. this blog is so informative and i just personally want to say thank you for the time you spend answering everyone, as well as the patience you continue to show while answering some of the same questions over and over again! im literally nauseated at the thought of seeing my EA decision, and dont know how i will be able to wait much longer. its KILLING me. thanks again so very much, and happy thanksgiving to you!

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  7. EA Hopeful: I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving season as well, and I will be somewhat limited in my posts and comments during the Holiday season.

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  8. Regarding your out of state tuition waiver/EA...should you get accepted EA, would you be notified of any out of state waiver at that time? If you get accepted EA and do not recieve any out of state waiver, is it possible to receive any waiver during or after the regular admits? Do you need to request a waiver?

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  9. My child has applied early decision and is a strong applicant. She does have one poor grade (F)on her transcript Otherwise she has all As and a few Bs with all honors and AP classes, and high SAT and ACT scores. Will this grade hurt her chances? And should she have addressed this grade in her application. She did not address the grade when she sent her application but wondered later if she should have. And if she should have, is it too late to do so? Thanks so much

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  10. i have to say that i'm so very glad that i found this blog it helped me tremendesly through the whole process
    .me being first in my family to get the opportunity to go to college!
    i will be counting down...i hope i get in :)
    Thank you again!

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  11. Carolina Girl: UGA will send out scholarship offers from Dec. to early April, and the waivers would be attached to these. You do not need to apply for a scholarship or waiver, as we review the admission files throughout the process for these.

    Anon I: Yes, a D or F grade is taken seriously, so I would suggest she emails admissions at admproc@uga.edu this weekend about it, at least to explain the issue.

    Anon II: I am glad this blog helps!

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  12. This is the best blog posted by ANY university (I have applied to several shcools and have checked out many more.) Good, timely information and quick replies to questions. It makes me believe that the rest of the university is a cut above others, too. The admissions office is also more responsive than many others.

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  13. How many people are planning on being admitted under the Early Action plan?

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  14. I am one of the parents that attended that the "Explore GA" - Beyond the Arch on 10/22,because my family and I love UGA,and we are waiting patiently but very hopeful that our daughter will get admiitted.Do you take this gesture we showed on 10/22 into consideration in your final decision?

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  15. Anon 1: I do not have numbers right now, but I will post stats after decisions are out.

    Anon 2: We do not take into account visits to campus or attending program into the admissions process, but we hope you enjoyed the event,

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  16. I Wanna Transfer to AthensNovember 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    If I applied for transfer admission for Fall 2011 back in late October. How long does it usually take to hear back. I know EA is backing things up, but I had a friend already hear back after 2 weeks and my application has been there for almost a month now. We have the same GPA and hours. Thanks

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  17. Thank you for creating this blog. It has answered many questions, but I still have one for you...if a student plans on majoring in music and won't audition until the new year, will their application automatically be deferred?

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  18. I wanna transfer: We have been able to review a small number of transfer students so far, but not many, as we have a great deal of other work to get done. I will be writing a post this week about transfer applicants and timelines, so keep a look out for it.

    Anon: We will review a student for admission based on admission information, and how we review a student. A music audition does not have an impact on our decision.

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  19. If I have a low GPA, is it too late to send them an e-mail explaining it?

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  20. Anon: You can send an email explaining it, but I cannot promise that it will be in your file in time to have any impact on your situation.

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  21. I am having trouble accessing my "my status" page. I clicked "forgot password" and had the password re-set. It said it sent to my email, but I still have not received the directions on how to reset my password. I tried waiting it out and it has been about six hours. What should I do now?

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  22. Anon: You need to be a little more patient, as it is Sunday night. My suggestion is to first check your spam email area to see if it is there. If not, email our tech area tomorrow by going to the upper right hand corner of the password page and clicking on the "need help" link.

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  23. Mr. Graves,
    I must thank you for all your help these past four years as I have been religiously following your blog. You have made me see the "holistic" admissions process in a way nobody else has. Thanks so much and I am counting down to the 3rd!! GO DAWGS!

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  24. If a student applied early action and is accepted into the honors program, how and when will he be notified?
    Nan

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  25. Nan: That would be a good question for the Honors Program, as I do not have access to their timing, although generally you would receive information in the mail about acceptance.

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  26. I just received my SAT scores from my November test and they are much better than my earlier test. Will they be in the UGA system in time for the early action decision?

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  27. Anon: No, the Nov. SAT scores are too late to be used for EA, but if you are deferred, we can use these scores for the next step if they are sent to us in a timely fashion. We state that for deferred/RD applicants, we will take in the December scores, and we will most likely be able to use the Jan. SAT due to how quickly the College Board is able to get the score reports out to colleges. Please remember that we must have official scores sent from the testing agency, and make sure they are sent to UGA.

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  28. Hi, I have a question about the self-reported grades system. I recently spoke with a woman at admissions after I took a tour of UGA's campus, and she told me that although UGA does calculate grades in their own way, if your gpa is higher with your school's grade calculations, then UGA will look at the higher of the two. Is this true? I am just nervous because my GPA would be significantly lower otherwise. My school offers one full credit point for AP classes and .5 for honors, since the courses are known throughout the state to be exceptionally challenging at my nationally recognized school. Thanks for the help!

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  29. Anon: UGA calculates your GPA the same way every time, and we only use the GPA that we calculate. I do not care at all what the GPA on your transcript is, as I am looking at the actual grades made in the core classes, and most GPA's on a HS transcript use the grades for every class and weight things in a multitude of different ways.

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  30. Hey, do we find out if we were auto-admitted to Honors on Dec 3 also? I also filled out a separate application for the Honors College because I would like to go there, but when do we find out about that? Thanks!

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  31. Anon: This would be a good question for the Honors Program, as they control their own timing and selection.Generally, Honors decisions come after admission decisions though.

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  32. Hello D.Graves!
    As I am watching GA trump some jackets, I had a question about the upcoming EA admissions notification. Can you give us an estimate on the number of acceptances that will be offerred on Dec. 3rd out of the number of applicants?
    Roughly how many EA applications did you all receive this year and are you all still aiming for a 50% admit rate for EA? Thank you!


    GOOOO DAWGS!

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  33. Ann: I will give out the numbers on Friday, when decisions have been released (I do not have the exact numbers yet). We do not aim for a certain %, so I do not know exactly what it will look like, although we admitted around 60% of the EA applicants last year. And Go Dawgs!

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  34. Hello DGraves,

    could you tell me what was the average GPA for international students?

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  35. Anon: Sorry, but I do not have this information broken out by international students.

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  36. Question to you regarding a possible need for communication or explanation to the university: I applied early action. My transcript shows two Cs in AP courses (World History and European History), whereas I also have two As in APs (U.S. History and Statistics) and a B in AP Psychology. Total, I will have taken nine AP courses by graduation, at a school which offers a relative multitude of AP courses. I, however, was a transfer from a high school during my junior year that offered fewer AP courses than my current, so I attended a Princeton summer program where I received that additional credit, AP U.S. History, which was not offered at my previous high school. My weighted GPA is a 3.94 and unweighted, 3.67, with all core classes, yet I am in the top six percent of my overall class. ACT composite is a 30, with a reading score of a 35 (intended major is comparative literature). Also submitted SAT scores from two years ago: 1890 (CR+M+W).

    My question is should I contact the office of admissions with an explanation of those two Cs? It looks terrible on a transcript, but all other grades (save for AP Psychology) are As, in challenging honors and two AP courses thus far. I received one C during a year when I was undergoing treatment for lymphatic inflammation and was reluctantly placed on hospital-homebound for nearly a month and another when home life was particularly stressful (parents divorcing, coming out of the closet [and being subsequently grounded], sister having miscarriage; it was a troublesome time, and I feel that my potential as an early action applicant is skewed, for I do have the overall grade-point-average and test scores that seem competitive for admission, but I would hate to be deferred because of those individual course grades).

    Thank you.

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  37. Garrett: If you would like, you can submit an email to admproc@uga.edu, although we are at a point in Early Action where we would not be able to look at anything new (and this would generally not be reviewed for the Early Action process). We have no problem if you would like to have this added to your file, though.

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  38. I only ask because reading the UGA website, it says that you are classified as an international student if you are not a citizen and english is not your first language (both of those are true, although I am more fluent in English). Does that mean admissions will compare me to those from my native country? Will being classified as international hurt or increase my chances because I find it funny as I have lived in the US most of my life.

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  39. Anon: Actually, International applicants are students that will need a student visa to attend UGA, or are on a visa that requires further documentation to allow the student to study at UGA. We will not compare you with students from your native country, but will review you in comparison with the other applicants and with other international applicants. Being an international applicant will not help or hurt you.

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  40. So I guess they have classified me as international then? Because I had to submit a copy of my permanent resident card as well as a proof of residence form. Is there a way to tell from the App status check page?

    Thank you for your time

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  41. Anon: Actually, you would not be considered an international student, as you are a permanent resident of the United States and do not need a student visa. As for residency, this would be indicated on the myStatus check, which is currently unavailable until we open up this site on Dec. 3.

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  42. my son just realized that he messed up his self-reporting grades. He only put in one grade for each subject each year. For example, his total for English added up to 3 A's, Science was 2 As and 1 B, etc. What should I do to ease some of his anxiety? I keep telling him that you also receive his transcript.

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  43. Concerned Parent: Tell your son not to worry, as our office has been checking the self-reported grades against the required transcript, and making changes as needed in our system.

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  44. I have applied EA in UGA. I have taken 4 AP classes in my junior year, and I am taking 4 AP classes in my senior year.
    My delimma is that I did not send my AP scores from college board for the 4 AP test I took in my senoir year beacuse my counseller told me that when I register to take the AP test in MAY 2011 I can send all the scores to the college I have decided to finally go that is UGA.
    Now I am having some doubts and wondering if I should have sent my AP scores from college board. I filled my AP classes in self reporting of grades and my high school transcript has the AP classes taken.

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  45. Anon: It is okay to not have sent in your AP scores, as we do not look at them in the Early Action process, and if you are deferred and your file is in the holistic read process, we can use the self-reported AP scores for this purpose. Your application is fine as is.

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  46. Thank you, for clarification on the AP scores.

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  47. Is it true that UGA gives quality points for AP clases but not for dual enrollment? My son attends a large state university and had 4 DE courses his Junior year and will have 10 more his Senior year. Many of the courses are challenging 2000 and 3000 level courses, and he is maintaining a 4.0. He really wants to enter the Honors program but has some Bs in Honors Math classes and fears that will bring down his GPA. Quality points in the DE classes would greatly help. I hear that even Ga. Tech offers quality points for DE. What is UGA's stance?

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  48. Anon: No, UGA does not give quality points for Dual Enrollment grades, as we only add weight for AP/IB grades. While AP and IB courses are nationally recognized and highly standardized, dual enrollment and Honors courses are not, and that is why we do not add weight to these grades. Notice that I say grades, not courses, as we would add weight to the grades. We review the overall rigor of a student in a different way, and that also plays a key in our review.

    In addition, since he has only completed four dual enrollment courses, this would generally not impact his GPA very much, so I would not think it would be a big factor whether we added the weight or not.

    As a whole, though, we recognize that he is challenging himself by taking dual enrollment courses, and this will play a factor in the admission decision.

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  49. DGraves,

    How is the difficulty of an applicant's high school being factored into the admission process, and how is it evaluated? I have attended multiple high schools and my most recent school is much more difficult (earning a B at my current school requires much more effort than it took to earn at A at my old school in AP/IB courses). Just wondering, thank you.

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  50. Nervous: Quoting myself from another post, "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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  51. I'm applying from out of state (New England) and from a brand new high school (my grade is the first to go through all 4 years). I'm very worried that the difficulty of my high school won't be communicated, as it is consistently ranked among the top 2 or 3 high schools in my state; I hope this explains the cause for my concern. is there anyway that UGA will see this? thanks again.

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  52. Nervous: First, I would suggest that you have your high school send out profiles to all the colleges to which you have applied, as since your class is the first to go through all 4 years, I am guessing that a number of colleges are still learning about your high school.

    Second, know that each college admissions office has counselors who both are from and/or travel to different parts of the USA, and know about the different schools and school systems. I grew up in Connecticut, and know a great deal about different New England HS systems, and our counselors have also traveled in the Northeast a number of times visiting schools.

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  53. I emailed the Admissions office earlier about this, and they said that the ACT scores taken in October would be included in the EA decision making.

    However after the ACT scores came out, I checked the myStatus and the scores were not yet on there, and eventually the myStatus was closed down. My concern is whether the scores reached you on time or not, thanks for your time.

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  54. Anon: Actually, what we have said is that October test scores would be accepted if they were requested to be sent to UGA when the student signed up for the exam. If you did not put UGA down as a recipient, or if you did not sign up for the test in a standard way (you went standby for the exam, etc.), we cannot promise that the scores would reach us in time for Early Action. If the scores did not show up in the final days of the myStatus being up, then they probably were not in our system by the time we had to temporarily close down the test score imports.

    As well, if you put down your personal information in a way that we could not match the scores to your application (no SSN, a different first name from the one on your application, different birthdate, etc.) and did not contact us in a reasonable timeframe, then we would not be able to match the scores if they were sent but unmatchable.

    Since we are days away from releasing the EA decisions, it is too late at this time to take care of test score issues for EA at this point. After the EA decisions are out, we will then start importing test scores again and we should be able to move forward with late test scores.

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  55. Thanks very much for the quick reply, and yes I definitely did put down UGA as a recipient and took the test in a standard way, but still did not see my scores in the system by the time it closed down. Is there any way my scores were still not received?

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  56. In addition I had a SSN, matching names, birthdates and everything.

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  57. What time should we expect the decisions to be up on the website? Also, about how many applicants are planned to be accepted?

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  58. i know this is an obnoxious question for you, but is there any possible way you can narrow down a time that the ea decisions will be posted to our status page? im going out of town and trying to plan around checking the mystatus page to find out!! when you say "late friday afternoon" can you be be a little more specific? Im trying to plan my entire day around being near a computer!

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  59. ^ if I could "like" your question, I would!

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  60. Anon I & II: I would not be able to say if the scores have matched or not, as I have no specific information about you, and I cannot guess about the test scores. In addition, if the scores are not in, then we did not receive them with the rest of the Oct. ACT scores, and we are not able to match them up with your file due to us being days away from the EA decision date. Hopefully your email to our office will be able to be answered in a more detailed way.

    Anon III & Overly Anxious: Late Friday afternoon is fairly specific, so that is the best I can do for right now. When we open up the myStatus page, I will announce it on this blog. As well, I will then post a link shortly after that with a link to the EA data, but I do not have specifics on the number of EA admits, their academic information, etc.

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  61. Ok, sorry to keep asking about the same thing but the ACT website it said that the scores were sent out November 19th, could you tell me what date the last ACT scores were accepted into your system?

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  62. Anon: If the scores were sent out on Nov. 19, then we would not have received them until last week. We shut down the test score imports on 11/17, as we had been receiving the Oct. ACT scores for well over two weeks before this date, and the regular imports for the Oct. test date had ended. For some reason, it looks like ACT had a delay in sending in your score report, as they came in too late for UGA to use in Early Action.

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  63. Will SAT scores from November that are significantly higher than prior scores be considered for scholarships and Honors college admissions if sent to UGA?

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  64. Anon: If you go ahead and send them officially soon, then yes, we can use them for Honors and Scholarships.

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  65. .DGraves,
    Is Friday (Dec 3rd) the day that all EA decisions will be release or is it simply the day that EA decisions will begin to be release? Should it be the second, then what factors determine how long must wait for their EA decision?

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  66. RandyM: We will release all EA decisions on Dec. 3 in the late afternoon. The only EA applicants that will not see an actual decision are the ones that did not complete their EA file (missing test scores, missing transcript, etc.). They will be told that they were incomplete so they are deferred, and they now need to get in part II, the teacher rec, and the missing information.

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  67. Thanks DGraves... I'm gettin hype, but also very anxious. I appreciate the quick response

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  68. sorry, just couldnt help myself :)December 3, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    PLEASE HURRY!!!!! I AM DYING HERE!!!

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  69. Hi, I was wondering on what basis you judge the top two percent of applicant. Is it solely SAT/ACT and GPA? without account of others like extracurriculars, jobs, etc? And do you have a profile of the top two percent automatically accepted into the honors program?

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  70. Anon: I am guessing you are referring to Honors, and that office makes Honors decisions, not admissions. As well, as I have stated before, this is somewhat a myth about the top 2% being admitted to Honors. Each year, they make determinations based on their evaluations, and it varies from year to year. Overall, Honors students are about 10% of the entire enrolled class, and Honors statistics are available at their site.

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  71. My daughter has put in for a transfer. She was denied entry as a freshman in 2010 but since then she has attended two colleges in the summer and fall and spring of 2010 and 2011. She has made stright a's at this time and is anxious over whether she has a chance of joining the UGA students fall of 2011. Can you comment.

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  72. Anon: I do not know if she will be able to attend, as the two things we focus on for transfer admission are hours and grades. A transfer applicant must have 30+ hours of transferable work completed by the application deadline to be considered for admission (as stated on our web site and on the application). The deadline for Fall transfer admission is April 1.

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  73. What kind of information should be included in the special circumstances section of the application? A low GPA explanation?

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  74. Anon: This section should only be completed if there are any special circumstances we should know about (death in the family, illness during school year, applicant is tri-lingual and studied out of the country for X years, etc.).

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