Thursday, February 17, 2011

February Decisions

In the late afternoon of Friday, February 18, we will be releasing the February wave of admission offers (please do not ask me what late afternoon is, as I put it as late afternoon instead of a specific time for a reason). As I stated in an earlier post, these admits, who are primarily Regular Decision (RD) applicants, are students who meet the criteria that UGA admissions used for Early Action (EA) admits. Just to stop any questions, there are no set "EA critieria levels", as it is a review of the combination of grades, rigor and test scores, so please do not ask what EA SAT/ACT, GPA or rigor criteria is. There will be a few EA deferred students who are admitted in this round, mostly because of an increase in their academic standing (new test scores) or if we needed to re-review their other academic information due to another issue (change in course schedule, issue with a transcript and self-reported grades, etc.)

Whenever we release these February decisions, we always get questions, ranging from "Why didn't I hear" to "Does this mean that more decisions will roll out through the month of March" and so on. The next group of decisions after this round will be in late March, and this will be the remaining freshman decisions. From now until late March, our office will be reading, and reading, and reading more files. Please do not contact us and see if you can get your decision earlier, whether due to a vacation, another college's schedule, a birthday gift for an applicant, etc., as we need to review all of the files before making final decisions.

Roughly 1,800 students will receive an offer of admission in this round (we only do admits during this round), but we have a large number of students that we will be admitting in March as well. Based on planning and projections for next year, UGA will slightly increasing the size of the freshman class slightly, so we will be admitting more students that last year as a whole. As in previous years, we will also be enrolling about 200 freshmen for the following Spring term. I do  not have any specifics about this group (GPA, SAT, ACT mid-ranges), but they should be somewhat similar to the EA admitted group.

I hope this answers a fair amount of your questions, congratulations to the newly admitted freshmen, and Go Dawgs!

39 comments:

  1. Any fall transfer word mixed in with the Feb decisions or is it still another looong month wait? :)

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  2. Anon: Seriously? As I stated in my previous post about transfer students, we are working on summer transfers, they take a while to process (30-40 a day roughly), and that when we are done with them, we will shift to fall transfers. You know what they say about blood from a turnip...

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  3. Great, hoping for the best tomorrow! How many more students do you think the University will be admitting for fall 2011? Also, how many EA admitted students have cancelled their application (indicating they are making plans to attend another university in the fall)?

    Thanks!

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  4. What if anonymous above me had a birthday tomorrow, and a 3 month vacation to the bahamas the following day AND three colleges begging for his decision though!? Just kidding DGraves, great blog and keep up the good work. So helpful for anxious family members to say the least.

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  5. Anon I: I do not have an exact number on how many we will admit in total for next year, and since the number of students who cancel their applications changes daily, I do not have an exact number either. Please understand that we will be monitoring this as it gets closer to final decisions.

    Anon II: I would wish him a happy birthday, be jealous of a three month vacation to the Bahamas, and tell him to be patient like everyone else. Thanks for the compliments!

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  6. When you release 1,800 offers of admission will these only be released through the mail? or will applicants be able to view if there is any status change via their online account under "My status"?

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  7. Anon: As I have said before, we release decisions both by mail and on the myStatus page.

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  8. So am I correct in that fall grades have no impact on the offers extended to previously deferred EA students tomorrow?

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  9. Anon: For the most part, we are not able to re-evaluate the GPA with fall grades due to the amount of new transcripts, staffing, etc., although as I wrote in the post, "or if we needed to re-review their other academic information due to another issue (change in course schedule, issue with a transcript and self-reported grades, etc.)". But for the most part, fall grades will be used in the file reading process that is going on now, but not in the Feb. admit decisions.

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  10. Ok, so if I don't get an offer tomorrow, that means there were 1800 more applicants who looked better academically than me. My heart is racing, my hopes are up but my confidence is still shaky after my deferral in December. I'm sure there are hundreds of others who feel the same as me, so good luck all, until late afternoon tomorrow....

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  11. Anon: That is one way to look at it, but I personally would not go into any admissions process focusing on the negative. I would suggest you focus on the fact that between now and late March, UGA will be admitting a strong, academic, well rounded group of students (of which you may be a part of), but whatever way the decision goes, you will have a number of strong college options (if you followed my advice along the way) where you can succeed.

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  12. How many EA students were offered admissions?

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  13. I was a deferred EA student. Do you know how many EA students were deferred? Plus, I know it differs from year to year but do you know (based off of last years offers) how many deferred students got accepted to UGA? Thank you so very much for everything you do! YOU ROCK DGraves!

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  14. Anon and Jimmy92: I do not know how many EA students will be admitted tomorrow, but it will be a small percentage, and some will be EA applicants that were incomplete in December, but now have completed the rest of their application (with part II) and will be admitted.

    For the last two years, over 50% of the deferred EA students (who then completed part II) were admitted after all decisions were made, but I have no idea how things will go this year, as it is not based on whether you applied EA or RD, but what you are like as a person and a student (and what the other applicants are like).

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  15. How many Applied and reapplied this time around including ra and deferred ea kids??

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  16. Anon: I am not sure what you are asking. EA deferred students do not re-apply, they just complete part II. Are you comparing last year to this year, or EA vs RD, or what?

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  17. If I have a 3.0 GPA and an 1860 on the SAT, will I have an opportunity to be admitted tomorrow? Thanks DGraves, and if you can't answer this, then I won't sweat it, I'm sure I'll make the second batch :)

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  18. Anon: I do not guess about freshman decisions, sorry.

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  19. Thank you anyway!

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  20. I meant this time around. How many more kids applied for regular decisions and the deferred bunch? I know it was around 11,600 for early admissions. What was the number for regular plus deferred kids that reapplied?

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  21. Will any of the admission decisions tomorrow afternoon be summer transfer applicants?

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  22. I really hope we don't crash the website again... It would be SUCH a relief to get accepted tomorrow! Thanks for giving us a headsup, DGraves!

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  23. Anon: We have had about 7,300 RD applications come in, and just under 3,000 EA deferred or EA incomplete applicants then submitted part II of the application.

    Anon II: I do not think you quite understand how transfer decisions go out, so I would suggest reviewing my posts on transfers. Freshman decisions go out on three dates (Dec. for EA, Feb, and late March), while transfers go out daily when we begin the transfer review process.

    Jacqueline: I hope the system does not get slowed down either, but it depends on how many people log in. My suggestion is not to have everyone in your family try to log into the site, as that just overloads it. And if you are admitted, wait until later to pull it up again to show it to people. As well, be patient, as hitting enter more than once does not make it go quicker or work better, it only causes more problems. Patience!

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  24. Will the status check continue to say "you are being considered..." until the "acceptance" status is posted?

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  25. within the small number of students that applied AE and are deffered and accepted later today, what is the average test score improvement, and or the average test score for admittance? i ask this know that the first semester grades can not be reevaluated as stated by you. "For the most part, we are not able to re-evaluate the GPA with fall grades due to the amount of new transcripts, staffing, etc"

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  26. Anon: The myStatus page will be updated late this afternoon, and I will put up a new post when it is available. A freshman applicant will see the "you are being considered" page until a decision, either in Feb or March, is made.

    Anon II: I am not able to pull out the average test score improvement information, and I have not run the data on the mid-ranges, and even then, I could not easily separate the EA deferred vs EA incomplete (that then completed). In addition, since the SAT/ACT is only a part of the review, looking at it in isolation would not give a good indication of things. Again, the mid-ranges of this group will be comparable with the Dec. EA decisions. Take into account that the Dec. group had a large number of students applying for the FF/Ramsey scholarship program that would shift the top end of the mid-ranges a little higher, but overall the two groups would be comparable.

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  27. where can i find the overview of the EA december decisions?

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  28. Anon: Go to my previous posts, and there should be a number of posts from early to mid December that discuss the EA decisions, that link to a press release about the EA group, and that talk about the facts and misconceptions about the EA admitted group.

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  29. just out of curiosity will you make a post when they're up or will we just have to check sometime tonight? Thanks D.Graves for everything you do!! You have been so helpful!

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  30. Anon: I will put up a new post when things go live with the Feb. decisions. Things may be a little hectic, and our server may be a little slow due to the volume of traffic, so just be patient.

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  31. Ok thank you! I'm patiently waiting!

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  32. So if I applied early with a 4.1 GPA and a 28 on my ACT and got deferred, but didn't retake any tests, my chances of getting in for the February round are not high? I apologize if this is a silly question. Also, thank you for everything you do DGraves!

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  33. Anon: You are going to get the response that I always give about predictions; I am sorry, but I do not guess about decisions.

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  34. If you are not offered admission at this time your myStatus page will remain the same, correct?
    "You are being considered..."

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  35. Anon: The myStatus page has not been updated yet, as it is not late afternoon in my office yet. Please be patient. I will put up a new post when it is updated. As for your question, look up about 4 responses ago from me.

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  36. Have to leave my computer for a couple of hours, hope to have a positive update when I return! Thanks!

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  37. What are the dates for freshman orientation? What are the dates for freshman move-in/family weekend? I have already sent my commitment deposit and have not gotten any information in the mail on this matter. Thanks!

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  38. Grace: The dates for freshman orientation have not been given out yet, and I do not have the dates for move-in or the family weekend (neither are set up by admissions, but I expect they will come out later). The first day of classes is Aug. 15 if that helps, but for the rest, just be patient.

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