Friday, February 18, 2011

February Freshman Admits now available on myStatus

The status check is now updated and the wave of freshman February admit decisions (roughly 1,800) that I discussed earlier are now showing up on the site. Please remember that this is a small group of admits who meet the EA criteria used in our December admits (and are mainly RD applicants due to this fact), and remember, I cannot comment/discuss specific decisions on this blog.

As I posted a few days ago, 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.)

Do not panic if you have not been admitted in this wave, as we still have a number of files to read and numerous of decisions to make. Final decisions will be made by roughly the end of March, so try to be patient as we finish up the process over the next month or so.

As I said in my previous post, I have not run the mid-ranges on these admitted students, but they should be fairly similar to the EA admitted students.

Go Dawgs!

67 comments:

  1. My son got in!! Love the fireworks display on the side.

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  2. Anon: Tell him congratulations from me.

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  3. Congrats Admissions, 2 down 1 to go!

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  4. Ughh one more month to go i guess :(
    I love your blog!

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  5. When will the sumer transfers go out?

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  6. Anon: Please refer to my post from last Friday about summer and fall transfer decisions, as well as the tab about Admissions Timelines.

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  7. If you didn't get accepted, what will your screen look like?

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  8. Anon: I cannot say what your specific myStatus page will look like, as I do not know if your file is complete, incomplete, etc. If a student is admitted, they will see a notification that they are admitted, and (if their computer allows Flash), they will see fireworks. For students who are still being reviewed, it will say something along the lines of "You are being considered...".

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  9. All: I am heading out for the day, and will be at a tennis match for a while, so I will not be responding to any posts until a later time.

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  10. I AM SO HAPPY! I got admitted, and I was an early action deferred student! I was shocked when I logged in and saw that I was admitted. Thank you Mr. Graves and to all of UGA and the admission workers. My day has truly been made!
    I am happy to now be apart of the UGA family!
    go dawgs!

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  11. Thanks DGraves! SO HAPPY!! GO DAWGS!!

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  12. Accepted!! I was a RD. I didn't apply for EA because I took the Oct SAT.
    My question is how do we know if we are given charters or other uga scholarships?

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  13. I was from early admission pool, however when I click the

    Your Applications
    First Year Application (Currently Closed)

    but when I got to aplication status check, it says You are being considered as a First-Year student for the Fall 2011 term.

    Does that mean I have to wait another month?

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  14. Haha, you and I both, UGAHopeful!

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  15. I was just accepted, and I went to apply for housing and it said I was not a student or prospective student yet, have they just not updated the website? I just want to apply as soon as possible! Thanks!

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  16. i was accepted and im trying to make a myid and it keeps telling me that i need a special character in my username. do you have any idea what this is?

    thanks!

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  17. ACCEPTED!!! Thank you so much for this amazing blog, it has been an incredible aid since day one.

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  18. Any idea if I can get in??
    I have a 3.9 gpa and by the end of my senior year will have completed 3 AP classes by graduation. Iam a member of FBLA and Key Club. I have served as Parliamentarian and Vice President of FBLA. I have served as Treasurer and Vice President of Key Club. I was chosen as one of ten male seniors at my school as an outstanding senior. My SAT scores are Reading : 510 Math: 480 and Writing: 520. Iam 37 in my class out of 337. Will I be able to get in to UGA on regular admission? I was deferred in early admission.

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  19. Read this question 1,000 timesFebruary 18, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Anonymous: DGraves will not make a guess as to your individual situation. He's not in the business for that. Good luck in March

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  20. Rita and Anon I: Congrats!

    Keley: Congrats, and be patient about any scholarships, as we will be reviewing files for scholarship offerings through mid-April.

    Anon II: I would say that this status means you will hear in March.

    Housing Anon: Be patient, as you have to give Housing a few business days to have you in their system.

    klk: Same as the housing situation, be patient, and if you have questions, their should be a help link on the MyID page.

    Cecelia: Congrats and thanks!

    Guessing Anon: I do not guess, so sorry, but you will have to wait.

    Read this ?: Thanks for backing me up!

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  21. Mr Graves thank you so much for the useful info on your blog! I could not believe it when I saw that I was accepted. I had to close the screen a couple times to make sure it was all real!:)

    Go Dawgs!

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  22. Dissapointed hopefulFebruary 18, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    I swear this blog like the most visited page on my pc... kinda dissapointed but hey just a month away!

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  23. Mr. Graves
    I realized that the acceptance pool for this round is about 1,800 applicant, how much smaller or larger will the pool be for the decision in March? I was a deferred student from Dec. and wasn't admitted this time either, I don't know how much of the chance to be accepted, or I should make peace with the worst outcome in March.... I'm highly disappointed at this point.

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  24. Santana: Congrats, and thank you.

    Disappointed hopeful: Try to be patient, and focus on the hopeful, not the disappointed part.

    Anon: The acceptance group for March will be larger than the Feb. one, but I do not know exact numbers (and will not for a while). Since you were deferred, I would suggest not being impacted at all by the Feb. round, as a huge majority were RD (as I explained). Just be patient, keep faith, and make two plans; one if you are admitted by UGA, and one if you are not.

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  25. Mr. Graves
    I applied ER and was deferred and was again not accepted in February. However, I have a friend who has a lower SAT, lower GPA, and has taken less AP classes than I have but she applied RD and was just accepted. Why is this?

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  26. Mr. Graves, My daughter is an EA deferred student. She sent her best ACT score to UGA, which was a 29. I am very concerned now after viewing the my status page this morning for the first time, that her best score did not include a writing score. Her second score was lower but did include a writing score. She did not send the lower score which included the writing. The writing score was good. Her ACT score is strong, with even a perfect score of 36 on a section of it. She is very calm and level headed and says that UGA looks at everything in the read process, not to worry. Will her score of 29 on the ACT still be considered when reviewing her application? Thanks so much Mr. Graves.

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  27. Anon: I cannot guess about your situation vs your friend, as I could not say what the details are with each case. But what I can say is that you may not be looking at the academic side of things like UGA does. First, we look at only core grades, and and recalculate GPA's, so you may be looking at this different from how we do (and if you had a D or F grade, this may have caused us to want to look at more details of your file). In addition, when we look at an SAT score (and did she take the ACT?), we are not looking at the total, but all three subsections separately, thus while the total score might look one way, we may see things in a different way. As for rigor, we are not looking at the total number of AP course, but the overall rigor of all your coursework. So student A may be taking 5 AP classes, all in Soc. Studies (and take CP classes in all other areas), while student B may be taking 4 AP courses in a wide range of areas, and also have Honors/Gifted courses in all areas as well.

    As such, we may be seeing things different from how you view it.

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  28. Hopefull: We can only use an ACT score if we have a writing section as well, so I would suggest contacting the ACT today and having the exam with the writing score rushed to UGA, and we will see if it gets to us before we shut down importing of test scores. We will then take the best subscores of both ACT exams to make the best overall composite, and thus match the writing section with the stronger other scores. Otherwise, we cannot use the ACT.

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  29. you have stated previously that you do not recalculate gpa with updated transcripts from fall. if a student applies EA, is deferred, then goes into the RA pool, are transcripts with fall grades considered? also, when calculating core classes, do you use academic electives, such as "consititutional law"? We have differing opinions in our household as to how to calculate GPA.
    my son has grown up a bulldog so we are very hopeful but quite nervous about his deferred status.

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  30. Mr Graves,
    I went on a tour of UGA a few monthes ago and while I was there they informed me that they don't look at the core GPA or strip your GPA. They said they looked at it just as your highschool sent it and merely compared it to the other GPAs from your school. But now you're saying that you do recalculate GPAs. So which is it?

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  31. I understand that you do not "guess" on a case by case basis but I thought that the fact I was not accepted yesterday was quite strange. I was not accepted yesterday even though I had 9 AP classes (in a variety of areas and all other core honors), 28 ACT, and a GPA that was slightly lower than the EA average. Again, yes I understand that you cannot base a decision of admissions on this blog. I feel highly discouraged that I am extremely close to the EA average GPA, within the average with my ACT, and above the EA average with my course rigor, but I have not been accepted.

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  32. This blog has been a huge help during my time waiting to hear back from the transfer admissions. Awesome job! Thanks a lot!

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  33. I have applied for Fall transfer. I realize my decision won't be there for awhile, but on the mystatus page it says

    "We have received your application and may still be matching it with other documents and any necessary test scores. Please use this Web site to monitor your file completion process and verify that you have submitted all required materials by the stated deadlines. "

    Others' mystatus pages say something like "Your file is currently being reviewed."

    I sent my transcript with Fall 2010 grades immediately after I got my grades (Dec. 15). Does what the mystatus page mean something is incomplete? I'm just wondering why it says that my file is still being matched with other documents and not that it is being reviewed.

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  34. Anon I: When we receive an updated transcript, it goes straight into the file so that when we are reading an application, we are able to see the progression of grades through first sem. senior year. When we can tell that the academic elective falls into a core area (such as Asian history or military history), then we use it in the calculation of the GPA.

    Anon II: I am guessing that there was a misunderstanding between you and the person speaking (was it an admissions person?). What I have stated repeatedly on this blog, and what our admission office states, is that we look at the grades on your transcript, and we only look at the core grades (English, Math, Soc. Sciences, Sciences, For. Lang.). We will then recalculate a GPA based on these grades. We also do not compare it to others in your HS, but to all other applicants. There is a little more to it, and I suggest you review the label GPA on the bottom right of the blog.

    Anon III: The average GPA (and I am talking about average, not the mid-range), was about a 3.95, which means almost a straight A average, so do you mean that you were just below having all A's? (and remember, grades are the first thing we look at). As for the the ACT, you are listing a Composite score, where we look at the subscores, with a focus on first on the subscores that compare with the SAT areas (this means the ACT English, Math and the Writing/English combined). 9 AP courses is strong, but we are looking at all three of the academic components in combination, so it is much more complicated that just listing three things.

    Cody G: I am glad it has helped.

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  35. David: There is a difference between what the status page says for freshman applicants vs transfers, as it is somewhat more complicated for our system to determine if a transfer student is complete (multiple colleges, multiple/updated transcripts, etc.). A freshman file has specific items that are in or not in based on a Y/N field, which is not quite the case for transfer. That is why if, as a transfer, all of your transcripts from all of your colleges are in, you can consider your file complete. Thanks for being patient.

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  36. Thanks DGraves. Your blog is very helpful and I hope you manage to keep your sanity through answering the same questions over and over! I can imagine it's very frustrating but just take comfort in the fact that it is very, very helpful!

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  37. I GOT ACCEPTED :D
    I was also a deferred early applicant.. but I raised my SAT score.. and am now officially a DAWG ..thanks you soo much for this blog!. it helped a lot...

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  38. David: Glad to help.

    Khan: Congrats!

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  39. Thanks Mr. Graves for this informative blog. My daughter was deferred in December and although her SAT is well above your average and her course rigor is all honors/gifted and 4 AP, her GPA is a good bit below your 3.9 average so I realize her chances of getting in in March are slim. We have a great backup plan in place for an out of state school on a scholarship but of course would prefer our state school! My question is if by some chance she gets an offer for Spring of 2012, when is a commitment due?

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  40. Thinking Ahead: First, tell her to stay positive, and hope for the best while knowing she has the backup plan. As you know, a student who is admitted for Summer/Fall has until May 1 to submit the deposit, but if a student is admitted for Spring 2012, we give much more leeway for this (generally through Sept. for the deposit), and we also know that some Spring admits will decide to stay at the school they start at in the Fall, which is understandable.

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  41. Hey DGraves!

    Although my gpa is a mere 3.4, my actual grade average is a 90, which means all the b's I had gotten were high b's. Will uga take this into consideration or they will just see it as 3.4

    Thanks :D

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  42. Thinking ahead,
    My daughter too is a deferred applicant who didn't make it in February admits. She is a full IB student, with a good GPA but on low end of EA SAT's and ACTs. She has been accepted to her "back up" school with a Leadership Scholorship, but her heart is set on UGA. Trying to keep her positive while we wait until March decisions! Good luck to your daughter!
    Another hopeful

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  43. Mr. Graves, Thanks so much for answering my question so promptly, my daughter contacted the ACT and had the scores that include the writing portion sent priority. Hopefully the scores will make it in time for her ACT to be considered. Her SAT is strong also, but I thought possibly having a perfect score on the ACT reading section may help to set her apart. You have a very competitive applicant pool so every little bit helps! Thanks again for this informative blog. Go Dogs

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  44. How many more applicants, both deferred EA and RD, do you think will be accepted next month? I'm thinking my chances are slim already, and are even more so if there will only be a small amount accepted.

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  45. GPA: When we are reading files, one thing we look at is how your academic grades are progressing and how they trend as far as high or low within the grading scale (high B's, low B's, etc).

    Hopeful: I am glad to see she has now sent it, and be patient as the ACT now needs to send it to us and we will then upload it, as it takes a little while to do this.

    Anon: As I said on a previous comment, I do not know exact numbers that we will admit in March, but it will be larger than in Feb, and we are going to have a larger freshman class than in previous years, so stay positive.

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  46. When examining a file, do the readers take into consideration extenuating personal situations as they look at grade trends? Say something tragic in your family happened Junior year and it caused your grades to go from all As to a all As and a few Bs.

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  47. Curious: We look at everything in the file, so this is something that would be taken into consideration.

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  48. I did not apply to UGA early because I felt I would look best with having my straight A's from senior year with 3 AP's on my transcript. although now I feel like because of this I have no chance to get in. do they look at people who applied early first? and then go to regular decision? and my SAT scores are a little weak for UGA, except the writing section. does UGA look at this? I have a good GPA and course rigor, and more extracurricular than I could even
    fit on the app, will any of this help offset the scores?
    how does this work?

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  49. Sup DGraves, I registered for a UGA myID and its been pending for a couple days. How long is the wait? Thanks

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  50. Your blog has been immensely helpful! And I am very happy to say that I'll be going to your school this fall! :) Despite all the difficulties I've had with dual-enrollment and all, I'm soooo ecstatic!

    Your advice had been very valuable during the application process, so I was wondering if you will be posting any tips/advice for accepted students. Any other words of wisdom you can offer would also be greatly appreciated--especially any tips for the housing and orientation processes and the UGA MyID!
    Thanks again!

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  51. Anon: UGA looks at EA and RD applicants in the same way, and do not favor one over the other. We look at everything in the application, from your grades to rigor, to test scores to activities, writing to recommendations, etc. At this point, you just need to be patient as we read files and then make decisions in late March.

    Anon II: Be patient with the MyID process, as it is not automatic, and needs some time within the range of business days to process your request.

    Jacqueline: Congratulations! The admission packet will give you some key next steps, and I will be posting some other suggestions for admitted students at a later date.

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  52. I was inquiring as to whether or not UGA takes into account the difficulty of different high schools when comparing students and looking at rigor of curriculum/GPA. Obviously a 4.0 from a public school could be very different then a 4.0 at a private school so I was just wondering.
    Thanks for your response!

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  53. Can u please give a detailed blog on the FCSE program..? I was wondering if i should take summer classes at my local college, and then transfer the credit. OR would u advise me to take the FCSE program instead....

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  54. Hi DGraves,

    About housing, if you want to use the Dawg House program to find your roommate- do you have to go ahead and apply for housing and decide which dorm you want to stay in before you use the Dawg House program? This may not be the place to ask, but I thought I would try! Thanks!

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  55. I know that many people have said this already, but still, I want to say Thank You ^_^ Thank you so much for updating this blog, for all the effort that you put in, and for answering our questions. And if it is possible, I want to thank all the people who work at the Admission Offices for spending so much time reading our files.
    Thank you !!! Thank you so much ^_^

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  56. Anon I: UGA looks at high schools and how previous students from those schools have done at UGA compared to what we expect. Since you cannot classify the strength of a school by location, type (I have seen strong and weak public, private and parochial schools), or cost, we look at each school every year to see how the students actually did at UGA, and then take this into consideration in our reviews.

    Anon: Since I do not work for the Freshman College program, I would not want to speak for it, but I would suggest contacting the program to learn about the benefits, and then make your decision.

    Sarah: I believe that the Dawg House program is only for students who have signed up for housing, but is not limited by your ranking of the residence hall options.

    Tree: Thanks, and I will let the team know!

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  57. My daughter was accepted at UGA EA, and now she has also been accepted to all three major Florida
    Universities. Her heart really wants to go to UGA, but the Florida schools will be a lot less as she is in state and will qualify for several scholarships. Is it possible she could receive a scholarship from UGA as well, and when would she be notified?

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  58. Elise: UGA will be sending out scholarship offers through mid-April, and tell her congratulations on all of her great opportunities!

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  59. What is the date for march decisions to come out?

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  60. Anon: I expect that final freshman decisions will come out in late March, which is the best I can give you at this time.

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  61. This probably is completely wrong, but someone said that almost every week from here until the end of March UGA sends out some acceptances from RD and EA deferred so I was wondering if that has any legitimacy? Thanks for your response!

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  62. Anon: Whoever told you this is very WRONG. Please direct them to this blog, where they will be able to get a true understanding of our timelines. Direct them to the Admission Timelines tab of the blog, and then have them read a few of my recent freshman posts. The next time we will release freshman decisions is late March.

    As for transfer students, we will continue to release decisions daily as we go forward with the review of those files.

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  63. From a parent who really appreciates you: thanks for the useful tips and advice.

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  64. Anon Parent: I am glad that this blog has helped!

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  65. When I saw that this wave was up, I almost didn't even check, thinking there was no way of me getting in this round, but I got accepted! One last question... Do you still read the essays that were submitted by the February wave? I realize that would be pretty pointless, but I was just wondering! Thanks for all the great blogs!

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  66. maddie: For the Feb. admits, we were not basing the decision on the essays. That does not mean we did not read them, review unusual situations, etc., only that our focus in Feb. was the same as in Dec., and we admitted students based on academic performance.

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  67. I got accepted!!!! I am so excited. Applying to UGA was a stressful process for me seeing as though I didn't know whether to do EA or RD because I was in between, but I'm glad I chose RD. You have an amazing admissions staff! Mr. Descatur P. helped me so much ! GOOO DAWGSSS .

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