Monday, December 24, 2012

December Random Thoughts and Suggestions

Here are a few random thoughts and suggestions about UGA Admissions for December:

  • When you are applying, please be sure you include the correct information in your application.  Items are matched by name, social, date of birth, high school code, etc.  If any of this information is incorrect it could prevent us from being able to match material to your file.  If your social is not on your SAT/ACT, your scores may not match up automatically to your file.  If the name on your exam does not match the name on your application,  our system will not be able to match your scores to your file.  If you find discrepancies between information on your ACT/SAT and your application, please call us so we can manually match things.
  • We are pretty much caught up with material submitted by mail.  It can still take up to 10 business days for us to match material to a file (business days do not include weekends or holidays, only days that our office is open).
  • We are able to accept any SAT/ACT that is taken in January for Regular Decision as long as you designate UGA as a school to automatically receive your test scores.  Again, please be sure the name on your exam matches the name on your application.  This is especially important if you did not use your social on your SAT and/or ACT.
  • We will not start reviewing transfer decisions for summer applicants until late January at the earliest.  We will begin looking at fall transfers after that.  If you have any questions about when applications are reviewed, when we will begin to make decisions, etc., please review this post on Timelines.
  • Our office will not be open from December 25 until January 2.  This means any information sent during this time will not be matched up until we return and have a chance to start working again.
  • We want to see your fall grades, so be sure to send an updated transcript or include them in the update section of your application.
  • Please do not send in multiple copies of the same document.  Once you have submitted something, we will need up to 8 to 10 business days to match that document to your file.  If you send in multiple copies of the same document you have doubled or even tripled our work!
  • Remember, no faxes!  The shredder sits conveniently next to our fax machine for a reason.
  • Enjoy the holiday break!
Go Dawgs!

Closed for the Holidays

Our office will be closed for the holiday break from December 24 until January 2.  This means we will not open mail, answer emails, phones calls, voice mails, respond to blog posts, etc. until our office reopens in January.  Please be patient with us when we reopen in January as we will have two Orientation sessions for students enrolling for Spring.

Enjoy the holiday break and Go Dawgs!

Friday, December 7, 2012

High School Evaluations and Teacher Recommendations

We often get questions from First Year applicants regarding the counselor evaluation and teacher recommendation.  These questions range from where to find these forms to how we are using this information in the file review process.  Both forms are important in the review of a student's file.  Here are some tips on why they are important as well as how to have these forms sent to us.

The high school evaluation not only tells us about you, it tells us about your school as well.  The first page of the evaluation tells us about your school’s grading scale, the most difficult courses available at your school, how many honors/AP/IB courses are available, etc.  This information lets us know about your school's curriculum.  This is important because we are reviewing your curriculum based on what you have available to you.  The second page is where your high school counselor tells us about your curriculum.  He or she will rate your curriculum difficulty for each of the five academic areas.  If you have any questions about the classes you are taking or planning to take, it’s always best to start with your high school counselor.

We have an electronic and paper version of our high school evaluation.  The online form is better in that it can be automatically dropped into your file once we receive it.  In fact, it will generally show up as received in an applicant’s myStatus within 2 to 3 business days after it has been submitted.  If you submit a paper document, we have to receive it in the mail, scan it into our file system and match it to your file.  This means you will not be able to see if we have received your HS evaluation as quickly as someone who has had an online evaluation sent.  Your counselor can find our online form through the counselor portal.  You can also generate an email to your counselor with a link directly to the online form from your myStatus!

A teacher recommendation is required for all First Year applicants who apply Regular Decision or are deferred from Early Action.  We want to see how you are as a student in the classroom.  We would like one teacher recommendation from a junior or senior year teacher in an academic area class.  If you send us more than one recommendation, we are not always going to be able to focus on everything in each letter as volume can drown out details.  As with the high school evaluation, we have an online and paper copy of this form.  You can also send an email to your teacher with a link to the online form from your myStatus.  We can accept electronic recommendations through Docufide as well.  Online forms, again, are better because they will be in your file much more quickly than a paper copy.  And remember, no faxes!

It is always better if you submit your application prior to sending any supplemental material.  If we do not have an application for you when you submit material, it will be placed in our holding file.  Right now we have about 9,200 documents in our holding file waiting to be matched with an application.  If you were to stack those documents, that's roughly  8 feet of paper!  It can take at least 5 to 10 business days for us to match material submitted prior to an applicant submitting the application and even longer closer to a deadline.  We strongly recommend that you apply to UGA before you have material from your high school sent.  We leave the online teacher recommendation and high school evaluation open for at least a week after the application deadline, so even if you are waiting until closer to the deadline to apply you will still have time to apply first.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November Updates

We are now loading documents into our system following the release of Early Action decisions.  Because electronic documents are received and processed much more quickly than paper, we are up-to-date with documents sent through GACollege411 and Docufide.  If you have sent something online through either of these (and it was more than 2 business days ago), it should be showing as received in your myStatus.

Documents that were submitted through the mail will take a little longer to match up as we were unable to add items to files for a little over two weeks in preparation for Early Action decisions.  If you have submitted a paper document to us within the last two weeks and it is not showing as received, please be patient with us as we work as quickly as possible to match this material.

The deadline for Regular Decision is January 15.  All Regular Decision applicants and deferred Early Action applicants will have until January 15 to submit required material.  We are able to accept January test scores as long as you designate UGA as a school to automatically receive your scores.  If you are planning on applying Regular Decision, we do not suggest waiting until the deadline to apply.  Please remember to continue monitoring your myStatus as you submit material!

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Break

Our office will be closed for the next few days for Thanksgiving break .  We will reopen on Monday, November 26.  If you email, call or post a comment on the blog, we will respond on Monday when we reopen.  

Early next week we will begin importing and loading new test scores and documents into our system.  This process was halted in preparation for the release of Early Action decisions.  If you have submitted material within the last week or so and it is not showing as received, be sure to check your status check again later next week.  Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the long weekend!  

Go Dawgs!

Friday, November 16, 2012

2013 EA Decisions Now Available!

Early Action decisions are now available online!  You can view the press release with some statistics about EA students who were admitted here.  For students who were deferred, please understand that this is not a denial decision.  We want to be able to have a more in-depth review of you, including short essays, activities, recommendations, etc.  Please be sure to read the deferred student FAQ page before commenting on here.

If you have questions about your specific decision, please do not post them on this blog.  We are not able to answer questions about individual students here because we will generally not have your information in front of us and we cannot disclose individual student information in a comment.  I would recommend talking with both your family and high school counselor first, then reviewing this previous post on suggestions about how to react to an EA decision, and finally reading the FAQ's available from your myStatus page.  Please be patient, be nice and be courteous.

Have a great weekend and go Dawgs!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2012 Early Action Decision Date and Reactions

For all of you who are waiting anxiously by your computer/mailbox, nervous about your Early Action decision, here is some good news. UGA is planning on releasing the EA decisions on the myStatus page on Friday, November 16 in the late afternoon (unless some serious problem arises, which I do not expect). Do not call/email/text/message asking for the exact time of "late afternoon", as I cannot give an exact time. We will post a message here when it opens up. We are excited about this, and I am guessing you are as well, and hopefully it will allow for a little less nerve-wracking Thanksgiving break. One key: Do not have everyone in your family try to log in and see your decision! This will only slow down our system and might cause issues in accessing your record.

In addition to the decisions being available on the myStatus page, letters will go out in the mail for Accepted, Deferred and Incomplete students. Freshman denial letters will not be mailed out, as almost all applicants see their decisions online, and we (along with a number of colleges) did not want to have a letter that only served to reinforce the negative feelings they might already have.

Here are a few suggestions on how to react to the four different decisions:

Admit: Celebrate with family, buy a lot of UGA gear to wear for the Thanksgiving break, but remember that not everyone has received a decision of admission, and so be a little more low key with friends and classmates. In other words, do not run up to you best friend during English class and scream "I got into Georgia" while 10-15 of your classmates are mentally throwing daggers into your back. In addition, be patient with the other parts of campus (commitment deposit, housing, the UGA myID system, etc.), as they might need a few days to take in your information. You will also receive materials in the mail as far as the next steps to take.

Defer: This is the most challenging one, as these are applicants who are truly strong students, but we want to see more about them (as well as the rest of the applicant pool) before making a final decision.  Please remember, this is not a denial at all, but instead a way for us to be able to review you in full, from your co-curricular activities, your essays, and your recommendations. As I usually state, defer is not a four letter word (even though you might feel this way), only a delay in an admission decision. This is your chance to let us know what you are like as an overall applicant. While this is probably not the answer you would like, I would suggest you treat it as a call-back for a second audition. Some roles have already been cast (or admitted), and we now want to look at you in more detail to see how you compare to the rest of the people auditioning (or applying). One of the worst things you can do is give up and not do the essays. The second worst thing is to call us up and berate us for not admitting you. We will be happy to talk to people, but make sure to communicate in a positive tone, understand that we cannot talk about other applicants, and please remember that defer does not mean denial. In past years, about half of the deferred applicants who completed part II were later admitted. Each year, about 1000 deferred students do not complete part II, so we never even have a chance to even review them! If you are serious about UGA, take the time to complete your application, and then be patient as we review all of these files throughout Jan., Feb. and March. When completing part II (the essays), you do NOT need to do an entirely new application, and there is no new/additional application fee. You just need to go to your myStatus page after decisions are out, complete part II (the essays), and hit submit. As well, get a teacher from an academic area to write your teacher recommendation. Remember, UGA is in no way done with the overall freshman admission process. We still have a long way to go, with a great deal of files to read and admission offers to make, so make sure you do your best to show UGA what you are like as an overall student/citizen.

Deny: While this is not a fun situation at all, the reality is that if you have been denied Early Action, you are truly not competitive for admission at UGA as compared to the rest of the applicant pool. It is not easy to write that, and it is very difficult to tell this to a student or parent, but when we look at this student's application in comparison with the other 11, 400 EA applicants (and remember, we expect to get over 9,000 RD applicants as well), they do not match up academically with the others. It is better to tell you now instead of waiting until late March, as this gives you time to make other plans. Unless there seems to be a serious error (you are in the top of your class, take a very challenging course load, and have a strong test score), my suggestion is to not contact us about the decision, but instead move forward with plan B. While we do not mind talking with you at all, the reality is that an Early Action denial means that the admission to UGA is not possible as a freshman.

Incomplete: For the small number of students who did not complete your EA file, you are now automatically deferred to the next step, and so you will need to get in the missing materials from EA, and also submit part II of the application and a teacher recommendation. We went three plus weeks beyond the deadline allowing you to get in the missing documents, sending reminder emails, indicating what was missing through the myStatus page, and it was your responsibility to get in the required materials. So I do not suggest contacting us to see if we can take items late, as that time has passed. Focus instead on sending in what is needed to be reviewed in the next round. When completing part II (the essays), you do NOT need to do an entirely new application, and there is no new/additional application fee. You just need to go to your myStatus page after decisions are out, complete part II (the essays), and hit submit.

Go Dawgs!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Early Action Update

We will be shutting down our Status Check until Early Action decisions are ready to be released.  This will affect the Status Check for all applicants, Early Action and Regular Decision first year applicants, transfers, etc.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but it is needed in order to make admissions decisions.  We are in the process of carefully consolidating and reviewing all information and documents received from roughly 11,350 Early Action freshman applicants and need to close the Status Check to do this.

There is no set date at this time for Early Action decisions to go out, but we will let you know as soon as that has been determined.  Please do not call, email, text, Facebook us, etc. to ask when decisions will be released as we do not know this yet.  Thank you for your patience!

Go Dawgs!

Friday, November 2, 2012

More October Updates

We are still at around 11,400 applications with about 1,100 of those incomplete. Only about 9% of applicants are incomplete, which means 91% of Early Action applicants are complete!  If you are incomplete at this time, first check with the source.  This means if you are missing a transcript or high school evaluation, check with your high school to make sure these were sent.  If you are missing test scores, check with SAT and/or ACT to verify that your scores were sent and that the information on the test scores (name, date of birth, social) matches the information on your application.  If you have checked and this information does not match, email us at .  Missing items need to be taken care of ASAP!  We cannot guarantee that material sent will arrive in time to be considered for Early Action, but you should still submit any missing material.

The fastest way to get items to us is to send them electronically.  Test scores must be sent electronically through College Board/ACT.  The high school evaluation can be sent through our online counselor portal and transcripts can be sent through GACollege411 for Georgia transcripts or Docufide/Parchment/Edocs. As with test scores, if the name on the document does not match the name on your application, please let us know as this could prevent us from being able to match it with your file.

Do not cancel your application!  If you are incomplete for Early Action, you will be moved forward with the Regular Decision applicants.  We do not suggest that you email us to change your application to Regular Decision, but rather wait until you are moved forward automatically.  If we manually change your application from EA to RD, then you are not able to access Part II of the application from the online Dashboard.  For this reason it is better to be moved forward automatically when decisions are released.   Students who are incomplete for Early Action are not penalized or looked at differently in the Regular Decision review process because they were incomplete.

We will give you an update on when decisions will be released as soon as that information is available.  Have a great weekend!

It's homecoming week at UGA, Go Dawgs!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

EA Late October Update

We are nearing the end of October, and we are finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as matching up recommendations, test scores, transcripts, etc. for Early Action. We just downloaded the October 6 SAT this afternoon (roughly 6,300 scores in all), and we will have a few more small score downloads come in before we shut off importing these for Early Action. We updated the myStatus page as well, so everything that we had in our system by 1 p.m. today should be showing up on that site.

Right now, we are still at about 11,400 Early Action applicants, and at this time about 8,000 are complete, and I expect about 800-1000 more will become complete with the test scores we just loaded today. This is looking like a very strong applicant pool for Early Action, but it is hard to tell specifics yet, and we are reviewing transcripts, checking on the rigor of applicants, and reading a few files at this time.

Right now, we expect that we will be releasing the EA decisions sometime between (dramatic pause) mid to late November. Take a moment to do a small dance and shout for joy, then do me one small favor; Do not ask us for a specific date or time. We do not have one, we will not know one until later, and we will not give out a date that we am not 100% sure of it. So be patient, but know that we are almost excited as you are about getting decisions out in November.

If you are missing any documents for Early Action by next Monday morning (10/29), you need to take care of this ASAP. If you just had them mailed this week, be patient, as the mail takes time, but make sure they were sent out. If they were faxed, remember that we shred faxes, so documents need to come in electronically (GA411 for GA transcripts, or Docufide/Parchment/eDocs for transcripts/recommendations) or by mail. In addition, if the documents have a different name than the one on the application (Jimmy instead of James), let us know about this issue.

If your official SAT/ACT scores are not showing up (we only accept scores from the testing agency), contact the testing agency to see what is going on with your scores. Remember, if your name, birth date and/or SSN (or if you left the SSN blank) on the SAT do not match the ones on the application, it may take longer to match up the scores, and you may want to email with both of the names if you know they have been sent to UGA and if you know there is an issue with these fields.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Early Action Update

With the Early Action deadline passing, here are a few updates about the process:

  • Total Early Action Applications: Approximately 11,400
  • Complete Early Action Applications: Approximately 5,600
  • Number of Early Action Applicants Applying on the Deadline: Approximately 2,100

As you can see, about half of all Early Action applications are not complete.  Additionally, almost a fifth of the total applicant pool for EA applied on the deadline.  This means our office is receiving thousands of documents, test scores, etc.  We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as possible to match documents with files.

It takes our office about 5 to 10 business days to match a document with an applicant's file.  As we have said before, our deadlines are postmark deadlines.  If your material was submitted by the deadline, it will be considered for Early Action.  We will accept the October 6 SAT for Early Action as long as you designated UGA as a school to automatically receive your scores.

Be sure to check your myStatus to make sure you are complete!  If material you have sent is not showing up on your myStatus, double-check with your counselor, College Board, etc. to make sure that it was sent.  If it was sent and it has been more than 5 to 10 business days, please contact us.

Now that you have submitted your application, take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the fall!

Go Dawgs!

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Early Action Deadline is Approaching

The Early Action deadline is almost here!  Our office typically receives 4,000+ applications, a drastic increase in mail, emails and phone calls in the few days preceding the deadline.  The best thing an applicant can do right now is be patient.  We work as quickly as possible to match documents with files, but we are dealing with a large number of applications and supplemental material.

The fastest way to get material to us is to send it electronically.  If your high school is in Georgia, you can send transcripts through . Students attending a high school outside of Georgia can have their counselors submit transcripts online through Docufide/Parchment.  The high school evaluation can be submitted online from the High School Counselor Portal.  Remember, no faxes!

Please do not call our office to ask if we have received a document, test score, etc. if it was just sent.  It takes about 8 to 10 business days from the time something is mailed for it to be matched with your file.  It takes 4 to 5 business days for something submitted online to show up on your myStatus.

Be sure to check your myStatus to see what we have received and what we are missing.  This is updated once every business day, so you do not need to check it several times a day.  Documents do not need to show up in your myStatus by October 15 to be in by the deadline.  Know that if you have submitted something to us by the deadline, we will post it in our system and your myStatus shortly.  We appreciate your patience as we work vigorously to match all of the material we are receiving with applications.

Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Early Action Suggestions

The Early Action deadline is quickly approaching.  Here are a few suggestions as we approach the deadline:

  • Don't wait until the last minute.  Even though the deadline is October 15, you should not wait until the last minute to submit your application.  We do not hold it against you if you wait until 11:59PM on October 15 to apply, however if you do this you are not giving yourself any time to account for issues that could occur to prevent you from submitting.  For example internet connectivity issues, computer problems, etc.  The deadline is the deadline, you should always plan to apply earlier than the last minute.  Also be sure to take time to review your application before you submit it.   Please note while the application is available 24/7, the credit card payment option is only available from 7AM to 9:30PM EST.  You can still select the check/fee waiver option after 9:30PM
  • Be patient.  After you submit your application, please be aware that things will not happen instantaneously.  We are likely to have around 10,000 Early Action applicants and the majority of the supplemental material will be sent within the next two weeks.  We will be vigorously matching material, but please give things time to get here (both mailed and electronically submitted documents) before contacting us.  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.  Our deadlines are "postmarked/submitted" deadlines.  The next few weeks will be a little hectic in our office as we pull together all of the materials for each application, so we may be a little slower in responding to voice mails, emails, etc.
  • Do not send a fax.  If you or your counselor faxes something in, it will be shredded.  We place the shredder next to the fax machine for a reason.
  • Check your myStatus.  It is the applicant's responsibility to get in all required documents.  The myStatus page is updated once a day, generally in the morning, so you do not need to check it multiple times a day.  Documents do not need to show up on the myStatus by 10/15 to be in by the deadline, so please be patient.  If it has been over 10 business days since you both applied and any "missing" documents have been sent in, you should begin to inquire about the missing document.  If it is a GACollege411 transcript, we occasionally have one that does not come through.  However, it is easy to go back into the system and access it again.
  • Missing SAT/ACT scores.  If you sent your SAT/ACT scores a while ago and they have not matched up yet, verify that they were sent to UGA through College Board/ACT.  Then verify that the name, social and birth date on the test scores are the same as the admissions application as these are important matching fields.  If you have given us enough time to receive them and they are not showing up on myStatus, email with your situation and we will work on manually matching your scores.  Please be patient as it takes longer than a day for scores we receive to get into our system.
  • School Evaluation.  Your counselor will have additional time to submit the school evaluation.  We will leave the online school evaluation open for at least a week beyond the 10/15 deadline so your counselors should not have to stress about any last minute applicants.
Go Dawgs!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Study Abroad - A Student's Perspective

Last spring Chase Staub, a senior intern in our office, participated in one of the many Study Abroad programs UGA has to offer.   Read below to learn about his experience:

"This past May, I had the opportunity to go on one of UGA’s Study Abroad programs to Croatia. I traveled to this small, transitional country in Eastern Europe to study global public health and heritage conservation.

I am preparing for a career in the health sciences, so this trip was an excellent opportunity to explore my field in depth. I not only gained a richer understanding of the topic, I was also able to gain experience in different health professions to help decide my future career path.

We traveled the country tackling challenging health concerns for various areas, such as national parks, tourist destinations, islands, and remote areas. This allowed me to experience the entirety of Croatia while also gaining valuable information about each location. For example, I learned about public safety issues while touring one of the world’s most beautiful natural parks, Plitvice Lakes. I also learned about the concept of identity conservation while visiting cities impacted by war and talking to the survivors of their history’s great battles. Every day was a new area with new topics, such as going to the US Embassy, health institutes, hospitals, government agencies, and world heritage sites. The creative and innovative approaches to education were endless.

Studying abroad is one of the best experiences you can have during your time in college. Students can take the knowledge they learned in the classroom and apply it literally around the world. Education comes to life during these trips, because students are not reading a textbook or listening to a lecture, but they are traveling directly to the sites and hearing first hand from the primary sources.  Students have the chance to work with top professionals from many different fields of study, such as government employees, researchers, field specialists, and educators, providing multiple perspectives on a topic and a holistic understanding.  All the while, students are submerged into a different culture, being exposed to the region’s language(s), history, heritage, food, songs and traditions. The personal enrichment I gained by being immersed in a different cultures was invaluable.

Countries around the world are becoming increasingly interdependent.  Our globe is shrinking and populations are growing.  UGA has seen the importance of preparing students to enter this global community and now has study abroad programs traveling to over 100 countries and on all 7 continents. The skills and experiences one gains abroad are among the most beneficial for a student’s chosen career and academic endeavors. But one of the greatest challenges facing students entering college is choosing their path—what to study and what career they would enjoy. Studying abroad is a great immersion option for trying out  majors and career options first hand. Many students return with confirmation for their interests in a career or discover a passion for a new field. "

To learn more about Study Abroad opportunities available at The University of Georgia, visit the Office of International Education online here.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cancel or Correct?

Yesterday you filled out your application, paid with a credit card and hit SEND.  Today you look over your application one more time, and “Oops!!”  You forgot to mention being basketball team captain.  You miscalculated your A’s and B’s.  Your mother’s email address was wrong.  You meant to apply for Regular Decision, not Early Action.  Your dream is to be an Agronomy  major, not Astronomy.

Should you Cancel your application and start over?  Or can you Correct the errors?

Don’t cancel!  That process is reserved for applicants who no longer wish to be considered for admission to UGA.   We save your cancelled application using the SSN you gave us, and therefore we cannot accept a new First Year application with that SSN.

Instead, check the Settings tab from your myStatus.  Many changes can be made there.  If you need to make a change not available in Settings, send us your correction request separately.  Email with your name and birthdate, when you applied, and what you’d like to have corrected or added to your application.  Don’t forget to do this by the application deadline.  Better yet, do it today.

Go Dawgs!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Spring Transfer Update

We are over halfway through Spring Transfer applications at this time.  We have made decisions on about 1,000 applications.  There are about 300 files still left to review and about 250 incomplete files.

Soon we will send out an email to all incomplete applicants notifying them of this status.  If you receive this email, please log in to your myStatus to see what is missing.  We must have an official transcript from every college/university you have previously attended.  This includes coursework done through dual enrollment while in high school.

If we do not have the most up-to-date transcript for you, then you would also be incomplete.  Your myStatus will have a date listed by your transcript(s) so that you can see when we received it and determine if you need to submit an updated one.  If it is your first term at your current institution and you have no completed coursework, then we do not need that transcript at this time.  A small number of applicants are incomplete because we have not received the application fee.  Applicants should submit missing material as soon as possible.

At this time, we are working on applications that were completed by August 20.  Please note completed does not mean when you applied.  An application is complete when we receive all required items.

Be sure to check your myStatus to see if we are missing something from you.  If you have any questions regarding your application, please call or email us.

Have a great weekend.  Go Dawgs!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Common Questions - September Edition

Below are some of the questions that we have been getting on the phones, by email and on the blog lately:

I applied as a transfer student for Spring, when will I have a decision?  We cannot guess when an applicant will have a decision as this depends on many factors.  We generally process transfer applications based on when the file is complete.  Your file is complete when we receive all required material for your application, not when you apply.  In addition, if you have attended non-Georgia colleges or colleges that we have not had a student apply from, please be patient as these files are more complicated and require a more detailed review.

Should I apply Early Action or Regular Decision?  One option is not better than the other and we cannot tell a student which decision plan he or she should choose.  I would suggest reading this blog post for guidance in making your choice, .

How many science courses does a First Year applicant have to have?  The University System of Georgia has minimum unit requirements in each academic subject area, including 4 units in science.  You may view all academic unit requirements on the USG's Staying on Course worksheet.  In-state students attending public schools in GA should not have to worry about meeting these requirements.  Out-of-state students, we are able to be flexible and we can look at 8th grade science.

How do I submit my counselor/high school evaluation?  Before submitting supplemental forms, you should submit your First Year application (with the exception of test scores which are received/stored electronically).  When you have completed your application you will have the opportunity to submit your counselor's email address from your myStatus page.  This will generate an email alerting your counselor that a high school evaluation is needed.  The email will include a link to complete the online form.  Once the online evaluation has been submitted, it typically will show up on your myStatus page as received within two business days.  If your counselor needs a pin number for the online portal, please have them contact our office.

How do I self-report my grades?  First, get a copy of your transcript to have with you while you fill out the application.  If you do not have a copy of your transcript in front of you as you are completing the self-reported grades, you will likely make mistakes.  Next, read this previous post which will walk you through the process, .

If I am applying as a First Year student, what is the last test date you will accept?  For Early Action, we will accept SAT/ACT scores from all test dates that occur by the application deadline (October 15).  For Regular Decision applicants, we can accept the January SAT and December ACT.  Be sure that you designate UGA as an automatic recipient for your scores to ensure that we receive them in time!

I mailed my (transcript, evaluation, etc.) to your office, why is it not showing on myStatus?  This is not an instantaneous process.  We must receive the document, scan it into our imaging system, and then match it to an applicant's file.  If you submitted a document prior to submitting your application, it will take a bit longer as your admissions file is not created until you apply.  If you are submitting documents close to an application deadline, it will take longer for us to match your document as the volume of mail we receive increases greatly closer to deadlines.

Have a great weekend, Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

UGA on the Road

Fall travel has begun!  It’s the time of year when admissions counselors leave their offices and head out for college fairs, college nights, high school visits, counselor programs and other recruitment events.  This means you’ll be seeing a lot of UGA people on the road this fall.  To find out if a representative is going to be in your area, be sure to check our Meet UGA Near You page for a full list of events, fairs, visits, etc. that we will be attending.  This page is updated daily as travel plans continue to be made.

Georgia students, if you are attending a PROBE  fair, be sure to register online ahead of time!  When you register online, you will be able to print out a bar code to take with you to the fair.  College representatives will be able to simply scan your bar code to capture your information.  This will prevent you from having to fill out a different information card for each college you speak to.

While you're looking through travel schedules, consider looking up who the admissions counselor is for your school and sending a quick a message.   Whether it's just to say hello or to suggest places we visit while in your area, we love to hear from prospective students!

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Foundation Fellowship & Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship Application

The 2013 Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application is now available on the admissions web site. This year there are a few changes and things to keep in mind with this application process.

1. Students may only apply online for these scholarships. There will be an opportunity to print a pdf of your application once it is submitted.

2. Before you can begin the Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Scholarship application, you must complete the First-Year Admissions application. Once your application has been submitted and processed (please allow two business days), you will be assigned a UGAID number, have access to your status through the myStatus page, and will be able to submit your scholarship application.

3. Applicants must be current high school seniors with an unweighted high school GPA of at least 3.8 and a minimum combined SAT score of 2100 or ACT score of 31.

4. The deadline to submit and complete the scholarship application is November 1. Your admissions application must also be completed by this date.

5. If you are planning to apply for the Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships, then you must communicate this with your counselor and a selected teacher. We require separate counselor and teacher recommendations to be submitted in support of your scholarship application.  Applicants will be prompted to input a counselor and teacher email address within the scholarship application.  Once the scholarship application has been submitted, an email will be sent to each recommender with instructions to submit this recommendation electronically.

6. A peer recommendation is also required to complete this scholarship application.  Applicants will be prompted to input a peer email address within the scholarship application.  Once the scholarship application has been submitted, an email will be sent to the recommender with instructions to submit this recommendation electronically.

We look forward to reading your applications! Feel free to email us if you have questions at

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Post for Parents

Every year we try to open a post aimed at answering questions from parents.  We want to educate parents about the UGA admissions process and dispel myths and rumors that may be floating around high schools and communities.  We recently sent an email out to students regarding the First Year application opening and letting them know about our blog.  Please help us out by spreading the word about this post!

With the 2013  First Year application now open and fall travel beginning, our office is about to get even busier.  Now is the time to ask us questions.  Parents, what would you like to know?  Please post your questions through the comment option and we will try to respond as quickly as possible!

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Spring Transfer Update

After a short break we are now able to continue processing spring transfer applications.  We had been focusing on posting college credit for about 800 to1000 returning and new students for the fall.  The majority of this work has been posted and we are now able to move forward with reviewing spring applications.  We cannot predict how long a decision will take as this depends on many factors. 

Check your status!  Your myStatus not only tells you if we have received your transcript(s), you will also be able to see if we have received the most up-to-date transcript.  Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from every college you have previously attended (this includes dual enrollment coursework).  If you are in your first semester at your current institution, we will not need a transcript from that college if you will not have any coursework completed by the deadline.   This transcript will still show on your myStatus as we will need it if you are admitted.

For students who have been admitted for spring, registration for Orientation should open in mid to late September.  Be sure to check the Orientation website for updates.

Go Dawgs!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The 2013 Application for First Year Admission is now open!

This does not mean you should submit an application immediately.  Your deadline to apply for First Year admission to 2013 Fall and Summer Semesters for the “Early Action” is October 15.  The “Regular Decision” application deadline for Fall and Summer is January 15.  

Our first and best suggestions are to take your time and plan ahead.  Gather all the information you will need prior to starting the application.  Verify that you have your correct Social Security Number, get a copy of your high school transcript to help when self-reporting your grades for us, and if you have a resume, use it to fill out the leadership and activities sections completely.  Often students who hurry to complete the application—especially if they have waited to the final moment—end up contacting our office to fix mistakes they made by rushing.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind as you prepare to apply:

  • Name, SSN and Address.  Make sure you enter your name and SSN correctly and consistently.  This needs to be correct for Admissions and Student Financial Aid.  Your address is crucial for receiving mail from us as well as for determining your Residency status.
  • Your High School.  When listing your high school, use the search option on our application.  Your school's CEEB code will be correctly recorded.
  • Senior Courses.  Please list your senior year courses in the area provided, even if you have not received grades yet.
  • Counselor Evaluation and Last-Minute Applications. Your high school counselor can complete their UGA online HS evaluation form only after your application has been submitted, so please do not wait until the last minute.  Get your counselor's email address; we ask for it when you submit your application.  We then email your counselor that you have applied to UGA.   
  • Reporting Test Scores.  We ask you to self-report your SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement scores on the application as an aid for us as we read your whole file to gain general knowledge about you. However, we still must receive official test scores electronically directly from the testing agencies.
  • Test Score Deadlines. In order for us to receive your official scores in time, ACT and SAT exams must be taken by the application deadline.  You are responsible for requesting that these be sent to us by our deadline.  If you are taking an exam that occurs close to a deadline, be sure to list UGA as a school so that we automatically receive your scores.
  • Conduct. If you have conduct or conviction issues, please be specific and complete about the situation in the report you must share with us.  We do not need to know about minor traffic tickets or if you had conduct issues in middle school.
  • Activities. This area is important for possible scholarship reviews and when we conduct our holistic review for admissions or other purposes because we need to know more about you beyond test scores and transcripts.
  • Self-Reporting Your Grades.  Read the full self-reported grade description in detail before completing this section.  We are looking at your core course grades from 9th grade on, as well as how many of the grades are from AP or International Baccalaureate courses.  We are also looking at how many AP and/or IB courses you will have completed by high school graduation.
  • Application Fee Payment.  Please note that the online credit card payment option is only available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.
  • Online Only.  UGA only has an online application.  We do not accept paper applications by mail or fax.
  • Double Check.  Do not hit the “submit” button until you are totally sure that you are ready to submit!  Take your time.  You can stop, save your application, and return to it hours or days later at any point in the application process.
  • Use the Web.  Most application material can now be submitted electronically.  This means you'll be able to verify that we have received your material through using our Status Check feature much faster than if it is submitted through mail. Please note that names, SSN’s and addresses need to be the same and, also, that we do not accept faxes! 
  • Sooner Or Later?  There is no admissions advantage to submitting your application on August 15 or January 15.  The UGA Admissions Office will make the same decision in either case, based on the materials you submit by the deadlines we have posted.  While you should not wait until the week of the deadline to apply as there are too many risks of problems and/or errors, be sure to take your time completing the application and make sure all of your information is correct before submitting.
Thank you for your interest in The University of Georgia!  Go Dawgs!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Updates

We are continuing to process Spring transfer applications.  If you have applied for Spring, be sure to send us your transcripts as soon as possible.  As we get closer to Fall our evaluators will have additional projects to work on and will not be able to process these applications as quickly as we are able to now.  Students who have coursework in progress for the Summer term can wait until that work is completed before sending us your transcript.

We still have about 400 incoming first year students who have not sent a final high school transcript.  It is important that these be submitted as soon as possible.

Finally, next week I will not be in the office and may not be able to respond to comments on the blog immediately.  I will answer your comments and questions as soon as I am back.

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Spring Transfer & Final Transcript Updates

We have now started reviewing spring transfer applications.  We cannot guess when an applicant's decision will be available.  Applications are processed in the order in which they are completed.

We are also now caught up with posting final college coursework for incoming students.  If you have recently submitted a final transcript, your coursework should be posted within a few business days after we receive it (you can see if we have received an updated transcript on your myStatus).

There are still about 500 incoming first year students who have not submitted a final high school transcript.  If you have not done so at this time, please submit your final transcript as soon as possible!

Go Dawgs!

Friday, July 6, 2012

UGA Admissions Urban Legends Videos

Over the past three years, I have tried my best to shoot down as many myths or urban legends as possible concerning UGA Admissions. As such, I have created the following two videos to try and add a little humor to the issue. Please understand that while I have tried to add some comedy to these videos, I am not trying to insult anyone. These are just some questions that come up regularly, along with some of the interactions we have seen (I have left out some that are not so pleasant, such as speaking to a student while a sibling throws a temper tantrum next to her, or giving an information session while a dog is present in the front row). I hope these give you some insight into what we do and do not do in the UGA Admissions office, and please take these in the humorous style in which they were meant.

And part II:

Just so you know, we like to poke fun at ourselves and the admissions field as well, so here is a video about the sometimes humorous world of admissions visits to high schools. These visits can sometimes be wonderful, but they can also be unusual and odd, especially when the admissions counselor becomes a salesman.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


All undergraduate students at UGA now have access to DegreeWorks, a web-based tool used to assist students in monitoring progress toward degree completion.  This program combines degree requirements and coursework completed into an easy-to-read worksheet which helps students see how courses completed satisfy requirements as well as what courses are still needed to complete the degree.  DegreeWorks is not meant to replace academic advising, rather it is a tool that can be utilized to help facilitate and aid academic advising.

All new students should have access to DegreeWorks as soon as your MyID has been created.  If you have completed college coursework prior to enrolling at UGA, use this program to see how your courses transferred and how they are satisfying your degree requirements.  Do you have AP/IB/SAT II scores that you have submitted to UGA?  Log in to see what credit you have received for these scores.  Make your advising appointment more efficient at Orientation by logging in now!

Final Transcripts - Update

We have had several students inquire about final coursework being posted, so here is an update.  Our evaluators are processing 1000+ final high school transcripts and 400+ college transcripts for incoming and returning students (and about 100 Pharmacy student transcripts). These are processed as quickly as possible while being mindful of Orientation dates for new students. We do our best to review students who are coming to Orientation on a given week and post the credit prior to the session. If you are concerned about your transcript not being here in time for us to get it posted, bring a copy of your transcript with you to your advising meeting just in case it does not arrive in time.  We also have about 1000 first year students who have not sent a final high school transcript.  If you have not done so, please take care of this as soon as possible!

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

UGA Admissions iPhone App 3.0

An updated version of our Admissions iPhone App has been released, available for download on any iPhone or iPod Touch for free from iTunes.  This updated version has many new features including:

At a Glance: Browse the high points of the University, its students, faculty, alumnus and athletics.

Campus Tour: Explore the University of Georgia's historic North Campus on campus or right from your couch!  On campus, your GPS enabled iPhone will detect your location on North Campus giving you information regarding your location.  Get to know UGA's beautiful North Campus before you visit! (iOS 5 or higher is required for the tour)

Majors: Still deciding on a major?  The Majors tool provides an easy to use reference to all majors available at UGA.

Info Request: Want information about the University and Admissions?  Provide us with your contact details and we'll keep you in the loop on Admissions news and events.

Timelines: A quick reference on important dates regarding your application.

Traditions: Learn about UGA traditions such as the ringing of the Chapel bell, the Arch and our tenacious sports fans with the Traditions feature.

Orientation: Headed to Orientation?  Have access to the full schedule, learn UGA Lingo and meet the OL's.  You can even make sure you've done everything needed prior to arriving with the to-do list!

Status Check: While this feature isn't new, it is a very important tool that can help you make sure you have submitted everything we need.  This is also the first place you will see your admissions decision.

Download the Admissions App today!

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

2013 Essay Questions

As promised, here are the essay questions for the 2013 First Year application.  The application will be available in mid-August.

1.  Choose an intellectual or creative opportunity (for example, community involvement, a summer program, a unique project, travel abroad, etc.) from your high school years that you have enjoyed and highlight how you have grown personally because of the experience.

2. UGA's First Year Odyssey Program offers more than 300 seminar courses for new freshmen.  Some examples include "The History of Horse-racing", "Einstein and the Theories of Relativity" and "The Zombie Plague".  If you could create your own seminar course at UGA in any subject area that interests you, what would it be?  What would the course be named and what would you hope to learn?

3. Tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself that you have not already shared in your application.

4. Incredibly, you have just won a $100 million lottery.  To receive it, you must first earn a college degree.  How does this change your college experience?  How does it change your life after college?

You may also find the questions online here.

Go Dawgs!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Suggestions

I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer!  Hi, I’m Lindsey Whittaker, Assistant Director of Admissions, and I will be handling the blog for the next 1.5+ years.  While I have been with this office for five years, this is my first time working on the blog in this capacity.   I appreciate your patience as I transition into this role.

As school is ending and summer vacation is beginning, I would like to take some time to offer a few suggestions of things you can do during your break.

  • Read!  Many of you are going to have summer reading lists that you need to complete prior to school starting back.  Make sure you read all of your required books. (Notice I said books, not Cliffs Notes, Spark Notes, Wikipedia, etc.).  Also, pick up a few books to read for fun.  Reading is not just a way to pass time.  The benefits of reading include boosting test scores, building vocabulary, and improving memory, just to name a few.
  • Send us your test scores.  You’re not on our radar until you have contacted us in some manner, typically by sending SAT and/or ACT scores.  This means we can’t invite you to programs, send you admissions updates, etc.  You can send your scores to us as soon as you take the test, you don’t have to wait until you apply.  We’re going to use your best score possible, so why not go ahead and have them sent to us?  Roughly 500 applicants last year were incomplete because they forget to have test scores sent.  Don’t let this be you!
  •  Visit colleges.  Many of you are going to have travel plans this summer.  If your travel happens to land you near a college that you’re interested in, go ahead and schedule a visit.  It’s never too early to start visiting colleges.  Do you live within an hour of Athens?  Go ahead and schedule a visit to UGA! (
  • Organize, organize, organize!  Most students are going to be applying to multiple colleges.  Each college can differ in what is required from a first year applicant.  How are you going to keep everything straight?  Start a file folder for each college you are planning on applying to.  Get a copy of your transcript, make sure you have your correct SSN (very important!), have your counselor and teacher emails available, etc.  This way you can remember which colleges require what and what you have done once it’s time to start applying.
  • Start looking at the essays for the colleges that you’re thinking about applying to.  Most colleges are going to make the essays available during the summer.  What themes do you want do you want to write about?  Our new essay questions will be available (and posted to the blog) within the next 2 to 4 weeks.  You can store your ideas in your new college folders.  
  • Have fun!  It is summer vacation after all.  You’re going to have a very full year ahead of you with college applications looming, rigorous senior schedules, school activities, final exams, etc.  Take some time to relax and enjoy your break so that when it’s time for school to resume, you are focused and ready for your senior year. 
Go Dawgs!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Good News, Bad News

I have some good news and some bad news from the UGA Admissions Blog, so I will break it out into multiple notes in this post.

  • Good News: Over the next three years, UGA will be updating the old Student Information System from our current system (which is becoming hard to program/repair) to a new one, Banner (which all the other colleges in the GA System use).
  • Bad News: This is a complicated process, and it will take about 1.5-2 years to make the shift from the old system to the new one for admissions.
  • Good News: For the next 1.5-2 years (starting within the next month or so), I will be the team lead for the UGA Admissions Office for the Banner implementation project. 
  • Bad News: I will have to devote about 90% of my time to getting the new system up and running, and I will not be able to give much time/energy to managing this blog and the associated twitter account.
  • Good News: Lindsey Whitaker, an Assistant Director of Admissions in our office, will be the main person working on the blog. She has done some monitoring and answering of questions in the past, and has worked with students in a variety of areas in our office.
  • Bad News: When I started this blog about three years ago, it took me a while to get things running smoothly, to figure out the comment system, etc., so please be patient as Lindsey transitions into this role. In addition, she also has other responsibilities, so please be kind.
  • Good News: It is always great to have a different point of view on some things, so I am sure that Lindsey will be able to give some new insights into the Admissions Process.
  • Good News: The UGA Admissions Office will still be focused on giving you detailed, up-to-date information, and in making the decision process as transparent and open as possible. I am sure the next few years will go well, and I will check back in from time to time to help answer questions or give suggestions!
Go Dawgs!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wait List Process Completed

At this time, we have offered a limited number of students admission for fall term off the 2012 wait-list (approximately 130-140 students), and a smaller number of students spring admission off the wait-list (approximately 30-35 students). Based on the "Yes" responses we have received so far, we have determined that we are not able to offer admission to any further students off the wait-list for either fall or spring. We also know that some admitted freshman will decide not to attend UGA, and we have built this into our decision numbers.

For the group of students where we were not able to offer admission off the wait-list, we are sorry that we could not do so, and we wish you well at the college you have chosen. You will receive an email with this notification shortly, followed up by a letter. While we understand that this is not the news you were hoping for, we have tried to move as quickly as possible with the process, and we hope that by moving forward earlier and finishing the process well before the projected end date (about 40 days earlier), this will allow you to move forward with other plans easily. Please remember that there are a number of reasons why we have made the decisions we did, and I would not be able to answer any comments asking why someone did or did not get admitted off the wait-list.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Quick Wait List Update

I am in Arkansas right now, but I wanted to let everyone know that we started making a limited number of offers to wait list students for the Spring 2013 term. I do not have any specific numbers, but at least I can give you this update. We are still waiting to see on the responses from our initial wait list offers for Fall before we can say anything definitive on this Fall group and what the next steps will be for any further offers. I hope this helps, and please remember I am out of contact for most of the week, and that I do not have any more specifics other than what I have already shared. Go Dawgs, and thanks for being patient!

Friday, May 11, 2012

UGA Admission Terms

A recent National Admissions meeting brought up the issue that admissions offices have some words that are unique to our specific profession, and that an admissions dictionary might be needed. In fact, one of the presenters is Carey Clinton, a UGA alum and one of our Assistant Director of Admissions. As such, I have created a new Admissions Terms page, which is my limited attempt at a UGA Admissions Dictionary. It is now one of the pages you can see right below the blog heading. I hope this gives some insight into the often times confusing world of college admissions!

Go Dawgs!

Arkansas Bound with the SEC

For the last six years or so, I have spent a few days each May meeting with Admissions personnel from the other SEC schools (welcome Texas A&M and U Missouri!) to share ideas, talk about different issues, laugh, cry (okay, not too much crying), and share stories from the year. It is also a good time to plan for the future, and see how other college admissions teams run their offices. I am also going to get a behind the scenes look at the University of Arkansas, visit Fayetteville, AR for the first time (Pig Sooie!), and hopefully learn a great deal. As such, I will have intermittent access to the blog, and to your questions. Please be patient concerning any replies, and I will try to answer questions either at sporadic times during the event, or when I return mid-week.

As well, let me know if you have any questions about admissions for the SEC group. I cannot promise any answers, but I can share your thoughts.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wait List Update

I am happy to announce that we will begin making a limited number of offers from the wait list for the Fall 2012 term starting later today! Over 700 students have requested to stay on the Wait List (out of about 1,100 offered the option), and we will only be able to offer admission to a limited number of these students. I do not have exact details about who are how many students we will be able to admit off the wait list, though, so please be patient as we move forward with this process. Just so you know, here are a few quotes from the Wait List FAQ:

  • The waiting list is not numbered or ranked.  Around May 15 we will know how many spaces (if any) will be left in the Class of 2016.  If we go to the waiting list, we will review all the applications of those students who have reserved a place on the waiting list via the Web site to select the most qualified students and determine the order in which offers of admission will be made. Our selections will be made in an attempt to round out the class with regard to all the academic and personal talents and qualities we have reviewed.
  • We will attempt to phone all students who are to be accepted off the waiting list; and if a student is still interested, we will send an acceptance letter.

Please do not call or email our office to see if you are going to be admitted off the Wait List, as we will be initiating the contact for offering admission from this group. As you can see, we are a little bit ahead of the timeline we expected (5/7 vs 5/15), and we will try to communicate by phone first, and then voice mail and email if we are not able to reach a person. After we communicate with the student or family, the student has the option of accepting the offer or not, and if admitted, they then have time to then make a decision about enrolling at UGA and sending in a deposit. As such, it is not always a quick process, but we will try our best to move forward as rapidly as possible.

Go Dawgs!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Question about Essay Questions

 At this time of year, we start looking at the freshman application, and what need need to tweak/alter for following years. We often debate back and forth about our four short essay questions (150-200 words), and what we could ask that is creative yet specific, allows for an applicant to share more about themselves, but does not get too pretentious.

I am now throwing this question out to you, high school students, to see what short essay question(s) you would like us to ask on the application? Be creative, share your ideas, and maybe we will use your question on next year's application.

Thanks, and Go Dawgs!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 2012 Updates for Freshman and Transfers

It is mid-April, and life is still fairly hectic in our office. Freshman decisions are out, but we are still in the thick of reviewing transfer files, monitoring commitment deposits for the freshman class, traveling, hosting accepted student events on campus and around the US, mailing out tons of materials, etc. But we also know that this is a hectic time for you as well, so here is a quick update on what is going on at UGA.

  • Admitted Freshman: We suggest you do not wait until the last moment to decide where you will be attending college. We are fine if you wait until May 1 to submit your commitment deposit, but we do not want you to get it in late and suddenly have problems attending your intended college. Make a good decision, and make a well thought out decision, but don't put it off just to delay making a decision. In addition, make sure not to catch "senioritis", as if it is too severe, it could be fatal to your enrollment at UGA! In addition, all of our merit based scholarships (except for the Goizueta scholarships that had a separate application) have been awarded. Approximately 9-10% of the class was offered a merit based scholarship (with out of state at times having a partial or full waiver of the OOS fees), so it was a very competitive process. Scholarship offers are displayed on a student's myStatus page if one is offered, and the section only appears if an offer is made.
  • Wait list students: We will be monitoring the deposits that come in, but we will not be able to determine the next steps until sometime after the first week of May (May 1 is a postmark date), so move forward with plan B and then be patient. I wish I could say that we would know things earlier, but I can't, as we need to make sure we know what our freshman class is looking like numbers wise before we take any action with the wait list.
  • Transfer Applicants: There are still a tiny number of summer applicants that we are working with, but these should be cleared up within the next 2-3 weeks, so be patient. As for fall transfers, we have almost exactly 2,500 applicants, and we have made roughly 1,200 decisions. We are able to review about 50 or so files a day, but it may get a little slower as we get into more detailed and difficult files. As for what files we are working on and what application/complete file dates we are at, it is tough to determine exactly, but my estimate is that we are working on files that were complete as of the very end of January/the early part of February. Again, this is not exact, but this is the best example, while also knowing that some tough files from earlier in the year may have to wait to be reviewed, while some later files may have been reviewed earlier due to the request of a department or due to being well below the consideration levels (and thus being denied).
  • Transfer Applicants: Make sure we have Fall 2011 grades in your file for review, or we cannot make a decision! If your transcript shows a date prior to early December, there is no way that we could have Fall grades on the transcript, and we need Fall grades to make a decision! We try to communicate with you, but 2,500 transfer files is a lot to check, and it is not always easy to tell if a term is not on the transcript yet.
  • HS Juniors and below: Make sure to challenge yourself and do well in your classes, but also to enjoy life. Read a book for fun, watch a movie (I have Moneyball on DVR and can't wait to watch it tomorrow night), cook a meal for your parents, and take a nap once in a while. Oh, and get off call of duty, it rots your brain (just kidding!).
  • Parents: Help your student in the admission process, but make sure that your child is the one that takes the lead. I am reminded of the projects in my daughter's second grade class, and you could tell which ones were done by the student and which were done by the parents. Let your student take the lead!
Go Dawgs!

Monday, April 9, 2012

2012 Admitted Freshman Statistics

As I promised last week, here are the statistics on the Admitted Class of 2016. I do not have the stats for the wait-list group ( just over 1100 were offered wait-list) at this time as we do not know who will remain on the WL, so you will have to be happy with this information for now. We are thrilled that we had such a strong applicant pool, and the admitted group is very impressive. Remember, the statistics I give out are the middle 50% ranges, so please take that into consideration when viewing the information. We admitted slightly under 10,300 freshman, and are aiming for a class of 5,000 enrolling students.

  • Mid-50% range for GPA: 3.74-4.04 (please remember that this is not the GPA you see on your transcript, but the GPA that UGA calculates based on the core courses taken in HS, and looking at the actual grades on the transcript)
  • Mid-50% range for the SAT CR and M: 1190-1360
  • Mid-50% range for the  SAT Writing: 580-690
  • Mid-50% range for the ACT: 27-31
  • Average number of AP/IB courses: Approximately 6
  • 39% of the freshman admitted to UGA had their strongest test score from the ACT, and if their ACT was then translated to the SAT, the SAT mid-ranges increase by over 30 points for the combined CR/M.
While we show the average number of AP/IB courses, we look at the entire course selection, and the accepted students have challenged themselves with a wide range of Honors and Advanced courses, summer programs, and a number of college courses taken through Joint Enrollment/Dual Enrollment programs (roughly 950 accepted students are taking dual enrollment classes).
Statistics can never show the other qualities that we have seen from our admitted group, from leadership capabilities to strong writing, being active in their schools and communities, to showing great growth from freshman to senior year.
Congratulations to the admitted class of 2016! Now we just have to wait and see who chooses to attend, so send in your deposit if UGA is your school of choice.

These are all the stats I can give you right now, so please do not ask for other data, as I will just have to say no. Our office is focused on phone calls, emails, WL information and transfer reviews, so I cannot always slog through the data.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Random Admission Thoughts, April 2012 Edition

We have finished up the freshman decisions (except for the wait list decisions that we will not know about for a while), summer transfer decisions are almost completely done, and fall transfers are in mid-stream. As such, here are a few pieces of information, wisdom, and random ideas.
  • Transfer applicants, please make sure that all transcripts from all colleges attended are in. Even if it was a summer course, a dual enrollment course in HS, or whatever, we need official transcripts from all colleges.
  • Do not have a fax sent to us, as we will just shred it. Why waste your time and ours. Again, no faxes.
  • Everyone, please make sure to not wait until the last minute to take care of things. If you are late for a class, it will go on without you. If you are late for a plane, it will take off without you. Please don't let a college move on without you just because you did not take care of things on time.
  • Transfer students, please make sure to look at the grades on your college transcripts and know that we look at all grades in transferable courses, even if you repeat a bad grade. I just looked at a transcript where the college listed the GPA as a 3.00, but we have it as a 2.15, because of numerous F grades in the first term that the other college waived when the course was repeated with better grades. It is not like the Men in Black where you can just hit a button and we forget about some grades.
  • Admitted freshman, deposits are due on May 1. Do not wait until the last minute of April 30th to make a decision if possible. In addition, do not double deposit (unless you are on a wait list and then get admitted off of it, in which case you should contact the school you no longer will be attending). Double depositing is bad! 
  • Admitted freshman (and transfers), keep your grades up! We will be looking at your final grades, and we have revoked admissions at times. I hate those calls, so please do not make me call you about a big drop in your grades.
  • Wait listed students, please know that if we could make wait list decisions sooner, we would, but we have to wait and see what the freshman class is looking like numbers wise. The "wait" in wait list is there for a reason, even if it is painful. Sorry!
  • Rising seniors in HS, start make plans for visiting campuses, determining who might write your recommendations, get a copy of your HS transcript after junior year is complete, etc.
  • As well, rising seniors, review how the colleges you are interested in look at the SAT and ACT scores. For instance, if you send UGA three SAT scores, we will only use the highest subscores, so you do not have to worry about score choice. In other words, if you are interested in UGA, send in your test scores early! This will let us communicate with you earlier, will make sure you do not forget to send the scores, etc. You would not believe the number of people who are just now calling us because they forgot to send in their SAT/ACT scores, even with us reminding them 3+ times.
  • Find time to read a book outside of your normal school work. If you have time to tweet, get on Facebook, or play Call of Duty, you have time to read. Just do it!
  • Freshman and sophomore HS students, your grades in your first two years do count. We will be looking at them. So do not slack off and think we will just ignore these grades.
  • Transfer applicants, please be patient. We have roughly 2,500 fall transfer applicants, and it takes time to review them. I would guess that about 800 decisions already made, but it takes a while. Again, patience.
  • On April 7, To Kill a Mockingbird will air on the USA channel, 8 PM EST. If you get a chance, watch it! It is wonderful!
  • Parents, do not listen to rumors. If someone says "I heard that UGA ...", run away with your hands over your ears. Really, do that!
  • Admitted Freshman, choose a college that fits what you are looking for in a college, not what your friend/neighbor/boyfriend/girlfriend think is the right one for you.
  • Do a Random Act of Kindness today. Trust me, it will make at least two people smile.
Go Dawgs!