Friday, February 17, 2012

February 2012 Freshman Decisions

In the late afternoon today (Friday, February 17), we will be releasing the February wave of admission offers. As I stated in earlier comments, these admitted students, who are primarily Regular Decision (RD) applicants, are applicants who meet the criteria that UGA admissions used for Early Action (EA) admits. Just to stop any questions, there are no set "EA critieria levels", as it is a review of the combination of grades, rigor and test scores, so please do not ask what EA SAT/ACT, GPA or rigor criteria is. There will be a small number of 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.). We are not able to re-calculate GPA's on all deferred and RD applicants based on fall senior grades, as we do not have the manpower or time to do so (we had almost 19,000 total freshman applicants this year). We do look closely at the fall grades during our read process though, and we look at grade trends, high/low grades, and how a student did in their most challenging classes, especially in jr/sr years.

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

Roughly 1,500 students will receive an offer of admission in this round (we only do admits during this round), but we have a large number of students that we will be admitting in late March as well. I do not have any specifics about this February group (GPA, SAT, ACT mid-ranges), but they should be somewhat similar to the EA admitted group.

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

1 comment:

  1. I was happy to be admitted this past Friday as UGA is my number one choice. My patents and have now have the opportunity to discuss the reality of the situation and unfortunately it would be difficult to afford UGA without some help, be it in state rate or a monetary award. We are still hoping for a scholarship from UGA on the future. I was wondering if you could post when all the scholarship announcements have been posted on mystatus so that those waiting know that the letter isn't coming and we can move on to other options sooner.