Thursday, February 9, 2012

Random Admission Thoughts February 2012 Edition

First, I will be out of the office for the next five days, so please hold off on any questions, or if you do submit them, be patient, as I will not be able to review any emails/blog comments until late next week.

Second, February in Admissions means that our office is working on a number of different projects. Here is a brief list:
  • Finishing up of the initial academic review of the last freshman applicants
  • Reading freshman files, and reading more freshman files, and more, and more...
  • Beginning the review of Summer Transfer applicants (which will be followed by Fall Transfer applicant review)
  • Cleaning up/Reviewing any late arriving transcripts for current UGA students with work from other colleges
  • Reviewing International documents for International Freshman
  • Reviewing Residency documents and Green cards for residency review
  • Attending a limited number of college fairs, financial aid workshops, etc.
  • Continue to speak to prospective families and students during our Admissions Information Sessions (8 per week during read season)
  • Putting out any fires (literal or figurative) that come up

In addition, here are a few thoughts about Admissions:

  1. Everyone, please remember to breathe, be patient, and smile! This is a busy (exhausting) time in admissions, so please be patient while we get through the next few steps in both the freshman and transfer admission process.
  2. We will be sending out a phone blast to any freshman applicants who are still missing any materials, so make sure you check your myStatus page concerning your file. You are ultimately responsible for getting UGA (and other colleges) your admission materials, so do not ignore the emails or phone calls we send out.
  3. We will be accepting the January 28 SAT scores, so if these test scores are all that is missing, we are fine with this, but they will not get to us until mid-late February. Check your myStatus a few business days after you receive them to make sure we have them in your file.
  4. If the document was sent before and is not in, make sure your name is correct on the document (full name, not nickname), and that it was sent. Secondly, if a document is missing, have it sent again ASAP (but not by fax!). 
  5. Transfer applicants, please be patient.The transfer review process is not a quick process, so please give us time to review the files. For rough estimates on timelines, see my timeline page. Also know that if you applied for Fall term as a transfer, it does not start until August (six months away), so there is plenty of time prior to you attending UGA. Everyone wants to know earlier, but it is just not possible.
  6. Transfer applicants, please make sure you have transcripts in from all colleges ever attended, and that the most up to date work (if you attended a college in Fall 2011, we need that term) is in. If you did not list a previous college on your application, we cannot list on on the myStatus page until we learn about it, so it is up to you to get things in.
  7. If your documents are under a different name (your school lists your name as Trey instead of William, or it is under your maiden name, etc.), please email with this information.
  8. Whenever you send an email, make sure to put your full name and birthdate in the email.
  9. If you want to know when you will hear a decision, look at the timelines page. Do not call or email our office asking this question, as we cannot guess as to an exact date, and the timeline page is the best resource. 
  10. Transfers, the Transfer Equivalency Page is your best resource for how courses come into UGA. If the class is not in there, it means we have not seen it before, and you need to then wait until we review your application and transcript to see how it does come into UGA.
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