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!