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!