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!