Thursday, September 26, 2013

Random Thoughts for September 2013

It is the end of September, which means a number of things in the world of College Admissions. Applications are rolling in for next fall, the sound of luggage rolling down the office hallway as counselors pack up for their next week of fall travel, the campus gets a little crazy as home football games start to pick up. Here are a few quick notes for the high school seniors/UGA applicants for next year:
  • Review the Top Ten Urban Legends about UGA Admissions, so you do not have to worry about the myths concerning what major you should put down, if EA is easier for admissions chances, etc.
  • Please be patient with our office this year, as we are using a whole new student system (it will change Admissions, Registration, Student Financial Aid, Bursar’s Office, etc.) It is a big project, but we hope it will cause as few ripples as possible in your admissions process.
  • Take your time completing the application, so you do not have to send us an email asking us to fix your name, your SSN, your address, etc. Review the application, especially the 8-10 key fields we list out for you at the end of the application, before hitting submit.
  • Go by your favorite high school teacher's classroom and tell them how much they have meant to you. It is senior year, and I don't want this to slip by without you telling them.
  • Review the database of the UGA Admissions Counselors fall travel schedule (updated each week), and send your counselor a quick email with suggestions on what to do/where to eat/etc. in your hometown. You can find the counselor for your area at
  • Remember that if you are applying for Early Action, the deadline for taking an SAT/ACT is the EA deadline of 10/15, and that you need to have requested the scores be sent by 10/15. Also remember that if you submit an ACT, we need an ACT Writing score!
  • The materials deadlines are one week after the application deadlines, so EA materials need to be sent by October 22.
  • You are responsible for your application! We have a number of parents who are calling us now saying "My son/daughter and I are completing the application...". While your parents want to review the application with you, and maybe look at it before you hit submit, they should not be completing any part of the application. In addition, you need to make sure your SAT/ACT scores are sent, your counselor has submitted the School Evaluation (after you apply!) and transcript, and that you are checking the myStatus page.
  • Read a book for pleasure! I know that it is senior year, and life is crazy, but try to read something (I am about to purchase the new Malcolm Gladwell book David and Goliath).
  • If you had a conduct issue or a bad grade in high school, tell us about it, and how you have moved forward from it. As your parents would say, if you make a mistake, don't compound it by trying to cover it up. The worst thing you can ever do is try to hide something, as we then are not sure what other issues there might be in the application.
  • Senior year is important, so make sure you keep up your grades. Every year, we have had to rescind offers of admission due to low senior grades, so do not let it happen to you!
  • Go out and perform a random act of kindness for a freshman in your high school! Remember what it felt like to be a freshman, and then make their day a little better. My daughter just started her freshman year (go OCHS!), and while she is doing great, I know it would make a difference in her day, so go find a freshman!
  • When you are entering your self-reported grades, make sure you have a copy of your transcript in front of you. We want an accurate representation of your high school grades, and this is the best way (in addition to reading the instructions).
  • If you make a minor mistake on a non-crucial part of the application (punctuation error in your activities list, wrong date for a test score, or forgot one senior class), do not worry. We are not that overzealous, and we do not review files with a red pen.
  • After you submit the application, be patient. Our office still needs time to import your application, match up documents, download test scores, etc. Patience is not easy, but it is key.
  • Enjoy your senior year!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Updates about the Spring 2014 Transfer Process

We are now a little over two weeks past the application deadline for Transfer students and have already made decisions on over half of the Spring applications.  We received approximately 1600 applications and have made decisions on almost 900 of those so far.  With about 500 applications waiting to be reviewed, our estimation is that everyone with a completed application will hear a decision by the end of September.

We have a small number of incomplete applications that are not able to be reviewed.  If we are missing an application fee or transcripts, including updated transcripts, then you are incomplete.   Be sure to check your myStatus to see if we have everything we need for you.

Please remember we cannot predict when you will have an admissions decision.  This depends on many factors including when your application was completed.  If you have been admitted, remember there is no commitment deposit for Transfer students.  Registration for Spring Orientation will begin in early to mid October.  In the meantime, visit the Orientation site for a to-do list of things you can start working on now.

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Top Freshman Scholarship Application Available Now

The Foundation Fellowship Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships at The University of Georgia, if not in the country.

The Foundation Fellowship currently provides an annual stipend of $10,780 for in-state students (in addition to the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship) and $17,680 for out-of-state students (plus an out-of-state tuition waiver).  Much more than financial support, Program membership provides: spring break travel-study programs, a May study abroad program at Oxford in English immediately following the first year, travel-study grants closely related to students' academic and professional goals, which can be combined with study overseas for a full semester or academic year, grants to attend research and academic conferences, seminars and book discussions with UGA and visiting professors, and faculty and peer mentoring.

To be considered, all applicants must be current high school seniors with clearly superior academic credentials.  Minimum requirements include a high school GPA of 3.80 and a minimum combined, super-scored SAT Total score of 2100 or ACT Composite score of 31.

The deadline for the application to the Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Scholarships Program is November 4.  The application process requires that you first apply for UGA admission.  The full process is described in detail here.  The Fellowship Program is more completely described on the website of the UGA Honors Program, of which it is a part, here.

Feel free to email questions to .

Monday, September 9, 2013

Quick Notes About the First Year Application

With the 2014 First Year application opening this past Tuesday, we are receiving many questions from students who have started applying.  Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • When self-reporting your grades on the application, you should report grades as they are listed on your official high school transcript.  Remember we are only asking for grades from your high school years.  Do not include middle school grades in your application even if they are listed on your transcript.
  • Have a copy of your transcript in front of you when completing the application to help ensure that you don't have errors.  But if you realize later that you made errors in reporting grades, don't worry.  We require an official high school transcript because we are going to double check your self-reported GPA.
  • Did you forget to include leadership activities, awards and honors, or other resume material?  Don't worry.  You can email additional information to our processing team at .  This won't be reflected on your myStatus, but we will add your email to your file documents.  Please know that any changes we make in our system will not change the PDF copy of your application as the PDF is a fixed snapshot of your application when you first submitted it.
  • The University System of Georgia requires that high school students complete 4 units of science by graduation, including 2 units with a laboratory component.  This is rarely an issue for our in-state applicants.  We are able to be flexible with out-of-state applicants and use your 8th grade science as long as it was a physical science.  To learn more about the University System requirements, view their Staying on Course requirements and FAQ.
  • Once you choose Early Action or Regular Decision and submit your application, you are NOT able to change decision plans.  Take your time and make sure you choose the decision plan under which you would like to be considered.  However, if you want to change from EA to RD consideration, the "work-around" is to NOT complete your file for now.  EA applicants missing any required documents and test scores will automatically be deferred to the RD timeline after EA decisions are released, hopefully in early December.  Incomplete EA students will see "deferred" on their myStatus.  At that point you can send all documents, first semester grades, a teacher recommendation, additional SAT/ACT scores, and Part II of the application with the four short essays.  The Part II essays must arrive online by January 15; deadline for arrival of all other documents and scores is January 22.  The biggest drawback to this work-around is that you will have to ignore a few emails reminding you that your file is, indeed, incomplete.
We hope this helps you while you're getting ready to complete the application.  Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The 2014 First Year Application is Now Available

We have now opened the Fall 2014 First Year Application.  This does not mean we are encouraging you to submit an application immediately.  Your deadline to apply for First Year admission for Early Action is October 15.  The Regular Decision application deadline is January 15.

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, and if you have a resume, use it to fill out the leadership and activities sections completely.  Students who hurry to complete the application will often make mistakes.  Remember that there is no admissions advantage to submitting your application on the first day it goes live.  UGA will look at you the same way as any other student who applies by the deadline.

Don't forget to read our previous post that addresses many of our frequently asked questions for First Year applicants.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Georgia and remember, take your time.

Go Dawgs!