Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Are We There Yet? - Early Action Edition
"Are we there yet?"
Admit it, you have said this phrase to your parents before-everybody has. If you are on a long car ride, the first thing you want to know is when you will arrive. And while the wonderful GPS system can give you a rough approximation, you can never tell when something unexpected will come up. Whether it is a traffic backup, multiple rest room breaks, a meal that takes longer than expected, or a missed turn, something might happen to change your expected arrival time. In my family, it is well known that if we want to get somewhere early, my wife should drive. So while you can guess about the time you will get there, you won't know exactly until you are very close to your destination.
The same thing happens in Admissions. While we have a rough time frame for the Early Action decision date, we know that there might be some odd issues that will pop up. Whether it is a new system being brought up, a problem with our software, a large increase in applications, a wave of illness in the office, or some other issue (just be glad we are not on the Common Application!), we cannot say exactly when we will release EA decisions until we get closer to the end of the process.
While I cannot give you a decision date right now, what I can do is keep you updated on this blog and through Twitter (follow me at @drgravesUGA). We are plowing ahead with reviewing the Early Action files, and we are impressed by the strength of this group, as well as the size of the pool (we have 12,070 Early Action applications, which is 700+ more than last year). We might not be able to let you know until we are almost at the release date, but we will try our best to keep you updated.
So to answer the question "Are we there yet?", I can only say what most parents say, "We're almost there, just be patient."