Monday, December 23, 2013

UGA Holiday Break

Our office will be closed for the holiday break from late December 24 through January 1, and we will then open back up on January 2.  This means we will not open mail, answer emails, phones calls, voice mails, respond to blog posts, etc. until our office reopens in January.  Please be patient with us when we reopen in January as we will have two Orientation sessions for students enrolling for Spring.

We will be pushing applications into our system through the holiday break, but the test score import will be paused. As well, we will have a large amount of college transcripts with fall grades to review for entering Spring transfers, and we will also have to handle a large amount of mail right after the start of the new year. As such, please understand it may take a few days to dig out from under the document deluge.

Enjoy the holiday break and Go Dawgs!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Transfer Applicants for 2014

Sometime this week, our office will open up the Summer Transfer application, and the Fall Transfer application will open up in late January/mid February. Here are a few notes for students who are considering applying as transfer applicants.
  • If you have been following this blog for the past few months, you know that we are implementing a new student information system. For this year, the summer applicants are on the old system, and the fall applicants are on the new system. What this means for transfer applicants is that we do not have the ability to change your term from summer to fall or fall to summer unless a new application is completed. As such, you need to select the term (summer or fall) that you wish to start classes at UGA carefully, as you will need to stick with this start term.
  • Because of the new student system, we have had to move up the Summer transfer application deadline to February 15, a change of 15 days, to insure smooth processing of transfer coursework in our systems. If you are applying for Summer transfer admissions, please make sure to focus on getting your application and all materials in before the deadline to make your admission process move forward efficiently.
  • Transfer deadlines are for both the application and for all college transcripts. UGA will only review academic work that is completed and sent to our office by the deadline. For example, Fall transfer applicants have a deadline of 4/1, so we can only review work completed and into our office by 4/1. We cannot use work from a Spring term where classes are in progress and will be completed after the deadline. In addition, we do not need a high school transcript for transfer applicants, so please do not request this to be sent to UGA.
  • There is no difference in our review process from summer to fall, or the terms we can use for review are the same (see the previous bullet point), so make an educated decision on what start term you wish to apply for transfer admission. Do not select summer transfer admission just to try and have a decision earlier but with the intention of switching to fall, as this will cause you problems due to the change in student systems.
  • Summer term has a number of course options, both on the UGA campus and online, so review this option carefully and see if it fits your needs. 
  • We often get a question revolving around starting in the summer and if you can then continue normally at UGA for the fall and beyond. If you start at UGA and take classes as a student in the summer (not as a transient/guest student), you can then attend for the fall and beyond, just like any other student for any other term.
  • Remember, in progress courses cannot be used for admission consideration, all college transcripts from all colleges where you have grades (even dual enrollment work from high school) are needed in order for us to review your file. 
  • If you have AP or IB credit at your current college, it must show up as specific courses with specific hours and college course titles and course numbers on a college transcript to be considered as transferable work.
I hope this helps in the transfer process, and make sure you do not wait until the last minute to apply or send in transcripts.

Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Random Admissions Thoughts December 2013 Edition

We have made it past the Early Action decisions, and we are now at the next stages of the admission cycle. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts about what happens in Admissions and UGA from December to late March.

  • Scholarships-We are working on the review of files for scholarships, but as of today we have only had about four working days since decisions were released, and most of those were spent talking with families. I expect that we will begin releasing some scholarship offers in mid-late December, and this will continue until mid-April as we review files for different scholarships. We will offer about 15-20% of admitted student's scholarships overall, but it takes time.
  • Honors-The Honors program is working with UGA's new student system for the first time, so please be patient with this office as they begin their review for their early offers. They hope to be able to start communicating with accepted applicants in December, but it will depend on many things. Again, please be patient with their office.
  • Deferred EA applicants are beginning to submit part II of the application and get in teacher recommendations, and we expect the majority will finish these steps during the December holidays. Deferred applicants do not need to submit a new application or pay a new application fee, and it will cause problems for applicants who try to do this. In addition, the last section of part II is an update form, where an applicant can give us new information such as updated activities, fall grades, new honors, etc.
  • While Fall grades are not required for RD or deferred EA applicants, I heavily suggest sending them in, either on part II or on an updated transcript. Accepted students do not need to send us updated grades unless requested by another office (Honors for instance).
  • For RD applicants, it is best to apply first and then send in any school documents, as it is easier and quicker to match these items. Test scores can come in prior to applying without issue, but documents have to be saved in our holding files and then matched every day, and these files get a little overwhelming during deadline times with thousands of non-matched documents.
  • For a few students, GA411 is having issues with sending transcripts to us if one was sent earlier in the summer (June/July). You may get an email from GA411 saying we downloaded the transcript, but this comes from GA411, not us, so go by myStatus.
  • During your senior year, do not catch senioritis or do something that you will regret the next day. The main reason we would ever rescind an admission offer would be a serious drop in grades or a problematic conduct issue, so stay strong and focused.
  • Remember, more is not always better. If you have ten teacher recommendations sent to us, or decide you need to send us a five page resume, or decide that 200 word short answer limits are too limiting and decide to send us two page essays by mail, know that it becomes harder to see the forest through the trees. Brevity and being concise are not bad things.
  • We will accept SAT/ACT scores from exams taken and requested to be sent by the end of January. Please make sure you request your scores be sent to UGA when you sign up for the exam. Do not wait until you have seen your January scores before requesting them to be sent, as that might be too late. Remember, we only use the highest scores, so thee is no need to wait before sending them.
Go Dawgs!