Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January Application Updates

From January 1 through January 22 we have received approximately 5,200 applications, 4,400 documents from Parchment/Docufide, 2,800 transcripts from GAcollege411 and 8,500 teacher recommendations and high school evaluations from our online forms. That's almost 16,000 documents in 22 days!   This does not include documents that were mailed in (I would guess about 50 bins of mail), emailed to or to individual counselors.   We are working vigorously to match documents with files and as you can imagine we are quite busy.  Documents are being matched as quickly as possible, but this takes time given the large number we have received recently.

Please be patient with us.  Remember, it takes about 8 to 10 business days for us to match a document to your file once we have received it.  If you still have not submitted material from the high school, you should do so as soon as possible!  We will continue to accept material from the school at least through the end of January.

Because we have received a large number of First Year transcripts given the application deadline, we will begin reviewing summer transfer applications sometime in early February.  Once we have finished reviewing all summer transfer applicants, we will begin to do work on the new Transfer Articulation system, and then begin the review fall transfers.  I expect that our Fall transfer process will begin a little later this year, and may take a little longer to complete due to getting our new system up and running. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are completed, not the order received.  For a transfer application to be complete we must receive your application, application fee, and a transcript from each college/university you have attended (including dual enrollment).

We will continue to post additional updates as they become available.

Go Dawgs!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January Update

We are just over one week from the Regular Decision deadline today, and I am guessing that thousands of students are finishing up the final pieces of the application. As you can see from the last few winter weather days, you never know when something odd might cause a delay in taking care of your application, from a power outage, school being closed, a bout of the flu (stay healthy out there!) or something else entirely. As such, I heavily suggest that anyone who is working on their application not wait until the day of the deadline to submit your application! We have just under 17,000 total applications in so far, and we expect the next two weeks to be busy handling applications, documents, test scores, phone calls, etc.

After you apply, please be patient with us as we match up your documents. When you request a test score or document to be sent to UGA, it does not get sent instantly, and we need time to match up items. We generally suggest giving us 8-10 business days between the item being sent out and it posting on the myStatus. As well, if you had items sent to us prior to applying, it takes a while to hand match these items, especially with the volume of applications being submitted around the deadline. We have given you until January 22 to send in supporting materials (postmark or electronic submission date), and we will be accepting the January SAT as the last exam date, so we will be taking test scores through about mid-February.

The best thing to do after applying and having all items sent  is to monitor the myStatus page and to be patient with us. If, after 8-10 business days, the item(s) are still not showing and you have made sure they were sent, you can then contact us to check on the situation.

I hope this helps, and Go Dawgs!