Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 February Freshman Admits

This afternoon, UGA offered admission to a group of freshman applicants. In the past, this group has been approximately 2,000 or so admits, and while I do not have an exact number, it is fairly close to this average. Our office is too busy reviewing files for me to run any mid-range academic averages at this time, but the academic information should be very similar to the Early Action admitted students (it will not be exactly the same, as we had a large number of EA admits who were applying for our to scholarships which slightly skews EA stats a little higher).

These admitted freshman, made up of mostly Regular Decision applicants, met the stringent academic criteria of Early Action admission that we had used with our much larger wave of December admission offers. Do not panic if you were not admitted with this February group.  We are still very much in the midst of carefully reviewing documents and data on a great many more files, and there are still lots of decisions to make.  Admitted students will see their decision on myStatus, while applicants who do not yet have a decision will see the same myStatus message as before. The final wave of freshman application decisions will be made by the end of March, after we have completed our holistic file reading process. Thank you for your patience as we finish our reviews over the next month.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

2013 February First Year Admits

In late February, we will be releasing a small wave of First Year admission offers. I do not have a specific date at this time, so please do not ask for one (we will post it here when decisions are released). As I have stated in earlier comments, these admitted students, who are primarily Regular Decision (RD) applicants, are applicants who meet the criteria that UGA admissions used for Early Action (EA) admits. Just to stop any questions, there are no set "EA criteria levels", as it is a review of the combination of grades, rigor and test scores, so please do not ask what the Early Action SAT/ACT, GPA or rigor criteria is for this group. There will be a small number of EA deferred students who are admitted in this round, mostly because of an increase in their academic standing (new test scores) or if the applicant was incomplete for Early Action, but is now complete and is admissible. We are not able to re-calculate GPA's on all deferred and RD applicants based on fall senior grades, as we do not have the manpower or time to do so (we had over 21,000 total freshman applicants this year). We do look closely at the fall grades during our read process though, and we look at grade trends, high/low grades, and how a student did in their most challenging classes, especially in junior/senior years.

Whenever we release these February decisions, we always get questions, ranging from "Why didn't I hear" to "Does this mean that more decisions will roll out through the month of March" and so on. The next group of decisions after this round will be in late March, and these will be the remaining freshman decisions. From now until late March, our office will continue with reading, and reading, and reading more files. Please do not contact us and see if you can get your decision earlier, whether due to a vacation, another college's schedule, a birthday gift for an applicant, etc., as we need to review all of the files before making final decisions.

Generally, 1,500+ students have received an offer of admission in this round in the past (we only do admits during this round), but we have a large number of students that we will be admitting in late March as well. I do not have any specific academic data about this February group (GPA, SAT/ACT mid-ranges, etc.), but they should be somewhat similar to the EA admitted group.

When we do release the February decisions, I will post it here and I will tweet about the decision release.

I hope this answers a fair number of your questions.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 Transfer Updates

Late last week, our office started reviewing Summer transfer applications.  The deadline for summer has not passed and we are still receiving applications and documents, so we cannot say how long it will take us to finish or guess when you will hear a decision.  If you applied early for summer or fall, please be sure to check your myStatus to see if we have your most up-to-date transcript(s).  If you were enrolled in coursework last fall and have not sent a transcript with your fall grades, you should have one sent as soon as possible.  To be complete and ready to review, we must have a transcript from each college/university you have previously attended.  If we see that you were enrolled in courses last fall and we do not have a transcript with those grades, you are not complete and this will delay a review of your application.

The Fall transfer application will open up on Monday, February 17, as we have two systems running this year, and we need to keep the Summer applications (on the old system) separate from the Fall applications (new system). The deadline for Fall transfer admissions is April 1, and this is both an application and document deadline. We suggest you not wait until the deadline to apply, as this can only delay a decision and cause slowness in matching up documents due to the volume of items coming in around deadlines. Due to the new system, the start of Fall transfer reviews might be a little later, as we have to build the transfer articulation of coursework from X colleges to UGA courses. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Transfer decisions are made on a daily basis Monday through Friday, and it varies on how many decisions we can make in a day due to the complexity of some transfer files. The myStatus page is updated in the early a.m. every morning, and decisions are posted on the myStatus page and are mailed to transfer applicants.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Missing items email

We will be sending out an email later today to First Year applicants with incomplete files.  If you receive this email, please log in to your myStatus to see what you are missing, and then take care of the issue ASAP.  Remember, we are going to accept the January SAT and you do not need to contact us to let us know that those scores will be sent.  As long as you designated UGA as an automatic recipient when you registered for the test, we will receive your scores in time.

Once you see what you are missing from your application, check with the person who should have sent that material (high school, College Board, etc.) to make sure that it was sent and find out when it was sent.  Verify that the name on the document matches the name you listed on your application. As well, if you have a hyphenated last name, or if you have two last names, you should check and see what name is on the missing item and let us know. Keep in mind it takes 5 to 10 business days for us to match material with a file.  If you just submitted something, we may not have had time to match it with your file.

We are sending this email because we want you to complete your file.  If you are incomplete, you do not need to contact us to explain why something is missing or to explain that you are having it sent.  Instead, find out what is missing by checking your myStatus and have that submitted as soon as possible.

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