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.

Go Dawgs!

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