Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Fall Transfer Update

We are continuing to focus as much time as possible to review the 2015 Fall transfer applications.  At this time, we have made roughly 750 decisions of the 2550 applications we received so far this year (I project about 2,700 applicants total after the 4/1 deadline).  Based on last weeks numbers, we are averaging about 60-70 decisions being made per day. As such, I expect for a large volume of decisions to go out in the next four weeks. At some point in time, though, this will slow down a little bit due when we get deeper into the tougher transfer applications.

Please remember we cannot tell you when you will have a decision as this depends on many factors. Applications are generally processed in the order in which the file was completed, but this is not always the case, as some files are more challenging, are from colleges where we are having to build a catalog in the new system, or are just complex. We also have two new staff members who can handle the more basic transfer files, so they might review some later files that can be done easily but might be out of "completion order". As well, I am not able to look at each individual file to see why someone did nor did not receive a decision based on X date.

Most applications completed by the start of February or earlier have been reviewed with some exceptions.  If you are transferring from an out-of-state college or a college we have not had many students apply from, your application may take a bit longer to review and thus the timeline would not be correct for your situation. Transfer decisions are updated daily on the status check, and the myStatus page is updated at about 5 am every morning.

If you have been admitted and want to see how your courses transferred, you can use the transfer equivalency site off the admissions website. If you have submitted a deposit (fall transfer and beyond requirement), you can log on to DegreeWorks to see how your courses apply towards the degree/major you have selected.  As well, go to the Next Steps brochure to learn about what you will need to do next to enroll at UGA (this is also sent in the acceptance packet).

I hope this helps, and I will try to keep everyone updated.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Unofficial 2015 Admitted Freshman Stats

UGA once again attracted an exceptionally strong applicant pool this year.  Competition for admission was stronger than ever.  Over 22,200 applications made for an increase over last year's numbers, and our target goal for the freshman class is 5,200 students.  This goal still allowed us to offer admission to about 11,600 students. Here are a few middle 50% statistics about the accepted group. As these are the middle 50% range, there were admitted students with academic information both above and below these ranges.

UGA Calculated Grade Point Average mid-range:  3.84 - 4.09
Please remember this is not the GPA students see on their high school transcript, but rather the GPA that UGA recalculates for everyone based on the core academic courses taken in high school and looking at the actual grades posted on the transcripts. Another way of looking at this is to know that roughly 82% of the core grades received by admitted students were A's, 17% were B's, and less that 1% were below that. In addition, we estimate that, on average, at least 6-10 of these core grades were AP/IB grades (depending on semester or block terms). GPA's above a 4.00 include added weight for AP/IB grades 

SAT Critical Reading + SAT Mathematics mid-range: 1210 - 1380

SAT Writing mid-range:  590-690 

ACT Composite mid-range:  28 – 32

  • If you converted the ACT scores received to the SAT equivalents, the mid-range SAT averages would go up by approximately 50 to 60 points.

 In addition, our average admitted student had taken approximately 7 Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses.  Over 1,000 of these students are also enrolled in dual enrollment courses. While we consider AP and IB courses as factors indicative of a student’s curriculum difficulty, we also look at the entire course selection in light of each student’s chances for academic challenges.  To that end accepted UGA students have taken a wide range of Honors, Accelerated and Advanced courses, summer academic programs, and dual enrollment work.

Statistics, of course, cannot describe other crucial non-quantifiable qualities.  Our UGA accepted applicants have exceptional high school records and undoubted potential for continued success in college.  That was also true for the vast majority of the students to whom we were not able to offer admission.  Leadership capabilities, strong writing, being an active member of their school and community and showing growth from freshman to senior year were all looked at, especially as our Admissions professional staff read and re-read the final decision applications.

The above numbers will change slightly when we are able to give out the academic averages for enrolled freshmen in September, as we will then know who out of this accepted group has decided to enroll. These are all the unofficial statistics I have available right now, as we are also focused on trying to get out transfer decisions, work with rising HS juniors/seniors who are visiting campus, and working with admitted students.

Congratulations to everyone in the college graduation class of 2019!  For those of you admitted and ready to commit to UGA, don’t forget to send your University of Georgia commitment deposit no later than May 1.

 Go Dawgs!

Friday, March 20, 2015

2015 Final Freshman Decisions are Now Available

Final freshman decisions are now available online.  We had a very strong applicant pool this year! We had just over 22,200 applications, which was our largest applicant pool ever.  Here are a few notes about decisions:

  • Please do not have multiple family members try to log onto the myStatus.  This will slow down our serves.  We suggest that only the student log in as multiple people logging in could lock down your myStatus. You can always share this information with family members after you see it. Remember, the myStatus page might be a little slow when it first opens due to high traffic volume-Just be patient.
  • No matter what your decision is, remember that there are a number of college options and UGA is just one of them. An admissions decision is not a judgement about your worth. A majority of our applicants are strong, qualified applicants, but our freshman class is not big enough to accommodate everyone.
  • When trying to comprehend your decision, please understand that our office is looking at your file individually, then in comparison with the rest of the 22,200+ applicants. That is a very large, very strong applicant pool, and we are limited in how many students we can admit and enroll.
  • We posted three blog posts this morning, one for each of the three decision possibilities, with details about each decision and links to FAQs.  Please review everything about a decision before commenting.
  • Please remember that other students and the admissions representatives in our office are people too and treat everyone with respect.  Before hitting submit on a comment, make sure you actually want to post it.
  • As in past years, we have admitted a small group of freshman to start in the Spring 2016 term. Please make sure to look at the term of acceptance if you are admitted. An offer of Spring will not be shifted to Fall or Summer, as we made a decision to admit this small group for Spring 2016.
  • We will post limited statistics about the overall applicant group next week, once that information is available and I have time to share them. I will not be able to give out statistics in the days following the release of decisions as I do not have them, and we are more focused on getting the decisions out the door.
  • We will delete any comments that are offensive, ask for personal information/stats from others, or that fall into the unacceptable comment category (Comments that bully, intimidate, or harass any user; Content that is hateful or threatening.  Please see the New Visitors information posted on the right side of the blog).
  • After decisions are out, the next steps are up to you.  Whether you are depositing at UGA or another school, signing up for Housing, or registering for Orientation.  Make sure you take care of everything you need to post-decision.
Go Dawgs!

2015 Admitted Freshman Post

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available by no earlier than 7:30 PM EST today, March 20th.

For those of you who have been admitted to UGA, here is a post for you and a chance to comment.  Please remember that this is not a blog where you should post statistics or throw fellow students under the bus. These types of comments will be deleted.

Congratulations to all of the freshman who were admitted and we look forward to you becoming part of the Bulldog Nation.  The next steps for a new student can be seen in the flyer in your admission packet, so please go ahead and review what you need to do next.  In addition, there will be a great deal of information you can access off of your myStatus page.  When you have the time, please review this, as there is key information in the Next Step materials.  Please remember a small number of students will be admitted to start in January 2016.  You will find specific information on your myStatus and in your admissions packet.

Remember that the Housing and myID pages may need a few business days before your information will be available.  Please be patient with these sites.

You have until May 1 to submit a commitment deposit in order to hold a spot in our freshman class.  We hope the next stage of the admission process is a little less nerve wracking than the decision process.  As you celebrate, make sure to be considerate of others in your school who may not have been admitted.

Good luck in the next stage of the college admissions process.  Go Dawgs!

2015 Wait Listed Freshman Post

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available by  no later than 7:30 PM EST today, March 20th.   For some students, you will be offered a place on our wait list.  Every year our office has to predict approximately how many students we can admit in order to enroll our freshman class, but we can never be sure how many students will enroll until after the May 1 commitment deposit deadline has passed.  If the number of students who say they will be attending UGA is lower than we expect, we may need to go to our wait list group in order to get the size that we want for our freshman class.  Every year we have about 1,000 students on the wait list.  We carefully monitor the deposits coming into the University to see where we are in comparison to the predicted freshman numbers.

For those of you who have been wait-listed, here is a chance for you to comment.  Please remember that this is not a blog where you should post statistics or throw fellow classmates under the bus.  These types of comments will be deleted.

The Wait List FAQ can answer some questions, but the most important thing you need to do is decide if you want to remain on the wait list.  Follow the instructions on the status check or wait list letter we mailed to let us know if you want to stay on the wait list or if you want to decline this option and move forward with admission at another college.  If you decide to stay on the wait list, you should still move forward with an alternate college plan as we will not know about any wait list options until May at the earliest.  If you select to stay on the wait list, we will know that you still want to attend UGA if an opportunity opens up.  The key word in wait list is wait as this is not a quick process.  So please be prepared to wait.

There are three options for the wait list reply.  You can say no, please do not consider me for the wait list.  The next option is to remain on the wait list, but only if it is for the Fall term.  The third option is to remain on the wait list and be considered for both Fall and Spring terms.  This is so that if there is space available for the Fall term, we will look at all of the students who have asked to remain on the wait list.  If the only space available is for Spring term, we will only look at students who said Fall or Spring.  Once you select an option, you cannot change it so be sure to think about your decision before you make your selection.

We will not know details about the wait list until after May 15, and it may be well after that.  Please be patient with our office and read the FAQ before asking questions as it can give you a great deal of information. If you do not feel like you can wait until mid-May through mid-June for a decision, it may be that the wait list option is not for you.

2015 Denied Freshman Post

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available by no earlier than 7:30 PM EST today, March 20th.   Unfortunately, we were not able to admit a number of strong applicants as we are limited in the size of our freshman class.  We know that you have a number of other strong college options and suggest you focus on the other great opportunities that are ahead rather than on a denial from UGA.  If your ultimate goal is to graduate from the University of Georgia, then we suggest you look at transfer opportunities down the road.  For now, focus on your current college options, find one that fits you best, and have a great freshman year there.  Please read our Denied Student FAQ if you have questions.

Please remember that this is not a blog where you should post statistics or throw fellow classmates under the bus.  These types of comments will be deleted.

Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Final Freshman Decisions

Yes, the question that all freshmen applicants (and their parents) have been asking again and again can finally be answered. Final decisions for freshmen applicants are scheduled to be released on Friday, March 20 (unless something catastrophic occurs). We will open up the status check no earlier than 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday and applicants will be able to view their decisions. As well, admit and wait-list decision letters will be sent out by mail (we do not mail out denial letters).

There will be three decision groups (Admit, Deny and Wait-List), and I will try to post some information on all three of these decisions next week. We will also have a small group of freshman that we will admit for the Spring 2016 term.

Please do not have multiple people in your family try to log into the myStatus page on Friday, as this will slow everything down. Just have one person (hopefully yourself) log into myStatus, be patient as it may be slower than normal (do not keep hitting enter or refresh), and tell family members who want to see your myStatus page to wait until Saturday. If you do have multiple people trying to log into your myStatus, it could cause your individual myStatus page to freeze, so do not do this.

Remember, we cannot and will not give out any decisions by phone, in person or by email, and we are as happy as you are to have decision day finally get here.

Transfers: We will continue to review transfer files and make decisions daily, but you will not be able to see your decisions on the myStatus page this week due to our having to temporarily close the status page in preparation for freshman decisions. Transfer decision letters will continue to be sent out, and when the myStatus page opens on Friday, and transfer decisions that are made during this week will show up on the re-opened myStatus page.

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Summer/Fall 2015 Transfer Update

We are almost finished with the Summer Transfer applications, and the only ones left are generally files that have transcripts which are very difficult, or the transcript has only recently reached our office. In total, the Summer transfer applicant pool was 416 applicants, and we hope to have all decisions out (for complete files) by the end of the week.

We also have a few new transfer evaluation team members, and since they do not have the experience to review the most challenging summer files, we are starting on Fall 2015 transfer applicants today. Currently, we have just under 2,000 fall transfer applicants, but that will grow since the deadline is April 1. Once we have been reviewing files for a few weeks, I will have a better idea of how many files on average we are able to review in a day. In the past, it has been about 50 decisions a day with a full team focused on just fall transfers (and not finishing the tough summer files), but we will have to wait and see how this year shapes up as far as our reviews. We are about one month ahead of time in reviewing fall transfers, as last year we were still building the transfer articulation process in our new system. We will still need to do some work on transfer articulation on colleges that we do not see often, but we should be able to move much faster than last year as far as transfer decisions go.

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 business morning, and decisions are posted on the myStatus page and are mailed to transfer applicants.We generally try to review files based on when a file is complete (earliest to latest), but this is not an exact science due to complexities within the transfer process.

Please make sure that we have transcripts from all colleges you have ever attended, even if it was dual enrollment work in HS. As well, if you have a college on the myStatus system that is different from where you have attended, you should contact our office to correct this (email admproc@uga.edu), as it is most likely a college code that was transposed when you entered in your previous college and is easy to fix. If you have a different name on a transcript from what is on the application, please contact our office two weeks after the transcript is sent if it has not yet matched with your file. In addition, please be patient, as it takes a while to both match up documents and make transfer decisions.

Go Dawgs!