Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Wait List Information

For the next few weeks, the group that will be the most anxious about our process will be the students who are on the Wait List. Right now, we cannot give out any specific information, as we will not know about deposits until over a week past the May 1 deposit deadline, as we must wait for any deposits that are sent by mail and postmarked by the May 1 timeline. As I have said before, the Wait List process is not a fast process, but instead takes a while for us to both see what our yield rate is on accepted freshmen (the number of admitted freshmen who send in a deposit). We then need to also take into account how the percentage of deposited freshmen who change their mind post May 1, either due to being taken off another college's Wait List, a change of plans, a gap year opportunity, etc. Only after this analysis occurs can we then look at what we will do concerning the Fall and Spring Wait List options. As such, I cannot list a specific date for Wait List decisions.

As I have said before (and as the Wait List FAQ states), there is no one specific thing that we are looking for when making a decision about who we might offer acceptance off the Wait List, but instead we would look at a variety of factors, both academic and non-academic. I can say that, based on responses, we project that roughly 570-600 students have requested to stay on the Wait List (online response deadline is 5/1), but that is the only number I can share at this time.

Right now, there is no need to call, email, post to the blog or tweet about the Wait List, as we just need time to see what everything is looking like with deposits and then see where we can go from there. I know that patience is not easy, but right now, it is key. Make sure you have a Plan B college option in place, and then be patient and hope for the best.

When we do make any decisions about the Wait List, we will make our decisions on one day and I will alert everyone by both the blog and twitter about the decisions. We will then send out any offers by mail and the myStatus page, and we will then communicate by mail or electronic communication with those who we could not offer admission soon afterward.

Thanks for your patience, and Go Dawgs!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Updated Fall 2015 Transfer Information

The review of the 2015 Fall transfer applications is our key focus at this time, and we continue to diligently work on these files.  At this time, we have made roughly 1,500 decisions of the 2700 applications we received this year. In addition, roughly 350-400 of the 2,700 files are incomplete and thus will not be reviewed. Based on statistical data, we are averaging about 50 decisions being made per day. As such, I expect that we be be complete for the most part by about mid-May, although,we will have a few slowdowns as we get into some of the more challenging files to review.

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 roughly the 20th 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 Go Dawgs.