Friday, February 26, 2016

2016 February Freshman Admits

The February freshman admission offers are now available on the myStatus page.

This afternoon, UGA offered admission to a group of roughly 1,600 freshman applicants. This group of decisions is made up of only offers of admission, and if you were admitted, you will be able to see the decision on your myStatus page (so only admitted students will see a change on their myStatus page). Additionally, an admissions packet will be sent out in the mail early next week. 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 top scholarships, which slightly skews EA stats a little higher). The press release about our Early Action decisions gives more details on the academic averages for this group. As we did in the November Early Action offers of admission, there will be some scholarship offers in this group, and those who have received them will see it on the status page (the scholarship section only shows if a scholarship is offered). We will continue to offer scholarships through early April, so please be patient as we do these reviews.

These admitted freshman, made up of mostly Regular Decision applicants, met the stringent academic criteria of Early Action admission that we used with our much larger wave of November 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.  Again, 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 mid-late March after we have completed our holistic file reading process. Thank you for your patience as we finish our reviews over the next month.

Lastly, please make sure to review the Urban Legends page and all my posts about ignoring myths that you might hear about admissions, as these myths are incorrect (major has no impact on a decision, we do not limit the number of admission offers by school, zip code, etc.). As well, please remember that I cannot discuss any other students on this blog, I cannot guess about decisions, and I ask that any comments should not be harmful to other applicants.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 February Freshman Admits

Late afternoon on Friday, February 26, we will be releasing a small wave of First Year admission offers. 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" cut-points, as it is a review of the combination of grades, strength of curriculum and test scores, so please do not ask what the Early Action SAT/ACT, GPA or curriculum criteria is for this group. There will be a very 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 almost 23,000 total freshman applicants this year), so that is why only a jump in SAT/ACT scores might impact a deferred applicant's decision. We do though look closely at the fall grades during our read process, 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 mid-late March, and these will be all the remaining freshman decisions. From now until mid-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), and we will have a large number of students that we will be admitting in mid-late March as well. I do not have any estimate on how many students we will admit in March, as we have to review all the files, monitor deposits, cancellations, etc. before we can make these decisions. I do not have any specific academic data about this February group (GPA, SAT/ACT mid-ranges, etc.), but they should be fairly similar to the EA admitted group.

 I hope this answers a fair number of your questions.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Summer/Fall 2016 Transfer Consideration Level Update

When the Summer/Fall Transfer application opened up a few weeks ago, the consideration level for admission for applicants with 60 or more hours was changed from a 2.80 to a 3.00 GPA. This was done in an effort to make sure we could control the size of the entering transfer class, and to make sure we had enough space on campus for all entering students. After a review of this change by both admissions and the administration, it was determined that we would not implement this new consideration level  for Summer and Fall of 2016, and so we will revert back to a 2.80 for applicants with 60 or more transferable hours for these two terms. There is a good chance that we will shift the consideration levels for future terms beyond Fall 2016, but I cannot estimate that situation at this time.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Transfer Admission Update

On Monday, February 8, 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.

Once we complete the Summer transfer reviews, we will then begin to review Fall transfer applicants. Just like the summer files, we do not know how many will apply, how long each review will take, when you will hear, etc. The best this is to just be patient as we review the files. As well, Fall transfer applicants need to make sure we have the most up-to-date transcripts, and that we have individual transcripts from each college attended, even if it was dual enrollment work in high school.

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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