Friday, March 18, 2016

2016 Final Freshman Decisions are Available

Final freshman decisions are now available online.  We had a very strong applicant pool this year! We had 23,000 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 23,000 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 2017 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 2017.
  • 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!

2016 Freshman Admits

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available late afternoon today, March 18th.

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 2017.  You will find specific information on your myStatus and in your admissions packet.

Here are some Statistics on the Entire Freshman Admitted Class for 2016-EA, February and March waves, where we admitted approximately 12,200 students total:

UGA Calculated Grade Point Average mid-range/average:  3.91 - 4.17, with a 4.03 average
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

SAT Critical Reading + SAT Mathematics average: 1343

SAT Writing average:  637

ACT Composite average:  30

 AP/IB/Dual Enrollment course mid-range/average: 5-10 courses, average of 8


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!

2016 Wait Listed Freshman

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available late afternoon today, March 18th.   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.  This year we have roughly 700 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.

2016 Freshman Denials

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available late afternoon today, March 18th.   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 14, 2016

2016 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 18 (unless something catastrophic occurs). We will open up the status check sometime in the late afternoon on Friday (no do not ask for an exact time, I do not have it) 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 this week. We will also have a small group of freshman that we will admit for the Spring 2017 term. I do not have any statistics on the groups at this time, but we will have more data on the overall admit group by the end of the week.

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 will be available when the myStatus page opens on Friday.

Go Dawgs!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fall 2016 Transfer Reviews

On Tuesday, March 8, our office will start reviewing Fall transfer applications.  We are finishing up the last of the summer applications now, so that will allow us to start with Fall transfers. The deadline for Fall has not passed yet, 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. Make sure to check your myStatus to see if we have your most up-to-date transcript(s), as we cannot make a decision without the most up-to-date work.  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 (we try to review files based on the date of a file being completed).  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 good news is that our evaluation team will be able to put all their attention towards transfer reviews now, so I expect a jump in the number of files reviewed per day.

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.

Go Dawgs!