Thursday, May 12, 2016

UGA and the New SAT

As everyone probably knows, the College Board started offering the newly redesigned SAT test in March of 2016, and the Essay portion is now optional. This new SAT (which I am calling the SAT R for now), will impact freshman applicants starting in the Summer/Fall of 2017 and beyond. UGA will continue to accept both the old and the new SAT and the ACT, but with the change in the SAT R test, we will not require or use the Essay/Writing component for either the SAT or ACT for students beginning in the Summer/Fall 2017 term and beyond.

UGA will continue to superscore the SAT and the ACT (we do not superscore across SAT and ACT exams though), and we will continue to use the SAT subscores for both SAT tests in the superscore calculation for each SAT type, those being the SAT I and the SAT R. In reviewing the details of the equivalency charts from the new to the old SAT, we have now determined that we will not be able to superscore between the two SAT tests. While we initially thought we might be able to superscore across the two SAT's, we now see that this is not possible for many reasons, especially due to the difficulties in trying to compare the Critical Reading (CR) and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) sections. Based on our review of the new scores and the concordances, we do not predict this change to have any negative impact on any chances for admission.

In helping students to understand the SAT R, the College Board has provided students with an SAT Score Converter to allow you to translate the SAT R to SAT 1 or the reverse. Additionally, we suggest you look at the data a college provides in their student profile (for example, the UGA First-Year Class Profile), where they provide mid-range data. You can then use data from the College Board Conversion charts to see that our mid -50% SAT 1 of 1810-2060 (2400 range) would be roughly equivalent to a mid-50% SAT R of a 1290-1440 (1600 range). While this is not exact, this is at least an estimate how the new SAT R translates into our past data. Our office will be doing a a great deal of data analysis in the coming months to make sure we use all three score types (SAT 1, SAT R and ACT) appropriately and correctly.

Please remember that in our review of SAT and ACT scores, we will continue to look at all subscores, but we will focus on the CR & Math Sections on the SAT I, the EBRW & Math sections of the SAT R, and the English & Math sections on the ACT.

We also suggest that you review what steps other colleges will be taking concerning the new SAT to better understand your options.

Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2016 Wait List Update

We have started offering admission to a small group of students from the Wait List, with a large majority of these being for the Spring 2017 term. Due to the fact that our deposit numbers are at the level that we predicted for Summer/Fall, we are limited in the number of offers we are able to make. We will initially email admitted students and give information about their two-week Commitment Deposit deadline, campus housing, Orientation and other pre-enrollment steps. In addition, the myStatus page will show these decisions, and a decision letter will be mailed shortly after. Over the next few days, we will also email the rest of the wait-listed students to inform them that we cannot offer them admission off the Wait List, and we will then update their Status Check one final time. We will not be calling students about the Wait List, but instead will be using email and the Status Check for details.

In reviewing the students who we admitted off the Wait List, there were a variety of individual reasons for the offers that were made. As such, I cannot give an overarching reason for the decisions. We did take into account our earlier reviews of the files, along with a wide range of information that we had on hand.

For those many strong students we were not able to admit from the Wait List, we thank you for choosing us as one of the options for your higher education.  We wish you the very best of college success.  We understand that this is not the news you were hoping for, and we very much appreciate your patience “waiting on the Wait List.”  Please remember that there are a number of complex reasons why the University made the final decisions it did, and we respectfully remind all that this blog cannot be used for comments about why you or other individuals did or did not get admitted in the Wait list process.

We hope that our quick turn around of the Wait List situation has allowed you and your family to make plans on a much earlier time frame that initially projected.