Admissions Speak

In Admissions, like any other group, there are a number of words that are used which are at times confusing to people that are not in the college admissions field. As such, here is my limited attempt at an Admissions Dictionary.

  • Binding: While there are many "Early" terms (early decision, early action, early notification, early admission, early early early decision sung to the tune of row your boat), the key term is for all of these is whether the offer is binding, meaning that X college is considered an applicants top choice, and if admitted, they will attend (thus a binding offer). A number of colleges such as UGA have a non-binding Early Action option (see Early Action below).
  • Blind/Neutral : For many colleges, there will be information that the university as a whole will need to ask for some specific reason (gender for housing, family finances for financial aid) which are not used in the admission process. If a school is need blind, for instance, this means that the admissions office does not use (or even see, thus the word blind) the financial need of an applicant when making an admission decision (such as UGA). Other times, there are questions on the admission application that need to be asked for purposes other than admission (alumni information for the alumni office, gender and ethnicity for federal reporting), but are treated as a neutral non factor in the admission process. At UGA, these three factors-alumni, gender and ethnicity, have to be asked (along with a few others), but we do not use them in our admission review process.
  • Dawg: Also known as a bulldog, it is the most fierce and wonderful mascot in the known world. This is not an admission term, but one that you should know nonetheless.
  • Defer/Deferral: A deferral decision is generally associated with an Early decision of some kind, and the college is not able to make a decision due to wanting more information about the applicant and the overall pool of applicants. This is neither a denial or an offer of admission (or a wait list offer), but simply a need by the college for more time and information before making a decision on the student. The student will then be placed within the other applicants waiting for a decision, and they will be treated the same as these other applicants.
  • Double Deposit: This is when a student sends in a deposit to two colleges (without a wait list offer being involved) to hold a place in the freshman class instead of just one. This is really looked down upon by colleges, and I compare it to a person being engaged to two people at one time. At times, this could cause a student to have an offer of admission be rescinded, as a student should only deposit at one institution.
  • Early Action (EA): This decision plan is a non-binding review of a student's application during the early part of the admission process, and it takes place in the fall of the student's senior year. At UGA, the focus is on the overall academic standing of both the applicant and the Early Action applicant pool, and the deadline is earlier than for Regular Decision applicants (at UGA the EA deadline is 10/15). The decisions can be either Admit, Deny, or Defer, and a denial decision is final. 
  • High School Evaluation/Counselor Recommendation: A majority of colleges that have competitive admission processes will ask for a letter of recommendation and/or a form from a student's high school counselor. This gives the college some detailed information about the school, the individual student, and the counselor's insights into what the student has done academically and personally.
  • Holistic Review: This is when an admissions office will do a detailed review of everything within an applicant's file, and look at things such as academics, academic trends, essays, activities, leadership, recommendations (if required), supplemental materials, the rigor of a student's coursework, etc. The readers of the file will try to get a sense of the overall applicant, and how the different areas of the file interconnect. This process has nothing to do with crystals, wheat germ, or any other uses of the word "holistic".
  • Interest: At times called demonstrated interest. Some colleges (UGA is not included) take into account the amount of interest a prospective student has shown towards the college when making an admissions decision. If a student attends X college's program at their high school, visits the college either on special prospective student days or for a tour and information session, or keeps in contact with the admissions counselor for their area, it can show that a student is seriously interested in X college. On the flip side, there are some students who are unable to visit X college, have limited resources, or finds out about X college late in the senior year, and cannot show as much "interest". Again, some colleges use this in their process, while others (like UGA) do not.
  • Melt: After admitted freshman send in a deposit to a college, they at times will change their mind about attending said college. Most admissions offices know that if they receive X deposits, about 3-5% of these students will ultimately not enroll, as they could have issues with finances, be admitted of a wait list at another college, have academic issues, decide to delay college, double deposit (see above), etc. At times, this is also called "summer melt", as this occurs generally between May 1 and mid-August. Most colleges, such as UGA, will build this into their projections for their freshman classes.
  • Prospect/Prospective Applicant: When a student contacts a college to request more information, sends an SAT/ACT score to admissions, or indicates gives a college their contact information at a college fair, they go into the college's recruitment system as a prospective applicant so that the college can begin communicating with them. In addition, if you take the PSAT/PLAN or the SAT/ACT, you can ask to be a part of the student search process, and this will allow colleges to access your information from the testing agency to start communicating with you about the college search process.
  • Rigor/Rigor of Curriculum: Colleges look at what options a student has with their course options in high school, and what courses they actually then take over their four years. In an admission review, the context of a student's academic course load, and it will be come a part of both the academic and overall review of an application. Colleges look at what Honors, Advanced, Accelerated, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Dual Enrollment, and other types of courses in a review of a student's rigor.
  • Superscoring SAT/ACT's: A number of colleges (including UGA) will use the strongest subscores of standardized test (either the SAT or ACT) to make the strongest overall score within that specific test type. So if your first SAT exam had results of SAT CR 600, SAT M 700, and SAT W 600, and your second SAT exam had results of SAT CR 700, SAT M 650, and SAT W 650, your overall superscore would be CR 700 + M 700 + W 650 = 2050. The same goes for the subscores of the ACT making a superscored ACT Composite. UGA does not combine SAT and ACT scores though (we do not add an SAT CR of 700 to an ACT M of 34, etc.)
  • Wait List: Many colleges (such as UGA) have a limited number of freshman that they can enroll each year, and thus must try to come as close to possible in predicting how many admitted students will actually choose to enroll at their college. If the admissions office's prediction is low, they will go to a group of students they have not admitted or denied, called the wait list, where if there is enough room in the freshman class, they will then consider for admission. Wait List students are told to move forward with a plan B college, as colleges will not know if they can go to a wait list until mid-May at the earliest, and wait list students are given the option if they would like to stay on the list or not. 
  • Yield: Colleges know that not all students they admit will choose to enroll, and the percentage of students who do decide to enroll is called the Yield percentage. There is a wide range of yield percentages at colleges, with UGA averaging slightly over 50% over the past several years.

152 comments:

  1. Hi! I am wanting to know which fees that I am not required to pay? There are so many and I have limited funds.I will be a sophmore at UGA this fall.

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    1. The Bursar's Office ( http://www.bursar.uga.edu/ ) should be able to answer questions regarding student fees and requirements for those.

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  2. I wanted to know, what are the admission requirements for undergraduates? What is the ACT/SAT score requirement? What is the GPA requirement?

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    1. We do not any specific SAT/ACT or GPA requirements (no matter what you hear on the rumor mill), but I do suggest you look at our freshman profile off of our website under freshman admissions for mid-range numbers, including the rigor of your coursework.

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  3. Respected Sir/Madame,
    I would like to apply in your renowned university to study BBA (bachelors in business administration) Program. I would like to know about the requirements of this university to get admission here. I am currently doing my BBA in India, where the college is affiliated to Stratford University of USA. I want to transfer my courses I have done here to your institution there. Currently my CGPA is around 3 and I have already finished with 28 courses out of 40, so I am left with 8 courses. I am familiar that all my courses will not get transferred but I want to know whether I can apply for this university or not. I am studying for my TOEFL test and wanted to know that is TOEFL enough for me to apply for this university? And I also wanted to know if TOEFL is enough, what the minimum score is for TOEFL for this university. Hope I would get a suggestion very soon.
    Regards
    Pranav Sigdel

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    1. We do not accept transfer work from Stratford U, so you would need to look at other options for transfer admission. You can find the international admission criteria, including TOEFL, at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/admission-information-for-international-students.html.

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  4. If I am applying to UGA under early action, how do I send in my application essays?

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    1. There are no essays for EA applicants (unless you are deferred).

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  5. I have already been accepted into UGA for the Spring semester. How do I pay my commitment deposit? I am a transfer student. I found a form, but it says the fee is $300. Is that right or does my application fee suffice?

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    1. Transfer students do not have a commitment deposit.

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    2. So if I have been accepted, what are my next steps in order to register? Orientation still isn't open so I can't sign up for that yet either. I just feel like I should be doing something between now and Spring semester.

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    3. Your next step would be to register for Orientation when registration opens. Information regarding Spring Orientation should be available in late September on the Orientation website.

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  6. Is there a form for military dependents to file for in state residency?

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    1. There is a form for military personnel and dependents, available on the Registrar's website here http://www.reg.uga.edu/files/forms/newforms/MilitaryWaiver.pdf .

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  7. Does ACTE on the online application = ACT English.

    In that section it does not ask for ACT reading at all. It asks for "ACTE", ACT math, and combined english/writing score. I was reading that exactly as "English" but then started wondering if I was understanding correctly since it did not ask for the ACT reading score.

    Official scores will be sent from ACT, I am just trying to fill out the student section properly.

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    1. ACTE means ACT English, as we are wanting the ACT scores that match the SAT areas, and we will see all of the subscores when the official scores are sent to us, so the ones you list on the application are for observation while we read a file, but are not treated as official (which we also see when reviewing the file).

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  8. Hi, I wanted to search for UGA's major requirment but i couldn't find it. Where can i find it?

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  9. I am not quite sure what you mean by this question, but you can find the UGA bulletin with details about majors at http://bulletin.uga.edu/

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    1. I mean the spesific requirment for junior transfer for my major ex; plant biology.
      thank you

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    2. We do not make transfer decisions based on a major, but instead based on overall transfer work. Review the file review process page at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/file-review-process.html

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  10. I took the ACT twice: once with writing, and once without. Does UGA still superscore these tests even though one doesn't include writing? Also, does the honors program use superscoring?

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  11. Currently, we only need one ACT writing score (we will post details if it ever changes for future years), and yes, Honors uses our SAT/ACT information, so they also superscore.

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  12. It says that for UGA purposes i was treated as a nonresident of GA, although on my application i wrote that i am a permanent resident of GA, just not a citizen of US. How can I change that and will that have affected the UGA decision toward me at all?

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    1. If we have not received a copy of your permanent residency card, this could be why you are classified as a non-resident of Georgia. You can contact our office by phone or email to check on this.

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    2. Residency does not affect admissions decisions.

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  13. If i have a 3.65 gpa and my sat/act scores are low although i have very rigor courses on my transcript do i stand a chance to get accepted?

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    1. I am sorry, but we cannot guess about a decision, as we are looking at your file in comparison with all of the other applicants, and we have not even hit the Regular Decision deadline, so we do not know what the overall applicant pool will look like.

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  14. I am now taking the ACT 3 times and the SAT 1 time. Do I submit all three scores in order for them to be looked at for superscore?

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    1. In order for UGA to use a test score, they must be sent to us by the testing agency, so yes, you need to send all scores in to us.

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  15. Does UGA accept application fee waivers

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    1. We accept the College Board, ACT and NACAC fee waivers for First Year applicants.

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    2. How do I use it if I can only apply online

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    3. There is a mail payment option at the end of the online application.

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  16. For the teacher evaluation, my teacher asked for my applicant ID and she claimed it was a number starting with 810 and several other numbers, where can I find this?

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    1. You may find your 810 number on your status check under "UGAID Number".

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  17. If i send an application fee waiver by 1-11-13 will uga recieve it by 1-15-13?

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  18. Hi, I recently submitted my UGA application, I recently ended up getting a schedule change and had to drop a class and replace it with another. Is that going to be a problem? Because in the section where it asks what classes I have taken and will be taking this year I put what was my schedule. The class I dropped was an elective, and I replaced it with another elective.

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    1. I would email your updated schedule to admproc@uga.edu . Be sure to include your full name and date of birth in the email so that we will be able to match it with your file.

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  19. I submitted my High School transcript via GaCollege411.com on the 9th and I received an email yesterday saying that UGA received it however on MYSATUS it says that y'all have not. I am concerned

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    1. It can take 5 to 10 business days to match a document with a file once we receive it.

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  20. How long does it take for a teacher recommendation to be processed and show up on mystatus as recieved?

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    1. If it is sent using our form from the link in the email you can generate from your myStatus, typically 1 to 2 business days. If it is sent by other means it can take 5 to 10 business days.

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  21. When starting the transfer application, on one of the blogs Mr Graves, you stated that if one applied as a freshman, they should email adm-tech@uga.edu & request that their prior info be cleared & then start the transfer applic. Is that the preferable method, rather than just logging into the original freshman applic & changing it to a transfer applicant (with the basic info still intact)?

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    1. You will need to log in to your myStatus and you should be able to start a transfer application from there. If you have any trouble with this please email adm-tech@uga.edu .

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  22. I applied last year(as a transfer), and am reapplying as a transfer student again. Do I need to submit only my updated/new transcripts?

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    1. I cannot say for sure. Once you reapply, your myStatus will show you which transcripts we have for you.

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    2. Ok, Thank you.

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  23. I wanted to know what scores of the SAT and ACT do you need to meet requirements?

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    1. We do not have minimum requirements for First Year admission. You can view the First Year class profile for last year here https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first-year-class-profile.html . This will show you what half of the students admitted last year looked like.

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  24. I applied RD, but did not realize until now that UGA will superscore the ACT. Is it too late to send the other test scores?

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  25. What are the chances for transfer admission with a 2.9 gpa?

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    1. We cannot estimate an applicant's chances of being admitted. If you have 30 to 59 hours of transferable credit, you will need at least a 3.20GPA. With 60+ completed transferable hours, the GPA requirement is a 2.80.

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  26. CAN I TRANSFER MY PREPAID FLORIDA FUND TO UGA?

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    1. You would need to ask the Florida Pre-Paid program this.

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  27. Im a business student at another college and I sent in a transfer application to UGA saying I wanted to be a business econ student. However I think I messed up on my application and put Economics for Arts and Sciences. Is there a way I can fix that on my application.

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    1. All business majors are listed as pre-business in Arts & Sciences. You cannot apply to Terry College of Business until you are a student at UGA.

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  28. I want to transfer to UGA. What is required with the Transfer Application? Does it include the essays and Teacher/Counselor Recommendations?

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    1. For transfer admission we are looking at your transferable hours and GPA. You must have a minimum of 30 completed transferable hours by the application deadline with at least a 3.20 GPA. Learn more about transfer admission online here https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/transfer-students.html .

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  29. If I'm a high school senior graduating with 30+ college credit hours through duel enrollment, if I do not get accepted RD can I transfer immediately after summer or fall?

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    1. Transfer applicants must have 30 completed transferable hours and 1 year of college enrollment (not including dual enrollment).

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  30. I am an out-of-state (Florida) high school student. I will be a senior and in my second year of dual enrollment at the local college. I need only 1/2 credit of Economics to graduate from my high school and I have a high number of math credits. I noticed on the UGA application that Georgia requires 4 science credits while Florida only requires 3 credits. I did see on the UGA website that out-of-state students can use the 8th grade science as the 4th credit. However, my 8th grade science was a high school level class and therefore counted as my 3rd science credit. I have taken Biology and Chemistry at my high school, which count as my second and third. Will I need to take an additional science class through dual enrollment in order to meet UGA admission requirements?

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    1. High school students must have 4 units of science. If your 8th grade science is counting as a 3rd unit, then you will need to take an additional science. You may find out more information regarding the University System of Georgia's requirements here http://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/documents/Staying_on_Course.pdf .

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  31. I am from galgotias university india and completed my first year in b.tech .. am I eligible for admission there?

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    1. Transfer students must have 30 completed transferable credit hours with at least a 3.20 GPA to be eligible to transfer.

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  32. Good Afternoon,I am trying to access the Admission Criteria for International Students webpage but it not working

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    1. You may find information for International Students online here, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/international-students.html . I was able to open this webpage just now so it should be working.

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  33. i took the SAT but my English reading & writing scores are not satisfactory, can my English1101 course grade be considered? (even if i don't apply to UGA as a transfer student? )

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    1. If you are applying as a First Year student, we will consider your GPA and your test scores. For transfer students we do not look at the SAT/ACT.

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  34. What is the address that we need to send our transcripts to?

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    1. Material should be mailed to the address listed on the bottom of the Undergraduate Admissions website.

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  35. I am completing my application online, but wish to pay the application fee by check. How do I do that?

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    1. When you get to the payment option page (do not go to it until you have completed the application), there are two options; pay by credit card or pay by check/fee waiver.

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  36. How should we send in an 8th grade transit to fulfill the science requirement?

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    1. You would not need to do this until a final transcript is needed if you decide to enroll at UGA, and your school should be able to provide some sort of documentation.

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  37. I have previously applied to UGA for the spring 2013 semester and i was accepted. I could not attend due to financial reasons and i am now reapplying as a first year student (i did not attend any other university) for the fall 2014 semester. I was wondering, do i have to resubmit my application materials such as my test scores and high school transcript? or does the admissions office keep them on record? I am just wondering because i attended high school in another state and it would be hard to get my official high school transcript from my counselor since i now live in Georgia.

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    1. First, when you reapply, send an email the next day to give us a heads up, so we an see if the previous documents were able to be rolled over to your new file. Second, we will need a final high school transcript showing graduation, so you need to contact your school to send it.

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    2. Is there a specific person i should email? or should i just send an email to the admissions office in general? Also, my final transcript showing graduation was sent to UGA the first time i applied.. Does the admission office need another one to be sent? or will that be rolled over as well?

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  38. Hey, I have a quick questions. I applied to Georgia a few weeks back and have been checking my application status to make sure that everything arrived. I have noticed that only one of my SAT Test show up but I know that Georgia superscores. Should I be worried that my second SAT scores have not been received? I sent them three weeks ago and know that they were sent from College Board because all my other applications have all my scores. Thanks

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    1. We are in the middle of implementing a new student system, and so we still have a few issues that pop up. It is not always displaying the highest test scores on the myStatus at this time. We are working on a fix (it now works in our development site), and we hope to get it fixed ASAP.

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    2. Ok thanks. Just wanted to make sure that it was not a problem on the College Board side. Thanks for the quick response

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  39. If UGA was not put as an automatic recipient of SAT scores at the time of signing up for 10/15 test date, is it still possible that UGA will receive them prior to early decision deadline?

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    1. I do not know. I suggest contacting the College Board and seeing when a score that is requested now would arrive at UGA. Right now, the Oct. 5 SAT is set to be sent to us on 10/24, and we will not shut off test scores until several days after that at least.

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  40. What happen when you applied for your major & was declined & you are a junior?

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    1. Are you referring to applying for admission to UGA, or attending UGA and applying for a specific program later in your UGA path? If you are denied admission to UGA, you are denied admission. If you are admitted, and later on apply for one of the few majors that requires a separate application process, then you would work with that college or program to determine your options for a future admission or for another major.

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  41. The person is a Junior at UGA and applied for their major and was declined. My question is after they are declined what next?

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    1. The student would do what I listed in the second half of my reply.

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  42. What's looked at more closely, grades or GPA? My high school redid their GPA system and although I have an A/B average, my weighted GPA with 13 honors classes over four years is a 2.99.

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    1. We do not look at the GPA on a transcript, but instead look at the grades and recalculate our own GPA.

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  43. There are 4 essays in your application, should one write all the 4 essays or should the applicant choose one.

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    1. For Regular Decision or for deferred Early Action applicants, there are four short essays. An applicant needs to complete all four of these. Don't worry, they are not long at all, and combined would make up one full length essay (approximately).

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  44. Hi,
    I'm going to apply to your school as a transfer student next semester for fall 2014 semester.
    I have a quick question.
    Does your university accept the winter term courses (from my current university courses) as transferable or required prerequisite courses?

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    1. I cannot say specifically as I do not know what college you are referring to, but if the courses are showing as transferable in our transfer equivalency site, then they would generally transfer into UGA. See https://admissions.uga.edu/transferequiv.html

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  45. Hi, I applied Early Action for UGA. I sent in all of the required things way before the deadline was up besides the counselor's evaluation form. My counselor sent in the evaluation twice before the EA deadline, and it still fails to show up on mystatus. I didn't realize this until I checked my email this weekend, and it said I missed the Early Action deadline because of this and I have to do a lot of extra things now. Who do I contact about this problem?

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    1. My first suggestion is to email us now at admproc@uga.edu, and give us details and how and when the school evaluation was sent in. Second, take responsibility, as an email went out after you applied saying you needed to track things on your myStatus, and the second email went out last Thursday (along with a text if you said you wanted to receive texts), and you are only now taking steps to solve this. We will see what can be done, but you have not given us or yourself much time.

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    2. Were you able to email us, or have your counselor email us?

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  46. Hi, I just have a quick question!
    I'm planning on taking the SAT on December and apply with that score, I already signed up for it. But I feel like I'd do better on the ACT.. it's kinda late but I am certain that'll I'll do better on the ACT. Unfortunately, all the seats are filled for December ACT and the next one is in February. I was wondering.. since everyone gets their acceptance letter around March.. if I could still take it in February and send my ACT scores addition to my SAT scores. I will be applying by the deadline for RD but I was wondering if the higher score on ACT will higher my chance of getting in.
    Thanks! :)

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    1. Sorry, but the last test score we can use is the January SAT, as we need time between the last items/test scores and the release of final decisions.

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  47. Hello!
    My name is Lydia Super. I am currently a Junior in high school. I attend a special program at the State College of Florida which allows me to receive both my A.A. and my high school diploma when I normally would graduate high school. I scored a 35 on the ACT my Sophomore year, and am involved in many sports and clubs. My credits are counted as Dual Enrollment, and I have 18 AP credit hours. I would have approximately 72 credits that I would want to bring with me if I am accepted. Is there a limit to how many credits you accept for incoming freshman?
    Thank you!
    Lydia Super

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    1. No, there is not a limit on how many classes transfer, but a student will need to complete 45 of their last 60 hours on the UGA campus. Great job on your excellent academic credentials, and I would suggest looking at the Foundation Fellowship scholarship.

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  48. Hey! I'm currently attending Middle Georgia State. I am looking at a Study Abroad program with UGA in Maymester 2014. I would like to be a full time student at UGA starting Fall 2014. I was curious as to which application, transient or transfer, I should fill out or whether I would have to fill out two separate ones.
    Thanks!
    Alicia

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    1. This gets tricky due to the two student types, so the best method is to avoid this issue and to apply as a transfer applicant for the summer term, with your first (summer) term being the summer study abroad student. Make sure the study abroad advisor knows this, as well as all other offices you work with such as FA and the Register.

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  49. I am filling in my application online now. I want to make clear the admission ID number. Because I have no U.S. social security number, I select to apply another an admission ID number with no SSN. I want to make sure whether the 9-digits default showing in the box below the line of “Social Security Number” is the ID number. Is that right?


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    1. The number generated in this space is a generic, random number that will take the space of any areas of our system that need a value for an SSN number. The actual UGA ID number that you will need to keep track of will show on your myStatus page after you submit an application, and it will start with 81.

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  50. Hello, UGA is my first choice school. I applied RD, but I've already been accepted to the other 4 universities I've applied to. UGA is kind of a far reach school for me and so I was wondering when RD decisions will be released? Considering that I don't want to be late on applying for housing/dining plans for my second choice school if I get denied, I'd like to know when I may receive my decision so I can plan ahead. Thanks!

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    1. We expect that our final decisions will be released by late March, and you may want to review the Timelines page for more details.

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  51. My son has a video (.mov file) supplement which he needs to send in to accompany his already submitted first year application. He is not applying to the School of Music; this is a supplement intended to be part of the holistic review process showing his interest/talent in music, as one of his career interests includes earning a Certificate in Music Production. Where/to whom should he submit the video in order for it to be placed in his application file? Thank you.

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    1. We are not able to use a .mov file, and cannot add it to his file correctly. My suggestion is to have him save it to a website, a YouTube site, etc, and then send us the link so we can access it.

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  52. Hi. I just recently applied and when I was recording the dates in which I took the ACT, and further test dates, I forgot to put down that I had just registered to that the ACT February 8th and the SAT January 25th. What should I do? Will this in anyway affect my Admission Decision? Help Please. Thanks so much.

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    1. We do not need to have the dates of future exam dates on the application, so yu do. Not need to do anything.

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  53. Hi! I want to apply at the University of Georgia but I won't be able to attend until the winter term. The application only gives an option for Fall 2014. Can you help?

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    1. The Spring application will open up in May, so just wait until then to apply.

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  54. I have taken the SAT once and ACT twice. My second time taking the ACT was far better than my first time. Do you recommend I send in all of my scores regardless?

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    1. We use the highest subscores from different tests (within the same test type), so sending us all your scores could only help you, as one subscore from X date with the lower overall scores could be better that from the Y date exam which overall is much better, thus giving you a slightly higher superscore on the ACT.

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  55. Hi, I'm finishing up the rest of my application after a deferral, there's a section where it says to list completed first term course titles and grades. My school hasn't finished the first semester yet so the semester grades are incomplete. Should I just submit my first marking period grades?

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    1. If the grades are not finalized, then do not enter them.

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  56. I am about to finish the applying process for RD as of today, but the application won't let me change my method of payment..
    I had chosen the check method; however, I will not be able to send the check in by today.
    UGA is closed, and I'm not sure what I can do next..
    What is the best next step for me?

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  57. What is the address to mail my official transcript?

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    1. See the bottom of our website for our address.

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  59. I'm currently a GGC student. So far, I have 38 credit hours with a 3.2 GPA. I'm a business major, and would like to be a UGA transfer student. So, what exactly do I have to do to apply in UGA? Please let me know.

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    1. You need to apply and pay the app fee by the deadline, and then send us a transcript by tat deadline as well. Oh, then be patient.

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  60. Hi, I was accepted into UGA but i was listed as a non-resident even though i've lived in GA for over 9 years. What should i do?

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    1. Are you a US citizen, or a perm. resident card holder (this is the most common issue). If you are a green card holder, we will need a copy of it and time to review it. If this is not the case, send an email to admintl@uga.edu

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    2. I am a perm. resident card holder
      Is it possible for me to email pictures of the card/have my school send pictures over? Because it is a long drive there and back just to provide a copy.

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    3. You can send it to the email I gave.

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    4. okay, thank you for your fast responses.

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    5. Hi, it has been a while now, but after multiple emails to admintl@uga.edu, none of them were responded to about my status of non-resident

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    6. I would suggest you resend a copy of your PR card to admintl@uga.edu, as I am not showing this document in your file.

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    7. It has been sent. Thank you for your help

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    8. Do you have an estimate of how long it will take to have my status change from non-resident to resident?
      I have already sent in my PR card and received an email saying that the information has been updated.

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    9. I cannot guess on that, as I do not review residency issues.

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  61. I was wondering, what does UGA look for in an application?

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    1. sorry i meant in an applicant?

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    2. I would suggest you look at the file review process page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/file-review-process.html, and also search the key words fie reading, as this can give you more details.

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  62. With regards to the appeals process, if an appeal letter was submitted March 7th for summer admissions, is the appeals committee meeting held once (after April 15th) or does the committee meet once a month and possible met in March. Since there is no confirmation of receipt of the emailed appeal letter, I wasn't sure of the time frame for hearing back. I know applicants aren't allowed to contact the admissions office to check on the status, but didn't know how often the committee met and when a decision should be expected. Lots of decisions hinging on the outcome. thank you

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    1. There is no specific timeline for appeals, sorry. An appeal goes through numerous reviews by several offices, so I cannot guess about a timeline.

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  63. How does UGA calculate repeated courses for transfer students that go to another Georgia college? If I failed a course and then retook it and received an A do you just calculate the course with the higher grade, or do you calculate the 0 for the failed course as well?

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    1. We use both grades, but you only get credit for the class once in the transfer articulation process.

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    2. What does that mean that you only get credit once?

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  64. I guess my overall question is how do you calculate transfer GPA? Because the transfer requirements page is confusing on the matter. Do you just count the courses over taken plus the repeated courses with the higher grade? Or all my courses plus the repeated courses and failed courses? Because one GPA will obviously be higher than the other.

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    1. We would use both grades in our GPA calculation, as I stated before. So we would use both an F and a B grade for ENGL 1101 if repeated. As for the credit statement, I mean that you are not going to have ENGL 1101 posted twice towards a degree. Does that help?

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    2. Yes it does. So instead of just a 3 for ENGL 1101 it would average out to a 1.5. Do you take into account the GPA it would be if you just counted the courses taken that didn't need to be repeated and the repeated courses? Because one would obviously be higher than the other.

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    3. We look at the GPA we calculate with all of the grades used, so we would not look at a GPA without the lower repeated grades.

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  65. Hello. I am a transfer student accepted for Summer 2014. What should I do/who should I call if I notice that a class that I thought would directly transfer according to the transfer equivalency is not on my transcript? I have yet to sign up for orientation and do not know who my advisor will be. Thank you!

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    1. You can email adm-info@uga.edu with your specific question and we can then try to help.

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  66. To Whom It May Concern,
    I have recently taken a tour and attended First-Year Admissions Info Meeting. The students tried their best to answer these questions for me, but referred me to this page for a more secure answer.
    I fall into UGA's average GPA scores with an unweighted 3.77, weighted 4.05, and by the end of my senior year I will have finished with 4.5 AP classes as well as 8.5 Honors. I was curious as to how poor a dropped AP class would look to an admissions officer- and was also curious if it would be wise to pick up another AP class my senior year? I would like to try my best to balance my GPA and my coursework, but if another AP class secures my chances of acceptance, the work will be worth it.
    My SAT score is currently sitting on a 1760, which I plan to try to bring up.

    With my current statistics, how likely are my chances of acceptance? If they aren't hopeful, do you have any suggestions?
    Sincerely,
    A Hopeful Future Attendee of the Terry College of Business

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    1. A dropped AP course (if you are talking about one in the junior year) will not be looked at too much, especially if you are able to follow it up with a strong senior schedule where you are still challenging yourself. As for guessing about chances, I am not able to do this, as each year is different, and numbers can only tell us so much. The biggest thing I try to tell people is to continue to challenge yourself, stay focused in senior year as we still look at these courses and grades, and review how we re-calculate a GPA on this blog.

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  67. I applied and was accepted to UGA as a transfer student going into the Fall 2014 semester. I decided not to go this Fall and instead wish to go in Spring 2015. I was under the impression that you have to start over and reapply if you decided to go a different semester and since I couldn't find a place to reapply I went ahead and cancelled my application. It says that it is cancelled on the status check website, however I still can't find a way to reapply for the Spring semester. I have gone to most links and still can't seem to find a way to reapply so I was just wondering if I am missing something or if there is something else I need to do to my previous application.

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    1. Since you have now cancelled your application, you should be able to go into your myStatus page and start a new application. You can use the settings part of the application on the upper left hand side to change certain things, and if you are having issues, contact adm-tech@uga.edu.

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  68. As an applicant, is is better to have all honors courses and have a lower GPA or have all on-level courses and have a higher GPA?

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    1. The first thing I would say is that you shoud challenge yourself in the classroom, as this will better prepare you for college. Second, the reality is that you will be reviewed in comparison with other freshman applicants, and a large majority ave both challenged themselves by taking tough courses and have done well in them. If there is ever a choice of a tougher course vs an easier one (and you can suptill be successful in the classroom), take the tougher one.

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