Early Action vs Reg Decision

From now until October 15, one of the most common questions for the admission office will be "Should I apply for Early Action (EA) or Regular Decision (RD)"? There is the perceived notion that one option is better than the other (NOT TRUE!). If a student applies RD and meets the EA criteria for admission, they will receive an acceptance in late February. If a student applies EA and is deferred, they will be shifted to the next stage of review and will be looked at the same way as an RD applicant who is not admitted during the February admission process. In reality, the only person that can answer the question of how they should apply is the student who is applying.

First, the EA Vs. RD difference is really about timing. If a student submits an application for EA, they will know something by at least mid-December. This "something" could be an acceptance, a denial, or a deferral (which means we want more information before we can make a decision). Early Action accepts are applicants that are extremely strong academically, and that our office determines we would admit without even reviewing the non-academic information. EA denials are students that we determine we would not admit for EA or RD based upon the information we have at that time. Deferred applicants are seen as very competitive academically, and we want to review the file after during December through March, when we have much more time to do holistic reviews.. RD applicants who apply will receive a decision in late February (if they meet EA requirements), or they will hear in late March, when all RD or deferred EA applicants will know final decisions.

Here are my two suggestions when looking at EA vs RD: First, look at the First-Year Profile for previous years, and determine where the applicant would fall within grades, curriculum and test scores. Since Early Action (EA) admitted students are at the top end of the group, if an applicant is not in the mid-50% or higher in at least two of the areas (and the third area is not WAY below the mid-range), they should rethink applying EA. Secondly, the applicant should ask if they would like to have first semester grades or SAT/ACT scores from after October 15 in their file before a decision is made. If you want UGA admissions to see more about you, apply RD.

For both Early Action and Regular Decision applicants, give yourself time to get your application together, and do not rush to complete it at the deadline. This is like pushing off writing a 10 page report until the last day, and wondering why it did not turn out as well as you thought it would.

So if you are looking for someone to tell you whether to apply EA or RD, look in the mirror, because you are the person that knows your situation best, so you are the one that needs to make this call.

159 comments:

  1. Hi! I was just wondering if there were minimum SAT scores required for people applying to UGA. I know on the UGA website it said that the only minimum SAT scores were those required of the University System of Georgia (CR - 430 and M - 400), but on the Collegeboard website, it is stated that the minimums are 560 for CR and 570 for M. Could you please verify which are correct? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    1. I work for UGA Admissions (and helped to create and update the website), so I would say that my office is in the best position to give information about our office. The only requirements we have at UGA for the SAT and ACT tests are the minimums set by the University System of GA. Most likely, the College Board (and other publications/websites) are giving out the bottom of the mid-50% as the minimum, or people are misunderstanding it. But I always suggest you trust what the colleges give you concerning their minimums.

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  2. If I was denied for Early Admission, can I still apply to UGA for Regular Decision? Also is there another type of application besides EA and RD? I really want to go to UGA but I am not sure I'm good enough.

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    1. The only two options are EA and RD, and it is not easier or harder to be admitted either way, it is just a different timeframe. If a student is denied during the EA process, that is it, as the decision is final. If you are worried, I suggest you apply RD.

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  3. How do you take into account the difference in one school's rigor as compared to another school's less rigor. For example, if one student at a highly competitive high school had a core GPA of 3.6 and another student also had a 3.6 but attended a much less rigorous school, how do you account for this?

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    1. We do look at the overall pattern by high school of how students who enroll at UGA do while at UGA, so we are able to see how students from different high schools do in college. At the same time, though, just because a high school's academics are perceived as strong or limited does not really mean that a specific student's academic courses will match this. You can go to a perceived strong academic high school and take the weakest classes possible, or you can attend a high school with perceived limitations yet take the strongest classs, do dual enrollment, take outside courses, etc. So while we do look at the high school, we also look at how a student has done with what is available to them.

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    2. Is the rigor of the high school considered in early action, just regular decision or both?

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    3. We look at rigor of curriculum for all freshman applications.

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  4. If I were to apply EA and was deferred to RD would I be able to change my ACT/SAT scores if I took those tests and did better on them before RD?

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    1. Deferred EA applicants can update their file with new test scores and a fall term transcript, and the deadline is 1/22 for any updated materials.

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  5. If you are deferred to RD, is there another fee if you update your files and apply for Regular Decision?

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    1. If an applicant is deferred, they do not submit an RD application or send in another application fee. They would simply complete part II of the application, which is the essays section and an update section, and have a teacher recommendation sent in. Then the application would go into our holistic read process.

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  6. Have y'all released how many EA applications y'all received?

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    1. We received just under 16,000 EA applications.

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  7. How far along are y'all on reviewing the applications?? Is there any sign as to when decisions will be released??

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    1. If you look on the Timelines page, you will see that we predict we will release decisions somewhere between mid-Nov and early Dec. It is hard to guess about when we will release decisions, but I will announce it here when we are ready to give an exact date.

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  8. When are the early admission decided and notified to the applicants?

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    1. See the Timelines page for more details.

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  9. Do #1 and #2 from a SACS accredited high school automatically get accepted EA??

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    1. No, as many times the Val/Sal have not been determined yet by the HS. As such, we wait until final decisions for this, as we can then be more accurate with these situations.

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    2. Understandable, do y'all take into consideration class rank for EA?

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    3. UGA does not use class rank in our review (except for the Val/Sal situation), as we focus on the actual core grades in HS, the rigor of a student's curriculum, and the SAT/ACT scores (in that order).

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  10. Will we just need to look on out my status page this afternoon to see decisions?

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    1. Yes, sometime late afternoon, and I will post when it is open here and on twitter.

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  11. If you are deferred from EA, but you do not wish to send in your 1st semester grades because they are in progress/ they are not representative of the grades you believe you will graduate senior year with, is it still required to send them in during deferred RD?

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    1. If you are deferred, you will then need to complete part II, which are the 3 short essays and an update section. We heavily, heavily suggest you enter in fall grades there (if you submit part II when fall grades are complete), or have an updated transcript sent in. If you do not send in fall grades, we have to make certain assumptions and possibly contact your school to get a better understanding of your senior year. As well, we look at all final transcripts of enrolling students, so we are going to see them anyway, and we have revoked decisions if senior grades are low.

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    2. Also, will UGA admissions take into consideration these grades are in progress? or are they weighed just as heavily as the past 3 years?

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    3. We will look at senior grades as a part of the overall academic makeup of the student.

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    4. turns out I was doubting myself too much, I actually got in! Now, my question is slightly different. Even after I get accepted do do you still recommend i send my 1st semester transcript? Also, I may have a C in AP calculus this year and I read somewhere that colleges like you to admit to them beforehand. Should I go ahead and send an explanation of why I believe my grade dropped to a C? this is my only C and I dont want to get my acceptance letter taken away.

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    5. We do not need mid year grades for accepted students, but we will look at final grades closely, so keep your grades up.

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  12. My question kind of relates to the one above me; If i got in EA then should I tell my counselor to submit a mid-year report or are you only interested in final year grades?

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    1. We do not need mid year grades for accepted students, so final grades are all we need.

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  13. Good Afternoon. My daughter's status page says she was accepted for EA but she hasn't received her acceptance packet in the mail yet. Can you tell me when they were mailed, please?

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    1. The letters were prepared for mailing on the Friday and Monday before the Thanksgiving holiday, but the UGA mail service was on a skeleton crew that week. As such, I am guessing most were mailed yesterday. My daughter is 15 minutes from campus and has not received her letter yet either. Patience.

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  14. My son recently completed his application and we noticed that the format (paragraph indentation) of two of his essays changed after the application was submitted. I'm worried this will be considered as negligence to the reader, but I believe they were correct prior to the submission.

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    1. We are not focused on the format of the essays, but instead the content of the essays. As such, you should not be worried about this.

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  15. In an earlier post, you wrote that one could have a higher-than 4.0 GPA because UGA adds weight to AP/IB courses. During an orientation trip and tour this past fall. we were told that if a high school adds weight to Honors or AP classes (core classes only), UGA will accept that weight without rescoring the GPA. Is this true or do you only add weight to AP?IB courses? Thank you.

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    1. If a high school adds their own points to the teacher grades (so an 88 becomes a 98 on the transcript), we do not remove this weight, even if they add it to more than AP/IB grades. But we then do not add any additional weight to these student's GPA calculation. As well, any grade we see that is above a 100 (let's say a 108 for AP Bio), that is still just an A to us, so a 4.0 to be used in the GPA calculation.

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    2. So if a high school adds 0.5 or 1.0 "quality points" directly to the GPA grade (3.0, 4.0, etc.) for core Honors or AP classes, these points will not factor in to the GPA that UGA considers, is this a correct undrestanding?

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    3. If your school adds weight to a GPA that they calculate, then we do not care at all, as UGA does not look at a GPA on a transcript. We calculate our own GPA, so we would then add the weight we give to AP/IB grades of 1.0.

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  16. I wanted to know if the October 22,2016 SAT test scores will be accepted for an early action deferred applicant.

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  17. I wanted to know if the November 5,2016 SAT test scores will be accepted for an early action deferred applicant.

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    1. Yes. We will use scores through the 2/11 ACT exam.

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  18. Would requesting an interview with an admissions counselor following the submission of our application be recommended, or would this be considered "overkill" and potentially harm our acceptance chances?

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    1. We are fine if you wish to come in and talk to a counselor, but these do not have an impact on a decision.

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  19. Do EA deferred applicants find out if they are accepted before RD applicants, or is it completely random?

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    1. I suggest you look at the Timelines page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/timelines.html, as I am not sure you understand our process. UGA does not have a rolling decision process, but instead has 3 dates that we make decisions. Mid-Nov for EA, late Feb for any RD or deferred EA (mostly RD though) who would have been admitted in Nov based on their academic factors, and mid-late March for the final decisions.

      The Feb release is only for admit offers, and again, it is based on the same process as admits for EA in Nov. There are some RD applicants who would have been admitted in Nov if they had applied EA, as they are academically great students. A small number of deferred EA might hear in Feb due to an increase in their test scores from Nov (the curriculum would be the same and we do not recalculate a GPA, so test scores would be the only change), but mostly this is RD.

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  20. I was accepted when I applied Early Admission for the fall semester of 2017. However, My AP Calculus grade for the first semester of my senior year came out to be a
    66. This is not consistent with the rest of the grades on my transcript being that I have never received a final grade of lower than a B. I talked to my school counselor and he advised that I drop AP Calculus and switch into regular Calculus for the second semester. By switching into regular Calculus, will my admission status get revoked?

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    1. See my response to this question on the other post.

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  21. I was deferred EA, and I am wondering when I will hear back on my reapplication. Do all EA deferred applications get reviewed again before the February decisions are released? I saw that some EA deferred applicants hear back in February, but many are not decided upon until March. I am asking this because I have scored much higher on the ACT since the EA cut off date, and I feel like now my application is up to EA standards.

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    1. I don't think you understand the Feb decisions and how we look at them, so I will try to explain. The February decisions are where we are looking at academics only, just like the EA process. If a student, based on the academics we have at the time (either in Nov or Feb), would be admitted EA, then we would admit them. It has nothing to do with EA or RD, but on the student and their academics.

      Since all deferred EA students were not admitted in Nov, most would not then be admitted in Feb, as it is the exact same review process. Just having a jump in a test score does not mean admission in Feb, as we would then look at the overall academics again.

      As such, prepare to hear in March, but hope for Feb.

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  22. Will you consider the February ACT when making decisions during the February round?

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    1. I am not sure, as I do not have an exact date on when these scores will be sent to UGA.

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  23. What's the first date that decisions for transfer students are to be released on?

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    1. Please see the timelines page for more details.

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  24. Having read these blogs, I understand the importance of an applicant needing a rigorous curriculum among other things to be accepted into the freshman class. I am hesitant to ask such a nebulous question but is there a way you can quantify "rigorous" curriculum?
    Thank you.

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    1. This is a tough question, as it depends on the course options at the school and the academic focus of the student. If your student attends a school with a wide range of AP and Honors classes (or something similar), then I suggest a student challenge themselves as best as possible early on while still being able to do well in the classes. From there, look at the core advanced classes in their area(s) of passion, and look at taking these if possible. My son had a passion for engineering, so he took AP Calc and AP science courses, along with AP English and some early AP humanities classes. Other students might be looking at advanced language and social studies classes (I personally believe that advanced English classes are needed for all majors). We do not have a set number of AP classes we suggest, but rather that the student challenge themselves enough to get prepared for the rigors of UGA classes. I hope this helped a little.

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  25. My daughter applied to UGA regular decision oos. She's very excited about the university. She's been studying at a highly academic college prep school all through high school. She had some challenges in sophomore year mainly due to some very major and tragic family events that caused her grades to dip effecting her gpa. Her jr. and senior year went very well. "upward trend. Her test scores were high, ec's very strong and a rigorous course load. I believe essays are strong, but I think that is all opinion based. She felt uncomfortable sharing the events that occurred to cause her grades to drop in sophomore yearn essay form and noted them briefly on application. She was also diagnosed with a learning disability later. My concern is that you have stated numerous times that GPA is more important than test scores. I thought that UGA had a more holistic approach and would take the whole application into consideration, but it sounds like average GPA is not going to cut it even with a very high ACT score. Can you please give me some insight on this? Is there a glimmer of hope?

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    1. This is a broad question, so I will try to answer it the best I can. I think most all colleges would say that what a student does in the classroom (grades and rigor) are more important that a test score. That is true for UGA, and that is what I always say. But in saying this, We doc try to understand if there are issues that impact a student. Right now, we are reading a huge number of files, and we are doing this in a holistic manner, which means we look at everything. But even in a holistic review, there are certain factors that are more important than others. We look at depth and leadership within co curricular activities/sports/work, grades and grade trends, if a student has overcome any issues, etc. But the other part to our decision process is knowing that we can only admit so many students, so there will be a number of wonderful applicants that we are not able to admit. I cannot guess about X student, but I will say that an applicant is more than just a GPA (or a test score).

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  26. Thank you for your prompt response. I understand that it was broad subject to answer. One more question... Does UGA have a certain percentage of OOS students they are limited to accept? Thank you again.

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    1. We do not have any limit on OOS accepts, and we do not differentiate between in state and out of state applicants.

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  27. Do Dual Enrollment classes get the same weight as AP classes in the GPA calculations? My daughter was was deferred from early enrollment and she has a 4.0 all throughout high school. She has been taking dual enrollment [college classes] since Spring her Junior year. She is still a 4.0. and has an incredible resume. I am having a hard time imagining why she was not accepted for EA if they are looking for superior students. Can you explain this?

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    1. No, DE grades do not get any added weight in our GPA calculation. Early Action is based on three specific factors, and generally admitted students are very strong in all three. The three factors are grades (I say grades, as many people confuse the GPA on their HS transcript with our GPA), academic rigor based on what courses are taken vs what is offered, and SAT/ACT scores. I cannot guess about a decision, but I would suggest you look at the EA admitted averages from our press release, as you will then get an idea of the strength of the EA pool.

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    2. Thanks for your response.

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  28. Hello. I am a high schooler. I am in my 2nd year of senior. I have an overall gpa of 3.87(weighted) and 3.65 unweighted. My SAT score is 1530. These scores are very good. However I have one concern. I had OSS once because I had a fight in my freshman year. I know we have to give a reported detail of what happened and all that but do you think this is going to effect my chances of getting in this university? And also, if I end up going to another college and if I want to transfer from there to UGA, do you all look at our high school transcripts also?

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    1. I am not sure what you mean by 2nd year of senior, but let's ignore that. Yes, a serious conduct issue could have an impact on a decision. If you apply as a transfer student later, we would not look at your HS transcript.

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  29. When would be the absolute last day for a decision for admission for Summer semester at UGA Tifton?

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    1. I am sorry, but I have no idea. I suggest working with the people at Tifton closely as they work with our offices directly on applicants.

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  30. Hello. It is me again. So ok, as I said I had OSS once. This is going to hold me back from going into UGA even though I have a 3.87 gpa and a 1530 SAT Score and a 31 ACT. I am a very smart student but I just don't do the right things sometimes. I have been through a fight and that's why I got OSS. So during my first year I am deciding to go to Georgia State. When I transfer from Georgia State to UGA, are they still going to see my OSS? Are there still going to be records from HS transcript. And let me ask this question in in a similar, but also a different way. When I apply for UGA at GA State, on the application they will probably be asking me if I got into trouble before. Do I fill out no? On my previous question I asked you if you will be looking at HS transcript and you said no. Since I will be acting very well in GA State my first year, do I fill out "no" for the "did you get into any trouble" area when applying? If I still have to fill in yes, am I not ever going to get into a good college?

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    1. Oh by the way I am sorry. I know my English is sometimes sloppy when typing. If you didn't understand something here I will be sure to reply in a couple hours.

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    2. I did not say that this action would keep you out of UGA, only that it would be a part of the review. As for a future transfer application, you would answer truthfully any questions asked about conduct, which would include your HS years. The only way to see about admission is to wait on a decision.

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  31. It may be annoying seeing me asking questions over and over again. First off, scroll up to February 15, 2017 at 3:55 PM. I ask you that if I transfer you will not be looking at HS transcript. Next at my most recent post (where it says Kobayashi Akiyama) you tell me in an application I will truthfully answer questions which also include my HS years. I am very confused. I though colleges do not look at what you did at HS once you finish you freshman year of college and decide to transfer. When I transfer from GA State to UGA, do I have to put in that I got OSS my freshman year?

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    2. Also some additional thing: when I looked at the application for R.I.T or other colleges, there was nothing asking about HS years. So does UGA have different rules?

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    3. What I am saying is, first you tell me that HS transcript does not matter and than you say it does. Which on is the actual answer. Remember, I am trying to transfer after my freshman year in college.

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    4. You asked if we would look at your HS transcript, and my answer is correct in that we do not look at a transfer student's HS academics. When you ask a question, I will answer it, but I cannot guess about what you might want to ask but did not. A conduct issue is not about a HS transcript, but an action in your HS years.

      On our application, we ask for conduct issues during HS and college years. As such, we expect you to answer the question honestly. I cannot guess why other colleges do or do not ask certain questions, but you are dealing with UGA, and we do what we do.

      As for your third question, please refer to the first paragraph of this response. Again, if you want me to answer a specific question, ask the specific question, not a vague one that I interpret one way and you look at it differently.

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  32. What courses other than AP/Honors/college classes would you consider rigorous, like extra foreign language? I really want to take a third year Spanish, but also considering taking another AP class to strengthen my academic history and apply early. So I'm wondering if extra foreign language can be counted as a rigorous course (or does that depend on my school's course selection)?

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    1. Same person from the question above. Additionally, I saw a UGA press release that said the average early admitted student took an average of 9 AP classes. Does that mean they took up to 9 AP courses by the end of their junior year or by the end of their senior year?

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    2. The rigor of a student's curriculum is in many ways determined by the course offerings of the school. An additional foreign language would be seen as a student expanding their language courses beyond the norm. While we do not determine course rigor by the number of AP or DE courses taken, this is the one metric that we can use (and "very strong" is too vague). The total AP/DE courses taken is over 4 years of HS, so it includes 12th grade.

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  33. In calculating the “average number of AP/IB/Dual Enrollment courses”, there are full year courses that get 2 semester grades (like AP World Lit, or AP US History, or AP Calc), and there are single semester courses (like AP Government and AP Macroeconomics) that get 1 semester grade. When UGA indicates that the new freshman had a mid-range of 6-10 courses, and average of 8” are you counting a full-year (two semester grades) course as 1 or 2 "AP courses?" Thank you for your assistance.

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    1. When we determine the overall number of AP/IB/DE courses taken over 4 years, these are based on full year work. For the small number of courses that are 1/2 year, we ask the student to round up. So if a student had 5.5 AP courses, they would round up to 6. As for a GPA, we calculate it based on the information on the transcript. So if the grades on the transcript are semesters, we then add weight for each semester grade. If it is year grades only, then we only add weight per year grade. The results are roughly the same as there would be twice as many semester grades as year grades, so there would be twice as many AP semester grades as AP year grades.

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  34. To add to the prior question: When calculating the adjusted UGA GPA, does UGA add "1" to each semester, or just "1" for the entire full-year course? Thanks again ...

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  35. Who can I contact to see what classes I can transfer into and exercise physiology major?

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    1. I suggest first looking at our transfer equivalency page on the admissions site, then review the major in the UGA Bulletin for courses needed for the major. You can also find a contact person for the major in the bulletin and email them with any detailed major questions.

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  36. Are home-educated students ever accepted in the EA round or are they typically deferred for RD application review?

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    1. We have admitted home educated students as EA and RD applicants. Just make sure to review our web page on home educated students for what we look at and what we need.

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  37. How many RD applications did you receive this past year?

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    1. We had roughly 15,000 EA applicants and 10,000 RD applicants this year.

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  38. Given the 15,000 EA applicants and 10,000 RD applicants this past year, how many students were selected for admission from the EA and RD groups respectively?

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    1. I do not have that break down, sorry. It gets challenging when you have deferred EA decisions, RD applicants who are admitted in February, etc. As I have said before, we do not have a difference in the process or decisions between EA and RD, only in the timing of the reviews.

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  39. I know that UGA super scores the ACT. If I turn in 3 different ACT scores with a different high in each subject, would it bring my application down?
    Also my first ACT scores were:
    English: 27
    Reading: 15
    Math: 31
    Science: 31
    I understand my reading score is really low just for this one ACT, will this bring my application down?

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    1. UGA will use the highest subscore to calculate the super score Composite, and it does not impact a student if we only have one score or multiple ones. The Reading score you have is low and looks out of balance with the other scores, but it is not something that would have much of an impact on our decision (we put our focus on the ACT English and Math).

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  40. If I did full time dual enrollment my junior and senior year can i still do early action? Or do i have to apply as a transfer student? i have over 30 credits.

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    1. If you have not yet graduated from college, then you will apply as a freshman. We have a large number of students who take DE work, but since they are still HS students, they apply as freshman. Transfers are students who have taken at least 1 year post-HS graduation at another college and then apply to UGA. We are fine if you apply EA or RD, as that is your choice.

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  41. If an EA applicant is rejected outright, are they eligible for transfer from another college in the future? We attended an admissions informational session and it was stated that an EA rejection precluded reapplication in the future. I interpreted that to mean forever, but my spouse interpreted as just for that year. Please clarify.

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    1. If an EA freshman applicant is denied for admission, they cannot then re-apply for admission as an RD freshman applicant for the same term. A freshman denial means a freshman denial. We have a large number of students who were denied as freshman applicants (EA and RD) who then apply and are admitted as transfers in the future, and we are fine with this.

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  42. Does UGA accept weighted GPA?

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    1. When a freshman applies to UGA, we calculate our own GPA using the core grades from the HS transcript. As such, we do not look at the GPA on the HS transcript, as different schools calculate things so differently (and we want a consistent GPA across all applicants). I have a blog post you can search for about our GPA, and you can do a search on the word GPA.

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  43. Hello
    I go to a small school that does not offer AP classes, but it offers dual enrollment. Will UGA see the classes my school offers? I do not want my chances of acceptance to decrease solely because I was not able to take AP classes.

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    1. We work with your counselor to get an understanding as to what your school offers as compared to what you have taken, so your school not having AP courses will not hurt you.

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  44. Are the chances of getting denied for EA pretty high for a student with a 3.8 GPA and having over 30 college hours?

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    1. I have no idea, sorry. Remember that we calculate our own GPA, and for the most part we look at core grades, overall rigor in core areas, and test scores in our initial review for EA and RD. As well, it also depends on what the other applicants are like.

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  45. Did the EA application requirements change? When I visited the university in the spring, the admissions presenter said that the only things considered for EA admissions are grades, class rigor and ACT/SAT scores. The current application requires essays. Do I need to submit essays for the EA application?

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    1. For a number of reasons, our office has added the essays (cut down from 3 to 2) to the EA application instead of having just RD and deferred EA applicants complete them. As in years past, EA reviews will primarily be based on academic factors, although some files will have a more detailed review. In addition, these essays might also be used for scholarship review. In addition, we will use the essays if a student is deferred and we look at everything in the file during our holistic review. You can look at some of my blog posts from the spring and summer for more details.

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  46. I have two questions. How are dual enrollment classes considered? Are they counted as an AP course?

    Also, my son has submitted an ED app, but we would like to submit a recommendation letter from an alumnus. Can we still do that? If so, how can we get that submitted?

    Thank you!!

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    1. We do not add any weight to a GPA calculation for DE grades like we do for AP/IB grades, as AP/IB work is nationally standardized, while DE work is not. We do consider DE work in the same vein as AP and IB courses when we are looking at overall rigor.

      As for the recommendations, once a student has submitted an application, they can go to their status page to see about materials that have been submitted. On the status page it shows the optional teacher recommendation with a link to the Recommendation page of the application, and this is where a student can access this page and add recommendations as well.

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  47. Does EA or RD make a difference in the scholarships awarded? I don't want to get accepted without a scholarship so should I just wait to improve my ACT score for a scholarship. And are there more academic scholarships (awarded through application) other than the ones listed on the website.

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    1. There is no difference in our scholarship review between EA and RD, but that does not mean you will have a scholarship offer the moment you are admitted, as we award them at different times in the review process.

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    2. Could you please elaborate on what you mean by "we award them at different times in the review process," and what other kinds of scholarships are given to high academic standing students? I also want to know if I can be admitted as an Honors Student under RD.

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    3. We will offer scholarships from late November/early December through early April, as we need to look at the overall applicants pool prior to completing the scholarship process. Yes, RD applicants can apply and be admitted to the Honors program, but you need to review the application process for Honors on their site.

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  48. I failed geometry sophomore year, I retook it over the summer. Does UGA still calculate your gpa the class you failed or do they not count it just the one that you redid?

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    1. We use both grades in the calculation of a GPA.

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  49. Have their been students admitted to UGA with a GPA of 2.8 as a freshmen applicant?

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    1. Compared to our applicant pool, this GPA is well below both the average and the mid-ranges. As such, it is highly unlikely.

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  50. Do your ACT/SAT have to be received by the school by October 15 for EA or does it just need to be sent in by then?

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    1. Test scores have to be both taken and UGA added as a score recipient by the application deadline.

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  51. If deferred early action, can a student submit a later sat score to be looked at in RD?

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    1. A deferred EA student can get in new scores and fall grades for when we review this deferred EA file in our holistic review (they don't change to RD FYI).

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  52. If a person with a 2.8 gpa and a score of 35-36 on the Act. Do they have a chance to get into UGA?

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    1. I do not guess about admissions decisions. In saying this, please note that we have stated that what you do day in and day out for 4 years (GPA and course rigor) is much more important that what you do over 4 hours on a Saturday morning (SAT/ACT). As such, you have put yourself in a challenging situation admissions-wise based on your academic data.

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  53. I just submitted my ACT scores today. If they do not come in by October 15th does that mean I cannot go EA? And if they don't come in is there an alternative I can do to get them in?

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    1. The deadline requirement for test scores is to have them both taken and requested by the deadline (for you, 10/15). You have done this, so it is fine.

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  54. While filling out the application where do I list my academic honors and awards? While the paper application has a section for these, there seems to be none on the online application.

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    1. I think you might be looking a paper application from a while ago, as we no longer have a section for just academic honors/awards. Most honors and awards that are important to us are tied to an activity, sport or summer job. If you have others besides this, you can upload a resume with these on it.

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  55. Now, that EA includes 2 essays, are the essays now given some weight for admission during EA?

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    1. For some EA files, we will be reading the essays for a decision review. For all deferred EA files, we will be looking at the essays in our longer holistic review process. For some admitted EA students, we will be using the essays in our scholarship review.

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  56. Since acceptance to UGA has become so competitive, why is early action acceptance not binding?

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    1. UGA does not feel comfortable making students and parents make a commitment until the have adequate time to make a decision, so we give every admitted student until May 1 to make a decision.

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  57. For Early Action, score reports must be requested by the 15th. However, the ACT website is down until Monday so I can't request my scores until then. What should I do?

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    1. We expect that if you request the scores to be sent on 10/16, then we will have them for Early Action. We cannot say with certainty though, as we do not control the sending of the scores.

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    2. Okay, thank you for the response. How will I know for sure if you will have them for EA or not after I request them?

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    3. If you see the scores on the admissions status page prior to us making EA decisions, that means we received them and will use them for EA.

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  58. What if I am using the Coalition Application?

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    1. This comment was meant to be a response to the conversation above. I apologize.

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    2. If you apply using the Coalition application, you will receive an email the following day that gives you the information needed to access your UGA application status page.

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    3. Okay thank you very much I appreciate it!!

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  59. Hello I was wondering in order for me to officially apply as an early action applicant do I necessarily need my transcript also sent. I will submit my application before today is over but my counselor cannot send my transcript until Monday. Will this hinder my chance to officially apply by the early action deadline

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    1. For EA, the deadline for supporting documents is 10/22 and test scores must be requested by 10/15.

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  60. Hi, if i turn in the application with my previous SAT score(which was decent), will UGA still look at my future ACT score that i plan to take on 10/18

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    1. If you applied EA then the 10/18 scores are too late for EA. If you are talking about RD admissions, we will bring in the scores and have them prior to making any decision.

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  61. If my EA application gets deferred to RD, will I have a chance to update the information with my fall activities or does the same application stand as is?
    Thanks.

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    1. We will have an option for deferred students to give us some updated information.

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  62. I sent my ACT scores from my 9th grade and they most likely would get me deffered. I requested my SAT scores to be sent and I did much better on those, but they arrived today. I am kind of worried that you guys already looked through my ACT scores before my SAT scores arrived. Am I stressing for no reason?

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    1. Yes, you are stressing for no reason. We have been doing this for a long time, and we know that test scores come in at different times during the process. As such, we have built our review system on the basis that this will occur. When test scores come in, they automatically update in the student record. Our office does not make any decisions until we are done with importing of materials and test scores. We use this time to make sure of academic information, rigor, etc., but we hold on actual decisions until all data is in.

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  63. Hi.. If I'm not mistaken last year (in 2016) Early Action decisions were announced around November 15th.. Just wondering if it is going to be around the same time frame this year too ?

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    1. No idea right now. When I know, I will announce it here on the blog.

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  64. I was deferred in EA. 30 on ACT and 3.97 GPA. Solid classes in HS, AP and DC. Lots of leadership and Im confident my essays were good. I now feel not wanted by UGA. Based on prior years I thought I would be accepted in EA, even had a chance for Honors college. Can you shed any light on this?

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    1. I cannot guess about decisions, sorry. Remember that we calculate our own GPA, we focus on the English and Math sections of the ACT, and that the admitted group this year (and overall EA pool) was very strong.

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  65. If you are deferred from the EA pool does that mean you will not/can not be accepted into the honors program during the RD decisions?

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    1. The Honors program is separate from admissions, so we could not guess about that.

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  66. What percentage of deferred students in the early action process get admitted in April?

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    1. Every year is different, so there is no set percentage.

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  67. Why does UGA admit so many students by EA under different criteria, non-holistic vs holistic, compared to RD applicants and why does UGA feel that this is nondiscriminatory?

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    1. I do not think you understand how UGA makes freshman decisions, so I suggest you review the page called Review Process. In a nutshell, both EA and RD applicants are given an initial academic review, and if applicants meet a certain academic level, they are admitted in November for EA or February for RD. We use the same review process, the same criteria, etc. For students, EA or RD, who are not admitted on academics, we then perform holistic reads on the applications to determine the final decisions in March.

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  68. Would you consider a weighed School gpa of 3.6 having taken 8 Ap’s and one dual enerollment (stat) over somebody with a school gpa of 3.9 only having taken 4 aps or less. My other question is , what you consider a good sat and act score ?

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    1. We do not determine rigor based on AP coursework, but on what a student has taken over 4 years in the core areas vs what is offered. As such, it is hard to guess the challenge of a student's rigor based on these numbers. As for grades, the stronger the better as you would guess. We don't have any specific test scores, but I suggest looking at my most recent post for mid range scores for EA admits.

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