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 we have receive more detailed information about the student. 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.

And for those of you who apply EA just because you do not have to complete the part II essays of the application, even though you are not near the mid ranges in the profile, I would suggest you think again. Give yourself time to get your application together, and do not rush to complete it by the deadline just because you "knew" you would be deferred but did not want to do part II of the application yet. 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.

174 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. If my GPA is not as great but I have a great SAT/ACT score and participated in some extra-curriculum, will I be denied? and for extra-curriculum can it be outside of school also?

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    1. We cannot predict a student's chances of being admitted as there are many factors that we are looking at in the admissions review, and GPA is just one of those. I would suggest looking at the profile for the middle 50% of students enrolled last year, online here https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first-year-class-profile.html . I would also suggest looking here to see what we are looking at for First Year applicants,
      https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first-year-admission-criteria.html .

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  4. I am planning to apply early in October this year but the thing is that I am also taking my SAT in October and I doubt that my scores will be in by the 15th of October. So what should I do?

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    1. We will accept all test dates that occur by the application deadline, October 15 for Early Action. Students must designate UGA as an automatic recipient for scores in order to ensure that we receive them in time.

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  5. Is EA binding? I know some schools take your early admission as a promise to attend their school.

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    1. EA (Early Action) at UGA is non-binding, so if admitted, you do not have to decide on attending until May 1. Generally, a college that has an Early Decision program is binding, where Early Action generally is non-binding.

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  6. I'm planning to apply Early Action, but as I look over the Fall 2014 application part 1, I see all kinds of questions about community service, extracurricular, etc. Since Early Action is only concerned with grades, rigor, and test scores, should I just leave the other questions blank?

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    1. I suggest you answer these questions, as we are asking them specifically in Early Action to make sure that all of our applicants have this information when the University reviews files for leadership scholarships. The difference in the application between EA and RD is that you do not need to do the 4 short essays for EA, and we do not need a teacher recommendation in the EA process. Fill out the entire application as listed.

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  7. Will we have to pay the application fee again if we get deferred and go into Regular Decision? Thank you so much for all your information on this blog!

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    1. No, you would not pay another app,ideation fee if deferred, as you are not applying again, only giving us a little more information so we an more fully review your file.

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  8. Just took the SAT Oct 5th. After reading this blog, I realize I should have requested UGA as an automatic recipient. Unfortuneately, I didn't . Is it possible to still apply early action and the scores recieved on time?

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    1. You can apply for Early Action, and if the test scores are not in (meaning we do not have any test scores), you would be incomplete for Early Action and we would defer you. My suggestion would be to speak with the College Board about having them sent to UGA, and how long it would take. The 10/5 scores will get to us by about 10/24, and we will continue to take scores for several days after that, but I cannot guess about your scores and when they would get to us.

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  9. How do you superscore ACT? Do you select the highest subscore from each section (four sections in each ACT) of the different test dates and recalculate the ACT composite?

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    1. An ACT composite score is the average of the 4 subscores (writing not included), so we select the highest subscores from any ACT's we receive and create a new composite. As well we will use the highest ACT English/Writing combination.

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  10. Are schools you attend considered as a factor in the admission process? Also is ethnicity and native language considered as well?

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    1. We do look at the high school(s) you attend, what courses are offered at that school, and how students from your school have done when attending UGA in the recent past (I think this is what you are asking). Ethnicity is not a factor we use in our evaluation, and we do not focus on native language, but we do notice if English is not your native language and if a student recently moved to the US in trying to understand test scores, writing styles, etc.

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  11. In the early decision process, is the extracurricular section used as somewhat of a factor in admission decision or is it all grades?

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    1. For Early Action we look at GPA, rigor of curriculum and SAT/ACT scores. Leadership and activities are not considered.

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  12. Does having major surgeries or a illness that affected your GPA be considered during the process?

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    1. If you include this information on the application, it would be considered in the Regular Decision process.

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  13. I just want to double check--if I am enrolled in a college course this year, should I have the university send an official transcript to UGA, or is that not necessary as long as I have already indicated that I am taking the class on the main application portion?

    Thank you so much! I realize that this isn't a question about EA/RD, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. See answer in the other section with this question.

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  14. You recalculate the GPA based on core grades right? What are the core grades that you look at?

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    1. Core courses fall into the areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language (and any humanities that fall into any of these areas, such as Psych, Sociology, etc.). We also use any AP or IB courses that do not fall into these areas (such as AP Computer Science).

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  15. If a student didn't do good on a foreign language and did really well in all the other classes will that affect his chances of getting into UGA?

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    1. Yes, this would impact a decision, as foreign language grades are looked at in our overall review of core work. They are treated like any other core grades.

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  16. Do you look at each semester grade? Or the average of the 4 years?

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    1. We look at the semester grades (or year grades if that is the only grade) to determine GPA, understand shift from freshman to senior year, look for problem grades, etc.

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  17. My school gives a semester grade at the end of the semester so do you look at that or do you look at the average of the two semester grades?

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    1. As stated above, we would then look at the semester grades.

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  18. Do you look at grade for the beginning programming course? And do the clubs have to be tied to the major?

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    1. The only computer course grades we look at are from AP Computer Science. As for clubs/activities, we look at any/all you tell us about, not just what is tied to your intended major.

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  19. Do you look at grade trends as part of the EA review process? For example, if one had a low A grade avg Freshman year and then a high A grade avg Junior year?

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    1. We are generally not able to look at grade trends in EA (unless there is a low grade aberration and we want to know when it was), but we do look at grade trends in our detailed file review.

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  20. I am taking Adv Calc II Senior year, and I am just wondering what you look at is as? Honors, AP, CP, ect?

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    1. We would look at it as an Advanced class, which in some high schools is similar to Honors.

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  21. 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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  22. If I have excellent grades my sophomore year and junior year but had average grades my freshman year due to surgeries will that be taken in consideration in the EA process even if I fall into the middle 50%?

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    1. Early Action is where we are looking at the bigger picture for academics (grades, rigor and test scores) in a short window of time, so we are not able to look at all 12,000 files for special circumstances. That type of review is where the more detailed file reading from Dec. to March will happen.

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  23. Do you actually look at the school/counselor evaluation form for EA? Or is that looked at during the detailed review for regular?

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    1. We look at parts of the school evaluation, specifically dealing with a student's rigor of coursework, the recommendation indicators, the school profile, etc. We are not able to review everything in the letter at this time though.

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  24. Do you offer Georgia Tech courses for freshman year at UGA?

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    1. I am somewhat confused, so can you please be more specific about your question? Only GA Tech offers GA Tech classes.

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    2. Can I go to UGA and take Georgia Tech classes at UGA? For freshman year and transfer to GA Tech?

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    3. If you are admitted to UGA, you would then take UGA courses. You may be thinking about a program called cross registration, but that is limited to a small number of colleges and is only for a small number of courses that are not offered at your home institution. Since it looks like you want to graduate from GA Tech, I suggest you speak with them about admissions, both freshman and transfer.

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  25. In freshman year in high school... I got all B's the first semester and I got All A's the second semester in all honors and accelerated classes would you consider the upward trend when deciding in admissions?

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    1. In our more detailed review of files from December to March, we will look at a number of things, including an applicant's grade trends over their 4 years of high school.

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  26. I looked at the news that by 11/15, students could receive Early Action decision. Is it true?

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    1. What news is this from? We do not have any specific date set yet, as we have to see how long it takes to review the 12,000+ EA applicants (600+ more than last year). We will let you know when we know a date, but it could be close to the release date before we know it.

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  27. What are all the things you consider besides GPA?

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    1. From the File Review Process page:
      "During UGA's Admission Decisions that go out in November and February, the focus is on an three academic criteria: the student’s grades in core academic courses, the rigor of a student’s course selection as compared to what is offered in the school/community, and the student's best combination of scores on the SAT or ACT (we do not cross scores between the SAT and ACT though). UGA does not have a minimum GPA, SAT or ACT, as we are looking at a combination of all of the academic factors."

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  28. What is UGA required GPA and SAT? Do you have pre med?

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    1. We do have pre-med as a pre-professional interest, and you would then generally major in a science area. As for the required SAT or GPA, we do not have any except for what the state of Georgia lists for all GA colleges for SAT/ACT (430 CR/400 M or 17 ACT in those areas). I suggest looking at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/file-review-process.html for more details of what we look at in our review.

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  29. Hi, will the essay show on the application as "needed" or "not yet received" because on my application I do not see anything about an essay. I have turned in my application already but just need to get my counselor form to turn in.
    Thanks

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    1. I am assuming you applied Early Action, and if so, the essays are not required for EA, but if you are deferred, then you will need to do them. As for the counselor form, the materials deadline for EA was 10/22, so I would talk to your counselor ASAP, and hope that we are able to use it.

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  30. I took the ACT on the 26 of October, will my score be considered in my EA process? I feel that I did much better than on the SAT.

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    1. As stated on the deadline page under Early Action - "Official SAT or ACT (with Writing) scores sent to UGA by the testing agency, test must be taken and requested sent to UGA by the 10/15 deadline."

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  31. I'm thinking about choosing fashion merchandising major or some kind of an art major at UGA. With the application, do I need to or can I submit an art portfolio? If I can, is there a better chance for me to get into UGA?

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    1. You would not submit this for undergraduate admissions review, but if admitted, you would then work with the Lamar Dodd School of Art to have them review your portfolio for admission to specific art majors (you would initially be admitted as a general art major).

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  32. I'm a junior in high school right now, but I'm wanting to look deep into colleges as early as I can. I plan on double majoring in Business and Journalism. This year I'm taking my very first AP class (AP Lang). Next year I plan on taking AP Lit, AP Stats (maybe), AP Psych for one semester, AP Human Geo the following semester. Is that enough AP classes for consideration? Also, do you or have you ever accepted students who have made C's? I made a 79 in Business Essentials my sophomore year and 79 in PE my freshman year (I know, how can you make a 79 in PE?). I don't want anything lower than a B pulling me back from being admitted.

    P.S. I'm planning on applying RD if you were wondering

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    1. First, we do not measure the rigor of a student's curriculum by the number of AP classes, but by what they have taken overall as compared to what is offered at your school, and what courses you have challenged yourself with across the entire core spectrum. We also do not have a required number of AP courses needed for admission. As for grades, yes we have and will admit students who have C grades (we look at core course grades only), as we do not ave any specific grade cutoff. What we do look at is your overall core grades, your grade trends, the challenge of your coursework, along with a number of other factors. And remember, admission is not based on what you are like as compared to some standard set of academic factors, but as compared to the other applicants in the overall admission pool.

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  33. What's the earliest that someone could find out about EA?

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    1. Please review my latest post, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2013/10/random-admissions-thoughts-october-2013.html, and specifically bullet point #3.

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    2. Thanks and your correct patients is a virtue!! Just excited!

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  34. question? What I my likely hood of getting EA. I have a 4.24 I'm 26 out of 528 and I took 8 AP classes and I have a 29 on my ACT? I know you can't say for sure but give it a guess?

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    1. Sorry, but I never guess about decisions.

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  35. I applied EA, and I understand that if I get deferred, I can apply under RD. RD requires a recommendation from a teacher from my junior or senior year of high school, correct? I'm a full time dual enrolled student and have been since my junior year, so all of my teachers are actually professors of large classrooms who aren't very personal with their students. Would it be okay to get a recommendation from a teacher from my sophomore or freshman year of high school or would I need to some how access one of my college professors?

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    1. If you are deferred, you do not apply RD. you would just complete part II online and get a teacher rec, and we are fine if you get a sophomore teacher if necessary (I do not suggest a freshman teacher, as that is a long time ago).

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  36. I have never visited Georgia once in my life, but on a hunch I decided to research this university. after reading on admissions for transfer students, looking at the campus and campus life, as well as the academics this school has to offer it seems to be my perfect match. I was just wondering, aside from a good GPA and good test scores, what extracurricular activities will better my chance of acceptance?

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    1. For transfer applicants, we focus only on your transfer grades and the number of hours you have completed. See the File Review Process page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/file-review-process.html, for more details.

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  37. I am planning on applying to the University of Georgia. I have a 3.7 GPA, but not the best standardized test scores. I would like to know how admissions looks at an application- do you base your decisions off of SAT/ACT scores?

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    1. I suggest you review the File Review Process page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/file-review-process.html, and also look at the different labels for my posts from the last 4+ years about how we make decisions.

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  38. Does UGA require you to take the writing portion of the ACT to be admitted?

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    1. If you only send the ACT, then we need the ACT Writing for your file to be complete. If we do not have the ACT Writing, we cannot use the ACT.

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  39. I was deferred from UGA early action. When do I find out if I was accepted for RD?

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    1. You can see the timeline for decisions at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/timelines.html, so you are looking at late March.

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  40. Is there more information on being deferred from EA? I've read several posts and pages on it, but I still worry about not getting accepted even as RD.

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    1. First, you are not Regular Decision, you are a deferred EA applicant, so that we can make sure you get in part II. Second, I suggest you read some of the file reading posts I did a few years ago, as this is the process your file and many others will go through.

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  41. I'd really like to understand how EA vs Deferred are reached. My son was deferred yet a friend of his, that I know has lower grades and ACT score, was given EA. Is it possible to actually talk with someone in admittance about this or is it too late in any case?

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    1. We are okay to talk to you about your student, but we cannot speak about another student with you. As well, remember that we calculate our own GPA, focus on certain ACT subscores & not the Composite, and look at a student's overall rigor of curriculum. As such, what you see might be different from what we focus on in our review.

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  42. I was deferred from UGA because of test scores. I knew this was a huge possibility because of how low they were, though i thought maybe my high achievement in my academics would outweigh those scores. I understand that those EA admitted are chosen on a basis on a specific range of scores etc. but it was to my understanding that if you applied EA i would not have today for RD application if i was deferred. So my question is do i have to pay another application fee?

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    1. You do not need to pay again or complete another application, you just need to complete part II and get in a teacher rec.

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  43. I been deferred from the early action to regular action. I know that I have to complete a part II in order to apply regular decision. Thing is, i want to change my major. Is that possible when doing part II for regular decision?

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    1. Applicants cannot change their major until orientation.

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    2. The major I put was biomedical engineering. I have a really high GPA above 3.8 with about 11 AP classes in total and right at UGA's average for the SAT. Are you sure that decisions aren't based on majors? Biomedical engineering sounds really advanced and maybe that's why I been deferred. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    3. I am sure, because I work for the UGA Admissions office, and I help plan out the decisions and the method of review. You should also be sure due to the fact that we allow you to change your major at orientation, and why would we make decisions based on a factor that you could change before yu even start classes at UGA? My one suggestion is to look at where you came up with your 3.8 GPA. If this is based on the GPA on your transcript, then know that we do not look at it. We calculate our own GPA, and a 3.8 would mean that you would have roughly 4 A's for every B grade. Hopefully this helps you a little.

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    4. Just in a little mid life crisis after I been deferred. Thank you for your response. It helps a lot.

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  44. I been deferred from early action to regar decision. In part II of the application i notice there isnt a page where we can update our application. For instance, i have a job right now that is really important to me and i would like to put that job on my application. Is there a way i can do that?

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    1. There is a final page after the essays where you can add new information, so you can add it there.

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  45. I been deferred from the early action to regular action. Is it possible to update our resume? For instance, say I got a really important job. Is it possible to update my application with that in it?

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    1. There is a page on part II after the essays for new information where you can add this information.

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  46. Are there students with a 3.6 that are admitted to uga?

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    1. I am sure we will have students with 3.6 GPA's (how we calculate it) admitted to UGA.

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  47. Are writing classes considered as core classes for UGA? At my school it is considered as a core class since it falls under Language Arts

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    1. Standard writing courses can be considered core classes, but not Newspaper or Journalism or similar courses.

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  48. If my essays for regular decisions are absolutely amazing but my act/gpa is around a point lower than the requirements. will the essays help balance that out?

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    1. First, UGA does not have any GPA or test score requirements. Second, strong essays can help in a review, but we look at a number of factors, so it depends on your overall profile and the applications of all other students applying.

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  49. If I got deferred EA does that mean I have to pay an application fee again when I apply regular?

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    1. Also how exactly do I send in my teacher recommendation?

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    2. You do not reapply and you do not send in another app fee. Just go to myStatus, complete part II, and there is a space on myStatus near the bottom to enter in your teacher's email.

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  50. Are teacher recommendations required?

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    1. One teacher rec is required for deferred EA or RD applicants.

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  51. Hi!
    My friend got a 1670 on SAT and had 3.9 GPA and got in for early.
    Is it true that it's easier to get in if you do EA than RD because it shows that you're more interested in this college? So if I apply for RD with higher scores, is it likely for me to get in too?

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  52. First, EA is not harder or easier than ED, as this page states clearly. If your friend had applied RD, he would have been admitted because he met EA criteria. Second, we do not look at the overall SAT, but instead at the subscores, and I have no idea if he also had an ACT. Lastly, we do not look at interest in our process, so again, EA vs RD is just a timing issue. Oh, and I do not guess on decisions, so I cannot guess on your's, and remember that our decisions are based on more than a GPA and test score.

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  53. If you apply RD, will you calculate the first semester grades from senior year with the other grades from the previous years? Or is the first semester senior year grades completely left out?

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    1. If you apply to UGA after you have completed the fall term and entered these grades into the self-reported grades section (and get us a transcript with these grades on it), we will be able to use the all grades in the GPA calculation.

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  54. Next year I'm going to apply RD, but I'm gonna send mine in before December 15th to see if I'm qualified for scholarships. Will I be able to send in my first semester senior year grades once those grades are finalized so the people at admissions can include them in the recalcuation of my GPA?

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    1. You will be able to send in an updated transcript, but we are not able to recalculate your GPA after the initial calculation due to manpower and the large volume of transcripts.

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    2. Will the updated transcript affect the possibility of receiving a merit-based scholarship, or does the new information only affect one's acceptance into the university while merits only focus on freshmen though junior years? If the first semester of senior year is considered for theses scholarships, would someone who applied EA and submitted an updated transcript with excellent AP grades his/her first semester senior-year be considered favorable over someone who applied EA with the identical freshman-junior transcript who didn't submit an updated transcript?

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    3. An updated transcript could impact scholarship information, but generally we go by the first three years, as that is what we require. Honors does require a transcript from the first term, so it would impact their decision. As for the last question, every decision is different, so I cannot guess about this.

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  55. Is it possible to change my intended major once I have submitted the part II of the application? Or is it too late?

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    1. After your initial selection of a major, you are not able to change your major until you attend orientation. At orientation, you can make a change to any major offered.

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  56. Hi, I applied EA and got in. I intend to become a UGA freshman this fall! But I was worrying about my senior grades. Though I am not failing any classes, I do have one or two C's currently. However these classes are the most difficult in my school. Will these C's cancel my admission?

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    1. I cannot make an accurate guess at this stage, but I will say that 1 or 2 C grades will not cause us to rescind an offer. But if your grades dip lower or we see even more C or lower grades Spring semester, we will need to review the situation and get more details from you.

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  57. If we were admitted early action, were our first semester grades sent to UGA anyways?

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    1. Admissions does not need an admitted student's first semester grades, but we will need a final transcript after you graduate.

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  58. Will i still be considered for automatic scholarships if I was deferred from early action to regular decision?

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    1. Yes you will be considered for scholarships, but remember, these are competitive.

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  59. 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.
    What is the best next step for me?

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    1. We are fine with the check getting to us by 1/22, but I would suggest sending it out ASAP tomorrow so there is no delay.

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  60. My teacher recommendation is not showing a check mark yet? This is electronic, so I thought it wouldn't take long for it to process. Should I be worried? Do I need to get my teacher to re do it?
    Ps. It was submitted yesterday afternoon.

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  61. When do you expect that all summer transfer applicants would be notified?

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    1. Please refer to the Timelines page for our timelines on decisions.

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  62. Okay I am basically a straight A student, but I didn't do to well on my SAT's high 980, but I am confused do you guys use the University System of Georgia or Collegeboard SAT score requirements. Also how much does the SAT really weigh requiring your guys decisions on admission?

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    1. We do not have any requirements for SAT/ACT scores, but the college board at times lists averages, and we do have a bottom line for each section given to us by the USG. we look at many things, with grades and course rigor coming first, test scores, activities, essays, etc. Test scores are a part of our process, but not the dominant one.

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    2. If you are a out of state student like me how do this factor into being accepted at the school? Does the school have a rough percentage of out of state students?

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    3. We look at in-state and out-of-state applicants the same, and we have no set % for either group. In other words, this does not matter.

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  63. A student has applied for EA and was deferred. Other students that were RA and have been notified. When will the EA deferred students be notified? UGA is my first choice but I have a scholarship offer at another institution and must commit by April 1. Any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. First, I would suggest looking at the Timelines page, as we give details on the freshmen timelines. Second, all final decisions for freshmen go out in late March. Third, if a school is asking you to commit by 4/1, they are going against the standard practice of a 5/1 commitment deadline, and you should speak to them about this unfair practice.

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  64. I'm a junior and I plan on applying at Georgia this year. My last semester of freshman year, I didn't pass Math 1. I'm currently retaking it to make up for it. Will you include the old grade or the new grade in the GPA recalculation? Also if I retake one other class (regular class, not an honors or AP class) that I made a very low C in to aim for high B or low A, will you include the old grade or the new grade? Thanks.

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    1. We will use all core grades in our calculation of a GPA, so we would use both the old and the new grade.

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  65. I am currently a Sophomore in high school, and I am seriously considering attending Georgia. My GPA right now is a 3.526 and I am trying to get it up to a 3.73. I am also involved in many extra-curricular activities. Does anyone know my chances of getting accepted?

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    1. This is not a "chance me" site like College Confidential, but instead is a blog that is run by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We created this site to try and help applicants or future applicants navigate the admissions process. If you have any questions, please let us know. If you want people to "chance" you, there are a few other sites to visit.

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  66. My question wasn't answered...

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  67. When applying for EA and UGA looks at rigor of curriculum, does that include the types of classes that will be taken during senior year too? or is it just through junior year?

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    1. We look at all four years of classes.

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  68. I am still confused on how UGA calculates their own GPA? Do they take every individual grade or semester grade averages when calculating? Does the .5 only apply to AP classes that have not been added points?

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    1. It is best if you review http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2013/11/calculating-uga-gpa.html and then let me know what you are still not sure about our GPA calculation.

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    2. Thank you! That helped a lot. Also, do grade trends matter at all (like, overall mostly A's with few B's or C's) or do you only take what the calculated GPA turns out to be?

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    3. When we are just reviewing academic data, we do not look at grade trends. When we are reviewing files in more depth (looking at everything in the file during the read process), we will look at grade trends and how students have done in more challenging classes.

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    4. Is the read process part of EA?

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    5. When we review EA applicants initially, we are focused on the key academic factors mentioned in this page. If we defer an application, it moves into the mor holistic/overall read process. The same process occurs for RD applicants, just at a later time due to the deadlines/timelines for both.

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  69. Do all applicants (EA, RD, and deferred) have an equal opportunity for admission? In other words, is there a certain limit for the number of applicants that are accepted? or will there be some that are wait-listed?

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    1. UGA does have a limit on the number of people who we can admit, but both EA and RD applicants are treated in the same way, just on different timelines, so there is an equal opportunity for both EA and RD.

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  70. I am an international student. My May SAT scores weren't good enough, and I know that they might be week for my admission. so, I am planning to retake the test on 11 of October. that means I'll miss the deadlines for the EA. Should I apply for the EA or the RD?
    Thank you.

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    1. We will accept the October SAT for EA as long as you list UGA as one of the recipients when you sign up for the test. As for if you should apply EA or RD, that is up to you, as it is a timing issue, not a difference in chances for admission.

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  71. Hi, I am preparing for the fall 2015 application and was wondering if you could please explain to me the requirements for teacher/counselor recommendations as well as the number of essays required.

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    1. If you apply EA, you need to have a school evaluation sent in from your counselor (either our form or a common app form). If you are deferred EA or apply RD, you also need to send in a teacher recommendation. As for essays, you only submit these if you apply RD or are deferred in the EA process, and I will have a post on the essays in a few days.

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  72. I am an out of state student whose school does not weight GPAs. In your class profile it says the middle 50% for GPA is 3.77-4.05, so will you weight my GPA if I apply EA?

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    1. We recalculate all GPA's so it does not matter if a HS weights or does not weight a GPA, as we redo them all.

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  73. Is there an advantage to applying Sept 10th compared to October 10th for EA?

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    1. The only advantage would be that you take care of things earlier, you can make sure all materials are in without dealing with deadline delays (we receive a huge volume of materials right around the deadline), and you can feel comfortable that your file is complete well early of the 10/15 deadline.

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  74. Do ACT "and" SAT scores have to be submitted for early admission?

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    1. We require either the SAT or the ACT (with Writing), so you do not have to give us both exams. We are fine with both, and we will only use your best score, so I suggest sending in all scores, but that is up to you.

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  75. If I were to take the SAT one more time on October 11th, would I still be able to apply Early Action and meet the October 15/22 deadline? I have the GPA, course rigor, and AP exam scores to get in, but I want to take the SAT another time to be able to qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship. Do you think I have enough time to take the SAT in order to apply EA?

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    1. Yes, we can use the Oct SAT for EA. You can use the Deadlines page for more details on deadlines and materials.

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  76. Is it possible to complete the application for EA without submitting your scores? Could I apply in September, but take the SAT in October and just make my scores automatically send to UGA Admissions?

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    1. Yes, you can apply prior to sending us SAT or ACT scores, and we will use the October SAT scores for EA if you request them to be sent to us when you sign up for the test.

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    2. You are awesome. Thanks for your reply.

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  77. What is ratio of students that get deferred versus those who get denied? What causes one to be denied?

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    1. I assume you are asking about our Early Action process, correct? In recent years, we have not denied a huge number of students in Early Action, but rough estimates are about 60% EA admitted, 30% deferred, and 10% denied. This is a rough estimate, as each year is different due to the applicant pool and the overall projection of our freshman class. If a student is denied EA, it is generally due to the academic profile of the student being much lower overall than what the applicant pool is looking like for that year (focusing on core grades, rigor, and test scores).

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  78. I am hoping to early apply this coming fall, as long as I can get my ACT score up a point or two. I was wondering, do you take account for the classes we are currently enrolled in as a senior? I know you look at rigor of schedule, but not sure if you look at the latest classes. I am concerned with this because the school I go to did not have many AP classes until this coming year, as I am taking three. I had only taken two prior to this year.

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    1. In our review of rigor, we look at all courses taken from 9th through 12th, so we look at all four years of HS.

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  79. Is there a number I can call to schedule a 1 on 1 meeting with an admission counselor? I'm coming in July 30th for a visit and a "First Year Admission Information Session" (sorry if that's not the right technical name) and I was hoping I could have the meeting after my visit and session that day. Me and my parents have ALOT of questions about the application process and everything due to me being a dual enrollment student which makes some things kind of complicated. Thank you so much!

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    1. Also one last question, If I send in both my SAT and ACT scores (my act is better in my opinion) is it ok if I didn't take the ACT writing? I saw that you said earlier if you send ONLY your ACT, then you have to have a writing for it to acceptable. I didn't choose to do the ACT writing, but I did take the SAT three times so I can include my super score of those three writing scores right?

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    2. After the info session, you will have time to ask questions and talk to the person who led the info session, so that should be what you need. If not, ask to speak with the primary counselor on duty that day. As for the ACT W, we need and ACT W score if you want us to use your ACT scores. We superscore test scores, but not across test types.

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