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.

154 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. I am a senior this year and I plan on attending UGA when I graduate and I want to apply for the scholarships given at UGA but I do not know when to apply for them or how to apply for them and when do I submit an application to get admitted into UGA by fall of 2015?

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    1. The Fall 2015 freshman application opens on 9/2, and this application serves as the scholarship application for all but one scholarship, the Foundation Fellowship/Ramsey Scholarship program (see https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/scholarships-at-uga.html for more details).

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  29. Hello, I am a senior and will have only graduated with taking 3 AP Classes. My school only offers 5. Will this be looked down upon if most people in our school only take 3 of the 5 AP offered classes? Also, if I made an A in all 3 of the AP courses, but did not pass the exam, do you all see my exam score? Thank you.

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    1. We look at your curriculum in context of what is offered, so we would not expect a student at a school with 20 AP courses to take all 20, but we do expect students to challenge themselves. For AP exam results, we suggest entering these in on the application, but we only receive scores if you send them to us.

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  30. In the EA application, is our class rank considered? I am ranked 3rd in my class of about 100 students and have a 4.0 unweighted GPA. My class is extremely competitive. Also, my SAT/ACT scores are right under the average acceptance scores.. How is this all considered?

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    1. We do not focus on rank in class. We look at your overall academic profile in comparison with the other applicants.

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  31. Do you all consider the amount of people applying from each high school? Say if 25/100 students applied EA, would you all consider not accepting such a large group from one school?

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    1. We look at students within the context of the entire applicant pool, not within your HS. This is one of the myths I just wrote about on the blog.

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    2. Disregard this question. I have found it in another blog.

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  32. What are a few of the least populated major/minor classes? For example if many students are interested in Pharmacy School at UGA, what does UGA offer that many students do not consider? Thank you for your gracious time.

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    1. The Pharmacy school is a separate situation, as it is a different application to this professional school. As for majors, we do not base decisions on majors, another myth I just wrote about.

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  33. Will the application be available 12am on September 2nd?

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    1. No, it will be open later in the day.

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  34. Please tell me what my chances are!!!!
    I have not taken a single CP class, every class I have taken is AP or Honors.
    I have a 3.975 GPA and I am ranked 7 out of 487.
    My SAT score was a 1370. I got a 510 on CR and 430 on math and writing.
    I got a 21 on my ACT.
    I would really like to apply for Early Decision. Do you think I have a chance of getting accepted?
    *I am taking my ACT in September again along with my SAT in October.

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    1. I have absolutely no idea what your chances are for admission, sorry. Since I have no idea what the applicant pool will be like overall, I cannot guess on any decisions. It is up to you, based if you are comfortable with us making a review of your file by October (no fall grades or later test scores), whether you should apply EA.

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  35. If I am taking the October SAT and applying for early admission, do I send the October scores to UGA now and then will i be able to send my previous score reports when I apply? or do i have to send them altogether?

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    1. I would suggest you go ahead and have all your scores sent in as soon as you can to make sure they are here.

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    2. will i still be able to send in previous scores when i apply if i choose to send in just the October scores now?

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    3. You can send test scores separately, but I would suggest you go ahead and send scores, as we superscore (so no negative in doing this), and I would not want you to miss out on a deadline. In addition, all scores must be sent from the testing agency, so sending them when you apply still requires you send them from the college board.

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  36. I got two C's my sophomore year in AP World (one of the harder classes in my school), but the rest of have been B's and A's with high class rigor. I have average test scores but a plethora of extracurriculars. Will these to C's MAJORLY hurt my chances? I am applying EA

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    1. The C grades will not stand out due to the fact that they are C's, but instead due to the fact that as a whole, they drop your overall academic standing as compared to a large number of other EA (and RD) applicants. Remember, in EA, we are focused on your overall grades, your four years of courses and your SAT/ACT scores. We do not have the review time in EA to look at extracurricular activities, but these will be looked at if you are deferred. As a whole, though, I cannot guess about your EA chances, as a big part of the situation has to do with who else applies (this also is a big part of RD decisions).

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  37. If I apply EA this year, what all do I need to send? From what I gathered from the website: my SATs and an official transcript. Also should I wait to contact College Board for my SAT scores when the application is released, or should I go ahead and get my scores sooner? Does College Board need to send my scores directly to the admissions office, or can I mail them? Does the same apply for the ACT?

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    1. Review the deadlines page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/admissions-deadlines.html, as this gives you all the details of what you need to have sent in. As for test scores, they need to be sent in from the testing agency, and you can go ahead and send them in. As for the school materials, have them sent in after you apply.

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  38. Since EA is strictly based on grades, are the other fill-in (writing) sections..like honors/awards.. on the EA Application completely dismissed?

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    1. Our focus in EA is on your academic information (core grades, HS curriculum, test scores), so we are not looking at your activities during this part of the admission review. But we do use these sections in our scholarship review and in our more detailed file reading time if you are deferred, so make sure you take your time and complete these sections fully.

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  39. will I still be able to send in my October 2014 act scores separate as soon as I get them in and my application still count?

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    1. If you look at the deadlines page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/admissions-deadlines.html, or the lead in pages to the application, you will see that the latest test score we can use for EA is the October SAT, and only if you request it to be sent to UGA when you sign up for it.

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  40. Is an applicant's rigor based on the number of AP classes or the types of AP Classes (ex- the number of math, science, social studies, etc.) one has taken/is currently taking? Moreover, does the admission team pay more attention to the transcript or counselor recommendation to determine the rigor of one's curriculum? Thank you!

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    1. An applicant's academic rigor is based upon what is available in the HS (and in addition at local colleges if the school has a tie in for DE courses), and what the student then takes, and it is based on all 4 years of HS. We look at all courses, from CP to honors, AP to DE, etc. it is based on information shared by the counselor and based on our review of the transcript, school evaluation and school profile.

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  41. If we are applying under regular decision, do you want end of junior year grades and senior mid year grades as well?

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    1. Yes, we would like to see first semester senior grades as well, and that is for deferred EA or RD applicants.

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    2. And I will be able to do the RD application (parts 1 and 2) after December 15th right?

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    3. The regular decision deadline is 1/15. Applicants can go ahead and submit an RD app now, or they an wait until 1/15, or anytime in between.

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    4. If I submit a RD application now, will you be able to update that application if I take another ACT, for example in December, and get those scores back and sent before the deadline on 1/15?

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    5. We will take test scores through the Jan SAT for RD and deferred EA, and we are fine to accept test scores after a student submits an application, as long as you submit them by the deadline.

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  42. Good morning! I know that a teacher recommendation letter is required for Regular Action and deferred Early Action, but would it be beneficial or harmful for me to submit one with my Early Action application?

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    1. We have no problem with you sending in a teacher recommendation during Early Action (my estimate is that about 2,000-3,000 EA applicants have one sent), but it will not be a part of the EA review. Many people go ahead and send one, though, in case they are deferred or if their school sends documents in as one large batch of items.

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  43. Does UGA require a counselor's letter of recommendation for EA? Also, does this and the high school transcript have to be sent through GA 411, or is there a physical address that it can be sent to?

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    1. UGA requires a transcript (this can be sent by GA411, Naviance/Parchment, or by mail although we prefer electronic), official test scores sent by the testing agency, and a school/counselor evaluation. The evaluation can be sent online through our own system. The day after your student applies, his myStatus site will display his application data and is a way they can track their materials. Under the counselor evaluation section, there will be a place to enter their counselor's email so the counselor will know they can enter their information in our online form (HS counselors can also track materials and submit their form through our counselor portal). I hope this helps.

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    2. Yes, it helps a lot! Our school told him that they would just send everything through the mail, but clearly we want the school to send it electronically, as that is your preference. Thank you for your quick reply!

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  44. Hi! I've decided to apply early decision but I had a question regarding whether or not teacher recommendation letters be sent with the ED application. Are they required for both applications or just regular decision?

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    1. A teacher recommendation is only needed for RD or deferred EA applicants, see http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/admissions-deadlines.html

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  45. I am currently the Salutatorian of my senior class and have submitted an EA application for fall 2015. I have a 3.9 GPA, several AP courses and a solid ACT score. I am taking the SAT on 10/11. I read that class Valedictorians and Salutatorians are automatically accepted. Will the fact that I am the Salutatorian factor into my EA acceptance?

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    1. It will not impact EA, as we look at Val/Sal applicants during our final decisions in March, but it does help that you most likely have a very strong grade trend.

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  46. If I am taking the October SAT, I will most likely get my scores back after the Early Action deadline. Would I be able to apply Early Action and still submit those SAT scores after the deadline, or am I better off applying for Regular Decision?

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    1. We are fine to use the October SAT for EA as long as you have requested them to be sent to us prior to taking the test. We cannot use the October ACT for EA though.

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  47. I was wondering how the grading scale works? For example, at my high school we do add 10 points onto the grade for AP classes, however, natural A's aren't counted more than a 4.0. Does a natural B in an AP course = 3.5, while a natural A in an AP course = 4.5? If not, could you please explain how student's in the 2015 fall freshman profile have a GPA greater than 4.0?

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    1. Review the GPA calculation post, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2013/11/calculating-uga-gpa.html, and then let me know if you have questions. It has more details than I can go into in one response.

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  48. I was advised by my councilor last year to hold off taking the SAT until fall this semester (my senior year), and so I'm not taking it until October 11th. I'm very confident in my ability to score high on the test, but I'm not sure if I would be able to apply for EA, or if it would be smarter to wait for RD. What would you recommend I do?

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    1. That is your call, sorry, as I cannot guess for you. We will accept the October SAT for EA if they are requested prior to taking he test, but the EA vs RD choice is yours.

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  49. How far are y'all along reviewing EA applications?

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    1. The application has only been open for 2 weeks, so we have not started on these files yet. In addition, we are still pulling together the materials for the EA applicants, and as well we still have Spring files to review. Lastly, we do not make any EA decisions until later in the process, as we only release EA decisions one time.

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  50. I know that you all only look at our highest SAT/ACT scores... but what if out of 3 times, there is only one really good score (the others would not help in super scoring) yet you've already sent all 3 scores. Will you all dismiss how bad the other scores are? Thanks!

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    1. We only look at the strongest scores, so we do not look at lower scores.

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  51. What is the lowest ACT Score EA y'all have accepted so far?

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    1. We have not admitted anyone for Early Action yet, so I have no idea.

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  52. Having F for AP Cal BC during 1st semester, but pullng back for AP Cal AB during 2nd semester of Junior Year. Will this hurt to do the early action? Where should we send the explanation of this fail? Email? or in the application?

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    1. Yes, a D or F grade(s) will have an impact on admissions, either EA or RD. My suggestion is to send in a letter explaining the situation after you apply, as we will then want to understand this grade drop. The letter would be sent to the Admissions Office, and the address can be seen at the bottom of our website.

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    2. May I ask who should I address to?

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    3. Send it to UGA Admissions, as there is no one person to send it to.

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    4. May I write the explanation under the "Special Circumstances" on the "Optional Biographic Information II" page instead of mailing the letter?
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    5. You can, but I am guessing you will need more space than that section, so that is why I suggested a letter.

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  53. I took the ACT on September 13, and so far I have received everything but my writing score. I requested for my ACT scores to be sent to UGA. I just applied for EA but I left the writing score blank because I haven't received it yet. Is this going to greatly affect my acceptance consideration? If so, what can I do?

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    1. It is okay to leave the Writing section blank, as we look at the official scores you send in.

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  54. On the Disciplinary question on the application - does this include detention for a dress code violation?

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    1. I would not enter this in the discipline section.

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  55. so if i apply ED then only my academics will be looked at rather than my other qualifications?

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    1. Early Action focuses on your overall academics.

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  56. If we apply for EA, does that mean that transcripts and high school evaluation forms are not needed?

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    1. Why would you think this? Please refer to the Deadlines/Materials page for the items we need (http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/admissions-deadlines.html) and as well review the lead in pages for the application.

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  57. Everything I have read says that EA decisions come out December 15 but I remember people finding out around thanksgiving time last year. When will decisions begin to be sent?

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    1. I cannot give you an exact date, as it depends on how many applicants we have on 10/16, our timeline for reviewing them, etc. If you look at my timeline, you will see I say late November to early December, as we need a little flexibility in the process (http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/timelines.html). When we get close, I will let everyone know more.

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  58. It says that high school evaluations take weeks to be processed. What happens if it isn't processed in time for EA?

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    1. Items do not have to be dated off by deadlines, just submitted, so we will accept an item that gets to use by the deadline (and a little afterwards) but is not yet marked as in, as the weeks or so after the deadline is fairly hectic in our office.

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  59. If I apply to Early Action and my application is deferred. Would the scores from the November SAT be considered as part of the Regular Decision process.

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    1. If a student is deferred, they are deferred to the read process, not to RD (so your file will still show EA), and the timeline to submit new materials will then be 1/15. As such we can use updated fall grades, test scores through January, etc.

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  60. Is it necessary to send in AP Exam scores and if so when is the best time? Before the EA deadline?

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    1. We do not require or use the AP scores for Early action so we are fine with the self reported ones on your application, and if you decide to enroll, you can then send them for placement purposes. If you really want to send them earlier though, that is fine.

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  61. Will my upcoming Nov. SAT scores be considered if I apply Early Action? Thanks!

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    1. No, we cannot use the Nov SAT for EA. We can only use test scores both taken and requested by the 10/15 EA deadline.

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  62. Is it mandatory to send in first semester of senior year grades to you if we are applying RD because my friend who was accepted the previous year said we did not have to jist a final transcript if we are accepted?

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    1. It is not required, but it is suggested and generally beneficial.

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  63. Will UGA accept scores for the October 25 ACT in their early application?

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    1. No. As listed on the Deadlines/Required Materials page, test scores must be taken and requested by the 10/15 EA deadline.

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  64. If someone gets in for early action, does he or she still have until May 1 to accept or decline his or her admission.

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    1. UGA's Early Action is non-binding, so you have until May 1 to decide.

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  65. Does the admissions office look at the amount of AP classes an applicant has taken for Early Admission Applications? Does it also take into account the program in high school with which you are taking (ie: my school has a magnet program which focuses on advanced math, science and technology) so our courses are more rigorous in those fields. Does that play any role with admissions?

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  66. I have a 3.9 GPA and an ACT score of 30, with the opportunity to take three advance placement test. Do I have to worry about being accepted for early admission?

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    1. I have no idea, sorry. I do not guess about decisions.

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  67. Not a question about EA or RD, but I have a question about double majors. In order to double major, do both majors absolutely have to be in the same college or can they be in separate colleges? I want to double major in Real Estate at Terry and Interior Design at Franklin...

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    1. I would suggest you contact Terry College about double majors, as I would not be the best person to answer this question.

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