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.

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  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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    2. Hello, my daughter is a high school senior and she wants to attend UGA to study to become a pharmacist. What should we do?

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    3. See my response to your other question on this post.

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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. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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?
      Thanks!

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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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I know that you are busy but I have a question that applies to multiple people I know who applied EA this year. The main factors of early action are grades, rigor, and test scores. So, if a student is strong in only two of three, could he/she still get accepted early? For example, if a student has a SAT score in the top 25% of the applicants, 6 AP classes, but only a 3.4 GPA (UGA weighted), would he/she have to worry? Do students need to be competitive in all three areas to get accepted early? I know that this is case by case, but this question hasn't been answered and I've done a lot of research.

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    1. You are asking me to guess about a decisions, and that is something I cannot do, sorry. 2015 applicants will be compared against this year's applicant pool, and the mid-range data we give out is based on last year's applicant pool.

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  27. I Applied for EA and everything was in by the date but for some reason my high school transcript was not recieved. Today is October 29 and I sent in another High school Transcript. Will I still be considered for EA? or since it was not recieved by the due date will i have to reapply? Or will they accept it?

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    1. We know that there are at times issues with getting documents here, so we do try to work with students and counselors in getting files completed. But we cannot guess when we will receive the transcript, so we cannot promise if we can use it or not. If it shows up on the myStatus page prior to our office closing down the myStatus site for Early Action decision preparation, then we will be able to use it. If it is not here in time, you do not re-apply. Any incomplete EA applicant is deferred, and you would then get in the missing items and complete part II of the application, and we can then move forward with a review at a later time with the other deferred EA/RD applicants.

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  28. My daughter is a senior in high school and wants to go to UGA in the fall. Should she apply as RD because she has not taken the SAT yet and will not take it until Dec 6?

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    1. Since the Early Action deadline has already passed, she would need to apply Regular Decision. We can use test scores taken through January for RD.

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  29. Is the application fee $50 or $60? Online states $60 and information that was given at probe fair at school states $50. How does my child find out what the four small essays are to be about? Is there anything she needs to create under the UGA website before he starts her application process?

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    1. The application fee is $60, sorry if there was confusion. The essays can be found at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2014/07/2015-essay-questions.html, and she can also start an application to see what is needed. When starting an application, she will need to enter in some brief biographical information (Name, address, etc.).

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  30. I submitted an application for RD in October. Is there just one time when RD will be released as well? It looks like I should not expect anything until April? Thank you.

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    1. Review the Timelines page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/timelines.html, as we have 2 dates for RD (Feb and March).

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  31. Greetings!

    On application status in the box about test scores, it has updated information for my SAT scores, but not updated information for my ACT scores. I selected UGA when I registered to test. I was wondering if this occurred because I recently submitted my application in the last few days and all of the information hasn't been updated yet, or if my new test scores haven't been received yet.

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    1. I do not know, as I cannot guess when you took the ACT or sent in the results. If it is the October ACT, then we have not uploaded these scores yet, so be patient while we do this sometime this week.

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  32. If I applied for the Summer of 2015 (EA)--I got accepted--Can I change it to the Fall of 2015?

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    1. And if we can change it. What is the process in doing so? Thank you so much.

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    2. Yes, freshmen can change from summer to fall or fall to summer. Is there a reason you applied for summer but now do not want this? You would email admproc@uga.edu with this request.

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    3. Okay, great. I have a family circumstance. I emailed that address yesterday. How long should I wait for a response?

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    4. I do not know, sorry. It will show up on the myStatus page when it does.

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    5. It has not changed on my page. Can I make the nonrefundable $300 payment and still change my status after that, if needed?

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    6. Have a few more days of patience.

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  33. When do we get UGA acceptance letters in the mail for Early Action ?

    Thank you.

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    1. The letters were sent out on Friday and Monday.

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  34. I still have not received my letter. When should I receive it?

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  35. If my application status says Summer 2015, is this the same thing as "FreshCo" ? Or is FreshCo another program? I have tried finding more information, but I can't seem to find any. If you have anymore knowledge about this or a website I can refer to, it would be much appreciated! :)

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    1. Summer term is just summer term, of which Freshman College is a part of. I suggest contactingFreshman College at http://www.freshmancollege.uga.edu

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    2. I contacted ^^ above but never heard a response. What should I do? I need to change to Fall 2015 term but also register for Freshman College. When I pay the $300 commitment fee could the semester term be changed then?

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    3. I did not suggest changing to Fall, so if you are interested in Freshman College, stay in Summer term. All Freshman College students start in summer term, but not all summer term students are Freshman College (some just want to start in summer). As such, you should stay as a summer student and wait to hear from Freshman College (and you can deposit now if you want). If you are admitted to FC and want to attend, then you are fine. If you decide not to attend FC, then contact our office to change your term to Fall.

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  36. UGA has always been my dream. However I am a little worried and trying to look at all possible ways to get in. I know someone who applied a year ago and got in for the spring semester and is taking classes for the fall then going in second semester. I am curious, is that something that happens when you apply regular or do you apply for that seperately? I am just trying to look at all ways, such as that an also transfering with the amount of hours

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    1. We have a limited number of spaces in the Spring term for freshmen (about 200 or so), and so we select a small group of applicants who are strong, but not strong enough to be admitted for Fall/Summer, and we will admit them for Spring. As you can see, this is not a large group, and it at times happens when we make decisions in March, but at times it will also happen if we see we are not quite at the number we want for Spring in May/June, and we offer this option to some wait-listed students. Hope this helps, and I wish you and your family a great holiday season!

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  37. Do Regular Decision applicants need to send a mid-year report, or is it only for EA deferred applicants?

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    1. We would like to see fall grades for both RD and deferred EA applicants.

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  38. What is the mid range GPA for the deferred candidates this year if this information is available. Also if I call your office will I know my calculated UGA GPA? Thanks for all your answers here.

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    1. I do not have any mid-ranges at this time, sorry (focused on file completion, file reading, etc.), but my rough guess would be an A/B average as the overall applicant pool as a whole was very strong. We do not give out the recalculated GPA to students, as we would have about 20,000 emails, calls, etc. Instead, we tell you how to calculate a GPA by going to http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2013/11/calculating-uga-gpa.html

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  39. So if someone applied for EA, got deferred and applied as a RD applicant. Will they know today if they got in this round, and by what time? Thanks so much. Trying to help a friend:)

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    1. If a student applied as an Early Action applicant and was deferred, then they would not reapply as RD, but would just complete part II of the application and be moved to the next stage of the review process. The only student's who will be admitted today are applicants who now meet EA admission criteria (either RD applicants who would have been admitted in November if they applied EA, or deferred EA applicants who had a test score jump to move them into EA admission levels). A huge, huge majority of the deferred EA applicants will not hear until mid-late March. I suggest your friend should review my most recent post on Feb admits.

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  40. Is it true that UGA will roll my AP Elective courses (mine happens to be 2 years of Art) into my overall GPA? This was stated at the Info Session I attended, but I would like to be sure I understood this correctly. Thanks!

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    1. There are multiple GPA's at UGA. There is an overall GPA, which takes into account all college work. There is the UGA, which takes into account all work done at UGA. In addition, there is the major UGA, which involves work in a specific major.

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  41. Hi i am currently a junior hopeing to attend UGA and i was wondering if i apply ASAP during RD if ill have a greater chance to get in because of the number of freshmen allowed to be accepted

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    1. We treat EA and RD applicants the same, only with a different timeline at first for EA students, and we treat a student who applies on the deadline the same as we do a student who applies on the first day of the application opening. As such, review the EA vs RD page again, and see what best fits your situation.

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  42. I received all A's with the exception of a D in AP Calculus and B's in my three other AP classes. I understand that EA is a holistic view of grades, but should this one Calculus grade be a heavy enough factor in choosing RD over EA without considering test scores?

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    1. EA vs RD will not cause a different decision, just a different timeline. As such, I cannot say what you should choose as far as a decision plan.

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  43. Will UGA calculate or look at senior first semester grades?

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    1. During EA, we cannot use first semester senior grades, as we would not have them. For RD or deferred EA applicants, we can use them in our holistic file review process, but we would not be able to recalculate all GPA's with new work due to the high volume.

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  44. When does the UGA Early action application open for 2016 seniors??

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    1. The freshman application for Summer/Fall 2016 opens on September 2.

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  45. When will I be able to apply for EA as an upcoming 2016 high school senior?

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    1. See the previous comment and reply.

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  46. Hello! As an admission counselor, have you seen trends/patterns in the previous applicant pools? For example, is the middle 50 for EA applicants usually around 1800-2100 every year? Is that just the average for one year or a multitude of years? I know that my GPA, academic rigor, and grades are a great fit for EA but my SAT scores are slightly below the middle 50 stated on the website. Thank you in advance!

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    1. It is hard to predict things from one year to the next, as the applicant pool changes. Our figures are based on the previous year's applicant, accepted and/or enrolled pool.

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  47. Are AP classes, dual enrollment, community service, and after school activities considered for early action. I'm just not sure if my 3.85 and 25 act will be helped by those factors.

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    1. In EA, we focus on core grades, course rigor (so all core courses including AP, IB, DE courses), and SAT/ACT results. We are not looking at activities at this stage.

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  48. I have a question concerning my SAT scores. My current SAT score is a little lower than what I want, therefore I am retaking them on October 3. Would UGA accept these scores electronically as soon as they are released for EA?

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    1. We are okay for EA for any SAT/ACT both taken and requested to be sent to UGA by 10/15.

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  49. Hello my daughter is a high school senior that will graduate in the summer of 2016. She wants to attend UGA to study to become a Pharmacist. Can you please tell me what it is we need to do.

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    1. There is no specific major that a student should go into for Pharmacy, but there are a number of science courses required for admission to a Pharmacy program, so most students go into a science major as an undergraduate. UGA also has one undergraduate major in the College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, which many pre-Pharmacy students will go into as an undergraduate.

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  50. Sorry in advance if these questions are too long. Are the three areas considered in EA (grades, rigor, and SAT/ACT Scores) considered together or separate from each other? My rigor and SAT scores fall within the range, but my GPA is about 0.15 points below the 25th percent tile (3.8) for last year's first year class profile. I'm afraid I will be denied because of my GPA, and not be able to apply for Regular Decision. Also, how is rigor accounted for in Early Action? The first year class profile for last year says most students took 6-8 AP classes, but this includes the senior year. I've only completed 4 AP classes total. Will the rigor of my senior classes currently be considered in EA?

    One last question is about applying for RD if I get a deferral. Will I be able to send in a new transcript with my senior year grades and classes?

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    1. The academic areas are considered together in our EA (and in our initial RD) review. I can't guess about a decision, so you will have to decide about applying EA or not. As for rigor in both EA and RD, we look at what a students takes over 4 years as compared to what is offered at the school. As such, we look at what is taken during the senior year as a part of the review. If you are deferred, you do not apply RD. you would submit part II of the app and send in a teacher rec, and we can also use updated grades and test scores for the next part of the review process.

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  51. Hello, so I'm conflicted on whether I should apply early action or stick to regular decision. My GPA is very good and I take lots of APs that are offered at my school. My only concern is that I have a low test score. I am afraid that the test score will get me denied from early action. My question is would a bad test score knock you out of the admission process while the rest of your stats match what is expected?

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    1. I cannot determine whether you should apply EA or RD, sorry. My best suggestion is to ask yourself if you feel you are ready for us to look at your file in October, or if you believe you need new scores, fall grades, or just more time to complete the app before we review your file. We do not set up bars for the different academic areas that you need to reach, but instead look at the academic information as a whole. As such, only you can determine whether you should apply EA.

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  52. What is the breakdown of percentage of students that get accepted, deferred, and denied in the early action process. Also I have heard that people who get rejected in early action tend to also get rejected in regular decision. What factors would get you rejected in early decision?

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    1. Every year is different as to EA and RD percentages, as the applicant pool changes. My estimate (and it is a limited estimate) would be roughly 50% admit, 40% defer, and 10% deny. If an applicant is denied in the EA process, then (if nothing changes with their academic information) they would be denied in RD. the factors in our EA review are a students core area grades, their curriculum, and their test scores, so a denied EA applicant would be substantially weaker in our overall academic review than the overall applicant pool.

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    2. I cannot guess about a decision, in part because the applicant pool changes each year (and thus their academic profile), and as well because I cannot guess as to what is your definition of "great", "aggressive" and "not so good". Review my suggestions in this post, and you need to be the one to decide on a decision plan.

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  53. How does UGA admission look at dual enrollment? Do they view it the same as AP?

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    1. We want students to challenge themselves to the best of their ability based on what is available to them. If this is AP classes or DE classes, that is fine. We do not have a preference in the situation as we do not always know your options, how things fit into your schedule, etc.

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  54. The UGA website says that about 7% of EA applicants are denied. What factors lead up to denial? Also the website says "Keep in mind that the academic credentials of denied EA applicants are sufficiently low enough that an offer of admission would not be possible in Regular Decision even with the holistic review afforded in the second round." Does that mean that if you were to be denied from EA, you would have also been denied from RD?

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    1. Yes, if you were denied in EA (and presented us with the exact same credentials), you would be denied in RD. This is why I state that EA and RD are not about different decisions, but different timelines. Being denied EA is based on your overall academic profile, and our office determining that you are not strong enough academically (as compared to the rest of the pool) to be considered anymore for admission.

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  55. If you took the ACT in september and your scores have yet to be released, can those test scores still be considered in EA even if you don't have them yet?

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    1. We will take any national test date SAT or ACT taken and requested by the EA deadline for EA consideration. We can use an ACT or SAT test given at the HS during the week (so not a national test dare), but the timing gets to be iffy due to when the test was given and when the scores are sent.

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    2. According to the ACT website, the score reports of the ACT with writing can take up to 5 to 8 weeks to be released. Therefore, it is out of the students control whether or not the scores are released before the October 15th deadline. Is that taken into consideration?

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    3. Actually, that is not quite what the website says. For an initial exam, it can take 2-8 weeks for ACT to release the results, and we know this and are able to take it into consideration in determining which test dates we can accept for which decision plan. That is why we do not say that scores must be in our office by the deadline, but that the student must have taken the test and have requested the scores be sent by the deadline. So if a student took the 9/12 ACT and put down UGA for receiving these scores when they are released, we are fine with that, as we can handle scores coming in after 10/15, as our decisions will not go out right away. As well, if you have already taken a test (let's say last June), it should take a week at most to get this test to us. We have been working with the SAT and ACT for a while, and we know their schedules and work within these parameters.

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  56. Hello,
    I'm curious. UGA is a newer choice for me; something I just truly uncovered several months ago and knew this was the school for me. I'm a dual enrolled student with a 3.5 GPA and by High school graduation May 2016, I will have had taken 21 college classes plus 2 AP and a hand-full of honors. They only thing holding me back are my ACT/SAT. I'm a poor test taker; I freak. All my scores are from my Freshmen year and while the exceed the standards, my cumulative score is not ideal. I want to do EA because if I am deferred I feel as though I would have time to test and make up my scores but I feel as if it's a gamble. My writing and English scores on ACT are 25. I know my essays will be the strongest point in my submissions, as I want to go for journalism and sound WAY more eloquent on paper than my grades do. Should I do RD and submit my ACT scores with my old on December 15th? Or chance EA and make up my scores? Please advise.

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    1. If you do not believe that you will present yourself in the best academic light on 10/15, don't apply EA. RD is for students who want more time, another test score, or another semester to show us more, so that is how you should make your decision.

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  57. I was a similar case, minus 21 college classes whoa. I would go Regular Decision. From what I got, they are lookin at everything including essays, ACT, and the rest. This option would also give you enough time to do damage control on ACT/SAT. Even if your scores don't shape up, they are looking at everything and your GPA mixed with the essays ECs and all the rest would be the deciding factor

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  58. For the recommendation for RD does it need to be a counselor? Or a counselor and a teacher? Can you do extra recommendations?

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    1. For EA, we need a counselor recommendation. For RD, we need this and a teacher recommendation (same if you are deferred EA). We can accept more recommendations, but do not send a large number, as we sometimes can't see the forest through all the trees.

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  59. Could you please share statistics on acceptance rate for EA and RD. How many students applied for last class of fall 2015 for EA and RD and how many were accepted for both. Thanks you.

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    1. You can find more data on last year's EA decisions at http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/early-action-applicants-uga-admissions-14/. When you get into later decisions, it gets a little more murky, as we make decisions on both Rad and deferred EA applicants together. Please try to understand that EA vs RD is about different timelines, not different review steps.

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

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

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

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

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  62. If I had ISS in 9th grade because I was cheated off of, do I need to include that on my application?

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    1. Any suspension for an academic/honor code violation needs to be reported, and you can then give us a detailed explanation.

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    2. Does it hurt your chances of being accepted?

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    3. I cannot guess about the impact of a situation, sorry, as we need to review the entire situation and overall file.

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  63. I took the June 2015 ACT and just sent my scores. If they do not come before October 22nd, will I still be considered EA?

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    1. Any scores both taken and requested to be sent to us by the 10/15 deadline will be fine for EA.

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  64. How is it possible to earn above a 4.0 GPA (meaning all A's)?

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    1. UGA adds weight to AP/IB grades, so that is how this is possible.

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  65. Just wanted to say, I think it's AWESOME that UGA has this admissions blog as a resource. Great idea. It is comforting for students applying, to say the least.

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  66. My daughter got deferred after the EA period, and she has all but decided to turn her back on UGA. As a parent, I'd like for her to go there. She has a 3.96 GPA, over a dozen AP courses, and more service than I care to count. (As an aside, her ACT was 28...probably the thing that got her deferred.) I think she was deeply disappointed by the decision and is also reticent to chance a 2nd rejection. Do you have a suggested message I can give her to help keep UGA on her radar?

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    1. The first thing I always say is that deferral is not a denial in any way, but just a call back. The next round is where we really get a chance to look at everything in a student's file, and where we really get to know a student. The last thing I would say is would you like to go to a college where the applicant pool is so strong that we have to make tough decisions (and to imagine the strength of the freshman class). Good luck to her.

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  67. I am currently a junior in high school that does not live in Georgia. I take honors and AP classes, but have struggled with them greatly last semester because of several sudden deaths in my family. My GPA so far is a 3.01, but my act score is a 33. I have many outstanding extracurricular activities. I am a legacy to this school, and all my family lives in Georgia. This is truly my dream school, but I am very worried I will be denied acceptance when I apply next year. Do you recommend I apply EA or RD? And what else do you suggest I do to better myself toward acceptance?

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    1. I do not make recommendations on applying EA vs RD, as that is up to the student (and since there is no difference in the process, only in the timelines). If you are wanting for us to see your fall grades prior to a decision being made, then you would need to apply RD (as the EA timeline would not allow for this). As far as your last question, the biggest thing I can see right now is focusing on your academics and pulling them up this semester and next.

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  68. Hi:
    My sophomore student, 4.3 GPA is currently registering for Fall 2016 classes. She intends to apply EA in fall 2017. She will have had 5 AP courses at end of her Junior year (6 if Calc AB/BC are considered two).

    We are considering adding another AP course in Fall 2016, if that helps her. (The concern is that 3 AP's, including AP Physics and AP Calc will be too much in one semester).

    I am wondering if UGA gives weight to Senior year current classes when EA application is received. She would have probably 4 more AP classes in Senior year. I am concerned that you may want to see more than 5 AP's at time of EA app.

    Thanks,
    Steve Laine

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    1. We look at all four years of HS core courses when reviewing a file, as the senior schedule is important to us for seeing how prepared a student is for college. I would not get too focused on the number of AP courses (we give this info as an example of the challenge of a student's curriculum only because words like "strong" or "very challenging" are so vague), but we are not focused on the number of AP courses as a direct link to rigor. We want a student to challenge themselves, but also have time to be a teenager and be active. As such, I would not be worried with less than 5 AP courses by the end of Junior year.

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  69. Hello,

    I tried 3 times yesterday to post this one but somehow it seems its not getting through. My daughter applied under RD and expecting UGA reply. With her SAT scores of CR 480 and Maths 560. HS grades 9th 85%, 10th 9.4 CGPA (3.4 GPA), 11th 85%. For 12th predicted grade is 80% and above. She is currently pursuing CBSE Board of India. I think her SAT scores will be of concern but as a parent I'd like to know what are the chances of her getting accepted.

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    1. Unfortunately, I am unable to guess about a decision, as our admission review is based both on the individual applicant and the overall applicant pool, and it is too difficult to try and guess about the chances of admission for a student. On the good side, she will know shortly about a decision, as we will be releasing decisions in mid-late March.

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  70. Hello, I've been trying for a while to post a question to the GPA calculation blog but not getting the verification emails that I keep requesting so hope you won't mind responding here. Just so I'm clear on the calculation, my child currently has 15 core classes, all A grades - some of which are honors and 8 AP classes (individual teaches grades not weighted but they do add weight at the end of each semester for school GPA calculation). Is the calculation below correct in that instance?

    15 X 4 = 60 quality points
    8 X 1.0 = 8 quality points)
    GPA: 68 / 15 = 4.53

    Thank you!

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    1. That looks correct to me based on your information.

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    2. Appreciate your response - thank you!

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  71. Re: Admissions for 2017 - If I only take the NEW SAT, how will UGA compare my results to another applicant who took the old SAT? They are two completely different tests and the NEW SAT is somewhat unchartered territory. Will UGA look at percentile rankings within each test? Or, will UGA look more at GPA and rigor of classwork since this is somewhat of an odd situation faced by both students and admissions.

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    1. First, our office always has focused more on grades and the rigor of a student's 4 years of HS courses than on a test score, so we will continue to do this. Second, we are working closely with both the SAT and ACT, and we already have the SATR to SAT1 concordance built into our system. As such, while this is a change, it is not as big a change as expected. In addition, I am guessing that almost all 2017 applicants who take an SAT will take an SATR, either just that one or both the SATR and the SAT1.

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