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. 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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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    2. I would like to tell you I took the SAT again and my scores increased in the math section and I decided to apply regular and I got in! Woohoo class of 2019!

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. Hi! I have a historical percentage question if you can help. What percentage of EA deferred students have received acceptance in the past few years? Also, EA deferreds receive accept/deny status from UGA on the same day as RD who do not qualify based on EA numbers- correct? Thanks for letting me know along with any tips/suggestions for items to include to expand your EA file once deferred :)

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    1. Every year is different, but over several years, the deferred EA students who then completed part II were admitted on about a 40-50% rate, but we did have more EA apps than ever this year. As for decisions, our final release date will be for all freshmen will be in late March.

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  54. I applied under EA and had the wrong information on my application. I do not know why I had wrong information, but I did. Is there any way I could change all the information and push it through the regular decision process? I emailed the office about my situation twice and I never heard a response from the office after I submitted my application both times. I knew I was going to get the worst news of my life, which I did, and got denied into the greatest school in Georgia. Is there any way the application can be pulled from the denial list so I can revise my issue and do the essay portion of the application and get teacher recommendations for the regular decision process? I do not mind doing the essay portion of the application. I am Indian/Asian, but I do not want me being a "minority" to resolve any issues or get into college with that excuse. Please, is there any way I can resolve this issue and apply for regular decision or maybe create a new account and apply for regular decision?

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    1. I do not know what you mean about wrong information, so can you help me understand this? We do not undo EA denials, sorry, as these are firm decisions. As for being an Indian/Asian, this would not have an impact, positive or negative, on your decision.

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  55. 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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  56. Hi! Would a high school senior taking rigorous high school classes with a 3.3 gpa, but strong sat scores be considered for regular decision admission?

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    1. I cannot guess about a decision, sorry. I will say that your grades and courses will be the initial thing we look at, so low grades make for a tough start.

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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. I still have not received my letter. When should I receive it?

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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. 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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  64. I am a junior in a high school in northern Virginia and am looking into UGA as a possible college to apply to. I hold a 3.7 unweighted GPA but take many advanced courses (taking 4 ap's this year) and go to a very competitive high school. I am in multiple clubs, hold a varsity letter, and am a very well rounded student. Do you think I would be accepted into UGA? I hear they are stingy about out of state kids but that could be just a rumor. If so, would you recommend that I apply early action?

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    1. We do not look at in state vs out of state differently, so ignore the rumors. I cannot give you an guess on decisions, as every year is different, just like every student is different. We also do not treat EA different from RD, it is just a different timeline (see timelines page above). We do value students who both challenge themselves and do well in their classes.

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  65. How can I view what my major (biology) courses will consist of? I am in dual enrollment and would like to take a course I need for my intended major/core that will also transfer in the fall. Thanks!

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    1. I would suggest you review your major at http://bulletin.uga.edu/MajorsHome.aspx and then look at our transfer equivalency page off the admissions page.

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  66. My high-school transcript still does not show in my admissions log in, what can I do?

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    1. When did you apply and when was the transcript sent?

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    2. applied 2 weeks ago, but my transcript was send last Friday, because our high-school waited for med-terms to be finalized.

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    3. So if it was sent on Friday, and we had Monday off, we have had one business day to work with it. We are working with thousands of documents right now, so we ask for patience and about 10 business days while we match things up.

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    4. Everything looks good, except my Application Fee (check). I guess I will to be patient and wait it out. Although I did submitted that before I mailed the transcript.

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    5. A check or fee waiver takes a little longer to show up due to financial regulations and procedures.

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  67. I submitted my application early January and I was just wondering when I will be notified of my application status as to whether I've been admitted or not. I've heard that it would be late February or early March as to the early action decisions coming out a month earlier. Is this true?

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    1. The Timelines page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/timelines.html, gives you more details on when you should expect to hear a decision.

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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. 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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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. 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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  80. 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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