FAQ

While this blog covers a great deal of student/parent questions, and the other pages go into great detail about our admission process, many of our students have similar specific questions about UGA Admissions. As such,  we have tried to compile a list of some of these common questions:

  • When will I hear a decision on my Freshman/Transfer application? How will I receive a decision?
    • While we cannot predict an exact date for a decision, we have created a Timelines page to try and help you get a rough understanding of when we release decisions. When we release decisions, a student will be able to view them on their MyStatus page, and we will also mail decision letters to students.
  • Why does it take as long as it does to hear a decision from UGA?
    • We have over 22,000 freshman applications and over 4,000 transfer applications yearly, and in order to make good decisions, we need time to review these files. While we want to make decisions in a timely fashion, we also want to make the best decisions possible, and that takes time.
  • Does UGA take demonstrated interest into account when making decisions, such as the number of visits to campus, the number of contacts with admissions officials, etc.?
    • UGA does not take demonstrated interest into account when reviewing files, as there are a number of applicants who do not have the resources to do certain activities, and as well, demonstrated interest does not equal academic and personal strengths. We want to admit strong students and strong people, and so we look at the factors that give us that information.
  • Will my choice of major have an impact on a decision, and how can I change my major?
    • Your choice of major is for UGA to be able to advise you properly if you enroll, but it does not have an impact on a decision. If you enroll, you will be able to change your major in the weeks/months prior to orientation using the UGA Athena student system.
  • Does the term I apply for have an impact on a decision?
    • There is no difference in our review process between Spring, Summer or Fall terms. Our admissions process might be more competitive for future years (2016 vs 2015) due to a more competitive or larger applicant pool, but within a specific calendar year, there is no difference in a decision.
  • How do I calculate what my HS GPA is for UGA Admission purposes?
    • When we receive a HS transcript, we focus on the grades on the transcript, and we do not look at the GPA calculated by the high school. UGA calculates our own admission GPA, as we need a common form of a GPA based on core HS grades, and the HS GPA on a transcript varies from school to school and state to state. See my Calculate a UGA GPA post for more details on how we do this.
  •  What courses should I take to be admitted to UGA?
    • Freshmen: There are no specific courses that will lead to admission to UGA, but rather we want you to challenge yourself to the best of your ability in your HS while still being successful in your classes. This means that over your 4 year HS career, you should look at the core academic areas and take classes that will prepare you for college, such as Honors/Advanced courses, AP/IB/Dual Enrollment work, etc.
    • Transfers: UGA does not have any specific courses that you need to take to transfer into UGA, but you should review your intended major in the UGA Bulletin to see what courses are needed for graduating in this major, and if the department has any suggestions for transfer courses.
  • Does the timing of my application impact a decision?
    • Freshmen: While the timing of the application has no impact on a decision (applications sent in on the first day & the last day are treated the same), applying earlier gives you and your counselor/teacher more time to submit documents/required materials. We heavily suggest not waiting until the deadline.
    • Transfers: While there is no difference in a decision due to when you apply, we make decisions on a rolling basis, and the earlier your have a complete application, the earlier you will most likely hear a decision (with some exceptions).
  •  What are the minimum requirements for admission to UGA?
    • Freshmen: The only minimum requirements to UGA are set forth by the Board of Regents (BOR) for the state of Georgia, and they are as follows: SAT minimum requirements for research universities-SAT CR: 430, SAT M: 400 or ACT E: 17, ACT M: 17. In addition, the high school course requirements can be found in the BOR Staying on Course document. Due to the strength of the applicant pool, you will see that the average SAT/ACT scores and the academic course selections for enrolling UGA students are generally much higher than the minimum requirements.
    • Transfers: The Admissions Office sets minimum academic consideration levels for review of transfer applicants. These are not minimum requirements, but rather academic levels that we expect in order for a transfer student to be in consideration for admission. We do not take Work In Progress courses into account in our review, and you must meet consideration levels by the deadline(s). A student meeting or exceeding these consideration levels is not guaranteed transfer admission.
  • When can I be considered for admission to UGA?
    •  Freshmen: Our freshman application generally opens up in August/September of your senior year, and so you would generally apply during your senior year for admission into Summer or Fall term following your HS graduation. We do have freshman who apply to start in the Spring, but that is a rare situation.
    • Transfers: The main part of our review of transfer applicants is to be able to look at your academic work at another college. As such, transfers can only apply for a term that starts at least a year beyond HS graduation (so if you graduate in May of 2015, you could apply for Summer 2016 or beyond). In addition, we need to have at least 30 hours of completed college work on a transcript by the deadline so we can get a sense academically of what your are like as a college student. At the same time, we set our deadlines so that we can respond with a decision in a manageable time frame for both the applicant and our office. As such, most transfer students start at UGA with at least 1.5 years of work prior to enrolling.
  • My parent(s) graduated from UGA. Does that have an impact on my decision?
    • Legacy does not have an impact on an admission decision, and neither does your gender, ethnicity, high school/county, state, or eye color. There are always a number of rumors that are associated with college admissions, most of which are false, so I suggest you review our Urban Legends page for more information.
  • What matters most in the admissions review?
    •  Freshmen: Academics come first, with a focus on how you have challenged yourself over your 4 years in HS and how you have done in those classes. While we do look at the SAT/ACT scores, what you do over 3-4 years is much more important than what you do in 3-4 hours on a Saturday morning. In addition, for many applicants we will also look at your extra-curricular activities, essays, recommendations, etc. 
    • Transfers: We focus only on your academic work from your previous colleges, and we look at all your college work, not just the latest colleges/terms. As such, we need official transcripts from all colleges ever attended.
  • If I apply/am accepted to a specific term at UGA, does that mean I have to attend UGA for that term?
    • When you are admitted to UGA for a specific term, that means that you need to start UGA for that term in order to continue your future enrollment at UGA. Admission is only good to start in the term you have been admitted, and it does not carry over to future terms if you choose not to attend. As such, we heavily suggest applying for the term for which you actually want to attend, and since there is no difference in the decision process (contrary to some rumors), this will make sure you are able to actually attend UGA.

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  1. I'm not entirely sure how I qualify...I graduated from another university in the spring and am looking to get a second degree. Do I apply as a freshman or transfer student? Or should I do something else entirely?

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    1. A freshman applicant is only for students who have not attended a college post HS graduation. You would be either a post baccalaureate applicant or a second degree applicant, and you would look at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/prospective-students/other-applicants for more details.

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  2. I am a high school student who has dual enrolled both junior and senior year. Do I apply to UGA as a First Year or a Transfer student? I have completed (as of now) over 30 college credits.

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    1. You would apply as a freshman, as you have not graduated from HS.

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  3. I am wanting to apply for Spring semester 2018 as a transfer student, when I click the apply now link it says applications are open, but I also see that it states Spring semester applications open late May. Is the Spring semester application open yet?

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    1. The Spring semester application is not available yet, but will be in late May. I do not have an exact date, but I suggest you log in on June 1.

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  4. Can I turn in my application even if my recommenders haven't submitted my recommendations? Will they still be able to after I submit my application

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    1. Yes, you can submit your application prior to your counselor/recommenders sending in their information. When they send in the materials, we will match it with your file.

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  5. I am an unpaid intern through the work based learning program. Should I list this under employment or under school/community activities?

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  6. Hi!
    I am wondering if I should apply for the Fellowship Scholarship. I meet other requirements, but am shy of the minimum ACT score by one point. Should I still apply for it?

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    1. If you are below the requirements, then you would not be eligible to apply for the Foundation Fellowship program, sorry.

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  7. I submitted my application already, but one of my teachers that I filled out for a recommendation just told me that she hasn't received the email from any of her students that have requested a recommendation. Is there a way I can alter the email I have for her if I already submitted or a way to resend the request to her?

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    1. Can you let me know what school you attend? There is a school system in the metro Atlanta area that was having issues with pushing all our teacher recommendations to the school spam system, and I wanted to see if this was the impacted county.

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    2. South Forsyth High School

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    3. Thought so. Forsyth County schools are the ones with the IT issue, and we have been working on it (it has to do with how the FC system handles spam). The easiest way is to go into your status page, exclude the teacher, then add them back in. We have altered the email to now have it not be caught by the FC spam filter, so this should do the trick. As well, share this info with your counselor.

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    4. Thank you for your help!

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  8. What kind of things should be noted in the "special circumstances" section of the application? And should you only note things if they definitely have impacted your grades?

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    1. The special circumstances section should only be used if you actually had serious issues that have impacted your high school years, such a small a medical or family issue.

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  9. Can accepted students apply for a gap year?

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    1. Accepted freshmen can apply for a GAP year or GAP term. We will need a detailed explaination of what you will due during the GAP time, and it should be a planned GAP year.

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  10. I began an application for UGA through the UGA website, not realizing that UGA accepted Coalition as well, and I already had a profile on Coalition. I would like to use Coalition instead, but how do I delete my unfinished application through the UGA site?

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    1. This is fine, just complete and submit your Coalition application. Either the two records will merge or we will be able to see the situation and delete the unsubmitted app.

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  11. Hi,
    I am a student from California, and did not take a science class this year, but my eighth grade physical science grade is accepted for one of my four years. However, I do not see any place to indicate this on the application. Is there a place to do that or will the Admissions Team realize that I do have four years?

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    1. There USC one question that asks if have completed the requirements for UGA, and if you say yes and are out of state, we can generally assume an 8th grade science.

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  12. The ACT website is under construction right now and scores cannot be sent. What should I do?

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

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  13. Is there anything I need to do to make sure UGA is aware that I requested my SAT scores before the 10/15 deadline?

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    1. No. If you request it on time we will get it on time, so that will be what we need.

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  14. If I missed the SAT request deadline by minutes will I automatically be deferred or will my scores still be accepted? I misread the deadline and thought scores had to be submitted by the 22 since that's what it says above.

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    1. We expect that this should be fine, but monitor your status page to make sure we receive the scores prior to EA decisions.

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  15. Will the essays and teacher recommendation be used to make a decision for early action, or will they only be reviewed if I get deferred?

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    1. For a majority of EA decisions, we will be looking at academics. But for some, we will look at everything in determining if a student should remain in the process or if we should go ahead and deny them EA.

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  16. I think I may have filled out the "self report grades" section of my application wrong. What should I do?

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    1. Nothing. We review every transcript and make corrections to any errors.

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  17. Where do my teachers send a recommendation letter?

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    1. Look in the upper right hand "New Visitors" section of this blog for address and email info.

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  18. I would like clarification on transfer requirements. Is one year of college still required even though a student has the required transfer credits due to AP classes taken in high school? Also, if one year is required can the student meet this requirement with one semester at college and one semester of online classes?

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    1. Yes, if a student wishes to transfer into UGA, they need to take a year of college work post HS graduation. We have a large number of freshmen who apply with AP and DE credit, but since they have still not graduated from HS when they apply, they would be freshmen applicants.

      We do not judge the delivery method of coursework, whether it is online or in a class, but it would need to be college work. As well, taking a full semester of online classes would be very challenging, so please make sure you know what you are getting into.

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  19. I was reviewing everything again that was submitted for my EA application. I had a teacher send in a teacher recommendation on time. It shows in the received section that it is a "community" recommendation and the check mark in the upper section for optional teacher recommendation is not green. I know this is an optional item, but I am curious why there is not a check mark in the upper section of my status page and if the teacher recommendation actually counted as received and can be used.

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    1. A community recommendation and a teacher recommendation are two different designations, but they both go into the file in order for us to look at the recommendation. When you added the name of the teacher, you accidentally added it in as a "community" recommender, and so that is why is is designated as such. Only a document labeled as a "teacher recommendation" marks off the checkbox.

      In reality, as long as the document is in your file, all is fine, as the checkmark does not need to be marked off. What is key is that the recommendation is in the file.

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  20. This is the first time i read the blog like yours..In your blog i found all my queries..I really appreciate your effort..This information is useful for me as well as for users also...

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  21. I graduated high school in 2009 with a 3.86 GPA. I then attended two semesters of college during the 2009-2010 academic year but failed out at the end of the second semester. I have finished a semester of community college this past year and received all A's. Do I qualify as a non-traditional transfer student? Or do the F's from my first attempt at college disqualify me?

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    1. I would guess that if you have three semesters of work, you would be a transfer student, as we look at all courses taken.

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  22. If I have less than 30 hours of transferable credit does that qualify me as a non traditional transfer? Or is it based on total attempted credits?

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    1. We would need to review the transcript and application before we could make this estimation, as it depends on the application. I suggest applying as a transfer student, and if needed, we could then change it to a non-trad if needed.

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  23. Are all Classic Scholarships worth the same amount? Or are some people granted more money than others? If the Classic Scholarships are not the same amount, and I have already been granted the minimum amount, is there a chance that I will be receiving more money in the future? I know that additional money is going to be granted to those who are contending for the Foundation and Bernard Scholarships, but I am only asking about the Classic Scholarship. Thank you.

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    1. Classic Scholarships are the same amount, but there are other scholarships we will also be awarding over the next five months or so.

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  24. When will admissions let students know if they are to be auto-admitted into the honors program? And when will the decisions for Foundation Fellowship/Ramsey be released?

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    1. Admissions does not decide on the Honors or Foundation Fellowship offers, so you would need to work with Honors on this.

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  25. Hi,
    I applied for EA in October but I was deferred. Now that I will be considered for regular decision, can I make changes to my application such as changing my essay?
    Thanks

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    1. You have been deferred, but your application will still show as deferred EA, not Regular Decision. You will have the same timeframe as RD and we treat EA and RD applicants the same, but I wanted to make sure you were not confused. No, you cannot edit the essays, but you can give us updates to your record in the Application Update form.

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  26. Does UGA do mid-year report ? And if so , is that before or after they send out their decisions? And another thing is that what happens if I drop an Ap class next semester and/or move down to regular ? Will that look bad on my transcript and y’all decision for admission ?

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    1. Generally, a mid-year report is something a HS sends us after fall grades are in, and we are fine with that. Dropping a class can impact a decision, and you would want to notify all colleges about this.

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  27. I am hoping to apply to UGA for summer/fall 2018 as a transfer student, I meet all the requirements except I have a 3.14 not a 3.2. Will I have a chance to be admitted or do I need to raise my GPA?

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    1. I do not guess about decisions, but if you do not meet the "consideration level" set forth for transfer applicants, it will be a big challenge to be considered for acceptance.

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  28. Hi! I have taken dual enrollment classes (elsewhere from UGA), and I was wondering if I would add the labs from my science classes into my Self-Reported Academic Report as well. Also I have taken Intro to Humanities, would this be counted as a social science on the report? What about Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation?

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    1. Generally, if a DE course has an added lab grade, we would not suggest adding it in for the self reported grade, as it is just an added part of the larger course as a whole. As for art and music appreciation, yes those are social science courses.

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  29. Hello,
    Somewhere I read that in order to receive my BA from UGA that I can't have more than 75 credits from an outside institution. Is that correct? Does UGA count the credits that were put towards receiving my Associate's? If I am only able to be accepted for the online program (this past semester killed my GPA), will I be able to reapply for the Athens campus or is there an internal transfer-like process?

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    1. Actually, this is not quite correct. What is actually listed (see http://bulletin.uga.edu/Bulletin_Files/acad/general_Link.html) is that 45 of the last 60 hours must be taken at UGA. You can bring in more than 75 hours, but then how things apply towards the degree and the last 45/60 requirement depends on the degree/hour requirements. We look at the coursework, not at whether is is towards an AA or not. The online programs and the Athens programs have the same base consideration levels, so they are treated the same. If you enroll and then want to change majors or campuses, you would work with the Registrar.

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  30. Hello, I got an email from UGA saying that a school report has been submitted, does that mean my transcript has been received by UGA? Also for self grade report, do I need to include grades from fall 2017 semester?

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  31. Hi, where can i find a billing address for submitting my freshman appication?

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    1. Our address is under New Visitor's on the top right of this blog.

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  32. Hi, I am ready to submit my application, but my teacher recommendation letter isn't completed. Will my teacher be able to finish it after I submit my application?

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  33. I have placed my order for my SAT scores to be sent to UGA before the deadline (the 8th), but they may be sent to UGA a week after, is that okay?

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  34. If my grades for fall semester are not yet on my high school transcript do I just leave them off of self reported grades? They are dual enrollment courses so when the college sends my transcript will my self reported grades be corrected?

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    1. UGA calculates a GPA based on the grades on the HS transcript, so if you want us to use fall grades, self report them and have a HS transcript sent with all the grades (unless that will not be ready for a long time).

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  35. When I created my UGA application account, I accidentally entered in an incorrect birth date under the "Crucial Information" section. I have filled out the rest of the application, and now it won't let me edit the incorrect "Crucial Information." What should I do?

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    1. My suggestion is to submit the application, and then email adm-tech@uga.edu with the correct birth date.

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  36. oops- I mean "Crucial Data"

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  37. I plan on applying as a transfer student for Fall 2018. If I add up all of my hours from AP, dual enrollment, and college credit from this semester, I have 31 hours. However, the university that I am at right now doesn't accept one of my AP scores and doesn't show that I have that credit on my transcript, even though UGA accepts that credit. If I don't actually have credit for that class, it sets me back at 28 hours and would make me ineligible to transfer in the fall. If this AP credit doesn't show up on my transcript from the college that I am currently attending, can I still get credit for the class (and the hours) in order for me to transfer?

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    1. The only work we accept as "transfer" credit for admission review purposes is work that is transferred from another college. That work has to be on another college's transcript.

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  38. Hi I’m a deferred student for the fall 2018 term. My latest SAT scores and transcript were electronically submitted. Do I need to express this on my application update form?

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    1. No need to put it on the update form, just make sure we receive them (they will show on the status page).

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  39. How do I check status of application on MyStatus if I used coalition application to apply?

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    1. A day or so after you apply, you will receive an email directing you on how to log into the UGA status page. Follow that link and it will allow you to create a login and proceed from there.

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  40. Hi, I was wondering why my application said I was a non Georgia Resident, because I am and plan to be? Did I accidentally select this, and can it be changed? Thank yo so much!

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    1. Can you tell me your citizenship status? Are you a permanent resident or visa holder, or are you a US citizen? If US citizen, how long have you been in GA? You can also see more details on residency at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/georgia-residency

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  41. The requirement has need for the school report by the counselor. However, by the deadline I will still not be in school to get their signature and completion. I have finished and submitted the application questions and essays, but I do not want to pay for the application fee and SAT/ACT scores to be sent if I will not even be qualified because of that one paper being received late. Would my application still be considered if I did pay for everything, but turn in the paper a day or two after January 8th?

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    1. If you submitted the application through our system, then your counselor (or whoever you put in as your school official when you added your HS) would have received an email to complete an online school report. You can email that person to remind them to complete it. As well, if a document is a few days late, we will still take it, but do not stretch too far beyond the deadline or we will not take it.

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    2. Is there a way I can get it filled out physically then upload it to prevent the hassle of time it takes to be mailed?

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    3. This document needs to be sent to us by your counselor, and since it generally contains a recommendation, counselors generally do not share this document with the student. We need it to be sent to us directly by the school to prevent any possibility of fraud, so that is why it needs to be sent to us by the counselor. The counselor can complete it and then email it to admproc@uga.edu if they would like, but this should not come from the student.

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  42. Hi DGraves! Great job in answering all of these questions.
    I am a freshman applicant who was deferred until the spring. I want to update my fall senior transcripts. How do I do that?

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    1. Either have your school send us an updated transcript or grade report, or self report them through the application update form off your status page.

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    2. Does sending your fall semester transcript to UGA through parchment suffice? Or does the transcript have to be sent through a different avenue?

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    3. We are fine if it just gets sent through Parchment.

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  43. Hi, on my submitted application it says I am a Non Georgia resident, but I have lived in Georgia my whole life, and I am a US citizen. Did I do something wrong? What do I need to do?
    Thank you so much

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    1. If you look at your status page in more detail, you will see that under the "upload materials" section, there is some detail about the residency decision and our review. It also gives you a link to the residency page in case you made an error in how you reported your information. In many of these issues, it might be that you listed your parents did not complete a GA Tax return last year, and as such this might need to be corrected. See the linked page for more details on the proper steps to fix this.

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  44. I recently went on a tour at UGA and they told me that I'm able to get my bachelor's and masters in 5 years... If I was to transfer to UGA in 2 years from UNG, am I still able to get my masters and bachelor's in the remaining 3 years?

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    1. It is possible, but it means that you need to focus on taking care of your core curriculum completion, know your major early enough to take the core major courses, and work with the double dogs program early once you start at UGA.

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  45. On my application I sent my school report request to the wrong email for my counselor. How can I fix this?

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    1. Two options. Either tell your counselor to just complete a "common" Secondary School Report, such as the Common App or NACAC for, and email it to admproc@uga.edu with a copy of your transcript (this is the easiest solution), or email admproc@uga.edu with the correct email.

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  46. What are the tentative dates for early application for students graduating from high school in 2019?

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    1. The application will open up on 9/1, and the deadlines should remain the same. I cannot guess on decision dates as that is too far in advance.

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  47. I plan on transferring to UGA for Fall2018 semester however, I just want to make sure I know exactly what is acceptable. I do not have 30 hours from ONE school. The 30+ hours I have completed are from different places. I have sort of bounced around different schools as well as taken many AP and dual-enrollment classes during highschool. Is that still acceptable from a transfer applicant?
    -Thank you

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    1. It is not required that your transfer work be from one college. Remember though, all college work must be on official transcripts, you must have at least one year complete post HS graduation before you start at UGA, and you must get all work into us by the application deadline.

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    2. Thank you. All of my transcripts have been received. So... If my AP credit and dual-enrollment credit shows up on my official transcripts, then the credits will count towards the 30. Am I correct?

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    3. Yes, if the credit shows as specific courses with hours and actual course numbers, then we will use them as transferable hours. But it must be on the official transcripts (which sometimes look different than unofficial transcripts).

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  48. Is there a maximum amount of AP credits that can be accredited towards a major?

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  49. If accepted as a Summer 2018 transfer, could I take some courses online from home for the term and then move to Athens in the fall, or am I required to take at least one live-setting class my first semester as a new UGA student?

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    1. Yes, it is possible to take online classes in the summer, and this would allow you to continue in the fall. But in saying this, I do not generally suggest this. There are limitations to the number of summer classes offered, they fill up quickly with current students, etc. If you want to enroll in the fall, apply for the fall term. There is no difference in the review or decision process between summer and fall.

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  50. Hi, I was accepted as an Early Decision applicant this fall and my 1st semester of senior year just ended. I was wondering if I need to send in my midyear grades. If I do, does my counselor need to send in my transcript or can I self report them. Also will my counselor need to send a final transcript in at the end of the year?

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    1. We do not need a mid term transcript for admitted students, but all enrolling students will need to send us a final transcript.

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  51. Hi, I am applying to UGA as a transfer student.
    Since I'm a permanent resident of Georgia and my parents have lived in Georgia for 3 tears and have paid tax, am I considered as an international student as I completed my college outside the US ?

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    1. For residency purposes, you will be designated as a Permanent Resident once we receive a copy of your green card. For academic review purposes, we will need a copy of your international college transcript and an Outside Credit Evaluation from an acceptable company so we can review your file.

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  52. Since I'm 21 and my residency lies with my parents. Can I apply for a part time job and still be considered as a dependent of my parents and quality for in-state tuition ?
    Thanks

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    1. I could not guess about a student's residency, as I would not have all the details. A student who is a GA resident can also have a part time job and continue their residency, but I cannot say how this exactly applies to your specific situation.

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  53. Are AP classes that are applied for credit hours calculated in your GPA in UGa? Like, say I have a 3 on the AP Psych exam, which grants me a 3 hours. On my UGA transcript, will it show up as a C according to your score (5=A, 4=B, 3=C)?

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    1. There is no grade for an AP credit on a college transcript, so it would only be used as hours (if it shows correctly on the college transcript), and not in the GPA.

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  54. Hi, I know some universities have an out-of-state tuition waiver based on ACT or GPA's. I saw an article about Georgia's out-of-state tuition waiver, but the website I read the article on was not affiliated with University of Georgia. I am wondering if there is a scholarship opportunity or a type of out-of-state tuition waiver that can be applied for. Thank you for any help.

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    1. UGA has some academic starting points for some scholarships (see our scholarship page on our website), but there are no automatic GPA's or test scores for scholarship awarding. We use the admission application for almost all of our scholarship reviews.

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  55. Does UGA admissions have a preference between courses completed through dual enrollment and AP courses? Does UGA accept transfer credit gained through dual enrollment from ANY accredited college?

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    1. We do not have a preference of AP or DE, but please understand we are looking at the classes as well, not just the designation. So if there is an option to take College Algebra or AP Calc, I suggest AP Calc if the student is ready for it. In a similar vein, taking DE Multivariable Calc is a step up from AP Calc.

      We accept academic courses from regionally accredited institutions. Generally, we would accept work from any regionally accredited college, but I would want to make sure about the specific college (or you can check the transfer equivalency site for details of which colleges we have accepted work from in the past).

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    2. Thank you for your response-it was very helpful. I teach juniors and seniors here in GA and am trying to give sound advice.

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  56. As a transfer applicant, how do withdraws for medical reasons affect an acceptance if you have above the number of required hours and gpa? It's concerning because there is not an opportunity as a transfer to explain your story.

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    1. This depends on the grade we see on the transcript. If it is a W grade, we will not use this in the hours or GPA. If it is a WF grade, this is an F grade, and we will use it in the GPA calculation.

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  57. At FSU they label it WD. “Under unusual and or extenuating circumstances and upon recommendation of the appropriate academic dean, a student withdrawing from a class may receive “WD” grades (does not calculate into the Grade Point Average).” So will UGA look at those the same and not hold those against me?

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    1. I would assume that we would then not use it in the GPA calculation, but we would need to review the file before making a judgement on this.

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  58. Thank you so much. I do not want UGA to have the wrong impression of my abilities based on my withdraws. Through dealing with an injury and a parent who was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma the week I arrived as a freshman, and being hit with Mono , Influenza and Strep this past semester, I still managed 61 hours and a 3.44 average. The great news is my dad is cancer free, I’m healthy and have gotten every possible illness out of the way lol! I would love nothing more than to have a fresh start at my dream school and reach my full potential that I know I am capable of.

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    1. Glad that everything has worked out okay, and again, my assumption is that the WD grades will just be ignored.

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  59. Hi,
    If i apply for the following fall semester as a transfer student, will classes I take during this current semester and the summer semester account towards my gpa that will be reviewed?
    One more question, how do I go about calculating my gpa exactly?
    Thank you!

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    1. We only use the work completed by the deadline in our review, as we need to make decisions in a timely manner for you and the thousands of other transfer students. If you are admitted, we will post any new work to your academic record. I could not guess on your GPA calculation, as it depends on a variety of things.

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  60. Hi,
    I submitted an application and got my decision back. On my official transcript from the college I was transferring from it shows .3 GPA higher than what UGA said they calculated. I am very confused by this because I had met the requirements to get in according to my transcript, however since I have gotten the decision the new calculations puts me under the requirements. The transferable hours are the exact same as shown on the transcript and by UGA. Can you explain how there were two different GPAs calculated?

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    1. UGA calculates a transfer GPA, and usually a difference between the transfer college GPA vs UGA is one of two things. 1) If you repeat a class or classes at your current college to raise your grade, your current college might "forgive" the lower grades, but UGA will use both grades in the calculation. In addition, UGA does not use PE grades in a calculation.

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  61. Do I need a score from SAT Subject Test if I am planning on to submit an early admission? Or does it affect the decision?

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    1. No, as we do not use SAT Subject tests in our admission review.

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  62. Is there a way for my parents to be notified of my acceptance/denial before I do?

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    1. No. Decisions go to the student, as you are the applicant and the "owner" of your application/decisions.

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  63. What time will the decisions go out tomorrow?

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  64. I applied for Fall 2018 as a freshman and got accepted for Spring 2019. What considerations when into the decision to delay my start date?

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    1. We reviewed your file just like any other file. At the end of the decision process, there were a small group of students (300 or so) who we did not have space to admit for Fall, but we decided to admit for Spring instead of denying them.

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    2. Ok. I was just curious. Thank you so much!!!

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  65. Any statistics on international transfer? Like how many applied ?

    Also, how many transfer decisions go out every week ?

    Thank you

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    1. I do not have this data at this time, sorry, as we still have transfer applications coming in. Transfer decisions vary as far as how many go out a week, but my rough estimate is about 400 or so every Friday.

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  66. Thank you again for replying...

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  67. Hi,
    I'm a transfer student that applied for Fall 2018 semester. I applied on February 21 and now on March 23, I still haven't heard a thing. What's going on? I sent transcripts in and they received them March 6. Would that be what's taking so long?

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    1. Currently, we have about 3,000 transfer applicants for summer and fall, and by February 21, roughly 2,600 of them had already applied. If you sent transcripts to us by March 6, then that is the starting point for things, since we do not review files until they are complete and ready for review. I am guessing by 3/6, even more applications were complete and ready for review than the earlier number. It takes a while to review each file, and each transcript, and if admitted post each course and each grade and articulate the work. Please be patient as we review files.

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  68. What does the grade level mean on the transfer equivalency website? For example 1GXX does that mean that class only counts as 1 hour on the transfer transcript?

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    1. The 1 in 1GXX stands for the level of student at UGA, with 1 being a freshman level class, 2 being sophomore, etc.

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  69. Hello, I am a senior in high school who has gotten accepted into UGA and plans to attend in the fall of 2018. I have a few questions regarding housing, financial aid, and scholarships. I just recently received the official hard copy of my acceptance letter from UGA. Among the papers I received, there is one where it shows my estimated cost for attending UGA 2017-2018. It includes all expenses, subtracts Zell Miller and another scholarship, and shows the total at the bottom. I am wondering since it estimated how much Zell Miller would pay, does that imply without a doubt that I received the Zell Miller scholarship? If I receive the Zell Miller scholarship, does that I mean also receive the HOPE scholarship as well, or is it only possible to receive just one? When and how will I know whether I receive the HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship, as well as financial aid for UGA? Also, how will my senior year grades be taken in account-- will UGA look at my first semester grades or the grades I have when I graduate? I applied for my financial aid in the December of 2017. However, I heard from other students they applied around Jan of 2018. Is my financial aid application alright, or do I have to apply again for the year 2018? Also, I am an in state local student of Athens, GA. When I went with my school on previous trips to UGA, I heard from speakers there that local students are exempted from the mandatory first year dorm stay. Would it be alright if I attended UGA from home for all 4 years, or is it also mandatory that I stay in the dorms for my first year as well?
    Please let me know and thank you so much!

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    1. The Hope/Zell scholarship is an either/or, so you would not get both. The information given on the award letter is an estimate, but the state determines which you would receive, and they will use your final grades and SAT/ACT data. You can work with our Financial Aid office for both the need based aid and the Hope/Zell questions.

      As for living arrangements, it is fine if you live from home all four years (the living on campus situation is only for freshman year and local students can exempt this). You would need to work with Housing to be given this exemption, but this is not tough.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions!

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    2. Thank you for answering my questions! I have another quick question; would it be alright for me to pay the $300 deposit as a check and send it to the Admissions office?

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    3. We are fine with a check, and send it to the UGA Bursars Office.

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  70. How do you exempt a foreign language in college? I have taken 3 years of Spanish, and I was wondering if I need to take Ap Spanish in order to exempt it in college.

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    1. You would generally need to work with the testing center at the college to understand their placement testing and how to then exempt certain classes.

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  71. Hello, don’t know if my other post came through but I applied to transfer in fall 2018 and I have completed 15 credit hours at Georgia State and in progress I have 16. Additionally I have 8 APs I took in high school. Will those APs show in my college transcripts because Georgia State currently has me having 50 credit hours when this semester ends in May. Am I eligible? Thank you so much.

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    1. Georgia State U only puts the AP credit on the transcript if you specifically ask them to do this. As such, I would contact the GSU Registrar and ask for a transcript with the AP credits listed in detail, and have that sent to us ASAP, as we do not use work in progress in our transfer review.

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    2. Thanks for your reply! I requested today for the revised transcript with AP scores to be sent. However, they informed me Georgia State can only send that type of transcript through normal mail. As it is impossible for the letter to arrive by April 1, do I have a few days after the submission deadline to allow for the letter to arrive? Thanks so much again.

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    3. We are slightly flexible with the April 1 date for documents as we know mailing issues take a little time.

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  72. Do you know how many transfer students are yet to hear back?

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    1. My estimate is about 600 or so transfers still need a review and a decision, with most of these being either applicants who submitted items around the end of March/early April or have files which are very complex.

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  73. Hi Mr. Graves,

    I am an international transfer student who was admitted two weeks ago. I paid the commit payment because I want to know how many credits can be transferred to UGA. Can I know when is the deadline of transferable credit evaluation? Or can I know when I will see my transferable degree on Athena? Sorry to disturb because I am getting anxious now.

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    1. Email Jason Emond in our office at jemond@uga.edu with your full name and the issue, and he can then move forward with a more detailed review.

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  74. I have committed to UGA to start in the fall but am considering dropping my ap calc class that I am currently taking. Could my acceptance be revoked if I drop this class?

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    1. It is generally a little late in the term to be able to drop a class, as generally the low grade would stay on the transcript. This might cause some issues if you decide to drop it at this late of a date.

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  75. Most of my transfer courser have come up as transfer electives. How do I know which of those courses can be used to satisSa degree requirements?
    Thanks.

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    1. I meant satisfy*. Sorry for the typo

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    2. There are two steps to this - 1) For the elective classes, you can work with the academic department of the class (so for English, go to http://www.bulletin.uga.edu/MajorsGeneral.aspx?MajorId=60 to see the initial contact person), and see if the course can be changed to a specific UGA course after the department reviews information on your transfer course. 2) You would work with your academic advisor on how specific courses come in and apply to a degree, as they will know best.

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    3. Thabk you. Will do.

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  76. I am an in-state newly admitted transfer student. In the next year or so, my parents may move due to my father's job. Does this impact my residency designation? Will I continue to be considered in-state?

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    1. Here is a cut/past from the state policy manual - "If the parent or United States court-appointed legal guardian of a dependent student currently classified as in-state for tuition purposes establishes domicile outside of the State of Georgia after having established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia, such student may retain his/her in-state tuition classification so long as such student remains continuously enrolled in a public postsecondary educational institution in this state, regardless of the domicile of such student’s parent or United States court-appointed legal guardian."

      As such, as long as you continue with courses and do not sit out for a length of time, you will be considered a GA resident. By continuously, they do not mean you have to attend summer term (a question we often hear).

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    2. Thank you! That is a relief.

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  77. I was accepted as a transfer student for Fall 2018. My major is economics. I received a grade of "D" in a biology class. Will my admission offer reconsidered?

    Thank You.

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    1. I cannot guess on this, sorry. It depends on how you have done overall, what all your spring grades are like, etc.

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    2. My grades are an A and B .
      Also, is “D” considered a passing grade at UGA? I need to know if I have to retake the biology class this summer.

      Thank You.

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    3. Again, I cannot guess. We will need to review the document.

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  78. I was wondering if you had an estimate on when the transfer orientation for the Spring 2019 Semester would be?

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    1. My guess would be one in December and two in very early January.

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  79. I am planning to apply to UGA for the Fall 2019 semester, and I am wondering if I should use the UGA website or Coalition to apply? Is one better than the other, or does it matter at all which one I use?

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    1. Either is fine, as we have no preference.

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  80. How do I get my AP credits counted towards transferable credits.

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    1. That is not up to us, but instead is up to your college. As stated on the review process page, "Advanced placement (AP/IB) credit listed as specific courses with specific hours and college course titles and course numbers on a college transcript may be transferable.". So it depends on if your college sends us the AP scores on the official transcript this way.

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    2. If my college won't put AP credits on my transcript, is there anything I can do? Without my AP credits I only have 29 transferrable hours.

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    3. There is no other option, sorry.

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  81. I am aware UGA looks at GPA & Course Rigor highly upon acceptance. I failed an AP Test while maintaining an A in the class. Will that have a big negative impact on admissions?

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    1. We do not look at AP exam scores in our admissions review process (and colleges generally do not categorize AP scores as pass or fail, just the score number).

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  82. If I am sending another transcript in with my transfer application, do I have to complete a whole new application and pay the fee again if it was already reviewed?
    Thanks.

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    1. Can you be more specific so I understand your question. What term are you applying for, what work are you talking about, when would we get it, etc.

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    2. I am applying for spring of 2019 as a transfer student. I applied and sent my transcript from the college that I went to, but I was only credited with 29 hours instead of the 31 that I had. The university that I went to wouldn't put my AP credits on my transcript, so I am having UNG (which I am going to in the fall) send my transcript that has the AP credits on it. I got it sent today, so UGA will have in about 3 days.

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    3. Once you see we have received the new transcript, send an email to our head of evaluation at jemond@uga.edu and let him know you have new work on a transcript. He will then have it be re-reviewed without a new application or payment since it is the same term. Generally, we hold off on any decision where we see in-progress summer work, but we must not have seen this in your case.

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  83. Hello Dr. Graves. I'm a returning student, currently enrolled at GSU Perimeter College, and hoping to transfer to UGA in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. I earned my GED in 2004, and enrolled in Georgia Perimeter College for 2 semesters in 2009, during which I had to take several classes to satisfy College Preparatory Curriculum requirements. I had to leave school for family reasons, but I returned to Perimeter in Fall of 2017. I now hope to take 2 UGA minors which have 2 of these CPC courses as requirements. Are you able to tell me if these courses will transfer for college credit or if I will need to retake them? If they will not transfer, will they still be used by UGA to calculate my transfer GPA?

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    1. We could not guess about this until we actually saw the application and reviewed it for transfer admission, sorry.

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    2. Understood. Thank you for your response. This blog is incredibly informative and helpful, and I appreciate your dedication to it.

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  84. For EA, does UGA take in to account my grades based on what major I am applying for. For example, I am planning to apply as an engineering major. Would UGA take into account that my math grades are high making me a good fit for engineering or just look at my transcript as a whole?

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    1. We do not focus on your major when looking at your academics (or for looking at a file in the admissions process). For academic preparation for your major though, we do suggest taking rigorous courses in areas leading towards your major (so for STEM majors, strength in math and science) along with core course areas such as English.

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  85. If I am applying for early admission for Fall of 2019, will the ACT that is offered October 27 be accepted? I noticed the materials deadline was October 22. Thank you.

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    1. Generally, it takes 3-5 weeks from the time of the exam until we receive the score results. As such, we state that all test scores must be both taken and the scores requested to be sent to UGA by the application deadline. As such, we cannot use the October ACT for Early Action.

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  86. For teacher recommendations for early action, do we have to use the provided form or can a teacher write their own and put it in the system? If we do have to use the form, is there an electronic version?

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    1. Recommendations do not need to come through our online application form, but we do not have a separate form for the teacher to complete. We are fine with Naviance documents, letters sent to us, etc.

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  87. Hello, I am trying to self report my grades, as I applied through Coalition. I didn't take any AP courses 9th grade, but it won't let me submit the report without putting a number for that option and 0 isn't a choice. What should I do?

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    1. Working on it now, give us about 30 minutes.

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    2. This issue should now be fixed!

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