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.

197 comments:

  1. 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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  2. What time will the decisions go out tomorrow?

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Thank you again for replying...

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. I have taken the ACT eight times and have officially sent UGA my top two scores, do I need to send the other six officially or can I self report?

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    1. We will only use test scores that are officially sent to us, but we do not require all scores to be sent to us. If you only want those two scores, then that is fine.

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  27. What if I have 68 credit hours before the transfer deadline, but I’m not sure if they all will transfer does that mess up anything? Does graduating with associates help any before transferring?

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    1. Having an AA degree does not impact a decision. We will determine admission based on what we calculate and the number of transfer hours and the GPA.

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    2. You just have to have more than 60 credits and have higher then 2.80 when applying?

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    3. No. That is the starting point for consideration for transfer admission for 60 or more hours. Consideration does not equal admission.

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  28. Applying the first day the transfer application comes out would we know a decision sooner?

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    1. Somewhat. We review transfer files mostly by when the application is submitted and the file is complete, but a huge number of people apply in the first few days, so there is a bottleneck of files at the start.

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    2. Do freshman have more of an advantage I guess you can say since they can already apply for the Fall 2019 term and the transfers have to wait until January?

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    3. No. These are two different review processes with two different focuses, and one group does not impact the other.

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  29. What’s everything you need to complete the application for you to start reviewing?

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    1. See http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/admissions-deadlines.html

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  30. What are the chances getting accepted as a transfer student more than 60 hours with a 3.0?

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    1. I have no idea, as I do not guess about decisions. We have to calculate our own GPA, see what courses transfer and then make a decision.

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  31. I applied as a transfer student for Spring 2019. My application and all of my previous college info was sent in 6/5/18. When should I hear something from UGA?

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    1. I really cannot guess, as a huge majority of our decisions have been made, but there are a few files where a much more detailed review might be needed by the department. I suggest you contact our office next week if you do not hear a decision today, as they counselor on duty can look at your specific file.

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  32. If I apply regular decision but turn in my application by the early action deadline, will I get a notification on my application status earlier in February or is that just for deferred EA applicants?

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    1. If you apply RD, then you are on a different timeline than our EA applicants. We have three decision release dates - the initial EA review decision in late November, the initial RD review decision in February, and then final decisions go out in March.

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  33. I entered the wrong answer for one of the questions on the application and I can not go back and change the answer. It asks about having completed all the required courses by the end of graduation. Admittedly, I did not read the question completely and answered no, when it should have been yes. Having self reported my grades and sending in a transcript which will indicate the answer should be yes, will the no answer affect the decision.

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    1. I would suggest you email admproc@uga.edu with a clarification of your response, and give your full name and birthdate in the email.

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  34. Who can I email to discuss applying for the Spring 2018 semester.

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    1. I am assuming you mean Spring 2019, and that is not an option. We are well beyond the deadline for Spring term, so there is no possibility for applying to Spring 2019 anymore.

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  35. How many transfer students usually get accepted in the Fall semester?

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    1. There is no set number, as it varies depending on the applicant pool and what each applicant is like overall. For 2018 Fall, a little over 2,000 transfer students were admitted, and roughly 1,600 enrolled. but again, it varies by year.

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    2. What’s the usual acceptance rate?

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    3. There is no usual acceptance rate, as it varies based on the applicants.

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  36. hello, I have a question on the housing policy about freshman living on campus. From my understanding, any freshman student is required to live on campus unless they are residents of the immediate bordering counties of Athens-Clarke County. However, I know a few people who graduated from my school who were accepted into UGA for Spring 2019 who are not required to live on campus, and are marked as commuters. Is this reason due to them completing 30 or more credit hours in high school during Dual enrollment, so they were clasified as a second-year student? I know that no one has been accepted or anything like that yet, but if I am, I would like to know if I am eligible to live off campus if I take 30 or more transferable credits through dual enrollment by the end of the school year! Thank You!

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    1. This is a housing process and a housing decision, so I could not guess about it. As well, Freshman Spring start students have different situations, so I would not go by their situation in comparison to a Fall start student. The website for the Housing live on requirement exemption can be found at https://housing.uga.edu/site/resources_first_year_liveon_requirement

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  37. I was wondering if I needed to send in my AP scores to be considered having enough "credit" for admission. For example, I have taken freshman English honors, AP Lang and Comp, gotten a credit for English 1101 in my dual enrollment for passing the AP Lang and Comp exam, and have taken English 1102 DE. I therefore have technically taken 3 English courses, but have the 4 credits. So, what should I do?

    On the flipside, ignore my "email" that is an Alabama email I am commenting from! I was accepted there and have an account, but I am a Dawg ;-)

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    1. I am not sure of your exact question, but we will be reviewing your transcript for having completed the four English courses by the end of your senior year (and almost all high schools require 4 English classes for graduation).

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  38. Hi, where I go to school (Forsyth County schools), my AP classes are given +1 point to our GPA. For example, an 88 (B) in an AP class would count as an A when calculating our GPA. However, on my transcript that AP class shows that it is an 88 still, however the GPA under it shows that it was calculated as an A. When I am self reporting my grades, should I count that class as an A or a B? Thanks!

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    1. For every single freshman applicant, you need to report the actual grade seen on the transcript (so you would report a B grade in this instance). We know the grading policies of the school and calculate our GPA based on the grades on the transcript and our knowledge of each school's grading policy.

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  39. I am a public school teacher in the state of Georgia . Does UGA offer a tuition discount for the children of GA public school teachers?

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    1. No, there is not a tuition discount for the children of state employees (not for teachers, USG or UGA employees, etc.). There is an in-state tuition provision for state employees and military personnel who work in GA but are residents of another state.

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    2. Thank you for your quick response. That is my exact situation. I am state employee but live in another state. I know about the UGA request for out-of-state tuition differential waiver. There did not seem to be much to the form. Are those usually granted without much trouble once they can confirm the state employee status?

      I would also be interested to know if you are aware of any way that my child would be eligible for the GA Hope based on my employment within the state of GA. Thank you again for your response.

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    3. The waiver program is handled by the UGA Registrar, but generally there is no issue with these if he student/family meets the requirements set forth for the waiver. The HOPE issue is a little more complicated, and I suggest you reach out to the Ga Student Finance Commission (GSFC) about this.

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  40. How do you upload a physical recommendation to my application that I recieved from a summer camp?

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    1. We generally want recommendations to be sent in by the recommender, so that is what we don’t have an upload process for the students for this. You can send it in by email to admproc@uga.edu

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  41. Hi! I recently submitted my application, and I know I cannot go back and change anything. However, since I have applied, I joined AP Calculus at my school and this class will show up on my transcript, but not in the UGA application site I submitted it before my enrollment was complete. Will this be an issue even though the class will show up on my transcript?

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    1. This will not be an issue, as we know this happens and we will be able to see it on the required transcript.

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  42. Hi! I have recently submitted my application and since then I have enrolled in AP Calculus and opted out of the normal Calculus course. Since this is a recent event, it is not in my application, but will show up on my transcript. Will this be an issue?

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  43. I am planning on applying for transfer for Fall 2019 and I understand that only the classes completed before the deadline with factor into the decision of whether the application is considered for admission. By the time of the application deadline I will have completed 40 credit hours, but does that mean that I won't ever get credit for the classes I take this coming Spring? Or will I just get credit after they are completed, and if I am accepted?

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    1. Almost every student who applies as a transfer applicant has work currently in progress, and if they are admitted and decide to enroll, we then require the student to send us an updated transcript so we can post the new work and grades to their UGA account.

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  44. Where would you list JROTC on the application? Athletics or school and community activities

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  45. On the UGA application for "personal information" my name has a suffix (III) that I listed on personal background page however on the final page for crucial data that includes my legal name the suffix does not show. Do I need to do anything to modify this pre-filled page? Also for transcripts and other documents (AP Scores and SAT) there are inconsistencies in that field being populated. Are these documents matched according to SS# or birthdate as well?

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    1. The crucial data page lists fields that are important for the application, so it does not include all fields. The suffix field is not considered crucial (so matching of documents and financial aid will not have issues with a suffix), so that is why this field is not listed on the crucial data page. As such, nothing is needed for you to do. For matching of items, we use a variety of fields to tie things to a student, from name to birthdate, address to HS code, etc. After you submit your application, you will then be able to track items on the status page to see what items and test scores are in your file, and if needed, you can contact us with any problems.

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  46. For unit credits on the application how do I enter the following. We are on the semester system and semester grades appear on my transcript however one full year of AP Lang counts at 1 credit and 1 grade. Do I self report that as 2 units or 1 unit. Dual enrollment classes that are each one semester long also count as 1 credit on my transcript. would that be self reported as 1 unit

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    1. Your semester grades are .5 of a “unit”, so count them once. Any core grades that are shown as a full “unit” should then be counted twice, as two .5 units equals one full unit.

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  47. I have already submitted my application but it turns out I misspelled my counselor's email address so she is unable to send my transcript and recommendation. How do I change this to the correct information?

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    1. Send an email to admproc@uga.edu with your name and birthdate, and the specific issue along with the counselor’s name and correct email.

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  48. My dual enrollment school submitted my transcript today to UGA and I noticed on my application that it is now on the "Crucial Data" page as "School" instead of my high school. I was not able to change that before I submitted the application. Will this need to be changed on the application internally? If so who should I contact?

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    1. I am assuming you have not submitted your application yet, correct? Once you submit the application, we will take care of the situation. Since we have received the DE transcript pre-submission, we don’t want the DE school to be deleted or the document will also be deleted. Just proceed as normal.

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    2. Thank you for your quick response. That is correct. I am submitting it tonight as is but did not want to have any delays or information to be confusing about school and DE school.

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  49. I AM APPLYING INTERNATIONAL AND MY SCHOOL DOES NOT USE THE US GRADING SYSTEM.HOW DO I GET MY TRANSCRIPT ACROSS TO UGA IN TIME FOR EARLY ACTION DEADLINE

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    1. If you are using our application (so not the Coalition one), then you enter your school's advisor/counselor name and email in the academics section, and they can send in materials through a form they are emailed. This is the best method.

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  50. Hi, I am confused about the Test Scores section on the UGA application, specifically for the SAT I. Because this is the new SAT, I am unsure how to fill out critical reading and writing boxes (because online they only give you a combined score). For the essay subscore, do I just add my 3 scores together to get a number out of 24? And is the writing multiple choice subscore the number presented out of 40?

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    1. First, make sure you are selecting and filling out the SAT R option, as that is the new SAT. I am guessing this might help with the issue.

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  51. Hello I have submitted my SAT scores but I also took the October SATs and those results will not be available until 10/19. Can I submit those once they come out and still have them considered for the early action application? Also is there a email address that I can use to contact the admissions office if there is a problem with my application?
    Thank You!

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    1. We suggest you reach out now to have the 10/19 scores sent, as the deadline for requesting them was 10/15, so we cannot assure that these will get to us in time. As for an email, use admproc@uga.edu

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  52. I already self reported my grades when I applied to UGA Early Action through Coalition. Do I have to self report them again on the UGA application?

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    1. It is no required, but we would like it if you self-report your grades on our form. The Coalition self reported data is very cumbersome, while ours is fairly simple, and it matches with what we ask for on our other application.

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  53. Are all of the Freshman EA decision notifications posted on the same day (on a given date sometime before the end of November) or are the individual decisions posted as his/her application status has been determined? I know several applicants (here included) who believe their status will be updated as soon as a decision is made - so they are waking up daily and anxiously checking their application status online before they're even upright out of bed. Just wanted to confirm if this information is correct and they should continue the daily morning ritual. Thank you!

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    1. If you look at the Timelines page here, you will see that we release freshman decisions three times during the year. The first time is for Early Action, and I expect it will be in mid-late November. As such, checking every day is useless.

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  54. Hello. My student submitted their self- reported grades- and now thinks it might have been done incorrectly. He has taken several dual enrolled courses at our local Junior College. All of the courses and grades are on his high school transcript. 1 semester of a Junior College course is the equivalent to a full year – 10 credits or more depending on the college units – so equal to two semesters. In 11th grade he had JC English with an A and two JC Social Science classes both with A’s. In the self-reporting for 11th grade he reported 2 A for English and 4 A’s for Social Sciences. Was this correct? If not will it be reviewed and seen on the high school transcript?

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    1. He did it correctly and followed the instructions.

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  55. Hello, good afternoon. UGA is my dream school because it has a great vet program, so I need to have a great essay. My grades are ok and I never did any sports but I did many volunteer hours. Do I have a chance? What some examples of special circumstances and my parent was deported, so do you recommend me to add that too? What are your recommendations for a great profile? Thank you so much.

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    1. I think you have a misunderstanding as far as my role. I work in the admissions office, but I do not guess about admissions and I don’t give any specifics as to what might be a “recommendation for a great profile”. What I can tell you is how we do our work in admissions. As far as special circumstances, let us know if there is something that has impacted your progress in high school.

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  56. I have my application to UGA submitted and am now considering applying for the Foundation Fellowship/Ramsey Scholarship.

    I see the requirement is for an unweighted 3.9 GPA. I calculate my unweighted GPA as a 3.86.

    Does that get rounded to a 3.9 for purposes of scholarship eligibility?

    Or did I just miss the cut?

    Thanks

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    1. Generally, the majority of FF applicants are above the requirements, so students that are below them are not usually competitive. We do not round up, but I will let you decide whether to apply.

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  57. What is the date for release of acceptance for Early Decision?

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    1. We don’t have a date for the EA decision release yet. When we do I will announce it here.

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  58. I have already submitted my application, but I haven't Turned in all the required materials. I need to change some of the information on my application, but will I be able to do that myself or do i need to contact the admissions office.

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    1. What do you need to change with your application, as this will tell me what the next step is.

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    2. I need to change that I am the dependent of a veteran.

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    3. I suggest emailing adm-tech@uga.edu

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  59. Hello, I am an out of state student and UGA is one of my top choices. I have heard about an Out-of-State fee waiver in which out of state students are able to be accepted and eligible for in state tuition. I was wondering if there are any academic requirements for this or if this even exists at all.

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    1. At times we offer students a partial waiver or a full waiver of the out of state difference in tuition. It is very competitive, and generally based on the academic strength of the applicant. There is no set requirement, but I suggest you look at the scholarship page on our admissions website for more details.

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  60. Can I start an first year freshman application and finish it later?

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    1. Yes, you can always save your app and continue later, as long as you submit it by the 1/1 deadline.

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  61. I currently am a California student with 3 years of lab science in high school and 1 physical science in 8th grade, but the 8th grade course cannot be added to my transcript. However, it is a general requirement for all students in California to complete physical science in 8th grade. Can I still apply?

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    1. Yes. We do not need the 8th grade science info to show on your application right now. If you are admitted and enroll, just send us a final transcript and an image of the 8th grade report when final.

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  62. For students that were deferred for Fall 2019 and want to add info to the "Application Update Form" is there a one time submitting or each time I get a new update can I submit new information? I don't want to submit just my grades and then get a new leadership position and not be able to submit that as well.

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    1. Wait until you have all your updates to submit it, as it is only done once.

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  63. When are winners of scholarships from UGA notified?

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    1. Scholarship offers go out from mid November through the end of March.

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  64. If I want to apply for early action but I am still taking the ACT in decemebr. How would I go about that? Will you all take my highest score?

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    1. The Early Action deadline was 10/15, so it has passed. The RD deadline is 1/1, and we can use the December SAT and ACT scores, just remember to send them to us when you take the exam.

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  65. I am currently a student in college, however; I have not completed my high school degree. I want to ask if GED can be accepted instead of high school degree?

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    1. If you meet the definition of what we consider a transfer applicant, then we are fine if you have a GED.

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  66. Hello, I'm out of state and trying to send my official high school transcript. Would I mail it to UGA? If so would it be just UGA address or do they have a mailing address? Unless I'm supposed to send it electronically which I spoke to me, and she said she couldn't send it to out of state unless she is given specific instruction to do so.

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    1. Just have it mailed then, and our address is in the upper right hand section of the blog under new visitors. Also make sure your counselor sends us a counselor recommendation.

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  67. I have completed the end of my sophomore year this semester with 62 transferable hours with a overall GPA of a 2.75, if I didn't reach the required 2.8 over 60 is there any point of my applying for Fall 2019.

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    1. If you do not meet the consideration levels for transfer admission, then it is very unlikely that you will be considered for admission.

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  68. If I got denied in EA, can I apply again for RD?

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    1. No. The admission denial decision is final. Your next step is to look at transfer admission.

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  69. Hello, I am interested in transferring to UGA in Fall 2019. I have received AP Credit for some courses at a previous institution, but I believe I maybe be able to get additional credit at UGA (I have scores of 5 on Human Geography and English Language). As these scores will not be listed on my transcript, can I send my scores to UGA through the AP website for the school to reevaluate my credits?

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    1. We would not use these AP scores in our transfer evaluation, but if you are admitted and enroll, you can send them to UGA for review of credit.

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  70. Hello,

    Do you consider the institution attended when evaluating GPA on college coursework? Does a 3.6 gpa from a highly ranked institution have more weight than one that is less competitive?

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    1. We treat all colleges the same in our transfer review process.

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  71. I applied as a transfer for fall 2019 and am currently attending a different college but for spring 2019 only, meaning I have work in progress but have never attended this school before, is there a deadline for that transcript? I've seen the March 1st deadline for all documents but I don't finish classes until May. So when should I send that new transcript that'll be available in May?

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    1. We do not need that transcript for the admission review, and we generally will go into these type of files and waive the transcript. We will need it if you are admitted and decide to enroll. If it does not get waived in the next few days, email admproc@uga.edu about it.

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  72. Hi! My daughter has been accepted at UGA for Fall 2019. Owing to a residential eating disorder treatment that she recently started, she may need to drop a couple of AP courses in her final senior high school semester - reducing her total AP courses from 10 to 8. Will that impact her final admission status in any manner? Does she need to inform UGA admissions about dropping the 2 AP courses? If so, how? Thank you for your time!

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    1. I suggest your daughter send an email to her assigned counselor (see the status page for this information) describing the situation, so that we will know more about this prior to the final transcript being received. This should not impact a decision, but I cannot guess as we would need the final transcript as well in June to get an understanding of senior courses and grades.

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  73. If 2 units of high school-credit foreign language are completed in middle school (as seems to be a growing trend), does the student still need to complete multiple years in foreign language at the high school or is the middle school unit plus one in high school sufficient for admission?

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    1. This has been the norm for 15 or so years at least. In order to meet the basic requirements, we are fine with HS courses taught in the middle school serving as HS credit (credit only, not for GPA purposes, so Spanish 1 being completed in middle school means only Spanish 2 is then needed in HS. In saying this though, you are asking for the minimum needed for passing a requirement, not what might be best for admission review. Most all of our applicants (and thus accepted students) go above the minimum in their academic work, especially in their area of academic interest, so I generally do not suggest shooting for the minimum.

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  74. Dr. Graves, our daughter has one statement from her college that shows 32 credit hours. However, she just received notification that she only had 15 hours? The 32 credit hours includes credits she earned on AP exams while in high school. Is it possible to correct this mistake in time for consideration for Fall 2019? She is not changing her application, merely correcting erroneous information.

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    1. I responded to this question when you posted it earlier on another page, but I will give you the rough information here as well. Our office can only work from official college transcripts and the information on these transcripts. We need detailed course information from the college for both any AP credit and the actual courses taken at the college. We can only transfer actual courses from another college, and not just hours, as we need to do a course by course articulation. If there is not the detailed course information on the transcript, we cannot do anything about this issue.

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  75. Hi, I've applied as a first year student for the fall 2019 semester but I've been enrolled for the spring 2020 semester. Do you know why this is? Does it have to do with my intended major (animal health)?

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    1. It has nothing to do with your major, but know that we admitted about 300 students for Spring. You should receive (or have received) an email detailing this situation which should answer your questions.

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  76. Do I have the option to appeal if I do not get accepted to UGA? If so, what is the appeal process.

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    1. There is the same process for both transfers and freshman on appeals (call our office and speak to a counselor for details), but for freshman, we have already looked at everything, so an appeal chance is extremely slight, while if there are special circumstances for a transfer, we would not have looked at them in our original review.

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  77. If I accepted an offer for Summer 2019 as transfer student, do I have to take a class of some sort over the summer? I wanted to do a maymester but it seems that I can not sign up until the day before, and I am out of town for all of june and july.

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    1. Yes, you would need to take a class in summer to be a UGA student and continue on for Fall and beyond.

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  78. I got accepted to UGA as a fall transfer student. Do I need to resubmit updated transcript for spring semester?

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    1. (I already submitted transcript that shows all grades up to winter semester. )

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    2. If you have any updated work, we need it to be sent to us on an updated official transcript.

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  79. I took a couple of high school level math and French classes in middle school. Will that be calculated in my GPA?

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    1. No. We do not use middle school grades in our GPA calculation. Most of our applicants have taken some HS classes in middle school, but we only use grades from 9th grade on.

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  80. Dear Dr. Graves,
    My son has received Freshman Admission for Fall 2019 as International Student at UGA in Engineering. He has been doing good in academics so far and scored good marks 85%+ from 9th to 11th standard. He could not score well in 12th standard due to sudden sickness during final 12th standard examination period and got the low score in couple of subjects (Mathematics & Chemistry) however he passed the overall 12th standard examination. As he could not study well during 12th standard examination time, he got overall low percentage (60%). As a parent I am worried now that how 12th standard low score will affect his UGA admission process? We have already paid commitment deposit to UGA and processing for his USA VISA. I want to know that whether 12th standard low score will impact my son's UGA admission negatively? I am keen to have him study in UGA and positive response and guidance will help. Thank you.

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    1. I could not guess about this, as it depends on the exact nature of how low his work dropped.

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  81. How do I log into my UGA email. I have my MyID password and username; I just do not know where to go to login.

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    1. You can start at https://my.uga.edu, or you can also go to ugamail.uga.edu

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  82. how many recommendation letters would you recommend first year students to have ?

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    1. A counselor recommendation form is required, and I then suggest one teacher recommendation. If a student would like, they can also send one community recommendation from a coach, employer, etc., but only if it can give us more details of what the applicant is like from a different point of view.

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  83. Does UGA accept college now credits ?

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    1. We accept college credit from accredited colleges and universities. As such, if a college works with College Now to allow HS students to take dual enrollment work at their college, and will post the credit on their college transcript, we would then accept the college credit (if we have a similar course).

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  84. Good afternoon!
    My goal is to graduate in 3 years when I arrive at UGA. Is this possible with UGA? How would I make this happen if it is indeed possible?

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    1. Yes, it is possible to graduate in under 4 years at UGA, but it depends on how you have prepared yourself for UGA. First, you would want to maximize your credit options in HS by doing well in AP/IB courses and the AP/IB exams, or you would look at taking Dual Enrollment courses in HS. (see https://reg.uga.edu/students/credit-from-testing/ap-equivalences/ for AP/IB credit info). Second, make sure you don't focus so much on getting out as you do on being a part of UGA and experiencing all that we have to offer. You can also take summer courses, you need to make sure of your major from the beginning (changing majors can make completing graduation requirements challenging with the new major), and make sure you work closely with your advisor.

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