Review Process

Freshman Applications

During UGA's Admission Decisions that go out in November and February, the focus is on an  three academic criteria: the student’s grades in core academic courses, the rigor of a student’s course selection as compared to what is offered in the school/community, and the student's best combination of scores on the SAT or ACT (we do not cross scores between the SAT and ACT though). UGA does not have a minimum GPA, SAT or ACT, as we are looking at a combination of all of the academic factors.

During the March decisions, we will be reviewing the entire application, with a focus on the core academic areas mentioned above, and in addition we will be looking at a student's intellectual and creative pursuits, an understanding and respect for others, their significant commitment to citizenship through public service, school activities, community involvement, leadership, and family, their ability to communicate through the short essays and other writing sections, evidence of integrity and personal maturity, recommendations from counselors and teachers, and any other information in the file. In other words, we look at everything in the file.

We also suggest reviewing the UGA Top Ten Urban Legends about Admissions, as this will tell you what we do not look at in the review.

For more details on the required materials for First-Year applicants and the deadlines for these materials, see the UGA Admissions Deadlines page.

Transfer Applications

When UGA reviews a file for transfer admission, we are focusing on two areas for the most part; How many hours of transfer work has been completed and is on a transcript, and what is the GPA that UGA calculates for the transfer work. All grades/hours that will be reviewed must be on a transcript by the application deadline. 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. UGA requires official transcripts from all colleges attended, even if the work is from dual enrollment courses, transient work at another college, etc.

Transfer deadlines are for both the application and for all college transcripts. UGA will only review academic work that is completed and sent to our office by the deadline. For example, Fall transfer applicants have a deadline of 4/1, so we can only review work completed and into our office by 4/1. We cannot use work from a Spring term where classes are in progress and will be completed after the deadline. 

Sophomore Transfer Applicants
  • Have 30-59 semester hours of transferable credit by the application deadline
  • Have completed at least one year of college by the term of intended enrollment
  • Must have a 3.20 or higher transfer GPA to be considered for admission, though there is no minimum GPA that guarantees admission.
Junior/Senior Transfer Applicants
  • Have 60 or more hours of transferable credit by the application deadline
  • Have completed at least one year of college by the term of intended enrollment
  • Must have a 3.00 or higher transfer GPA to be considered for admission, though there is no minimum GPA that guarantees admission.

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  1. for sophomore transfers, how do you get 30 hours in by april 1 when most college have a maximum number of hours (18) for a semester?!? please enlighten me.
    i'm taking 3 hours in the summer and 16 in the first semester and im still short

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    1. It generally takes a year and a half to transfer to UGA as most students are not able to have 30 completed hours by the fall deadline, April 1.

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    2. Could you take 15 hours summer quarter and 15 hours fall and transfer as a sophomore?

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    3. We have had students do this before, yes.

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  2. Will receiving an MIP affect a transfer student's eligibility for acceptance to the University of Georgia?

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  3. Okay so I am planning to apply early in October but I am also giving my SAT in October and I doubt that they will be in before the 15th of October. So what should I do?

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    1. We will accept all test dates that occur by the application deadline, October 15. Students must designate UGA as an automatic recipient for the scores in order to ensure that we receive them in time.

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  4. Hi, when will the fall 2014 freshman application appear on "mystatus" page?

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    1. The 2014 application will be available after Labor Day.

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  5. Hi, when you re-calculate GPA for the applicant, do you remove that extra 7 points from AP/Honor class given by Fulton county? If you do, will that give the applicant lower GPA compared to other applicants who took on-level class? Thanks.

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    1. We do not remove these extra points, but we do not add any additional weight as we would for schools that do not add any extra points. As well, we look at the rigor of a student's coursework in an additional way.

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  6. When calculating a transfer GPA, will all transferable courses be used? I was afraid my seminar class and a few other classes wouldn't transfer, but, according to your site they will. So will they be used when calculating my GPA? Thanks!

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    1. I cannot guess which classes we will use, but whatever courses transfer will be used in our calculation of the GPA.

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  7. I took three session A classes that brought my GPA hours to 63. However, on my official transcript, they are not showing up in the completed hours area. They are however, showing up with the completed grades and hour amount, just not in the total and the new GPA. My schools says this will not update until the end of spring term. Since there is an official grade and the hour on the official transcript, will you all still count them?

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    1. I cannot easily guess on this, but since we need grades and courses to come to us on an official transcript, it looks like there is going to be a problem. I would suggest speaking with your Registrar's office directly.

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  8. I have two classes that are 1 hour classes, one is a seminar and one is a PHED class. Both are transferable,which means they will be calculated in my GPA. Will they be used in my class standing?

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    1. We are not able to guess about classes and class standing until we see the application and transcript(s), as these may or may not go towards class standing and GPA, depending on what classes they are, what other classes you have taken, etc.

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  9. I plan on applying for the UGA Tifton campus, due to current family obligations. If I get accepted, and family conditions improve and I am able, can I transfer to the Athens campus later on easily or do I need to go through another application process?

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    1. The review process and decision are the same for both campuses, so it is not difficult to change to the Athens campus.

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  10. The first school I attended did not accept very many of my AP courses - I got about 27 credit hours from them. UGA would have given me over 40 credit hours for my AP scores. Will I be able to get those extra hours if I transfer to UGA?

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    1. If you send us the AP scores, then yes, we would then use them in your overall credit, but we would not give double credit for AP exempted courses from another college and the actual AP credit.

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  11. I'm honestly curious, what would be the reason for someone who was transferring to be denied if they had well over the GPA requirement with the right amount of hours, considering space has not been an issue in such a long time?

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    1. Are you saying this occurred, or are you asking about future possibilities? This can help guide my answer, as we give details when we make a denial decision.

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    2. I apologize, asking in a sense of a future possibility. I was just curious and wanted to know what the reason would be if someone were to be denied, not as a complaint to something that has happened.

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    3. Not a problem at all, I just wanted to make sure I was answering the question correctly. A transfer applicant could be denied even if they met the consideration level if there was a serious conduct issue, if they were put on probation at their current college, if there was a sudden increase in qualified applicants, if the GPA was based on their college's GPA, and not on how we calculate an overall GPA, etc.

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  12. It is already May 8th, the day for Fall transfer students to sign up for orientation, and my files are still being reviewed for admission. How much longer will it take to get notified? I need to know as soon as possible to make arrangements.

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    1. I am sorry, but I cannot guess about a decision or decision time.

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  13. On average, how many transfer applicants does UGA accept per semester?

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    1. It depends on the term (fall, summer or spring), and how many people apply. Usually, we accept about 1,400 transfers in the fall, 900 or so in the spring, and about 400 for summer, but these vary depending on the applicant pool. Of these accepts, usually about 80% accept our offer and attend.

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  14. I'm really sorry if I'm asking this on the wrong thread. My daughter has been invited to the First Look meeting this summer and she is thrilled. I am trying to make sure admission is a realistic possiblity for her, especially since we would probably need some sort of out of state tuition (merit) assistance as we live in NC. When looking at grades, do you look back to 8th grade algebra and language grades? She got Bs in both of those classes and I'm trying to figure out how much that will hurt her UGA calculated GPA. We were told in middle school those grades "wouldn't count" and now we are wondering if that will not be the case. Her grades now are great and academic rigor/ extracurriculars look good/excellent. Just trying to figure out basically if those grades are going to come back to bite her, even though her grades HS were predominately As in much harder classes. To make a long story short, I guess my main question is does 8th grade algebra count if they take math all the way to AP calculus.

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    1. We only use 9th grade and beyond work in our academic review, so we do not use 8th grade coursework in our calculation of a GPA.

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  15. As a High School student (Junior) enrolled in a dual credit program at a local community college, will I apply as a transfer student or an incoming Freshman? Also, does it depend on the number of credits I have to transfer?

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    1. You have not graduated from HS yet, so you would apply as a freshman. Transfers have been out of HS for a year or more.

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  16. Good Afternoon,
    I am a disabled veteran with an AS degree in Hort (73 credit hours, and a 2.88 GPA), I would like to pursue a graduate degree. However; I live in the north Georgia mountain area and own my home. How far in advance can I apply? I have no will to sell, and move my family on only a hope for admission. I also have no delusions on how difficult it is to sell in this market. One last question - what is the process for becoming established with the DRC? My previous school required letters from the VA, which is a process that can take many months.

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    1. You have asked a number of questions, and I am not sure what your best option is at this time. If you are looking at graduate school programs, you will generally need a BA or BS degree, so you might look at a local college where you can get or of these degrees, then work with grad school. If you are looking at UGA for one of these degrees, we cannot give any early decisions, as we need to have time to review your file. In order to get more information about DRC And VA benefits, you would work with drc.uga.edu or http://www.reg.uga.edu/veterans

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  17. I am currently a junior in high school, i have a 4.2 gpa and i have taken my ACT. I havent gotten the results back yet but can i apply to UGA and be accepted while still being a junior in high school?

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    1. When you say you are a junior, do you mean that you are a rising junior and will graduate in 2016? If so, you should not apply to UGA until after your junior year of HS. If by junior you mean that you have just finished your junior year (rising senior), then yes, you would apply for Fall 2015, and the application will open on 9/2.

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  18. Hello,

    I am a rising sophomore at Kennesaw State, considering transferring to UGA in the spring or fall. I have taken a science class called Science 1101. I have heard that this course does not directly transfer to UGA. While looking at the transfer equivalency chart, I noticed that UGA had it listed as "SCIE1D**L". Can you clarify what these symbols mean?

    Thank you!

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    1. It means it transfers in as an elective course that satisfies the core area, and you can see this on the transfer equivalency page where it states:
      "University System of Georgia Core Elective
      Example: MATH1001 = MATH1A** Prefix (MATH), class level (1), transfer designation (A-E**) Reasons: Satisfies A through E core at University System of Georgia schools (including UGA), but no direct equivalent UGA class, or insufficient credit hours.

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  19. I applied for Fall 2013 and got denied, but I have applied for transfer admission for Spring 2015. Let's say I get accepted but I deny it since I wanted to finish my second year and then transfer my junior year to UGA. Will that affect my chances to getting in UGA again or is there a way that my acceptance for spring 2015 (if i get in) transfers to Fall 2015? or is there a way that I can cancel my application for spring 2015 and just re-apply for fall 2015? will that affect my chances for fall 2015?

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    1. I believe I have answered your questions in the Timelines section where you also asked these questions.

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  20. hi!
    I sent my transcripts electronically for my transfer 2015 application but I accidentally sent it on Friday and my grades didn't post until today. So today I sent the right transcript. What do I need to do so that my admissions decision isn't based on the first transcript I sent accidentally and based on the second, correct transcript that I sent? The first transcript has my last 12 hours in progress instead of my 30 hours being completed which is on my second transcript.

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    1. We have not started reviewing the Spring 2015 applications yet, so I am guessing the second transcript will get here prior to us starting the review. If for some reason this is not the case and you receive a denial due to this, you can always contact us for an updated review.

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  21. I'm confused with this applying process, i am a transfer student looking for the spring 2015, how do i send you guys my transcript? the application didn't ask for the transcript it just asked for the college I'm currently at, does that mean you guys request it yourself??

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    1. The lead in page to the application, https://admissions.uga.edu/article/admission-information-for-transfer-students.html, tells you the items needed for transfer review. In addition, the deadlines page here gives you the required materials needed. You have to ask for your transcripts to be sent to us, as you are the owner of those documents.

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  22. If I decide to apply before the early action deadline for the fall 2015 semester, and get denied, will I be able to apply again for the regular decision deadline? If I understand correctly, when the admissions team reviews my file for the early action application, they look at just 3 parts: GPA, ACT/SAT score, and rigor of schedule. However, when applying in the regular decision application they look at everything in my file. In other words, will applying in the early action hurt me if I get denied and am able to apply again for the regular decision application?

    Also, will Georgia accept out of state dual enrollment hours?

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    1. If a student is denied Early Action, then that is the end of the process. If your application is deferred, this means we want more information (short essays, updated transcript, etc.), and your application would be a part of the holistic file review process where we look at everything. For Regular Decision, some people will be admitted in February if they have the academics that would have made them admissible for EA, while others will be a part of the holistic read process. EA vs RD is about timing, both for a decision and for what you are able to send in (EA cannot use first sem grades or Nov and later test scores). If you are attending an accredited College for DE, then generally your DE work will transfer into UGA. Hope this helps.

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  23. Is there a specific order in which the UGA admission team reviews applications? Alphabetical? Date of application submission? Random?

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    1. For the most part, we try to review transfer files based on the completion date, but that is not an exact science due to many moving parts concerning an application (multiple transcripts and dates, app fee, etc.).

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  24. Will students find out whether they got accepted/denied on mystatus or by mail first?

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    1. Decisions are shown on the myStatus page the next business day, while a letter is mailed out the next business day.

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  25. My superscored ACT only comes out to a 27.5 so I am taking it again on 9/13. It is set up to where it is sent to UGA immediately after it is scored, so is it okay that I apply tomorrow or should I wait until after I take the test?
    -Thanks

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    1. We are fine if you send scores after submitting an application. The one thing I suggest, though, is to send in school materials such as the school evaluation and the transcript, after you apply.

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  26. I am applying to UGA as a first year student and I wanted to know what I need to send in for the EA deadline. Thanks!

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    1. If you look at the deadlines page here, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/admissions-deadlines.html, or the intro pages to the application, the required materials are listed.

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  27. I am considering UGA as a viable transfer option. I was wondering if actually getting the associates degree versus just having 60+ hours would be more beneficial in the application process?

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    1. Having (or not having) an AA does not have an impact on a transfer decision.

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  28. HI, for EA application, do you prefer we mail in the transcript from school or use parchment online transcript submission? Thanks

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    1. I always prefer online documents over mailed ones.

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  29. I am applying as freshman for fall 2015 EA. I already sent all my SAT and ACT scores to UGA when I took them months ago. Do I need to resend them after applying or will they still be saved in the system to go with my application?

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    1. Test scores are held in our system for 5+ years in our system, and they are stored electronically, so when you apply, your app should match up automatically. The only issue comes when your test scores have a different SSN from the app, and/or the name and birthdate are different from the app information.

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  30. Hi! I am seeking to apply for fall 2015 as a sophomore and I am aware that you need 30 credit hours by the first of April. 2 questions:
    1. I have heard that UGA does not accept placement tests to count for the 30 hour requirement. However, my university has put the credit on my transcript listed as (Credit by exam) (Challenge): Subl No: MATH 1113 Title: Precalculus Mathematics Hours: 3 Grade: K ---- and they also count these credit hours on my transcript's total credit hours tally. Does this sound like a situation where UGA might accept these hours to count towards a 30 hour minimum?
    2. If the hours listed above are in fact inapplicable, I will have 29 credit hours before April 1. I understand that UGA does not accept anything less than 30, so what would be good advice? Would it be recommended to take an online course or course at an institution on the quarter system, to fulfill these requirements? I am extremely eager to investigate all possible ways I can be a student at UGA as soon as possible, thanks so much for the help.
    -LG

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    1. 1) When you say credit by exam, what type of exam are you talking about? 2) I would not be the best person to advise you on what other type of course work to take, sorry.

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  31. I believe it is essentially a placement exam but the math department at my school awarded me full credit for the class that I placed out of (indicated on my transcript in the manner described in my first post). On my transcript it is under a category called: Credit by Exam (Challenge). I would be glad to share with you my unofficial transcript as of today if you would like, and if there is a secure means of doing so. Thanks so much for the help, my advisor recently emailed me a pdf form of my transcript, so it would be easy to share. Really appreciate you being active on this site on a Friday night. Thanks again.
    -LG

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    1. I do not need to review the transcript, and there is no secure way for me to review it here. We do not accept credit for a departmental or CLEP exam as transfer work, sorry. You would need to look at other avenues for the additional credit. I would suggest attending a transfer information session, and you can sign up for one at https://dar.uga.edu/visit/

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  32. Really appreciate the help, thanks so much.
    -LG

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  33. I'm trying to decide between civil engineering and landscape architecture as my first choice major on the application. I want to be an architect (not necessarily landscape though), and I'm not sure which is major better for that at UGA. Any advice?

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    1. If you are firmly looking at structural architecture, you might want to focus on colleges that have that specific major. If that is just one area of interest, then I suggest communicating with both departments to see where your interests tie into our programs.

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  34. I know that UGA allows AP credit to be counted towards the 30 hour requirement for application. That being said, if someone was to apply to UGA for the fall of 2015, and they had 18 hours of college credit with 12 hours of AP credit, how likely is it that this person be accepted? I don't expect any actual odds, I just would like some input on the idea that while this applicant meets minimum requirements, do they have a good chance of acceptance in general when they can only display one semester of college on their application. I guess it is easy to believe that this applicant would have a hard time gaining acceptance, only because they can only display so much experience.
    -Thanks so much

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    1. An applicant with 30 hours of transfer work has an equal chance of admission as all other transfer applicants with over 30 hours. That is the best I can do.

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    2. thanks so much
      -LG

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  35. If I have taken the ACT three times and I would like to have all of the scores of the individual sections on my early app, but I only took writing on it once, does that mean I cannot put the other two tests on my app? Or do I just leave the combined english/writing blank?

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  36. I was having computer issues and reviewed my application before I hit send. Everything was correct. However, when I printed a copy for my records I noticed the information on the Leadership and Activity Record section is all blank. Is there any way I can submit that information so it gets put with my application? Thank you

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    1. I would suggest sending this information as a PDF attachment to an email sent to admproc@uga.edu

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  37. On the section of the application entitled "Current Year Course Work", I entered the credit hours for two English dual enrollment classes as .5 per semester each. I have been told that it is actually 1 credit hour per semester each. If necessary, how can I correct this? I did check the box indicating that I will have completed the minimum 17 units.

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    1. This is a very minor issue that does not need to be corrected, as we will most likely see this information on the counselor evaluation and/or transcript.

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  38. I had a quick question about the UGA early action process. On one part of the application I read that I would not have to send my official transcript until I was accepted, but I read somewhere else on the UGA website that, "The Counselor/School Evaluation form with an official high school transcript and official SAT and/or ACT scores with Writing assessments must be submitted or postmarked no later than October 22". I was wondering which one was accurate?

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    1. A transcript is needed for EA, and your myStatus page shows this as required. We will also need a final HS transcript if you enroll, which is probably what is confusing you.

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    2. I already have my official transcript from the counseling office at my school and it's in a sealed envelope. To what address should I make it out to?

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    3. See the bottom of our web site, admissions.uga.edu, for the address.

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    4. Thank you for your time!

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  39. For early action do they review the extracurricular activities at all or is it solely focused on grades, scores, and course rigor?

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    1. As stated in this page, EA review only looks at your academic information. We ask for your extra-curricular information in case you are admitted and we need it for scholarship review, or if you are deferred and we need it in our holistic file review.

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  40. As an incoming transfer student, how will my GPA be affected? Will I continue start off from my GPA at my previous university or will it reset?

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    1. You will have both an overall GPA that includes all work, and a UGA GPA that is only UGA work.

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  41. With a 1020 SAT super score and a 3.9 GPA can I get into UGA?

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    1. I have absolutely no idea, sorry. That is like asking if a time of 4:30 will win a one mile race. It all depends on who is running the race, and how that time compares to the competition. So I do not guess on decisions, sorry.

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    2. I will be applying to UGA as a transfer student in the Fall of 2015, and I will be attending Spring Semester for the college I'm in right now. I went to the transfer session you guys have held and wanted to be clear. My credits for Spring will eventually be transferred but not as I get into UGA. So when will my credits for that semester transfer? And if I were to take summer classes there will that transfer as well on time?

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    3. The term needs to be completed and on official transcript needs to be sent to us before we can post transfer credit, so it depends on when you send us the document. It generally takes 1-3 weeks to post the work, depending on how busy we are at the time. This apples for any term.

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  42. I applied early action to UGA and was deferred. My first semester senior year grades are a little lower than how I normally do, and I'm just wondering how much weight is placed on first semester grades when making a decision.

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    1. There is no set amount of weight given first semester grades, so I cannot really define it in any quantitative measure. It will be a part of the review, but we also know that we will look at the overall grades more than one semester.

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  43. Anne Marie McEachernJanuary 10, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for this blog and the attachments that follow it. I have applied to UGA and this blog has helped me with different questions I have had and as a differed applicant it has helped reassure me of Part II of my application. So again, thank you for you and for your posts and comments.

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  44. I live in a different state, and my semester ends on May 5. If I apply the day after, would that be the application for Spring Semester?

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    1. I am assuming you are a transfer. As such, review our deadlines and requirements to see when we would consider you for admission. If you want your Spring work considered, you would apply for Spring of the following year (or later).

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    2. Yes I will transferring form a 2 year college. I will have my required 60 minimum credits and 3.0 GPA, so i would like to apply as soon as I can which is May , when my grades are posted on my transcript. If accepted, would Spring be the earliest I would be able to attend, if I apply in May, since it falls between April 1 and Sept 1?

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    3. Spring would be the earliest term you would then apply for.

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  45. I'm a college freshman who is trying to transfer as a sophomore next fall. I have 16 credit hours from last semester (17 in progress) and will not have 30 by the transfer application deadline. I don't understand how a college freshman is supposed to have 30 credit hours by the end of first semester unless you count their hours from the spring semester as well.

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    1. We have to manage both our overall enrollment and our timing of releasing decisions, and having a later date for documents (for instance in June) would radically change our academic levels for transfer admission and delay decisions to late June/July. This does not work for our situation, so we have most transfers enroll after 1.5 years.

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  46. I am finishing up my freshman year with 29 credits and a 3.9 gpa. I'm going to go to the same university next year my sophomore year, but apply to UGA during that time and hopefully attend my junior year. By the time of the application deadline in 2016, I will have 46 completed credits assuming I don't fail any classes. Will I be eligible for admission? If I can't be accepted as a junior, will UGA accept me as a sophomore?

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    1. We would review your file based on the number of completed transferable hours and your GPA, so you will be fine to be considered for admission.

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  47. I didn't enter my mother's birthplace on my application, mistakenly. Will this affect me in any way?

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    1. This question has no bearing on a decision (and was also in the optional section of the application).

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  48. My current ACT superscore is a 30.5. Will UGA consider this superscore as a 30 or a 31?

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    1. We follow the same rules as the ACT does on a single score, and we round up a .5, so you would have a 31.

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  49. If I submit ACT scores without Writing and SAT scores with Writing, will the ACT scores be taken into account?

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    1. Yes, as we only need one ACT Writing score overall, and since we superscore, we can then use the rest of the ACT scores without Writing.

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  50. I will be applying as a transfer student to be accepted as a sophomore for the spring 2016 semester. If I'm denied, am I allowed to apply again for the fall 2016 semester?

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  51. I will be applying as a transfer student for spring 2016, can i send my transcripts electronically?

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    1. Yes, we accept electronic transcripts,crust make sure they are sent to us directly from your college.

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    2. Can you please tell me the email address and the name of the recipient?

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    3. If an email is needed, us admproc@uga.edu. There is no specific recipient, so use UGA Admissions. This is controlled by the sending institution, not us.

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  52. Hello. When are freshman Spring 2016 admission applications going to be reviewed? And when will the decisions be received?
    Thanks

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    1. We generally review/make decisions on Spring freshmen in mid-September.

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  53. Good Afternoon - I plan on applying to EA next week for Fall 2016.
    My school adds 7 points to honors and AP courses. When filling out for my GPA do I add the weight or keep it unweighted? Thanks!

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    1. You will enter in the grades you see on your transcript, so if your schools adds weight to the actual teacher grades that you (and our office) will see on the transcript, you will use the weighted grades. I would suggest you look at http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2015/06/2016-freshman-application-faq.html for what you will need in preparation for applying to UGA.

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  54. Good evening,
    I am filling out the EA, and would like to submit it in the next two days (by Oct 3). I took the ACT in September, and while I do have the composite scores, I do not have the writing portion scored - yet. Should I submit and leave the writing score blank on the application, or should I wait to submit until I receive the writing score. I'm assuming it is OK to submit since we are reporting unofficial scores on the EA. Thanks.

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    1. Since we need the official scores from the testing agency in order to use them, there is no reason to wait for the writing score before submitting the app, just make sure we receive the official scores.

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  55. Hi, my application and scores have been submitted to UGA for EA, and I notified my counselor that he needed to complete the counselor evaluation. However, he is a new counselor and notified me on Friday that he did not complete the recommendation portion at the very end of the evaluation because he thought there was another place to upload a PDF document. So, I currently have an application submitted with everything but the recommendation portion of the counselor evaluation. He was under the impression that this part of the counselor evaluation was not needed, but I am curious as to wether this will affect my application or consideration for the Honors Program negatively? And if so, is there any way my counselor can fix this? Thanks so much.

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    1. If he did our from, he can go back to the counselor portal and next to the "school evaluation" item for your application, there will be an option to add a letter of recommendation. It will not be available until the form he completed gets pushed into our system, so it might take a business day after he submitted the form. If your school uses Naviance, he can also just upload the letter through that system and it will be automatically added to your file.

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  56. Section 9 of application. Athletics. Should we include in the description sections specific honors and awards. Section for Honors and awards. Is this for academic awards only or inclusive of all honors and awards including academics?

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    1. If you wish to include honors/awards in the Athletic area, you can, but that is up to you. For Honors and Awards, this is for all Honors and Awards, so include what you would like (even the athletic awards).

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  57. I am taking 2 dual enrollment classes that will continue throughout the year. Each quarter is a different class example eng 101, eng 102. and polical science. For total credit that would be 2 units for the year correct.

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    1. English 101 is a full credit (1.0 credit) class, similar to a block schedule HS course being completed in one semester. As such, English 101 and English 102 would be 2 units.

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  58. When looking at GPA, is improvement considered in addition to overall GPA? For example, if a student had a 3.3 freshman and sophomore year but a 4.0 their junior year, would that be something taken into account?

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    1. During our initial academic review decision process, academic trends are not looked at. During our holistic review of the entire application, we will look at trends as a part of this review.

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  59. What are the chances of being rescinded as a transfer student for Spring 2016?

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    1. I have no idea, as while we have rescinded both freshman and transfer decisions, they are on a case by case basis and are generally due to a serious drop in academic performance.

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  60. I have a question. If I take Principles of Biology I at GMC (which transfers as Biology 1107+Lab) online, will it still count?

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    1. We do not look differently at a class taken online vs in the classroom.

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  61. I applied as an early application and I sent everything in but my sat scores were sent on the 10/18 and were not received what should I do

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    1. Be patient, as scores are not immediately sent to us when you are able to see them online. SAT scores have a slight delay for this one week due to format changing on their side, but they will be up and running correctly on 1/26 and we will bring in these scores for Early Action.

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  62. I have a question. Im planning to transfer to UGA. What if I earn more than 60 credits in year and a half, when I'm still a sophomor does my application goes to junior and and senior one which the minimum gpa is 2.8?

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  63. I have a question. Im planning to transfer to UGA. What if I earn more than 60 credits in year and a half, when I'm still a sophomor does my application goes to junior and and senior one which the minimum gpa is 2.8?

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    1. First, there is no minimum GPA for admission. The 2.80 GPA for students with 60 or more transferable hours is the current level at which we begin to consider applications, and it is subject to change at any time. Second, we do not look at how your college classifies you (soph, junior, senior) or the length of time you are at that college, but instead at the completed transferable hours.

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  64. I applied early action to university of Georgia. I realized just today that I need to make a change in my online application. I emailed the admissions office today. Is it too late?

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    1. What type of change are we talking about?

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  65. If I got deffered will those reviewing my regular decision application know that I applied for EA or is it like I'm a new applicant?

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    1. Yes, we will know, but since we do not look at deferred EA vs RD any differently in our read process, this will not matter.

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  66. Hello, I just have a few questions about how my senior year will be viewed. My school uses trimesters, so I will have finished my fall trimester but will be in the middle of the winter trimester when I submit my application. Will the school view the completed trimester like they would someone else's semester? Also, does UGA look at the number of honors classes differently depending on what year they are taken? For example, is there a difference in viewing a student who only had 1 honors course junior year and 4 senior year vs. a student who had 2 honors courses junior year and 3 honors courses senior year?

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    1. We would look at the completed first trimester in the same way that we would a first semester, in that we are seeing an additional chance for academic growth. As for how we look at academic trends, we are looking at how a student progresses both in grades and in rising challenge of a student's course selection.

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  67. Can I apply for Summer and Fall 2016?

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    1. You are selecting a start term, so you can only choose one. Since there is no difference in a decision, just select the term in which you want to start at UGA.

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  68. I have already been accepted for Spring 2016. My GPA was a 3.3. If my Fall 2015 grades make my GPA fall below 3.2, can I lose my accepted status?

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    1. Yes, it is possible that this could happen, but it depends upon how low the grades are, if your are in academic probation, if you failed a class, etc. I cannot guess though.

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  69. Is the "transfer" GPA for UGA different that the actual GPA when the student is accepted? I have a D in a class that I retook that counted in the calculation for the "transfer" GPA. I also had 2 PE classes that did not count. I was told one of the PE classes would transfer so will it get to count in my GPA once I start at UGA in January? Also will the D not have to count anymore since I retook the class? My GPA is fine either way for admissions. I am trying to figure out what my GPA will be because I have certain requirements for after obtaining my undergrad degree. Thanks

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    1. The transfer GPA is the overall GPA that will you will initially see at UGA. Once you begin taking classes and receiving grades, you will then have both a UGA GPA and an overall GPA, and the UGA work will go into both of these (with the overall being a combination of transfer work and UGA work). If you repeat a class, we use both grades in the calculation of a GPA. We will transfer in one hour of PE, but we do not transfer in the grade for this 1 hour. Review the FAQ for transfers for more details, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/prospective-students/transfer/transfer-faq

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  70. Thanks for your quick response. I understand how the transfer GPA is determined. So the grade for the course I repeated will always be part of my UGA GPA because it was used to determine my transfer GPA, right? Even though I receive no hours for transfer, the grade is still part of my GPA? Thanks again.

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    1. It is a part of your overall GPA because you took the course and made that specific grade (even if you took it again), as UGA does not have a grade replacement policy. See http://www.reg.uga.edu/policies/repeating_a_course for UGA work, and how it applies at UGA.

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  71. OK - This is what that policy says.

    "If you register for and receive a grade in a course for which credit hours have already been granted, either by work at UGA or by transfer credit, you will forfeit the credit for the previous course. All grades, however, will be included in your UGA cumulative GPA (if it was a UGA course) and will also be included in your overall average."

    If this class was NOT taken at UGA, does it still count as part of the overall GPA?

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    1. I gave this as an example and so you could see the policy that UGA has for UGA courses, but as I said earlier, "If you repeat a class, we use both grades in the calculation of a GPA". So yes, if a class is repeated at UGA or at another college and transferred into UGA, it will stay in your GPA. It will not be removed, as we do not have a grade replacement or grade forgiveness policy. This policy is for all work.

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  72. If I apply now for Fall 2016 as a transfer when will I find out if I get accepted?

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    1. The Summer/Fall transfer application does not open until late January, and I cannot give you an exact time for when you will hear a decision, sorry. I have given some rough timelines in the Timelines page, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/p/timelines.html

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  73. Does a transfer student applicant need to write an essay? If so, when will the topic be available for admission in Fall 2016?

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    1. No, there are no essays for transfer applicants.

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  74. Is there anyway a student who will finish their minimum 30 hours this semester be able to apply and be accepted for Fall 2016 semester? I've been told there have been exceptions to the "completed 30 hours by the application deadline" rule.

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    1. Generally, the only exceptions that we make for this type of situation are when there are serious family and/or medical issues where a student needs to be near family or local doctor. As such, I would not think so unless you have this type of situation.

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  75. Can we put all our athletic awards/trophies in the honors and awards section of our application or do we not mention them?

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    1. Yes, it is fine to add the athletic awards to the awards section.

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  76. I have taken the IGCSE cambridge examinations but there is no where I can out it on the application because I had a test for each subject, where would my scores?

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    1. I generally see these sent in with to trancript, so we will have these when your file is complete (check with your counselor to make sure).

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  77. If a student finishes high school with 10 AP classes, having made scores accepted by UGA on the AP exam, would the student be considered a transfer student?

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    1. No. A freshman is a student who wishes to start at UGA after HS graduation and has not attended another college post-HS graduation. A transfer student at UGA must have 30 or more transfer hours from another college and have attended that college for a year prior to enrollment at UGA.

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  78. I see on this blog post that the minimum requirement for transferring with 60+ hours is 2.80. I went to apply, and I noticed that the page said the requirement is a 3.0. I'm not sure if it recently changed. I have 64 hours and my GPA is a 2.9. Does this mean I will not be considered? Thank you!

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    1. If you look at my most recent blog post, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2016/01/summerfall-2016-transfer-application.html, you will see that the consideration level (not a requirement, but the level where we begin considering applications) has changed to a 3.00 for students with 60 or more hours. We also updated the lead in pages to the application and the application itself. The only area I did not update was this page, which has now been updated. I cannot guess about your situation, as it depends on how we calculate the GPA, but if we calculated it as a 2.90, then that is an issue with being considered for admission.

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