Timelines

Freshman Timelines

 In general, there are three times during the year that UGA releases freshman decisions:

  • The Summer/Fall freshman application will be accessible online in late August/early September, and the Spring freshman application will be available in late May
  • Late November to Early December - EA Decisions released
  • Late February - Admit decisions for RD or deferred EA applicants meeting EA admit criteria
  • Late March - Final Decisions for all remaining RD and deferred EA freshman applicants 
For the December and February decisions, the focus is on the academic areas of a student, including grades, the rigor of a student's curriculum and SAT/ACT scores. For March, we are going through a detailed file reading process that looks at everything in the file.

See the Admissions Deadlines page for more details on the specific deadlines and required materials for admission consideration.

    Transfer Timelines

    In general, transfer decisions are sent out based upon the term for which a student has applied, and the time is based upon when we are able to review the files and how many files we have to review. Transfer decisions are made daily during these times, but we are not able to estimate when a student will receive a decision, as it depends on how many overall applicants there are and how challenging a file is to review:
    • The Summer/Fall transfer application will be accessible online in mid-late January, and the Spring application in late May
    • Summer Transfers - Generally, UGA reviews a majority of the files in mid-February through the beginning of March, with a limited number of decisions coming before and/or after this time frame due to other factors.
    • Fall Transfers - Generally, the review process begins in mid-March and goes through the beginning of May, starting with the files that were completed first and working from there. In addition, files with more complicated transcripts or multiple transcripts may take longer to review.
    • Spring Transfers - Generally, UGA begins review of Spring files in August, and will finish most of the decisions by late September.
    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.

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      1. Can a transfer applicant appeal a 'denial' decision? How doses an appeal work?

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        1. There is an appeal process, but very few decisions are overturned. You would want to contact our office directly about this.

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      2. I was told that I would get my decision through the mystatus 5-10 business days after everything was received, August 22nd. Is that an accurate timeline or will it be longer?

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        1. I believe you might have mis-read our information, as we state that you should give us 5-10 business days from a transcript being sent in until it shows up on the myStatus page, not 5-10 days before a decision. We expect a majority of Spring transfer decisions will be made by the end of Sept.

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      3. About how many people have been accepted so far and how many applications are being reviewed per day?

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        1. My estimate is that about 70% of the Spring applicants have a decision, so a little over 1,100. We are averaging about 60-70 decisions a day, but the last ones we do will take a little longer due to their complexity, so that will slow down a little near the end.

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      4. Is the transfer equivalency list a list comprised of schools that people have transferred from to UGA? Such as, if I see a random school out-of-state from the state of Indiana, does that mean you've received transfer work from that school?

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        1. The transfer equivalency data is based on years of review of transcripts from other colleges where either applicants have taken courses or when current UGA students hav taken transient coursework.

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      5. Has UGA ever added seats to classes for incoming transfers for Spring?

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        1. For every term, UGA has added/changed classes based on demand and need, but it is not just for transfers, but for the university as a whole.

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      6. What would happen if I registered at orientation and say a week later, around Christmas, I found out I was unable to attend for Spring and dropped my classes, and attended my current school instead for Spring. Would this look bad for a future decision if I re-applied? Would this look like I 'stiffed' you and maybe cause you to look at my future application differently.

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        1. This would have no impact on a future review.

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      7. Have you ever had to limit a transfer class size based on freshman? I'm worried that if I don't go for Spring and apply for Fall, I might not get in again because even though my GPA is very very high still, I heard that an enormous freshman class is coming in for Fall 2015.

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        1. First, who is your source for the freshman class size rumor, as they are in error, as we plan on having the same size freshman class as in years past. If we do make a change to our transfer process, it will be due to overall enrollment at UGA and how competitive the transfer applicant population has been. I cannot guess about the future though, sorry.

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      8. Are transfer students allowed to post-pone an acceptance by 1 semester, if they keep their GPA up and still meet all requirements/eligibility? Say due to something as financial reasons and need to go for Fall not Spring.

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        1. No, transfer students are not allowed to defer enrollment to a future term.

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      9. Will an online class at UGA show up as being take online at UGA, or just show up on the transcript as a class, with no indication of online. And does UGA offer a wide range of Summer classes?

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        1. Admissions does not create the UGA transcript, so I do not know how these courses will display on them. There are a wide array of courses in the summer at UGA, and here is a link to some information, http://summer.uga.edu

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      10. Do you view online classes as less superior than lecture classes when reviewing applicants? Do they look bad at all in your opinion? I've never taken one but might have to over Summer and am worried they look bad to employers or other schools.

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        1. Admissions does not treat any course delivery type differently from another.

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      11. So does UGA plan on accepting generally the same amount of transfers for Fall as they previously have? I know you don't guess on decisions and don't know future applicant pools, but would I still be competitive if I maintained an extremely high GPA, the same GPA that admitted me. I might not be able to go in Spring but won't know until after orientation. My only concern is that I may not get accepted again, even though I'm the exact same applicant with just more hours.

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        1. First, your grades from fall would be looked at in a future review, so your GPA might be different. As for future decisions, I do not know.

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      12. I read that about 1100 were accepted and 1500 applied for Spring, do you know in general how many are accepted and how many apply for Fall as transfers? In your opinion, is it more competitive getting accepted during Fall or Spring or does that not matter? And, do you know if a good amount of accepted transfers end up applying and being accepted for another term? Sorry for the many questions.

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        1. We use the same review process every summer, fall and following spring. As for next year, I cannot guess. I do not have data on fall transfer history, but on our transfer pages, there is a page about stats.

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      13. Are you expecting admissions guidelines or rules/standards/eligibility requirements for transfers to change for Fall 2015?

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        1. Every year there is a chance the consideration levels might change, but I cannot guess on next year.

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      14. Are consideration levels just the GPA minimum, like a 3.2 for 30-59 hours? And, is it uncommon for accepted students to not attend and apply for a later term?

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        1. If you review our website, you will see that we list the 3.20 or 2.80 GPA as the starting consideration level, as that is the GPA where we will consider your application for admission. It is not a minimum requirement, as a requirement usually means we will admit students who meet this level, where consideration level means this is where we start considering applicants for admission, but with no guarantee of an admission offer.

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        2. What would be a reason not to re-admit a transfer student, if they have a higher GPA than before and are well above the consideration level, and have no legal, ethical, or school trouble.

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        3. I cannot guess on any decision.

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      15. I saw the 2014 Fall transfer profile, it said 1,400 students entered the semester, do you know how many applied approximately?

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        1. The profile is for Summer/Fall, so that is 1,400 for both those terms. As for applications, generally we have about 3,000 for these two terms, but I cannot predict what will happen in the future.

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        2. Does freshman class size ever affect transfer class size, in terms of reviewing applications for transfers and admitting a certain number? And second, do you compare transfer applicants to other transfer applicants? Example, if someone was accepted with a 4.0 and the next application you looked at was a 3.2, that person wouldn't look as good even if the rest of the application pool had lower GPAs.

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        3. The freshman class has only had an impact on transfers one time since I have been here, and that was over 10 years ago with a surprisingly large class as compared to what was expected. No, we do not compare transfers to each other.

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      16. If I attend transfer orientation and then the day after decide I need to wait a semester and apply again, would the application ask why I committed and didn't attend? I don't want to do anything that would decrease my chances of getting accepted again. It just seems like an easier fit to transfer for Fall, but I'll still attend Spring orientation because I don't know my situation just yet.

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        1. That would not have an impact on a future decision.

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      17. Do consideration levels change from term to term? Such as the admissions standards for transfers for Spring vs Fall?

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        1. Consideration levels generally stay the same for summer, fall and the following spring, but I cannot predict the future exactly.

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      18. I got an email saying my app will be cancelled if I do not commit by Wednesday, if I commit, can I still cancel my app after the commitment if something happens and I need to. Or does a commit lock me in

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        1. The commitment deposit means you are planning on attending. Without this, you cannot sign up for or attend orientation or UGA. If you suddenly decide that you cannot attend UGA at the last minute, just go onto the myStatus page and cancel your application and that will take care of it.

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      19. I read the timelines page, so you expect to open the Fall 2015 transfer application in mid-January and expect to start giving out decisions in mid-March? In general, do the same amount of people apply for the same term as the year before? Such as the amount of apps received every Fall.

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        1. Yes, the transfer application will open up in mid-late January, and we expect to start reviews for Fall in mid-March, but the start of the review process is just a rough estimate at this time. We receive roughly the same number of transfer applications every year, but I cannot guess about next year as things could change.

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      20. Do you know how many usually apply and are accepted for Spring semesters as transfers? Would you consider it more competitive applying for Fall than Spring, in general sense, based on previous years?

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        1. Spring decisions are generally made using the same as the prior summer and fall decision parameters, so it is no easier or harder. This year, roughly 1,500 applied and 1,100+ were admitted (and I am guessing 900+ will enroll).

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      21. Do Spring transfers have stronger applicant pools? Since 1100/1500 were accepted, but only 1400/3000 were accepted for Summer/Fall, which is less than 50%.

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        1. 1400/3000 enrolled for summer/fall, as compared to 950 (or so) out of 1500 for spring.you are confusing enrolled vs admitted.

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      22. Do you know if a lot of transfer students have a hard time getting classes? Such as someone who transfers for Fall as a junior, they'd have to wait a semester to get their major classes because they would need to be accepted to Terry.

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        1. I cannot guess about this, as each situation is different. I would suggest speaking with Terry about this, as you can relay what you have already taken, what is needed, etc.

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      23. If I am accepted as a Transfer for Fall (Already accepted for Spring), and I decided I wanted to attend for summer instead, is that possible, or am I locked in for Fall at earliest?

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        1. Apply for the term for which you want to start, as you are admitted to a specific term, and that is the one that we are admitting you for during our process.

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      24. I was just wondering, is there a specific reason why the earliest most people can transfer in is Spring of their sophomore year? Also, how come you don't make it to where 2 years must be completed for someone to transfer in?

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        1. I cannot guess when the earliest a student can enroll as a transfer student, as some people have dual enrollment work or course specific AP/IB credit on their transcript. As for why we have the deadlines we do, here is the reply I have given several times:

          Every college is different on their deadlines, and the reason behind their deadlines. Here is my explanation of our 4/1 Fall transfer deadline:

          We have set up our deadlines so that we can make decisions in a timely fashion (so you do not have to wait until late July for a decision), and so that we can keep our requirements and enrollment at a steady rate. If we shifted our deadline to late May/early June, we would have to raise the requirements (more students would apply and be considered for the same number of spaces), and we could not make decisions until after June 1 for most students, so it would become a very late decision date.

          As for why we do not require 2 years, we do not want to make this requirement, as it would cause some students who are very strong by may be a few hours short to then ask why we have a 2 year requirement, etc. We feel our policies best fit our needs and our timelines.

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      25. If I am denied as a transfer for summer, but applied the 1st day the app opened, would there be enough time to apply for Fall? Is that even possible?

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        1. We will be using the same review process for summer and fall, so if you are admitted (or denied) for one, you will have the same decision for the other term. Choose the term which you truly want to attend.

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      26. Do you receive the most amount of transfer applications for the Fall term, over any other term?

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        1. Yes, as I assume most colleges do (same as freshmen apps).

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      27. I'm just wondering, you may or may not know, does UGA do Summer/Fall orientation together, or are there separate sessions on different dates for summer vs fall?

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        1. These are different dates, with the summer orientation session being first, and the 5-7 fall term sessions happening later in the summer.

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      28. Is it normally better to transfer in earlier? A transfer advisor for UGA told me I'd be better off going for Spring than waiting for Fall, but I want to go for Fall. I'm afraid that the transition wouldn't be smoother if I went for Spring.

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        1. I think you should do what is best for your situation, and I do not know you or your situation, and thus cannot make this decision for you.

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      29. So you don't think me committing to UGA and re-applying for Fall would look negative even the slightest when you are reviewing my new application? Would I lose my documentation, such as username and password for degreeworks, health forms, lawful presence, etc. or would I still be able to use that info. if I re-applied?

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        1. It will have no impact on a future decision. We would keep your previous documents for about 12 months, so we would not need new admissions materials (except for a new application and any updated work). I cannot speak about health forms, but VLP should be fine. I cannot guess about the other areas in question.

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      30. So if I were accepted for Spring and re-applied for Fall because I didn't think I was ready, the only real new grades you would see would be this semester when reviewing my application? Since my freshman year you've already seen.

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        1. We would look at you entire transcript with all your transfer work. We would need an updated transcript with your new work so we could add this to your file and review everything.

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      31. My school does not use +/- grades. When I get to UGA, how does +/- grading work? Is a B- worth less than a B?

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        1. See http://bulletin.uga.edu/bulletin/PlusMinusGradingFAQ.html

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      32. Do you know if there is a separate orientation for parents of transfer students? Where will my Mom go while I am at orientation and registering? Also, if for some reason I cannot go to UGA for Spring, do I cancel the application? Or will I have to do it a different way since I will have registered for classes?

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        1. The orientation page, https://orientation.uga.edu, has a schedule for both students and parents. If you choose not to attend, go to your myStatus page and cancel your application.

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      33. If none of my Fall grades are posted yet before orientation, should I still bring in a transcript of my Freshman year grades and my class schedule from this semester? Would grades not being posted yet cause any complications?

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        1. I am assuming that you have attended a college for 1.5 years, and last year is what you mean by freshman year. I am also assuming that these courses have been reviewed and can be seen on DegreeWorks. As such, your advisor can see this information in DegreeWorks as well. I suggest just bringing in fall course information, and see if any of these courses are needed as pre-reqs for any spring classes.

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        2. Yes, your assumptions are correct. I will bring in my Fall course information, and if grades are posted, I will bring in an unofficial transcript and have an official one sent electronically when the last grade is posted.

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      34. What are some factors that would cause you to deny a transfer applicant if they were previously accepted, and their GPA only raised higher than before?

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        1. I cannot guess about future decisions, sorry.

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      35. I'm just curious, due to the significant amount of more people who transfer in for Fall over Spring, are there more orientation sessions for Fall transfers? Spring only has 3 sessions, 2 of which my friend who is transferring for Spring absolutely could not attend. I'm looking to apply for Fall.

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        1. There are generally six fall term orientation sessions in the summer.

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      36. Do you know if UGA offers a good amount of online classes for core classes during the Summer? Or are they mostly lecture classes and not online?

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        1. I cannot guess about courses in a future term, but you can look at http://online.uga.edu/ for more details of our online options.

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      37. I have Orientation on Wednesday. Should I just bring a list of classes I took this semester, since grades are not yet posted? And can I bring a list of classes and their grades for my Freshman year, or does it need to be an official transcript? My freshman year classes and grades are already in DegreeWorks.

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        1. If your freshman work is in DegreeWorks, then your advisor has access to this info. Just bring fall term courses, and get us an updated transcript as soon as it is ready.

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        2. Will do! I just requested that my school send the transcript when grades are posted. Only 2 of 5 of my grades are posted now, hopefully they'll all be very soon.

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      38. I noticed placement exams may only be taken once. If I end up not going for Spring and am accepted for Fall, would you in your opinion think that I'd have to take the placement exam again, or the scores would still be saved to ATHENA? I am unsure because I'd be a different student, and technically would've never been a UGA student in the first place, so I feel like scores would be voided.

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        1. This is way out of my comfort zone, and I would suggest you hold this question for orientation. most placement tests are focused more on freshmen though, as transfers have already taken a number of courses that already determine what should be taken next (pre-requisites).

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      39. I might not be able to attend next semester as a transfer, and I read that double-depositing looks really bad, although it might have been for freshman that I was reading about. Would this be my case if I can't go because of financial reasons, and stay at my school another semester and re-apply? Since I'm technically enrolled in my school still and have already committed to UGA.

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        1. Double depositing is an issue for freshmen, not transfers. As such, if you decide to stay at your current college, that is fine.

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      40. Do you know if UGA allows joint-enrollment for transfers? Such as if I really wanted to go but took 1 online class at UGA next semester, and finished up a semester at my school in Spring and then went to UGA full-time after?

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        1. I do not think this is called joint-enrollment, and I think there would be an issue with which college is your primary college for financial aid, etc.

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        2. I've already checked on it, I would just have to pay for the UGA class out-of-pocket and Fin. Aid.would go to school I'm taking the biggest load at.

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      41. I know my school sent my transcript in the mail on the 3rd should it be under mystatus by now? It's been over 10 business days. Should I have my counselor send it again?

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        1. When did you apply, as it is 10 business days after the document is sent or after you apply, whichever one comes last. If you applied prior to the transcript being sent, send an email to admproc@uga.edu and we will see if we can figure out the issue. If not, we will let you know to re-request a transcript.

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      42. Do you know if Orientation sessions for Fall are separate for transfers and freshman, or are both transfers and freshman at the same orientation sessions during late summer? Than you.

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        1. Fall transfer sessions are split up between freshman and transfers, with freshman sessions being 2 days, and transfer ones being 1 day.

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      43. Is it possible for me to be enrolled at UGA and my school next semester at the same time? If I were to take 1 UGA class online, that didn't involve coming to campus. I know you said something about FinAid, but would UGA let me do this? Who should I call about this?

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        1. I have no idea, sorry. You stated that you have already spoken to FA, and if you want to take an online class, you can work with the UGA online office, https://online.uga.edu

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        2. What I am wanting to do is take 5 classes at my current school, and 1 UGA class online, and then become a full-time student at UGA after next semester. I know people have done it before but I don't know if they had to be a transient at the other school, and have UGA as their primary school. I'll call Registrar's Office tomorrow.

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      44. If I were to apply for Summer as a transfer, is there any at all limiting of transfers due to it being Summer and not Fall? Since I would assume Summer has less classes, professors, etc. - I'd like to go for Summer maybe but don't want to get denied due to something other than GPA, like available seats or class size.

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        1. We will use the same process in evaluating students for Summer and Fall, so select the true term in which you want to enroll, and apply for that term.

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      45. Ok, I will probably apply for Summer when it opens. Do you know how many apply and are accepted for Summer alone, as transfers? One last question. Do you know the general time frame of when orientation is for Summer term? I am out of the state the last 2 weeks of May every year, unfortunately. I'd hate to not be able to get an orientation session.

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        1. Generally about 450 or so transfers apply for summer, and about 300+ are admitted. Usually, summer orientation is at the start of June.

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      46. So transfers who apply for Summer will hear back in mid-February at the earliest? When is the application deadline for Summer?

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

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      47. I've already registered for classes for Spring as a transfer, and have recently found out that I am going to be unable to attend, unfortunately. I am very sad. I would like to apply for Summer or Fall instead. Should I go into ATHENA and drop my registered classes, and then go into myStatus and cancel my application? I am very disappointed and have worked really hard for this, hopefully I will be given another offer of admission. Thank you.

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        1. Yes, do both of these things, and I wish you well for a future admissions decision.

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        2. It won't negatively impact a future decision that I went all the way as to register for classes and attend orientation? I really hope I am not making a mistake in doing this. Thank you, and happy holidays.

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        3. I am not able to attend because even though I applied for Housing a couple of months ago, they emailed me and told me all spaces are filled, and that 'some' spaces may become available Jan. 5, but they are unsure.

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        4. Not attending will not impact a future decision.

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      48. I'm the one who asked the above comment about cancelling and housing. Would it be possible for me to keep my UGA classes and my classes at my other school, and if it doesn't work out with housing, then cancel my app? Housing just said they might get openings, but it's not a for sure thing and they won't know until Jan. 2. I'd really like to go, it's unfortunate I might not be able to due to something as simple as a not having a place to live on campus.

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        1. We are fine if you have to wait to cancel.

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      49. If I needed to retake a class that I got a D in at UGA, and I retook it at another school, would you use the new grade or the average of the 2?

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        1. This would be a question for your advisor or the registrar's office.

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      50. If I have taken a placement exam for UGA and have cancelled my application after, would you assume in your opinion that my score would be voided? This website says placement exams may be taken only once. But if I don't go to UGA and go another semester as a different student, my scores shouldn't really count. What is your opinion on this?

        http://testing.uga.edu/students-customers/exam-details/math-placement-exam

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