Timelines

Freshman Timelines

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

  • The 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, who meet 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 every Friday during the review period, 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 the review and initial decision release of Spring files in July, 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 3/1, so we can only review work completed and into our office by 3/1. 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. Under the category of application status it says: awaiting decision. Does this mean I have been admitted or does this mean that the University is still deciding?

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        1. This does not mean that you have been admitted. If you were admitted (or denied), it would show a status of Decided, and the status update would then allow you to see a decision. Awaiting decision means that the file is complete and we have not yet made a decision yet.

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      2. When are the mid-year reports due, and do we just submit them the same way we did the transcript for admission in the fall?

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        1. All documents can be sent to us either electronically or by mail, but we are a a point in time where we are no longer accepting new materials.

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      3. You made a post regarding how the EA decisions will be released next week, will you be doing that for EA Criteria Decision that release late February? Also, nothing new has come up that'll delay the decisions into March right because I will not be applying to any other colleges and save myself some money if I make it to UGA.

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        1. I will post when both the February wave of admits and the final decisions will be made as we get closer to each of these and know specifics of the dates. I do not see any delay in the mid-late March final decisions.

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        2. just to confirm with you, do you see any delays in the February decisions?

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        3. sorry, you had only asked to confirm the final decision timeline. I expect the Feb wave to be on time as well.

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      4. If you want UGA to perform a holistic review to include other items besides grades or scores, is it recommended to apply RD instead of EA? Or is there a minimum gpa/scores in EA to be be deferred for holistic review during RD? In other words, is there an increase chance for admission if applying RD since you perform holistic review, not just grade/score requirements as in EA? Thank you.

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      5. Does having family that previously attended UGA increase your chances of admission as a transfer?

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        1. UGA does not use alumni information in our admission review, either in the freshman or transfer application process.

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      6. Really silly but UGA EA acceptances were mailed Georgia socks, will something similar also be mailed out to the February or even March decisions?

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      7. Just wondering if the admission office started making decisions yet, becuase it's late February

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        1. I suggest you review my most recent blog post.

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      8. Can my current institution email my letter residency status to admproc@uga.edu

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        1. Can you please give me more information on what you are referring to in your question? Are you a transfer applicant? Have you been admitted? What is your current citizenship and residency information in your UGA application?

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      9. yes i'm a transfer student and i've been admitted. My citizenship is Nigeria but I'm a permanent residence, my residency information on my application says non-resident

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        1. If you are a permanent resident, please know that we need a copy of your PR card, and you can upload it on your status portal. Then we will need time to review your residency.

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      10. But the instruction was if you're a Georgia resident at your previous school then you should have them send a letter from the registrar's office to prove it.

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        1. The first instruction (on the application for admission) was to submit a copy of your green card (you can upload it on your status page), so that takes precedence over the residency change process. We require green card holders to give us a copy, so that is the first thing you need to do. Then be patient as we review it.

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      11. How much is commitment deposit?

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        1. The freshman deposit is $300 and the transfer deposit is $100.

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      12. should i submit just the front page of front and back of my green card?

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        1. Yes, submit images of the front and back of your green card. You can do this on your admission status portal site, and select Permanent Residency Card in the upload section. You can do it with your phone if needed and use the camera for the photo uploads.

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      13. Hey does anybody know how to get on the football team, asking for a 6'6 245lb friend?

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        1. I suggest contacting the Athletic Department.

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      14. Hello - I was deferred from UGA in the fall, and I'm not quite confident about the decisions being released this Friday. My GPA is the primary concern (I had a medical issue during my sophomore and a portion of my freshman year of high school), and I was wondering if freshman applications for the spring semester included the entirety of a student's grades from senior year. My GPA is not awful as I do have a 3.76, but I believe that my grade point average will increase significantly if I'm given until the end of the school year to improve it (as I ended this last semester with a 4.6). Also, if a student is admitted as a freshman for the spring, are they allowed to take classes at a local college or would they then be considered a transfer student. Thanks!

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        1. First, only a small number of applicants will be admitted to Spring in March, and the academic information is based on either 9-11 grades or additionally Fall grades, as that is what we have. If you are denied, I do not suggest you then apply for Spring, as the best net step is to focus on another college and possibly applying as a transfer in the future. If a student is admitted for Spring in March, then we let them know what options are available for Fall (college work elsewhere, volunteer work, employment, etc.). Remember, our GPA is based on how we calculate it, not on how your school does it.

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      15. how long do i have to submit in documents to proof my residence to enroll in classes?

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        1. You need to take care of this well before classes start so that your residency can be determined prior to the Bursar assigning costs/payment, Financial Aid awarding information, etc.

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      16. I applied as a transfer student for Summer 2018. It is now late March, and I understand the timeline, and how some cases are special, but I am curious to know if there is a set deadline for summer transfer decisions yet? Also, I will get either an acceptance or denial from UGA, correct (are they obligated to give me a decision)? Wondering when it is appropriate to sign up for classes at my current institution for summer... Thanks in advance for your help and timely response!

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        1. We do not have an exact date that the last summer (or fall) transfer applicant will hear a decision, sorry.

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      17. Hello, I have applied for transfer in Fall 2018, and I was wondering if there is a particular day of the week that I should look for a decision. Also, is there a possibility that I may have to do an interview? Thank you for your help!

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        1. We release transfer decisions every Friday in the late afternoon, and an email goes out to students with a status change 20 minutes after the decisions are released (unless the student sees the decision in that 20 minute window). We do not do interviews which impact decisions for any applicants.

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      18. Hello!
        So I will Ben done with my first year at Georgia State this May and I will have completed 31 credit hours. However, do my in progress credits apply to my 30 required hours? I’m very nervous because I have AP credits and Georgia State has me as completing 50 credit hours in May including AP but I don’t know if UGA will take all of the AP classes! Please help I am very scared!

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        1. I cannot guess about a decision, but as stated on this blog and on our website, in progress work does not impact a transfer decision.

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      19. Hi I'm unsure why I received more socks. Let me know if it was a mistake so I can send them back. If not, thank you my dad/brother would be proud to show UGA Pride! The socks are the convincing factor to UGA commitment :)

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        1. I am not sure why either, but celebrate it!

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      20. Hi,
        I'm planning to apply as a Spring 2019 transfer and I'll have my 30+ credits by mid May. If I take a summer class in July, will I have to send in this transcript as well even if I already have my 30 credits? Just curious because it seems like I'd be able to submit earlier if I don't enroll in summer classes.
        Thanks!

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        1. You can send in the initial transcript through Spring 2018 work, and then update us later with summer work. We can make a decision on Spring prior to the summer transcript, and we can then just update the academic data with the summer grades.

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      21. Hello,
        I am wondering when to the application for spring 2019 transfer will be available, and how soon will decisions be made for this window of applicants?
        Thanks

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        1. As stated above, the Spring application opens in mid to late May (probably on the late end this year), and reviews will start in July/August.

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      22. Are applications for fall 2018 still being accepted? If yes, when is the last day to admit one?

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      23. Hi, I'm looking to apply to Lamar Dodd School of Art but I’ve been running into a number of complications that aren’t very clear on the applications page. I know I have to first be accepted to UGA, but I’m pretty confused about how to apply as an applicant who is a US citizen but already completed a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree at a university outside of the US (Waseda University in Japan). I’ve been looking for the courses I took on the transferable credits page but most of them are either not listed, unclear which course the page is referring to, or only transfer as an elective. I completed 4 years of university but I’m really unclear about whether I’d even have the 30 credits minimum required to apply as a transfer student based on that page. Is there someone I can get in contact with my email about that? I still live overseas so I wouldn’t be able to call the number listed. Thank you.

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        1. The transfer equivalency page pulls data straight from our transfer database, and is based on work already reviewed in the past by UGA. Since you attended a college where we most likely have almost no history at all, there will be very little on the equivalency page.

          As you can see from the courses listed for Waseda U on the equivalency page, we do accept work from this college, so generally most all of the academic work from their will be accepted at UGA. We would have to review an application and transcript to review exact courses though, as we need to do a detailed review of how courses match up to UGA courses.

          You would be applying as a transfer student, and we would designate you as a Second Degree student since you already have a bachelor's degree.

          The best step right now would be to apply and then allow us to review the transcript.

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      24. Hello. Would it be possible by any chance for you to review my application(for the next spring semester)in late June if I submitted it within a week from now?

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        1. I cannot guess on exact timelines for decisions, sorry.

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      25. Hello,
        If I got denied in Spring 2019 transfer application , can i reapply for both summer 2019 and fall 2019?

        Thank you

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        1. If you are denied as a Spring transfer, you can apply for either Summer or Fall. You cannot apply for both, as the deadlines and review processes are the same, so the same decision would be given for Summer and Fall. In addition, we freely change students from Summer to Fall or Fall to Summer, so you would just choose the one you actually want.

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      26. Hi,
        If I apply in Fall this year, and get denied, can I reapply in the Spring?

        Thanks

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        1. Can you explain your question in more detail. Are you a freshman or transfer? What exact terms are you talking about?

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        2. I'll be a freshman. If I apply early THIS Fall for NEXT Fall, and get rejected, will I be able to apply again during the regular application time for next Fall?

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        3. Early Action and Regular Decision are the same process, just with different timelines. If you apply Early Action, you cannot apply Regular Decision, both because the Early Action decision is final, and because the same decision would occur.

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      27. Hello, I applied for the spring 2019 semester as a transfer applicant. I am curious as to when decisions release? I know for transfer applicants that intend for the fall semester decisions release every Friday, is this the same case for spring transfer admissions?

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        1. For all transfer decisions, we release the decisions made during the week on late Friday afternoon. Right now, we are still dealing with a large number of current UGA students with summer courses we need to input into our student system, so we are somewhat slower on reviewing Spring files (but that will change by next week).

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      28. I am so confused about the deadlines for Fall for the Online campus.

        https://www.admissions.uga.edu/prospective-students/deadlines
        https://www.admissions.uga.edu/prospective-students/other-applicants/onlineuga

        They have different dates. I wanted to go to the online campus and now I'm just so confused. I talked to a really nice woman on the phone but she says because I'm a transfer student I would still have to wait until April 1st like the Athens campus. But Online for Fall says July 15, 2019 on one page, April 1st from the office, and May 20, 2019 on the deadlines list page. I'm so confused.

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        1. Sorry for the confusion, but we have had a lot of shifting deadlines for the off-site campuses over the last 2 years. We have now corrected the sites, and the deadline for applying and materials for programs in Griffin, Tifton and Online for fall is July 20. Remember, this is for the two specific programs that are online, and for the programs in Griffin and Tifton (so not for students who just a few online courses). These applications will open up in late January.

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      29. At what time frame do you consider val/sal for admission to UGA since this is constantly changing in competitive schools. Is there a set date that you automatically accept based on this standing? what about early decision?

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        1. We look at the Val/Sal situation in our final review in March, when we have more details on the rank in class after fall semester.

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      30. Are incoming transfer students required to take the first year odyssey class if they have already taken a freshman seminar class at their previous university?

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        1. Transfer students do not take FY Odyssey classes.

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      31. Good evening. I had moved to Georgia a couple of years ago due to my desire to attend the University of Georgia. I am currently finishing 60 credits and am aiming to apply to UGA as a transfer student for the summer of 2019. My question is in regards to the GPA requirments. At the moment my GPA is 3.9. However,when I first went to college 15 years ago I did not do well and thus my overall GPA barely meets the mark. I have made mistakes in the past but I have grown into someone i am proud of. I am dedicated to succeeding in school and will strive to be one of the best in my field; I believe UGA can further help to mold me. I'm worried that my history will hurt my chances of being accepted. I was wondering if upon reviewing applicants you take into consideration the progress I have made in my life? I would very much appreciate any guidance you can offer on the matter.

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        1. When we initially review your file, we will just focus on the academic data. My suggestion is that, due to your unique situation, if you are denied, you should contact our office and ask to speak with a counselor about appealing your denial.

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      32. Hello, Unfortunately my daughter found out yesterday she was deferred. I read one place that the notification date for whether or not she will be offered admittance would be April 1st. And just above on this Timeline page it states "Late February - Admit decisions, for RD or deferred EA applicants, who meet EA admit criteria". My daughter, Georgia, as far as I know met the EA admit criteria. Does this mean she will find out her fate in Late February? Or will she have to be patient and wait until April?

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        1. If your daughter met our admissions determination for EA acceptance, then she would have been admitted yesterday. Almost all of the February decisions are for RD applicants who would have been admitted yesterday if the had applied EA. As such, I expect she will hear in March (when I predict final decisions will come out).

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      33. Do you know when decision for the finalists for the UGA Foundation Fellowship will be released?

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      34. Hello - I will be applying in January for Fall 2019 admission. My grades for this fall have posted at my current school. Even though the application process for fall '19 transfers has not opened yet, can go ahead and request that my current school send UGA my transcript?

        Or do I need to wait until I complete the application before having my transcript sent to UGA?

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        1. You can send us a transcript prior to applying, just make sure the transcript has fall grades on it prior to it being sent.

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      35. I applied on November 30th and everything was recieved by Dec 2nd. Any ideas of when i will hear a response?

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        1. The large majority of RD applicants will hear in March, as stated above.

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      36. Upon looking at the transfer requirements in November 2018, the minimum GPA with 30 hours was a 3.2. I was going to apply for fall 2019, but now when I went to the website it has changed to a minimum of 3.3. Is this a recent change and can I still apply with a 3.21 and be considered?

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        1. First, we do not have transfer requirements. We have consideration levels, where if you meet them, we then start considering your file for possible admission. This is a recent change, but I have been indicating a possible change on the blog for a number of months in different posts/comments. You can still apply, but the chances of admission are extremely low.

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      37. Will there be a decision release in February 2019?

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        1. Yes, but I do not have any specifics about it.

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      38. Hello,
        I want apply as a transfer student for the Fall 2019 semester. I have two questions
        1. My overall GPA from my university does not meet the transfer GPA requirement it is only off by .14 and I have 72 credits. My GPA from Fall 2018 was a 3.25, on my transcript it will show a significant GPA increase from past terms to my current.My question is should I still apply for the fall semester?
        2. I have an associates degree from my university, how this effect my admissions decision?

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        1. UGA does not have transfer requirements, but rather transfer GPA’s where we start considering transfer files for admission. As such, being below the GPA for considering admission is very impactful. I cannot guess on whether you should apply or not.

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      39. What time will the transfer application portal open on Jan 22nd?

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        1. Sometime in the morning, but I do not have an exact time.

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      40. Hey, I was really confused about when the fall semester transfer decision could be released. So if I applied the day it opened (Jan. 22), will some decisions be released in February? Or in March? I saw in the announcement that the review process would start mid-March but from reading some of the other questions it seemed to contradict that, and other people that I talked to in the past that transferred said they got their decisions back in about two weeks. I know there aren’t specific dates, just wanted clarification on when to expect decisions to possible be released. And anxious to be a future Dawg!

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        1. Review my newest blog post for more details of the transfer process, which includes dates. https://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-summerfall-transfer-application.html

          I would not go by previous years, as things change over time.

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      41. Do you have any updates on when the February decision release will be?

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      42. I am planning on applying for the Spring 2020 semester as a transfer student. By the time the application opens in May I will have 60+ hours completed and around a 3.00 GPA. I read in the transfer timeline post you wrote that decisions will be made around August-September. Why is the time so long from opening of application to decision time?
        I am trying to make living accommodations for the spring and am concerned about receiving a decision so late, in September, just a few months before the semester is supposed to start.

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        1. In the timeline for transfers, we mention that most of the time we start in August.It might be earlier, but I cannot say. During the summer, we have a huge number of other things we are doing, from checking 5,500 final HS transcripts, finishing up fall transfers, running orientation, updating academic work for any transients, posting spring work for all entering transfers/freshman with DE work, etc. As such, we need time to do these things.

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      43. Hi, I applied EA and was deferred in November, but never actually received any email that day notifying me that my status had been changed (a friend informed me, so I knew to check). Is there a way I can set it up so that I make sure I get an email notifying me when March decisions come out?

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        1. Emails are set to send out to everyone with a change in their status, but if you accessed your status page prior to the email going out, our system knows not to send out the email. As such, don’t worry about this.

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      44. Applying to transfer from another college for Fall 2019 (yes I know the deadline is next week). 2 questions. Can I have my school send an official transcript electronically or does it have to be mailed? Also, do I have to first complete my online application or can I start the process for the transcript to be sent while I'm completing the application (not sure what they do with a transcript that doesn't have an application tied to it yet).
        Thank you.

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        1. We are fine with electronic transcripts, and see the top right of the blog for more sending details. You can send the transcript prior to applying. The transfer application is fairly simple, so you can probably finish it in well under an hour.

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        2. Thank you for the quick reply!

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      45. hi i applied to uga transfer admissions and forgot to send one of the three transcripts i have. i sent it the second i got the email. will they still consider my application?

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        1. We should yes. We always allow a little leeway with transcripts.

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      46. even if it is past the march 1st deadline? also thank you for the fast reply

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        1. Yes, limited leeway after the deadline. If your transcript shows up on your status page, that means we have added it to your file.

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      47. I have been accepted to UGA for the fall of this year however I am still trying to see how much scholarship I will get at my current school. When is the deadline for me to have decided by?

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        1. I am assuming you are a transfer student, correct? If so, the deadline to submit a commitment deposit for summer/fall transfers is June 1. For freshmen, it is May 1.

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      48. I applied to the UGA Online BBA program as a transfer student. The application for summer semester is due by May 1st, correct? Just wanted to verify. Also, what is the timeline for receiving a decision back for the online program?

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        1. The deadlines can be found on our deadline page, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/prospective-students/deadlines. As for a timeline for a decision, I cannot guess, sorry.

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      49. Do you guys ever consider admitting late applicants?

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        1. No. We have very strict deadlines, and we have a great deal more applicants than we do spaces in our enrolling class.

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        2. Thanks for the reply back! If i apply as a transfer student for spring 2020 would the fact that I left my previous college an entire before the spring of 2020 be a disadvantage as far as me being accepted at UGA?

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        3. No, we would not look at that negatively.

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      50. I have a quick question about the timeline for receiving transfer decisions. When looking at different forums and posts I noticed most people claimed to have received a transfer decision within a few weeks of applying and submitting all the necessary files.But, according to the timeline on this blog it states that the review of files may not start for a few months after the app opens. I plan on applying when the application opens on May 31 for the 2020 Spring semester and if I already have all my files/transcripts sent to UGA, when should I receive a decision?

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        1. Generally, no transfer applicant receives a decision within a few weeks of applying, especially due to when we first start releasing decisions compared to when the application opens. For Spring transfer applicants, I do not expect any decisions to be released until sometime in July. We will then move forward with releasing decisions every Friday, with the understanding that the application closes on 8/15. I expect that we will finish with decisions in mid September. I cannot guess on any specific timeline for an individual applicant.

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        2. Thank you for the timely reply, I appreciate it :)

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      51. My son is attending GCSU in the fall but wants to keep his options open for transfer to UGA. If GCSU will not give him credit for an AP exam score but UGA will, would UGA extend the credit to him when he applies?

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        1. If a student is admitted (freshman or transfer), they can have their official AP scores sent to us and the Registrar's Office will review them for advanced credit.

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      52. Are cumulative GPA taken into more consideration then HOPE GPA when applying for ED? Also would you say the something in regards to taking either HS grades or SAT/ACT scores into consideration.

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        1. We do not use a cumulative GPA or HOPE GPA in admissions. We calculate our own GPA based on core grades and use that as a part of both the EA and the RD review process. I am not sure I understand your second question, but in our academic review, grades and course rigor count much more than an SAT/ACT score. In addition, we look at a wide range of things beyond academics.

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