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, 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 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. Hello, I misread a question on the 2017 spring transfer application stating "Explain your choice of major". I was wondering whether I could go back and change my answer. Also, will my answer to this question have an effect on my admission decision. Thanks.

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        1. You are not able to go back in and change this response, but it will not have an impact on a decision.

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      2. Part of the requirements listed for non-traditional students is to be a resident of Athens-Clarke County. Just to clarify- even if you live in a neighboring county, you cannot apply as a non-traditional student?

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        1. It should actually say the Athens-Clarke County area, so it takes into account the counties immediately surrounding Clarke C.

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        2. I see surrounding counties listed now, must have overlooked that before. Thank you. Non traditional isn't an option listed on the application. Is the process different?

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        3. I had that part added. When you apply, you will be applying as a freshman non-traditional student if you have never taken any college classes, or a transfer non-traditional student if you have taken some college classes, but below 30 transferable hours. And this is assuming you meet the other requirements. The non-traditional indicator is a part of these two applications.

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      3. Does review of the transfer applications for Spring semester begin in August, or, are reviews done periodically from the time applications open?

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        1. As stated in the Timelines section, we generally start reviewing the Spring transfer files in August.

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      4. Hey,
        I just submitted an application for transfer online special education program last week for fall 2016. The online business education program say July 15 is the deadline is that the same for Special Education online? I have completed 75 credit hours and all of my core classes are finished.
        When would I know about the decision if July 15th is the deadline?
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        1. Yes, the online program deadlines are both in July. I cannot guess about when you will hear a decision though, as many factors impact this.

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      5. I have taken the ACT with writing once, and I am considering taking the ACT again before the application deadline to increase my composite score. Should I take it again with writing?

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        1. I am assuming you are applying as a freshman, but I do not know what term you are applying for to UGA. If you are applying for spring 2017, you need to send us an ACT with a Writing score. For summer/fall 2017 and beyond, we will not require a writing/essay score for the ACT or SAT due to the change in the new SAT, so we would not need or use an ACT Writing score.

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        2. I am a senior in high school this year so I guess I will be applying for the Summer/Fall 2017? I am not sure.

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        3. Yes, you would be starting in Summer/Fall of 2017. As such, we will not require or look at the ACT Writing.

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      6. I am planning to apply to transfer. For my school, in the area one of the classes is you take either Applied Calculus, Calculus, or the other statistics. I want to know if I can take Applied Calculus to finish that area even though it isn't offered at UGA. I am in a GA University System, but my adviser and I are trying to figure out if I have to take Calculus or if I can do just my school's area. Thank you.

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        1. This gets a little complicated, as it has to do with the specific major and the major requirements. As such, admissions can't really answer this, and you should reach out to the academic department of your major. While the core area might be taken care of with applied calculus, your major might require calculus towards its degree plan.

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        2. Okay. Thank you very much!!

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      7. Hello everyone! I was accepted as a transfer to UGA for spring 2017. I have a question regarding the deposit fee. If I pay the $100 deposit fee, am I required to attend UGA? I ask this because I am still waiting to hear back from a few other colleges and I don't necessarily want to commit to one school before I've gotten all my decisions back. Thanks!

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        1. A deposit means that you are saying yes to the offer of admission. If something then changes (medical issue, late admission offer from another college), we will understand if you need to change your plans, but please let us know ASAP about this change.

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      8. if I apply now will I be able to enroll for the summer?

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        1. At this point, only the freshman application is open, and if you select summer term and are admitted, you can then enroll for the summer. The transfer application will open up in late January and will have summer as an option as well.

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      9. If I applied in November, Will my decision be made in February? If I would like to be looked at holistically, can I ask to defer my application for the march decisions?

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        1. Or is this not possible? Because I would like to be decided on from a holistic approach besides my academics. Is there a way to do this?

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        2. All freshman applications are reviewed for our February round of admission offers, and this is based on the same academic review of our EA decisions. The small group of February decisions are only offers of admission, and so students not admitted in February would then fall into the final decision timeline that occurs in mid-late March.

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        3. ahh Alright! Thank you for the clarification. I hope to be admitted! Fell in love with UGA !

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      10. 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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      11. Hello. I was deferred in Early Action and was submitting my application tonight. It says that my Part II Application was received, Counselor Report was received, Test Scores were received, and Transcript was received and I have two community/employer recommendations already submitted and it says "optional" next to Teacher Recommendation. And on "Application Status" it says "Awaiting Materials". I am just curious as to what materials it is referring to and what I have left to submit. I am incredibly confused and I would like to get this application done as soon as possible! Thanks in advance!

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        1. Check again on the status page, as it takes a little while to process part 2 and change the status.

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      12. How would my counselor send my most recent grades? I sent them via parchment.. but my school is having trouble getting my first semester senior grades on them... thanks

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        1. At this point, it is a little late for fall grades, but if needed, have your counselor email it to us.

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      13. If we were deferred for EA will we most likely hear back around the February date or the March date? IF we aren't accepted in February will they notify you that you were deferred again?

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        1. A huge majority of the Feb admits will be RD applicants, so my guess (and it is just a guess) is that you will hear in March.

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      14. I am looking to apply for the next Summer semester as a transfer. I previously attended Auburn University, where we do not use plus or minus grades. How will my grades be calculated? I read where they are calculated differently, but it did not say how. I need to know what my estimated GPA would be for my application. Thank you.

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        1. We would translate your +/- grades to ours (we don't have an A+, so that would be an A), and we do not have any forgiveness grades. Other than that, you would just need to wait and see.

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        2. What are forgiveness grades?

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        3. My first statement would be that if you do not know what they are, then it will not impact you. But my best way of describing things is that some colleges will forgive a low grade in X class (Bio 1101) if you repeat the class with a higher grade.

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        4. Okay, that makes sense. So, if, for instance, I made an 88 in a class, which would be represented on my transcripts as "B" would it just be considered as a B on your scale?

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        5. I don't know. On a college transcript, we almost never see an 88, but instead a letter grade. We then take that letter grade and use it.

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      15. Hey, I'm having trouble finding the "upload materials" portion on my status page. Where exactly is it?

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        1. The upload option is only for students who need to upload documents (green card, residency documents, etc.). I am guessing there is no information we need you to upload to your file.

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        2. Well I was trying to submit a resume and a letter of recommendation for my application, so I assumed that's where I would upload it?

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        3. We don't use these in our transfer reviews at all, so there would be no need to upload them.

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        4. Would a letter of recommendation be something that I could submit then or would that be in the same category as the resume?

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        5. We would not use either a resume or letter of rec in the transfer process.

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        6. Oh ok that makes sense. Thank you!

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      16. Just want to thank you for the updates.

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      17. Do you have a general time period when the mid may decisions will come out? An rage or guess would be greatly appreciated thank you!

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        1. I am guessing you mean mid-March, and no I do not. If we did have a more specific date, we would give it. Once I know more details, we will release it.

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      18. Some high schools are now offering an elective class for SAT/ACT preparation. In the evaluation of an applicant's file for admission is there ever any "negative" consideration given to this on a transcript? In other words, is there ever a chance that the admissions office would determine that a student choosing to take this type of class in high school was placing too much importance on a test rather than taking a course on a specific area of study (music, dance, computers, journalism, etc.)?

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        1. We have no problem with a student taking an SAT/ACT prep class, as some will take it in school, some with private groups, and some with Khan Academy (my suggestion since it is free and has a unique interaction with PSAT and SAT questions/sections). But everyone should know that we value core grades and rigor much more than a 4 hour test on a Saturday morning.

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      19. Are there ever cases where some AP classes are given higher weighting based on perceived difficulty in comparison to other AP classes? Example: Student 1 took AP Chemistry and AP Physics and Student 2 took AP Environmental Science and AP Music Theory. In this scenario, could there ever be a situation where all else being equal with these two students that Student 1 would be given an “edge” because the perceived difficulty of the AP courses being compared? Or is it assumed that all AP courses are considered strenuous and challenging regardless of the subject matter?

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        1. At times some AP or DE courses are seen as more challenging within the context of when it is taken and the core area of the course, but it depends on the context as well. For instance, most schools only allow a limited number and offering of a AP courses in 9/10th grades, so these are generally not seen as stronger/less strong due to limits. Then, within the core areas, certain AP (or DE) courses are seen as more challenging many times. For instance, AP Calc BC is seen as the most challenging math course, similar to Advanced DE Calc courses over college Algebra. As well, many people see AP European History as more challenging than AP Human Geography.

          But I cannot say that AP Chem is stronger than AP Music Theory, as these are 2 different academic areas, and for some Chem would be easier, while for others Music would be easier, and as well it depends on academic passion.

          What we suggest is that students should challenge themselves to the best of their ability while still being a strong student, and to also look towards the future both to prepare themselves for college work and to look at their potential major and prepare themselves for required courses. I hope this helps.

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      20. I was quite ill and needed liver surgery my freshman year at KSU. This caused me to miss a semester which means I will have 29 hours by 4-1 instead of 30. Is there a medical waiver from my surgeon that could help my applucation decision? Thank you so much.

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        1. If you are denied, you would then want to submit an appeal and include this information along with documentation from your doctor so we can look at how this impacted your academic situation. An initial transfer review does not look at special circumstances.

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      21. Hi,

        I read in another comment where you told a student transferring from Georgia State that he had to request a specific transcript in order to have his AP scores considered for admission. Is this true for all schools in the University System of Georgia?

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      22. Hello! I have applied as a transfer student to UGA for fall 2017. I know UGA began releasing decisions last week, but how long will they continue to release on friday? (I haven't received a status update!)

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        1. If you look at my most recent transfer post from Feb 21, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2017/02/summerfall-2017-transfer-reviews.html, you will see that we began releasing transfer decisions in Feb. Every Friday from now until we are done with transfers, we will release the decisions from the week's reviews. We have roughly 2,800 transfer applications so far, so please understand that it takes a while to do these, especially with the slow process of posting each course into our system for admitted students and articulating them. I would guess that roughly have of the transfer decisions have gone out.

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      23. I have applied as a transfer student for fall 2017. I sent in my transcript that has courses up to Fall 2016 and I am currently in Spring 2017 courses. Would my Spring 2017 count towards transfer credit, if I resubmit another transfer after Spring 2017 semester ends?

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        1. Spring work will not be used for admissions for Fall, but if you are admitted, we will post the work to your account.

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        2. Just to clarify, the Spring courses won't be part of the transfer credits, but it will count towards course completion credits if I submit Spring transcript?

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        3. Yes. Any work completed after a deadline would be brought in as transfer work so you receive credit for it at UGA and it can go towards a degree (even summer work if you are applying for Fall for instance), but we cannot use it in the admission process if it is after the deadline.

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      24. Good afternoon, I was wait listed after regular applications, once you all gather the people that have not paid their deposits, do you start contacting students as you have openings, or do you do it in lump sums of people?

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        1. We will generally make WL decisions on one day, and offer any students we decide to admit on that day, while informing the rest that we were not able to offer them admission off the WL. I do not have a date for this timeline.

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      25. I have been told that the transfer application for the Spring term opens in late May. It is now May 31st and I still do not see access to it. Will that be up soon? Additionally, are applications reviewed on a first come first serve basis or does UGA wait until a specific date to begin reviewing them?
        Thanks in advance

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        1. We expect to open it late today, so check back tomorrow. We review Spring files generally starting in July, and we generally review them based on completion dates (when the application and all transcripts are in), from earliest to last.

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        2. If I am wanting to attend in the summer and applying as a transfer student for the summer but I'm not accepted for the summer - would I be considered for the fall? Or do I need to reapply? Thank you

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        3. If a student is not admitted for a term, then they would need to apply for a future term to be reconsidered.

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      26. How is the Spring 2018 application timeline looking as of late? Also, do y'all just release decisions as you go or do you wait for a specific date to release spring transfer decisions?

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        1. We have no updates on Spring decisions, and we generally review files in order of the date the file is ready for review. We release transfer decisions on Fridays, and I will update things here when we start the decision process for Spring transfers.

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      27. How long after submitting my spring 2018 application will it take for me to know if I have been accepted or denied? I know a girl who has already been accepted for Spring 2018 and I wonder if it is rolling or if she had a special case of admittance.

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        1. I suggest you review one of my more recent posts, https://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2017/06/spring-2018-transfer-update.html, and the Timelines page again.

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      28. If we were deferred forEA will we most likely hear back around the February date or the March date? IF we aren't accepted in February will they notify you that you were deferred again?

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        1. If a student is deferred EA, my expectation is that you would hear a decision in March. The small group of Feb decisions (only acceptances) are for students who, once we look at their academic information, would have been admitted in November for EA. As such, almost all of these are RD applicants, with only a few very strong deferred EA who had a test score jump which shifted their academic profile to now fit into the overall academic admit determination.

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      29. What documents do I need to prove my residency? I have been in Georgia for over a year now but at the time of my application it was only about 10 months. Can my Georgia ID and transcript be used? Also, I emailed the Office of Financial Aid and they said my residency is stopping me from being considered for the Hope Scholarship.

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        1. You would want to look at our Residency page, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/georgia-residency. I would guess you would need to complete a Petition for Ga Residency. The University takes residency seriously, so that is why we need documentation when someone has residency dates around the 12 month period.

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      30. Hello. Has it ever been possible for a late admission ( by a couple days ) to be accepted by the Athens Campus?

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        1. I applied to the wrong one from the get go back in June I think. While I was applying for Georgia Tech's spring semester.

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        2. Unfortunately, our deadlines are strict, and so there is no chance to apply to UGA for the Spring now.

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      31. Hi there, I am applying as an exchange student from Singapore to UGA's Spring Term in 2018. However, I am unable to proceed with my application as the website stated that I did not complete all my questions with regards to the Georgia Tax Returns despite doing so. I hope you could help me with my problem.

        Thank you so much :)

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        1. Email adm-tech@uga.edu so our IT team can look at your specific application and see what needs to be done.

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      32. We live in Florida and my daughter is planning to apply early action. Her grades are strong and her test scores are good, but she might take the SAT one more time in November or December. Will the new scores count toward earing possible scholarship funds?
        Many thanks

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        1. Yes, we can use the November and December test scores for both RD and for scholarships, just not for EA.

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      33. Hello, I'm applying RD as a freshman right now, but I know I will most likely get denied despite my rigor and test scores, because my GPA is a 3.57, so I'm starting to consider the transferring option. I have read that you need at least 1 year of college under your belt, but what if you are fully dual enrolled into a university your senior year? Does that count as a year of college?

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        1. A transfer applicant needs a full year of college post HS graduation, whether the student has taken DE work or not.

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      34. Hello, how long does it usually take for a transcript from Texas to be sent to University of Georgia through snail mail? Also, does UGA automatically check the box next to high school transcript as soon as they receive it, or do they take a while? Thank you! I've been waiting for two weeks by now, and it still says they haven't received my high school transcript.

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        1. When we receive a document in the mail, we add it to the student record that day (M-F), and in about 20 minutes, it appears on the status page. We do not control the US postal service, so I cannot say how long it would take to get to us. Two weeks is a long time, so I suggest you have it resent, or have your counselor email it to admproc@uga.edu

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      35. Okay thank you! Also, to send the transcript, is the address "210 South Jackson Street Athens, GA 30602-1633"? I'm just making sure. Thanks!

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      36. Would you consider marching band a sport or a school activity? I think it is a sport by technicality, but I wanted to get your thoughts before I listed it under athletics in my application.

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        1. We have seen it in both sections before, so we are fine either way.

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      37. The timeline above states, "Late November to Early December - EA Decisions released". Is there an expected date in Nov when I can start checking my status or will an announcement be made that some decisions are posted?
        Thank you.

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        1. When decisions are ready to go out, I will announce it here, on Twitter, and an email will be sent out to you. As such, there is no need to check every day.

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      38. I don't have a question - I just want to thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this blog and the Q&A's. The responses you've provided offer a tremendous wealth of information for us parents going through the college application process with our kids. Based on this blog, my we had real data as opposed to rumors and hearsay. Thanks again for all you do.

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      39. When would freshman applicants hear about scholarships received?

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        1. Scholarship Timelines range from EA decisions until April.

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      40. Since the Regular decision deadline is in January, can i turn in my application right now and then have my teacher send in the letter of recommendation on a later date?

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      41. Hi, I submitted an EA application for the 2018 school year, do you know when decisions will be released yet?

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        1. When we know a date for EA decisions, we will release that information here and on Twitter.

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      42. Hi, I submitted my application about a week and a half ago and I sent my transcript, recommendations, and SAT scores along with it. When I went to check the status of my application, it still had X's saying that they weren't submitted yet. Does it just take time for your system to retrieve all of it or did I do something wrong on my part?

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        1. We have temporarily stopped importing test scores and documents in order to make Early Action decisions, as we need to have a set applicant pool in order to move forward. I expect we will start re-importing these items on Tuesday. Just be patient.

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      43. Hi, is there a date or time frame that finalists of the Foundation Fellowship/ Bernard Ramsey Scholarship will be notified?

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        1. It is generally in January, but Honors controls this, so that is just a guess.

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      44. I got deferred and have read a lot about an application part two that is necessary for the chance to get admitted. However, the only thing I have found is the application update form which does not have four essays. Was it not released yet?

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        1. The essays are a part of the overall application now, so there is no part II.

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      45. I am really worried about the fact that my counselor submitted my school report and transcript a day late. The deadline was January 8th but she submitted it the 9th. I tried to remind her more than once but I didn't want to seem pushy. Do I still have a chance at being admitted or is there anything I can do?

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        1. If your items are showing up as received on your status page, then you are fine.

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      46. I applied early admission and got deferred. I think that I meet more of the regular desicion requirements than early. I was wondering if I would find out my admission decision late February or Spring.

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        1. I cannot guess on when you will hear a decision, sorry.

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      47. Can you please estimate when the EA criteria decisions will be out for RD based on the applications? Will they be out by March 1st?

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        1. We state in this post that it will be in February, but I do not have a date yet.

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      48. Hi! I submitted my application in hopes to attend in the fall of 2018. I noticed on the website it says that there are 3 possible days of decision releases. Since my application was not EA, does that mean I will see my status in February or March?

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        1. A small number of students will be admitted in February, and these are applicants who would have been admitted in November if they had applied Early Action. All other applicants will hear in March.

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      49. When will transfer applications open for Fall 2018?

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