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 transfer application will be accessible online in December, the Fall application in mid February, 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. When you review transfer applicants, do you look at the specific hours? Such as, would you judge an application differently if someone had 33 hours and a 3.6 GPA vs someone who had 57 hours and a 3.6 GPA? Or do you put applicants into a pool of 30-59, 60+.

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        1. We look at the different pools of applicants (30-59 hours, 60 and above) and review them based on the academic information, so we do not focus on the exact hours within the different pools.

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      3. When calculating a transfer GPA does UGA consider the classes that do not transfer or just the classes that do?

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        1. We would use the courses that would transfer, with the exception of a PE course where 1 hour would transfer but the GPA would not be used in the GPA calculation. As well, if an F grade is made, the course would normally transfer (if a different grade was received), so we would use the F grade in the calculation.

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      4. Is the bulletin the official UGA course requirements for a major? Should I use the bulletin as my guide since I am a transfer? I will be transferring this Spring and tomorrow starts add/drop week for me, so I'm wondering if I should sign up for classes UGA requires at my current school, since I am already accepted.

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        1. The bulletin is the official word on degree requirements. I suggest you contact a person in the academic program you want (a contact name will be in the bulletin) and communicate with them.

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      5. When you revoke a transfer acceptance decision, are you basing your revoke off of how poor they dd in general, or how poor they did compared to when they were accepted? Such as, if a student's GPA was high when accepted, and much lower before enrollment, even if he stills meets the GPA requirement.

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        1. When we revoke an admission offer, it is usually due to a seriously poor last term that we receive after a decision is made.

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        2. Do you look at the accepted and new GPA?

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        3. Usually only if there is a drastic difference.

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      6. How does GPA transfer work for classes weighted more/less. Example, a class worth 3 hours vs a class worth 4 hours. If I make an 'B' in both, do they carry the same weight on GPA?

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      7. If you look at your transcript, you will probably see a column for Quality Points (QP) or something similar to the right of a courses grade and hours. These are calculated by multiplying the hours by the grades numerical hours (A=4, B=3, etc.). So a B in a 4 hour course has 12 QP, and a B in a 3 hour course has 9 QP. Add up the QPs, divide by the total hours, and you have your GPA.

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      8. How many transfer decisions are made per day roughly? I see that a applicant received his/her decision yesterday and their stuff was submitted just a few days before mine so I would assume my decision should be made shortly, or is not completed that way?

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        1. Right now, our evaluation team is still trying to enter in summer transfer work for all current UGA students, and as such we only have a limited number of Spring decisions going out. I have tried to go into some detail on this in an earlier post, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2014/08/spring-2015-transfer-decisions.html. I cannot predict when you might hear a decision, as it depends on when you applied, when your file was complete, how complicated your transcripts are, etc. A rough review timeline is based on when a file is complete, but if your transcripts are from institutions that we have not had much transfer history built into our system, it may take a lot longer for these.

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      9. What if you are a junior and would be right below the border of a 2.8? Do you look at resumes and evaluate coursework/retaken classes in which I made an A the second time? Will I not be considered at all because I am not at the 2.8 exactly?

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        1. I cannot guess about a decision for you, but we do not look at resumes during the transfer review, and our review uses both grades if you retake a class, so this would not be a factor.

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      10. My payment and application were completed on Aug 2, while my status shows that the transcripts were not received until Aug 14, any idea how much longer for a decision?

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        1. Sorry, I do not have a prediction on a decision.

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      11. 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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        2. I called the admissions office and the 5-10 business days for a decision is what one person told me. I have heard many different timelines though so I wanted to check and get a reliable, finite answer.

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        3. Either that person gave you bad information or there was a misunderstanding, but we are not able to give out decisions 5-10 days after a file is complete, either for freshmen or transfers. The timelines listed above are accurate, so I suggest going by these.

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      12. I noticed on Degree Works that 1 of my classes that transfers over is counted in 2 separate core areas? What does that mean?

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        1. This would be a good question for your academic advisor when you meet with them, as I do not know.

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      13. When does registration for Orientation for Spring transfers open up? And do you know when approx. the earliest Orientation session is?

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        1. Keep track of orientation, the dates and what is needed at https://orientation.uga.edu/

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      14. If I applied for Transfer Spring today and had my transcript sent online today, would I be good, as I have met the deadline?

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        1. That is fine, just monitor your myStatus page and make sure we receive the transcript.

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      15. My transcript will not be sent until tomorrow, 9/2 due to today being a holiday. Will this hurt my admissions chance? I requested it be sent today online though.

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        1. This will be fine, just monitor your application to make sure we get it.

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      16. I put on my application that I am taking 12 hours this semester, forgetting that my science class is 4 hours, which would mean I am taking 13 hours. Does this look bad?

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      17. You said you do not recalculate admissions GPA's for accepted students. Does that mean when I submit my Fall grades since I plan on going for Spring, you will just look at the letter grades (A's, B's, C's) for this semester, and not the overall new GPA? I am so worried because my classes are very difficult this semester and I feel like I will make all B's and have my admissions revoked, even though my GPA would still be higher than a 3.2.

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        1. Generally, we would only rescind an offer of admission for very poor grades, and straight B's would not fall into that category.

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      18. I will be graduating from Georgia Perimeter College with my AS in ECE next May (2015), and I am planning to apply to UGA for the Fall 2015 semester. Would I be considered a transfer or first time student since I will already have my AS degree? I am trying to figure out which application to fill out. Thank you so much! :)

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        1. When did you (or will you) graduate from HS? If you are not graduating from Has until May of 2015, you would apply as a freshman. Transfer students have been out of HS for at least a year prior to enrolling at UGA, while we have a large number of freshmen with AP/DE work (the most I have seen was 72 hours once).

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        2. I graduated from HS in 2012. I will have my Associates with about 66 credit hours, maybe a little bit more, next May. I would say that I'm a transfer, then. :) Thank you!

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      19. Can I apply now if I plan to attend in the Fall?

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      20. If a transfer student has 30 plus hours and a GPA of 4.0 on the transcript from the college transferring from, will they have a good chance for being accepted?

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

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      21. Do you accept a lot more transfer students for the Fall semester rather than the Spring semester?

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        1. Yes, but that is first because more apply, and second, we have more space that is available for new students in the fall.

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      22. Generally, as long as a transfer meets the requirement (3.2 for 30-59, 2.8 for 60+) and applied early, are they usually admitted? I will apply for Fall when the application opens in late January or February.

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        1. Many times they are admitted if they meet the transfer consideration levels (not requirements) of a 3.20 for 30-59 complete and transferable hours, or a 2.80 for 60 and above complete and transferable hours. But a generality does not always fit each individual situation.

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      23. When do I have to commit to UGA by if I am accepted for Spring?

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        1. We give you until December to submit a deposit, but you cannot sign up for orientation until you take this step.

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      24. Can I apply now if I plan to attend in the Fall?

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        1. The First-Year application for Summer/Fall 2015 opened up today, but the transfer application will not open up until January, so it depends on which type of applicant you are.

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      25. Any time estimate on when transfer decisions are finished? I know the office has been slammed with the summer grades for fall students and today for the opening of the fall 2015 freshman application. If there cannot be a guesstimate of when it will be finished, can you shed light on how many applications have been received/reviewed? I apologize for asking!

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        1. I do not have any numbers about how many transfer files we have reviewed, but we have about 1,600 spring transfer applicants. I expect that we will be be reviewing spring transfer files through the end of September, but that is just an estimate/guess.

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      26. On Degree Works, it says "Course Id/Title in red - indicates the course fulfills multiple requirements" at the bottom, and one of my classes is counted in 2 core areas. Would you assume that this is correct and my class does indeed satisfy help 2 areas? I am a transfer student for Spring.

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        1. I would suggest that you speak with/work with the contact person in your academic major (see http://bulletin.uga.edu/MajorsHome.aspx for details), as they would have the answer to this, not admissions.

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      27. Of the 1600 or so applicants how many are typically accepted and is it evenly dispersed between people with 30-59 and 60+ hours?

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        1. I have no idea and I have no idea, sorry.

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      28. Do you know if PE classes transferring over come [From USG] in as general electives that help satisfy the certain amount of electives we are supposed to take? Or what do they count as? I only have 1 PE class which counts as 2hrs of Health and 1 hr of PE.

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        1. I cannot answer how the PE courses count towards your degree, as that is something that you would need to speak with an advisor about, as certain majors might have more/less Health/PE courses required (such as Health Promotion). I can say that UGA requires students to have 1 semester credit of PE (see http://bulletin.uga.edu/Bulletin_Files/acad/general_Link.html), and that we only transfer in one PE credit. As such, your 1 hour of PE would transfer into UGA, and would most likely satisfy this PE requirement, but I cannot speak about your major requirements.

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        2. What does a grade of "S" mean for my P.E. class? Satisfied?

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        3. A grade of S is satisfactory, since we do not carry over the PE grade (A, B, etc.) from the other institution.

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      29. I noticed Terry College requires Math 1113 for Core Area 2. My Math 1106 class from KSU doesn't have a direct transfer at UGA but it transfers over into Area 2 as a core class and satisfies the entire area. Does this mean I am exempt from taking Math 1113 at UGA, since the area is already satisfied? How does that work, if I have satisfied the area, but Terry College requires a specific course for that area that other USG schools don't require.

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        1. I do not know. That would be a good question for an advisor in Terry College.

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      30. What if one of my core classes like Art transfers in the general electives area, instead of the core area? Is that a problem that can be fixed?

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        1. That would be a good question for your academic advisor.

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      31. Did the catalog for required classes for a major change between last semester and Fall 2014?

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        1. I ask because Degree Works shows my core satisfied, but when I click the 'After Fall 2014 degree works', some of my core isn't satisfied.

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        2. That would be a good question for your academic advisor.

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      32. Does core to core mean if I satisfy an area at my USG school, UGA will consider it satisfied even if the required classes are different?

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        1. See the first paragraph of the UGA core curriculum in the bulletin, http://www.bulletin.uga.edu/Bulletin_Files/uga_req.html, as I think it answers your question.

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      33. If I transfer from another USG school and have taken my school's core classes (But not finished yet), would you personally assume that I should have an easy transfer/transition, and not be down any classes really when I get to UGA? Please tell me if you'd assume that it would be an easy/smooth transfer, it doesn't have to be definitive, as I am asking your opinion.

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        1. I would guess you would, but each case is different, so that is only a guess. The one issue is the area F section, which concerns your major. If you change majors from your previous school to a different one at UGA, it could cause issues. As such, this is why it is good to talk to your a academic contact person.

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      34. So other than Area F, I should have an easy transfer in your opinion if I satisfy Areas A-E (I-V) at my school, which would then be satisfied at UGA I presume.

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        1. My guess (and it is just a guess) is that you would have a normal transition to UGA, although you might have to work with your advisor to work on any core classes that do not match up exactly and need some form of shifting to complete the UGA core. As well, since each case is unique, I can only guess about this. In addition, this has nothing to do with an actual transfer decision, as that does not look at core to core issues.

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        2. Have you spoken to someone in your academic area at UGA yet as I have suggested, and if not, why not?

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        3. I have spoken with Terry advisers and they have said if I satisfy the core at my school, UGA will consider it satisfied, even if UGA requires different classes. But what if UGA's core has two parts, like Area IV? The advisers wont get specific with me, they just say core-to-core protects me, essentially.

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        4. If Terry has given you this information, then that is what you need to go with. They are the ones with knowledge of core specifics, especially within their academic area. Now you just need to be patient and wait for advisement at orientation. I cannot give you anything more, and you need to continue to work with the Terry advisors.

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      35. So it is not an exact science, as in I can work with an adviser to try and make certain classes count in a core if they don't? My adviser can work with my classes a little bit and shift them around in different areas if need be?

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        1. Have you spoken with the contact person at UGA in your academic area as I suggested, and if not, why not? An advisor is able to work on core to core issues within the limits of the core areas.

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      36. I've spoken with advisers and they just say my core classes will transfer over as core classes, even if UGA requires say foreign language and my school requires world lit and art. A lot of times, they don't get specific.

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        1. I am sorry they are not specific, but this is their job and their area of knowledge, so you need to work with them on this, not admissions.

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      37. But is it true that advisers can work with individual cases and shift classes around in other core areas to make them work? I promise I am done asking questions about this.

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        1. As I stated above, advisors are able to work on core to core issues within the limit of our core. You need to continue to work with the Terry advisors, not admissions.

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      38. Is admissions still entering summer grades or have they started working on transfers?

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        1. We have been reviewing a small number of spring transfer files every day, but our focus has been on current student summer work. We are in the last day or so of the current student transcripts (at least this is my guess based on numbers), so by either tomorrow or Monday, I expect our office to be fully working on spring transfers.

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      39. I'm an accepted transfer student for Spring, and I noticed on Degree Works that I haven't satisfied High School sections for Foreign Language, English, Math, Science, etc. - Should I have my HS Transcript sent or does it not matter since I am a transfer?

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        1. Also, thank you for accepting me. It is a true privilege to be able to attend UGA and I am very grateful.

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        2. The registrar's office is working on this now. It has to do with our new system and things not displaying/loading correctly. I do not have an exact timeframe for a solution, but it should be well before you enroll. You do not have to do anything.

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        3. When was your application complete Anon? Just trying to see when I should expect a decision!

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        4. As I have said before, this is not exact due to the ease or difficulty of a file, so their completion and decision date might not reflect the situation of others.

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        5. I applied in May and heard back early August, weeks ago. My file was simple but I applied early so I heard back before most people.

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      40. I'm a freshman at the University of Kentucky and realized I have definitely made the wrong college choice. Is it possible to transfer to the University of Georgia spring semester of my freshman year?

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        1. Unfortunately, this is not possible. You would need to apply as a transfer student for a later term. I hope it gets better at UK.

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      41. I know this isn't an admissions question, but if my USG school requires 12 hours for a Core Area to be completed and UGA requires 9 hours for the same Core Area (Which I've taken), and I transfer to UGA without having completed it at my school, would you assume that the core area would be satisfied once I transferred, considering that I would then be under UGA's core requirements as a UGA student once I got there?

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        1. Or would I still need to satisfy my old school's requirements, even as a UGA student?

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        2. Would you assume though that once I'm at UGA, any areas I didn't satisfy at my school would have to be satisfied at UGA by UGA's requirements? What would you assume/guess? I think that I'd then be under UGA requirements.

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        3. I do not even have a guess on this, sorry.

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      42. Hey Anon... you can go to the "university" and "degree" requirements on UGA's bulletin. :P

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        1. Yeah but the school I'm transferring from requires more credits in a category than UGA does, so I am wondering what will happen if I don't complete the category when I transfer to UGA. 3 of my classes in the category are counted in UGA's category (UGA requires only 3), but my school requires 4 classes in the category. Since I'm transferring, I guess that category will be considered complete when I get to UGA, but I don't know.

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        2. As I have said many, many times on this page, this would be a good question for the contact person or academic advisor in your major area, as they have the best knowledge of UGA core issues.

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      43. Do Transfer Electives still count towards 'credits earned' for UGA? Ex: My HPS 1000 class transfers as an elective, will it still count towards my overall credits earned?

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        1. Yes, transfer electives still count as transfer courses and as credits earned.

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      44. If a course doesn't have a direct equivalent/match at UGA, will it still transfer as a core class if it is from a USG school?

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        1. I would think so, but I cannot say for sure until we actually see it.

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        2. What about SCIE1D**L, does that come in as a core science with a lab, satisfying UGA core area?

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        3. If you look at the transfer equivalency instructions, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/transferequiv.html#instruction, it will tell you about how elective courses transfer to UGA.

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      45. UGA counts my HPS 1000 class as 2 hours of health, and 1 hour as PE. It transfers as an elective. Does the 1 PE hour still count towards credits earned, even though UGA gives an 'S' grade for it?

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        1. UGA will transfer in 1 hour of PE work as an S grade, so if you have no other PE work that has already counted as 1 hour, then yes, it will count as the 1 hour credit.

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      46. My PE class (1 hour) that transferred in is listed as being taken during Spring 2015 on Degree Works. Is this a computer problem? I took it Fall 2013.

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        1. I am just concerned because if I decide to take 18 hours (the max) in Spring at UGA, the fact that it thinks I'd be taking the PE during Spring would prevent me from taking 18 hours, since it thinks I'd be taking 19 hours.

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        2. There is a difference between transfer work and UGA work, so this should not be an issue. You can work with your advisor once you attend orientation to clear this up.

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      47. Will the online status check change over a business day or immediately after the admissions office is finished with an account? Meaning do the decisions only come out in the morning or do some applicants' statuses change throughout the day?

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        1. The myStatus page is not live, and it is generally update very early in the a.m., and sometimes in mid afternoon.

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        2. Has the admissions office to fully focus on the Spring 2015 transfer students yet?

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        3. We were able to start focusing only on Spring transfers yesterday.

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      48. What happens if I applied for Spring as a transfer with 29 credits? What would happen if I was accepted with 29 credits, would you revoke my acceptance?

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        1. I am sorry, but I cannot guess on an admissions decision.

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      49. If a class transfers as a core elective, does that mean UGA will count it as a core class for the area and satisfy the area, just that there is no direct equivalent for it at UGA?

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        1. if a class transfers as a core elective, it means that there is no direct equivalent course at UGA, but the course will transfer and it will help to satisfy that core area (most core areas are more than 1 course), but as for specifics, that would have to wait for a discussion with your academic advisor.

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        2. So not to get to specific, if a core area requires 2 classes, and I transfer over with 1 core elective for that area, essentially I'd only need to take 1 more class at UGA? As long as the class doesn't have to be specific I'd assume, like for science and math majors.

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        3. I really can't answer core questions in depth, as there is great variety in core courses that can be taken, comparison with UGA's core, what major you are in, etc.

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        4. Alright, I understand. I was just curious because one of my classes has 1D**L attached to it as the transfer course for UGA, and my major doesn't require a specific course in that core area, just 2 courses. I'm hoping my class counts as 1 of the required 2 classes when I transfer, which I believe it will. Thanks!

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      50. If I am coming from another USG institution, would you expect me to have an easy transition to UGA, easy as in, not be down credits? Do most people have easy transitions?

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        1. Generally, transfering from another USG college makes for an easy transition, but that is also tied to what classes you have taken at your previous college.

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      51. To apply to Terry, all core classes must be satisfied and 60 hours earned. In YOUR opinion, would you assume that 60 hours earned has to come from core classes alone, or just 60 hours in general, including classes that transferred over as general electives?

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        1. I ask because I'm transferring for Spring and when I finish that semester, I will have completed all core areas for UGA, but only 55 of my hours will be from core areas. 6 of my hours transfer as general electives, so I'd still have 60+ hours.

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        2. You would need to talk with Terry about this, as I believe there are more details to being admitted to a Terry major.

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      52. Degree Works showed last week how my classes came in, but now it is counting all of my classes, even core classes, as arts/science electives and general electives, and not putting my classes in the right areas. Is this a computer problem? I am a transfer for Spring.

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        1. Could you please contact someone for me about this, as it is showing me having completed no core classes, and rather is counting my classes as electives. I am really concerned.

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        2. I am not able to contact someone about this for you, as this needs to come from the student. I would suggest waiting until Monday or Tuesday to see if it is a computer glitch, and if not you can speak to the Registrar's office about this, as they oversee DegreeWorks.

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      53. Does 1 hr of PE class that transfers over count towards credits earned?

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      54. Do you know if the PE class is a credit counted towards graduation? I heard that it does not count towards the 120 required credits for degree completion even if it counts as credits earned.

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        1. It is a little more complicated than that, as it depends on the PE credit, your major, etc, see http://www.bulletin.uga.edu/Bulletin_Files/uga_req.html

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