Timelines

Freshman Timelines

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

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

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

    Transfer Timelines

    In general, transfer decisions are sent out based upon the term for which a student has applied, and the time is based upon when we are able to review the files and how many files we have to review. Transfer decisions are made daily during these times, but we are not able to estimate when a student will receive a decision, as it depends on how many overall applicants there are and how challenging a file is to review:
    • The Summer/Fall transfer application will be accessible online in mid-late January, and the Spring application in late May
    • Summer Transfers - Generally, UGA reviews a majority of the files in mid-February through the beginning of March, with a limited number of decisions coming before and/or after this time frame due to other factors.
    • Fall Transfers - Generally, the review process begins in mid-March and goes through the beginning of May, starting with the files that were completed first and working from there. In addition, files with more complicated transcripts or multiple transcripts may take longer to review.
    • Spring Transfers - Generally, UGA begins review of Spring files in August, and will finish most of the decisions by late September.
    Transfer deadlines are for both the application and for all college transcripts. UGA will only review academic work that is completed and sent to our office by the deadline. For example, Fall transfer applicants have a deadline of 4/1, so we can only review work completed and into our office by 4/1. We cannot use work from a Spring term where classes are in progress and will be completed after the deadline.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      5. I requested my final transcript be sent to you last week and I got an email saying UGA received it, but my classes/new grades are not in DegreeWorks yet. Should I be worried? Or does this just take time? Thank You!

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        1. I am assuming this is a college transcript, right? We expect to receive about 1,500 college transcripts for both current and incoming students, so it takes a little while to match these documents up and then post the work. Just be patient.

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      6. Hello,
        Are there generally 2 orientation sessions for summer transfers? Or 1, or more?

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        1. there are several sessions based on the situation. There is one session for most transfers and a small number of freshman, and another for the freshman college Sumer experience. More details will come out from orientation later.

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      7. What are some reasons a transfer applicant may have their denial overturned if they try and appeal the decision? What is the process if you receive an appeal?

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        1. If you are denied and have what you believe are extenuating circumstances, you can appeal, but you would want to talk to one of our counselors prior to doing this to get details on the process and the situation.

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      8. Hello,
        I am probably going to be cancelling my transfer application but am waiting until 1st week of January to do this, due to some variables involved. Will I still be able to cancel on MyStatus then, or will I have to do it a different way, since classes will have already started? What affect would this have (Cancelling so late) on a future application? I've read that it would have no affect, but that was for people asking questions about cancelling weeks ago, not the 1st week of January.
        Thank You, sir.

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        1. Previous decisions/cancellations have no impact on future decisions, ever. As for being able to cancel your application, I do not know how long you will have access to the status page, but if you need to not enroll, you would then work with financial aid and the registrar.

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      9. If I apply for Summer, am I applying to attend all summer or do I have the choice of doing a shorter summer session? And, are there a minimum number of hours I am required to take during the summer?

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        1. If you enroll for summer, it is up to you as to how many classes you take and what term or terms you attend. We do not have any requirements except that if you are admitted for summer and want to attend (and continue to enroll at UGA), you need to take at least one class.

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      10. If I transfer in for Summer, do you know when I would register for my Fall classes? Would it be the same time as people transferring in for Fall? And if I took 1 class online and withdrew from it, would that mean I have terminated my enrollment at UGA and would have to re-apply?

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        1. Summer students will register for Fall classes sometime in the summer, but I do not have a date. If you start a class and then drop it, and if it is your only class, then you are not a UGA student anymore and you would need to re-apply for a future term. If you just want to start in the fall, apply for the fall, as we use the same admission process for both terms.

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      11. If I apply for summer and get denied because of a problem with my transcript, can I re-apply with the changes for fall?

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        1. Can you explain what you mean by a problem with your transcript?

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        2. For example, my transcript states I received credit for the AP/IB tests I took but it doesn't list the classes I then exempted.

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        3. The deadline for summer transfer is March 1, and for Fall it is April 1. I would think that you would have the same transcript for both terms/deadlines, and as such we would give you the same decision. I would suggest you apply to the term for which you want to start, check your transcript to make sure it is correct, and have it sent to us.

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      12. If I was denied for summer and found out before the Fall transfer deadline of 4/1, and I applied for Fall after getting denied for summer, would I be denied for Fall as well or still have a chance?

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        1. We use the same criteria for Summer and Fall, so if you are denied for one, you would be denied for the other. Apply to the term you want to attend.

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      13. Will the Fall application (For transfers) be announced when it is accessible? Or will it just show up sometime this month on the UGA application site?

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        1. We will announce it here when it opens up.

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      14. Hi!
        Do you know how many orientation sessions that UGA offers for people transferring in for Summer? If it is just 1 session, what would happen if a student could not make that 1 specific date?

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        1. Generally, there is one transfer orientation for summer students (there is a limited one for the few students who attend our Maymester). If you plan on attending in the summer, I suggest you keep your dates flexible.

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        2. Do you when it generally is? I read that it is generally early June, but considering that Summer classes start June 2, I am unsure of this. I want to apply for Summer, but since I may not be able to attend the 1 specific session (I am gone late May every year for family reasons), I'd have to apply for Fall instead in a couple weeks.

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        3. I suggest you contact our orientation office (https://orientation.uga.edu, email address near bottom of page), as they would have more details.

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        4. Do you by any chance know if summer transfers will register for their Fall classes before Fall transfers?

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        5. I do not believe so, at least not for the fall transfer students who attend an earlier orientation session.

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        6. Last question. Are Fall transfer orientations generally spread out over early June to July or August, or are they bunched up together in July? Thanks.

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        7. They are generally in June and July, with one late session in August. Again, I suggest contacting orientation for any further questions.

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      15. Hello,
        On December 10th, about 4 weeks ago, I put in my teacher's email for the teacher recommendation on "mystatus" page. A couple weeks ago, I put the same email again because she said that shw had not gotten an email from UGA yet. This afternoon, I saw her again and she said she had still not gotten anything from you guys. Being a deferred EA applicant, I have completed all other necessary components for the application but the Teacher Recommendation is still not completed. This just concerns me with the RD deadline approaching.

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        Jon

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        1. At times, a school system's email account will push a variety of emails into Spam folders. My best suggestion is to just have your teacher email a PDF copy of the rec letter to admproc@uga.edu

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        3. Even if she has not received an email requesting the recommendation she should do this? Just making sure there is no certain format or template she has to follow to complete the recommendation

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        4. A letter sent this way is fine.

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      16. In my transcript (im applying for transfer) must it explicitly state that a class I received credit it for was from AP credit or can it just say that it was credited to me?

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        1. We need to know the source, the course title and number, and the credit hours of the course (and it must be a real course at your college).

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      17. Even if she has not received an email requesting the recommendation she should put the rec letter in a PDF and email it to admproc@uga.edu? Just making sure there is no certain format or template she has to follow to complete the recommendation

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        1. No, there is no template to follow. Just have her take the steps I stated above.

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      18. If my mid year report is being send and i was deferred did i need to also write my grades in the "update you EA application" box? And when exactly is classified as "late February"?

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        1. We are fine with just a mid year report. As for late February, it is between the 15th and the 28th. Sorry, I just had to say it. If I had an exact date, I would give it out, but we do not even know how many RD applicants we will have, so it is hard to make exact date predictions. I will give a heads up when we release the February and the March decisions.

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      19. Do you see if a transfer class was taken online or not? Or do you just see the class title? I ask because I think my school doesn't put 'online' on the transcript.

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        1. At times we do and at times we do not, but the method of delivery for a class (online, in class, etc.) does not change our review of that class.

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      20. Is the same transfer review process that is used for Spring also used for Fall?
        What are any differences you review people based on which term they apply for?

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        1. Generally, the same process that is used for summer is then used for fall and then the following spring. This at times has changed due to demand and quality, but this is the general policy.

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      21. So you expect to begin the review of Fall transfer applications in mid-March? Are you generally done reviewing freshman, and mainly focused on transfers at that time?

        Also, if I were accepted for Fall and decided to take a Summer class at my school, would you essentially 're-review' my application, or just make sure the class grade is sufficient enough to allow me to still be admitted? Thanks.

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        1. As stated in the timelines transfer section, we expect to start fall transfer reviews in mid-March, but it could be a little earlier or later depending on freshman and summer transfer files. As for a transfer student being admitted and then having additional work come in (such as spring grades or summer work), we do not do a complete re-review of every file, but if there is a huge academic drop, we will contact the student and possibly re-think the admission offer.

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        2. When you say you will contact the student, would it be to ask them or find out why there was a big academic drop of their grades? I'm expecting to make all B's and maybe a C this semester due to my very heavy workload, but I'll be applying with a near perfect GPA. I just have a lot going on this semester.

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        3. Yes, it would be to ask the student about the drop in grades. Again, this would be for a serious drop, many times resulting in a term GPA that would indicate academic warning, etc.

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      22. Do you know if UGA classes taken online will show up on transcript as online though? Such as, would a class be like "English 1101 Online" or just say "Engl 1101" on the UGA transcript if it was taken at UGA? I'm afraid taking an online class could look bad or less to employers, other colleges or graduate programs, or anyone else for that matter.

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        1. I have no idea, sorry, as admissions does not have anything to do with the UGA transcripts. This would be a good question for the Registrar.

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      23. How important are the three essays for UGA? I've recently applied to UGA for Regular Decision and I believe my GPA, SAT Scores, activities, and IB courses are up to par but I have never been a great writer so I am very nervous that I will get rejected just because my essays were not up to the UGA standard. It is possible for me to get rejected just because my essays were less than satisfactory?

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        1. The essays are a part of our review, but I cannot put a percentage or weight on them. Essays help in our review but they will not suddenly change a decision from deny to admit or the reverse.

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      24. Hi! I've also recently applied to UGA for Regular Decision but I have a question about payment. I have sent a fee waiver along with my transcript to UGA but I forgot to also mail a form with my confirmation details I was suppose to printout and send with my fee waiver. Is this a big problem? will it delay acceptance or denial from the school? Should I just send another fee waiver to UGA with the confirmation details paper?

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        1. We will be fine with just the waiver form as long as your name is clearly listed on it.

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      25. When you said you check to see if a big GPA drop has occurred in a transfer admitted student, are you looking at overall GPA compared to admitted GPA, or just the Spring semester GPA if they're a Fall applicant?

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        1. We are looking at both the Spring and the overall.

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        2. Would you be understanding if someone had a bad Spring semester (Mostly Bs and a couple Cs) - But their overall GPA was still very high and close to what they were admitted with?

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        3. I cannot guess about a possible future situation, sorry. We need to be able to see the situation, courses, grades, etc.

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        4. What exactly do you define as a huge drop, or something that would stop and make you look at? I'm concerned I could be accepted and have it revoked, even if I made all B's this semester.

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        5. I am sorry, but I cannot guess on a possible future situation, especially when we get in to exact details. What I would say is to look at what we expect overall for consideration levels, try to do your best in the Spring, and know that serious issues are not small drops, but large ones (I cannot go into exact details as it always depends on the context of the specific situation).

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      26. if our teacher still hasn't sent in our recommendation can we have another teacher send one as well?

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      27. Do you consider a huge drop in grades as a GPA decreasing such as, if a 4.0 went to a 3.8, or a 3.8 went to a 3.6? A huge drop in grades in my opinion is not the same as a poor semester, but all B's could bring someone down .2 on a GPA.

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        1. No, this is definitely not a huge drop. A drop from a 3.5 to a 2.5 might be seen as one, for instance, or something worse, but not a .2 drop. In addition, I should clarify even more a huge drop that is well below our consideration levels and/or brings an overall GPA below the consideration levels.

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        2. That is relaxing to hear. I have a high GPA that you will be reviewing when I apply for Fall as a transfer, but am dealing with a lot of stress right now and am having a very difficult time in school. I was just worried my high GPA dropping .2 or .3 would be considered a huge drop. Thanks for clarifying.

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      28. If I take a core class at a USG school, will it have to transfer as a core class? I noticed on DegreeWorks, a few of my core classes that didn't have 'direct transfer equivalencies' transferred as general electives. Someone on the phone said DegreeWorks might not do it right, but she wasn't sure.

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        1. It is hard for me to guess exactly, sorry. Speak with your advisor about it, as it is possible to change how courses come into UGA.

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        2. Are core classes than transfer in, but don't have direct equivalents, essentially treated the same as if they did have a direct equivalent, when coming in? My advisor said a few weeks ago that DegreeWorks might not do it right also, and that humans might have to do go in to the system sometimes.

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        3. Again, it is hard to guess without exact details. I suggest you speak with your advisor, and if you believe a course should come into UGA differently, work with the specific academic areas to get it changed. For instance, if it is a political science class, work with the UGA political science dept.

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        4. So there is some discretion advisors have to make a specific class count if it originally doesn't? I'm only asking because I know UGA has a core-to-core agreement with USG schools, which essentially means it has to transfer as a core class that counts.

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        5. That would be a good question for your advisor after they have seen the specific situation, as I am dealing with vague info in an area that is not my expertise.

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        6. Ok, this is my final question on this topic. Do classes sometimes change each semester the way they come in? Such as, the same class could be counted differently for someone who transfers for Spring, vs Fall? I'm basically asking if UGA changes the way classes are transferred, in some semesters.

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        7. The equivalency of a transfer course can change if the academic department reviews the course or courses and decides it is no longer a true equivalent.

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      29. Since I cancelled my application and dropped my classes before they started in early January, several days ago, will I have any problems re-applying when the Fall 2015 transfer application opens up? I believe I was supposed to receive an email to my personal email account when I cancelled, but I've never received anything. I still have access to ATHENA, DegreeWorks, UGA Mail, and myStatus, but I am not enrolled and have cancelled my app.

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        1. Prior to re-applying, I suggest you contact adm-tech@uga.edu to make sure that your application term is updated in our system. As for access to the other areas, I am not sure the specifics on your access to the backend systems.

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        2. When you say I should contact that email, should I do it now or wait until a couple days before the application opens up? Should I just explain my situation, and say that I am re-applying for Fall and have cancelled my Spring application within the past few weeks? I don't think my application wouldn't be processed through, but I'll still email the person.

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        3. Just prior to starting your application, send an email, and just state you applied for Spring and now want to apply for Fall. This email goes to our IT staff.

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        4. Should I send the email from my UGA Mail account, if I still have access to it then, or does it not matter if I send it from my personal email?

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        5. Ok, thank you so much for your help. I greatly appreciate it. It was the hardest decision I've ever made to cancel, but it was the right choice to wait a semester. Will I have to explain why I cancelled on the application when I re-apply?

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      30. To clarify, should I email the IT staff before I apply, and wait for a response? Or just email them to let them know, and then apply again? Sorry for the confusion. I'm just so eager to get my application back in.

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        1. Email them to allow them to change the term associated with your application, and let them change it and reply. The can answer all of your other questions.

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      31. For deferred EA applicants, what if our updated transcript with first semester grades is not available until after January 15?

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        1. Enter the fall grades in the updated section of part II, send a fall grade report, or get us a new transcript ASAP (only do one of these).

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        2. I just requested my transcript, when will I know if it arrived? Also, how will I know if UGA received an updated transcript or my old transcript, seeing as Naviance does not differentiate between the two

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        3. When we receive a new transcript (an actual transcript, not a grade report), we will add it to your file and the receive date for your HS transcript on the status page will update.

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      32. Will decisions for Regular Decision be posted all at once?

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        1. Please rereview the timelines for freshman above.

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      33. You said you make sure transfer students don't have a poor final term before they enroll. If I took 1 summer class and got a C, would that be considered a poor term (Since summer is a term), or would you mainly look at that as just 1 class in comparison to all my grades. Thank you.

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        1. A summer term with one class is not seen in the same light as a full fall/spring term, but don't do really poorly in it.

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        2. I will definitely try, but I might have to take a hard math class over the summer and I am not good at math at all, especially cramming a semester into 2 months. I assume a C would not be really poor in it.

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        3. No, a C in this would not be really poor.

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      34. I just submitted my application, but i did not click save and instead clicked submit. Did it save automatically ? If not can I do something to submit my essays?

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        1. You can review the pdf version of your application off your myStatus page, and then contact admproc@uga.edu if you have issues.

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        2. On the mystatus Page, I can only review part 1 of the application. I typed my essays on part 2 and completed it but clicked submit instead of Save and when i went back the essays, the spots were blank. How can i reasure that my essays did indeed get submitted?

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        3. I am confused. Did you apply RD, or were you deferred EA and you just completed part II? If you applied RD, then you should be able to see the entire application with essays.

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      35. I am sorry , I went in and did exactly what you said and found part 2 of my application & thankfully my essays were indeed written in the boxes. I appreciate your help, Thank You

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      36. Can letters of recommendation be mailed to UGA? What if teachers have not submitted UGA applications by the 15th? How long does it take for recommendations to upload? By the 22nd is that the last day recommendations can be uploaded to UGA?

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        1. 1/22 is the postmarked deadline for supporting documents, so have the teacher rec sent to us by 1/22 (this is not an in office deadline).

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      37. Due to the large # of people that applied as freshman, are you still expecting to admit roughly the same amount as previous years, or possibly admit a lot more people?

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        1. We expect the offers and enrollment numbers to be about the same as last year, even though we have a larger applicant pool. UGA is not planning on increasing the size of our freshman class.

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      38. Hello! I was wondering what it means when it says "Late February - Admit decisions for RD or deferred EA applicants meeting EA acceptance criteria"? I understand the part about the RD, but not about the EA part. I was deferred EA and applied again regular decision. But if I had met the EA criteria would I not have been accepted then?

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        1. First, if you were deferred EA, you stay deferred EA, as you then completed part II, not a completely new RD application. Second, review last year's Feb. decision post, http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2014/02/2013-february-first-year-admits.html, as it might help you understand.

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      39. Good morning, I am applying from out of state and I have submitted all my information and financials. Could you tell me when the decision for scholarships are made?

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      40. I notice that the timeline above states that the transfer application will open mid-late January. Do you foresee that happening this week? Thanks so much

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        1. First, you would need to be admitted prior to a scholarship offer being made. Second, scholarships are offered starting in December and going through mid-April.

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      41. I am having an official college transcript sent to my parent's house. The transcript is sealed from my current University. Can my parents UPS the sealed transcript to your office when the transfer application opens or must it come from the University directly? My concern is the time delay from my current University in getting the transcript to UGA promptly. What is the address for transcript sent to UGA. Thank You.

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        1. We are fine with the document being sent this way, just have it sent in after you apply.

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      42. I notice that the timeline above states that the transfer application will open mid-late January. Do you foresee that happening this week? Thanks so much

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        1. When it opens, we will announce it. There is no huge rush, as applicants who apply first are treated the same as those who apply later.

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      43. I registered for UGA classes but dropped them and cancelled. Should I indicate on the transfer app that I enrolled for credit? Or no, since I technically just registered and did not take classes, pay, or become a student.

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        1. You did not actually enroll, so do not indicate that you enrolled.

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        2. Also, should I still tell which HS I went to, even though I am a transfer with no college credit from High School?

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        3. And one last question. Should I round down for GPA reporting? Such as a 3.66 should be considered a 3.6?

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        4. We need the HS information for Financial Aid data, so complete this accurately.

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      44. What does "If you are re-activating an earlier application, please only list any new institutions you have completed terms at." mean? I cancelled earlier, should I still list the college I am at now? It has not changed since I last applied, only hours and GPA have changed,

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        1. (I cancelled for Spring, so applying for Fall is technically a new application I assume).

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        2. I do not have the application open, so I suggest you review the question(s) and answer them as best you can.

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        3. It was just asking me to list colleges, and then it said what I quoted in the 'prior college' section. I will still list my college, since this is a new application for a new term.

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      45. I just applied and had payment accepted. MyStatus says I am still being considered for Spring, and that Admissions cancelled my application. Will it take some time to update that and show that I'm being considered for Fall now? Thank you very much.

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        1. I have no idea, as I cannot see behind the scenes, do not know what the situation was before you applied, etc. Just be patient.

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      46. I do not see anything related to what campus I want on the application. I already submitted it, and am applying for Athens, but I do not remember seeing a campus selection option. I triple checked everything and all my information.

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        1. The initial selection of applicant type (freshman, transfer -Athens campus, etc) was where the selection of the campus is specified.

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      47. If I have already applied, is it at all possible to change my major on the application? I am wanting to make my 2nd choice of major as my Intended Major, and move my Intended Major to my 2nd choice, basically flip them. Both majors are in Terry. I applied as a Transfer. If this is not possible, can I change my major at orientation or when registering if I am accepted? Thank you.

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        1. Major changes occur a few weeks prior to the start of orientation (for summer and fall, this would be late May), and it can be done in the UGA student portal for students who have been admitted and have submitted a deposit.

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        2. Is it as simple as requesting a major change, or is there a process? I'm just worried that I'd be locked in to the major I applied with, and having to take courses related to my original major when I get there. I want to major in management, not marketing, instead. I'm only asking because I was unsure if I should cancel and re-apply with my new major, but I guess not. Thank you.

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        3. In our UGA student system called Athena, there is a major change site. It allows you to add a major and remove the unwanted major. If the major you want is a high-demand major that requires departmental review prior to admission, this system will allow you to change to being an intended major of X (the same as if you had applied originally as this). Never, ever, ever cancel an app and then re-apply for the same term just to change your major, as it will mess up the system for your application.

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        4. I understand. Do you by any chance know how long department reviews take? If I were to request it be changed in May, would it generally be approved by the time of my orientation? I'm just concerned about which classes to register for and applying to Terry for the new major I want.

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        5. I would suggest you review the information that Terry College gives out as far as admission to a major in that college, http://www.terry.uga.edu/undergraduate/admissions. For admission into a major in business, journalism, education, and a few other areas, there is a more detailed process that involves testing, a review of your grades at UGA, etc.

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        6. I was just asking in context to getting my major changed before I enroll (If accepted), applying to the business school and getting accepted to it is another thing. Thank you.

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        7. Being admitted to a major is changing a major. I am guessing you are asking about being admitted to the Intended major. If that is the case, I believe it occurs overnight after the request is made in Athena. Sorry, it was not clear to me about your question.

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