Wait List FAQ

How is the wait list established?

More students apply to the University of Georgia than can be accommodated in our classes and residence halls. Unfortunately, each year many students must be denied admission. There are other students that we are confident would be successful here and we would be pleased to admit if space became available. These students are offered a spot on the wait list.

Now that I have the option of being placed on the wait list, what do I do next?

If you would like to reserve a spot on the waitlist, please visit your status portal and indicate your desire to be placed on the waitlist. You will also need to select the term for which you would like to be considered: Fall only, or both Fall and Spring. Be sure to make your selection by May 1st.

How many people are currently on the wait list?

We will not know the exact number until after May 1. While each year may vary, here is some information about past wait list numbers. In 2019, 1542 students were offered a place on the wait list and 150 were admitted for Fall and 2 for Spring. In 2020, 1157 students were offered a place on the wait list and 493 were admitted for Fall and 0 for Spring. In 2021, 1893 students were offered a place on the wait list and 276 were admitted for Fall and 153 for Spring.

Can you give me an idea of how many students will eventually be accepted off the wait list this year?

We try to make an accurate prediction of how many students will accept our offers of admission, but we have to wait until after May 1 for the actual deposits to arrive.

Is the wait list ranked?

No. The wait list is not numbered or ranked.

May I send supplementary material?

No. Your file has already been evaluated and reviewed based on the application materials and supporting documents submitted by our January 8 application materials deadline.

Which term should I select?

You should select the term(s) for which you would like to enroll. We encourage students to consider this choice carefully. If you choose ONLY to be considered for Fall, you will not be considered for any other term.

If I am admitted off of the Wait List for Spring Semester, can I enroll at another institution for Fall?

Yes. Students admitted from the Wait List for Spring may enroll at any accredited institution for the preceding Fall. Georgia residents may want to consider coursework at any number of USG institutions. Students may choose not to enroll in a post-secondary institution during the Fall and instead utilize this time to work, travel or volunteer.All students admitted for Spring will receive information during the Fall regarding their transition to UGA in January.

Should I deposit at another college?

Yes. As we are unable to predict wait list decisions, you should deposit at the institution of your choosing, by May 1, to ensure that you have secured a college home.  If you are accepted off our wait list, please know that you will be asked to pay a non-refundable commitment deposit to UGA. At that time, you should also notify the institution at which you have deposited that your intentions have changed, as they also may have students on a wait list.

If I am admitted, how will I be notified?

You will be notified via an email or letter and will be able to view any updates to your decision via your application status portal.

Will there be any financial aid for students accepted off the wait list?

If admitted, students who have completed the financial aid application process will receive an email with instructions on how to review an estimated award.

If I am accepted, will I receive housing?

We expect to house all first-year students on campus, as our housing policy requires. Assignments to first-choice halls and roommates may not be possible with limited space. This policy will also apply to students admitted from the Wait List for Spring.