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, however, that we are confident would be successful here and we would be pleased to admit if space became available. These students are offered a place 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 place on the wait list, and there is a good possibility that you would accept admission to UGA if offered in May or June, then visit the website we have developed to manage our Wait List as soon as possible (but no later than May 1). Students will have the choice to be considered for admission for either Fall or the following Spring semesters. Only those students who indicate their intentions to be kept on the wait list via their application status page will be kept on the wait list.

Students who choose to accept a place on the wait list will select one of the following term options: (1) Consideration for the Fall term only or (2) Consideration for the Fall OR Spring terms. Students who accept a place on the wait list for Fall only will not be given the option to be given consideration for Spring admission.

If you have made a final decision to attend another college, please visit the website to decline your spot on the wait list. Once you indicate your preference, you will receive a confirmation from our office. We cannot accept this information via telephone.

How many people are currently on the wait list?

We will not know the exact number until after May 1 because the range of students admitted from our wait list has varied greatly over the last three years. In 2018, 1257 students were offered a place on the wait list and 24 were admitted for Fall and 8 for Spring. 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.

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. By the end of May we expect to determine if spaces are available and how many students can be admitted off the wait list.

Is the wait list ranked?

No. The wait list is not numbered or ranked. By the end of May we will know how many spaces (if any) will be left in the class. If we utilize the wait list, we will review all the applications of those students who have reserved a place on the wait list to select the most qualified students and determine the order in which offers of admission will be made. Our selections will be made in an attempt to round out the class with regard to all the academic and personal talents and qualities we have reviewed.

May I send supplementary material?

No. Because of the volume of transfer applications currently being processed in our office, we are unable to accept additional transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, telephone calls or emails on your behalf. 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?

Because we are unable to predict how many students will be offered admission from the Wait List, 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. These students will receive information during the Fall regarding their transition to UGA in January. Students may choose not to enroll in a post-secondary institution during the Fall and instead utilize this time to work, travel or volunteer.

Should I deposit at another college?

Yes. If required by the institution of your choosing you should send your deposit to another college or university to secure your space, in case UGA is unable to offer you admission. If you are accepted off our wait list, please know that you will be asked to pay a non-refundable commitment deposit to UGA within one week of admission. 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.

When will I be notified if I am accepted?

You will be notified as soon as possible, but likely no earlier than May 15. We will not know how many students have sent a deposit until that date. We anticipate that most students accepted off the wait list (if any) will be notified between May 15 and July 1. We will provide a final decision to students remaining on the wait list by the end of summer.

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 Early 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. Students admitted from the Wait List for Spring will also be given the opportunity to live on campus.