January 2021 Admission Thoughts

  David Graves      January 21st, 2021

January in Admissions means two things: Exhausted admission counselors reading files, and nervous applicants waiting for a decision. I can’t do much about the first one (especially with almost 40,000 applications), but I can try to help with the second one. As such, here are suggestions on what to do and not do from now until we release final decisions. The first group is focused more on the next few months of the UGA process, as many questions cannot be answered at this time or our counselors are tied up reading your file. The second group is broader based concerning Admissions as a whole. UGA Specific Suggestions (for the next few months) DO NOT feel the need to call or email us to let us know you are still interested in UGA, love us and that we are your number 1 choice. While it is nice to be loved, it will not change a decision. DO take the time you would have put into professing your love for us into telling your teachers thank you for all the hard work they have put into this year, especially with so many challenges facing everyone. DO NOT call or email us if you have been admitted and want to ask about any additional scholarships that might be available, as we are still a long way from finishing the scholarship process and we will be working until April on this situation. DO celebrate if you have been admitted to UGA, and hopefully enjoy […]

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2021 Freshman Application Information

  David Graves      January 5th, 2021

We have now closed the 2021 Fall Freshman application, and we will be very busy over the next few months. We have a large number of materials and test scores to connect with applications, transcripts to review and files to read, and we only have a limited number of days in which to do it. Admissions is not like Match.com, where we swipe left to admit or right to deny, so please be patient as we take time to review in detail the applications you have submitted. As such, here is some vital information for applicants and parents of applicants about the next steps in our process. The application deadline for freshman was January 1, and the document deadline is January 8 for materials. The required documents for freshmen are an official transcript and a counselor school report/recommendation (not a school profile). As well, any test scores must be requested to be sent to us from the testing agency by 1/8 (not an in-office deadline), and the last test scores we can use were from the December SAT/ACT. If things are sent in after 1/8, we might be able to use them, but we cannot make any promises. If the item in question shows up on the status page, that means we have imported it into your file as on time. We have an extremely large freshman applicant pool, with the overall number of EA and RD applicants together totaling 39,500+. We are up in all categories, from in-state to […]

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2021 Initial Scholarship/Honors Offers

  David Graves      December 3rd, 2020

On Friday, December 11 in the late afternoon, UGA Admissions will release the initial merit scholarship offers and Honors acceptances through the admissions status page, and then later through a mailed letter. Please remember that these are only the initial offers for both of these programs, as additional Honors acceptances and scholarship offers will be sent out through April. Both of these offers are made based on academic and co-curricular information, and are made to both test optional and test submitted students. I do not have specific data or percentages on these groups (focused on Spring enrollment and file reading right now), so please just know these are extremely strong admitted EA students. As well, I do not have any information on the Foundation Fellowship scholarship process/timelines. The Honors Program acceptances are initial offers made to a group of students from the Early Action admitted pool. If a student is not offered an Honors Program acceptance initially, they should then submit an Honors Application (visit their web site for more details). These decisions are made by the Honors Program, so any questions should be directed to Honors, as admissions cannot answer for them. The Scholarship offers are initial offers to a small group of EA admitted students, and the Admissions Office will be making a number of additional offers through mid-April. UGA uses the admissions application for the review of scholarships, so there is no additional application or step a student needs to take to be considered for these awards. […]

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2021 EA Decisions and Data

  David Graves      November 20th, 2020

Early Action decisions will be released late this afternoon, so here are some details about the EA applicant and admitted groups. I will also add a comment to the top of this post when decisions go live, and I will announce it on Twitter as well. When you log into your status page, you will see a “View Update” link under the Status Update, and that is where you will see your decision. About 20 minutes after we release decisions, an email will go out to students who have not already checked their status letting them know a decision is available on their status page. For students who were deferred, please understand that this is not a denial decision.  We want to be able to have a more in-depth review of you, including short essays, activities, recommendations, etc.  Please be sure to read the deferred student FAQ page before commenting on here. There will also be an article in the UGA News next week which will give more broad details on the class as a whole, so I suggest you also review this information when it is available. Quick Early Action Numbers (These numbers are mid-ranges, not minimums.) Applications Received: 20,901 (20,871 with fee paid or fee waived) –UGA received roughly 27% more EA applications than last year. Based on the data on applications started for RD for this year, we expect a larger group of applicants to apply using that option than last year. Offers of Admission: 8,086 -This […]

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2021 EA Decisions & Suggestions

  David Graves      November 16th, 2020

As we stated earlier this month, UGA is planning on releasing the EA decisions on the Status page on Friday, November 20 in the late afternoon unless some serious problem arises, which I do not expect. If this changes, we will let you know, but this is the plan at this time. Please do not call/email/text/message/tweet asking for the exact time of “late afternoon”, as I cannot give an exact time. We will post a message here when it opens up. We are excited about this, and I am guessing you are as well, and hopefully it will allow for a little less nerve-wracking Thanksgiving break for some of you. I will also have an updated post on Friday with data on the applicant pool and mid-range data on the admitted group. In addition to the decisions being available on the Status page, letters will go out in the mail for Accepted students. Freshman denial letters will not be mailed out, as almost all applicants see their decisions online, and we, along with a number of colleges, did not want to have a letter that only served to reinforce the negative feelings they might already have. Due to the large increase in applications, initial scholarship and Honors offers will be released in early December, but know that we will reviewing students for scholarships through early April, and Honors will open their application in early December. Here is some data on the overall EA applicant pool so that people have a […]

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