David Graves      November 20th, 2013 in Blog

For all of you who are waiting anxiously by your computer/mailbox,
nervous about your Early Action decision, here is some good news. UGA is
planning on releasing the EA decisions on the myStatus page on Friday,
November 22 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. If there are issues, the release date and time would then be a little later, either over the weekend or the early part of the next week.  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.

In addition to the decisions being
available on the myStatus page, letters will go out in the mail for
Accepted, Deferred and Incomplete 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

Here are a few suggestions on how to react to the four different

Admit: Celebrate with family, buy a lot of
UGA gear to wear for the Thanksgiving break, but remember that not
has received a decision of admission, and so be a little more low key
with friends and classmates. In other words, do not run up to you best
friend during English class and scream “I got into Georgia” while 10-15
of your classmates are mentally throwing daggers into your back. In
addition, be patient with the other parts of campus (commitment deposit,
housing, the UGA myID system, etc.), as they might need a few days to
take in your information. Remember, we have a new system we are incorporating into the entire University, so it may take a little longer for things to happen. Read the materials we give you online and in an acceptance packet as it will instruct you on what to do next.

This is the most challenging one, as these are applicants who are
truly strong students, but we want to see more about them, as well as
the rest of the applicant pool, before making a final decision.  Please
remember, this is not a denial at all, but instead a way for us to be
able to review you in full, from your co-curricular activities, your
essays, and your recommendations. As I usually state, defer is not a
four letter word (even though you might feel this way), only a delay in
an admission decision. This is your chance to let us know
what you are like as an overall applicant. While this is probably not
the answer you would like, I would suggest you treat it as a call-back
for a second audition. Some roles have already been cast (or admitted),
and we now want to look at you in more detail to see how you compare to
the rest of the people auditioning (or applying). One of the worst
things you can do is give up and not do the essays. The second worst
thing is to call us up and berate us for not admitting you. We will be
happy to talk to people, but make sure to communicate in a positive
tone, understand that we cannot talk about other applicants, and please
remember that defer does not mean denial. In past years, just under half of
the deferred applicants who completed part II were
later admitted. Each year, about 1000 deferred students do not complete
part II,
so we never even have a chance to even review them! If you are serious
about UGA, take the time to complete your application, and then be
patient as we review all of these files throughout Jan., Feb. and
March. When completing part II/the essays, you do NOT need to do an
entirely new application, and there is no new/additional application
fee. You just need to go to your myStatus page after decisions are out,
complete part II/the essays, and hit submit. As well, get a teacher
from an academic area to write your teacher recommendation. Remember,
UGA is in no way done with the overall freshman admission process. We
still have a long way to go, with a great deal of files to read and
admission offers to make, so make sure you do your best to show UGA what
you are like as an overall student/citizen.

While this is not a fun situation at all, the reality is that if you
have been denied Early Action, you are truly not competitive for
admission at UGA as compared to the rest of the applicant pool. It is not easy to write that, and it is very difficult
to tell this to a student or parent, but when we look at this
student’s application in comparison with the other 12,070 EA applicants
(and remember, we expect to get over 10,000 RD applicants as well),
they do not match up academically with the others. It is better to tell
you now instead of waiting until late March, as this gives you time to
make other plans. Unless there seems to be a serious error (you are in
the top of your class, take a very challenging course load, and have a
strong test score), my suggestion is to not contact us about the
decision, but instead move forward with plan B. While we do not mind
talking with you at all, the reality is that an Early Action denial
means that the admission to UGA is not possible as a freshman.

Incomplete: For the small number of students who did not complete
your EA file, you are now automatically deferred to the next step, and
so you will need to get in the missing materials from EA, and also
submit part II of the application and a teacher recommendation. We went
three plus weeks beyond the deadline allowing you to get in the missing
documents, sending reminder emails, indicating what was missing through
the myStatus page, and it was your responsibility to get in the required
materials. So I do not suggest contacting us to see if we can take
items late, as that time has passed. Focus instead on sending in what is
needed to be reviewed in the next round. When completing part II/the
essays, you do NOT need/want to do an
entirely new application, and there is no new/additional application
fee. You just need to go to your myStatus page after decisions are out,
complete part II/the essays, and hit submit.

Go Dawgs!

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