David Graves      April 1st, 2016 in Blog

It is April 1, so we are juggling a wide range of things at this time. We are working with freshmen, transfers, deposits, recruiting future classes, orientation planning, etc. I am also in the middle of a large installation of a new recruitment system (which is going great), but it is eating up most of my time right now. As such, here are a few notes about what is happening:

  • Transfer applicants: We are well into reviewing transfer
    files, but each ones takes time, as we have to determine how your courses transfer into UGA, calculate an overall transfer GPA, determine hours, etc. Transfer decisions go
    out daily once we start the review process, and we are averaging roughly 50 files reviewed per day, M-F. I cannot guess when an
    applicant will hear a decision, as it depends on the number of
    applicants, when a file is complete, how complex the files is, etc. I am
    an admissions officer, not a fortune teller who can predict the future.
  • Documents: Transfers, please remember to give us 10 business
    days from the day a transcript is sent OR you submit your application,
    whichever is last. It is a mostly manual process to match college
    transcripts, so it takes a while. If you left a college off the application this will cause problems, as we need official transcripts from every college you attended as an Undergraduate.
  • Timelines: The Timelines page
    at under the blog header is the best place to understand more about
    when you will hear a decision. Remember, though, that the Timelines page
    has projected dates, and so these are not exact due to many factors
    that impact our reviews. I expect over 2,500 Fall transfer applicants, and while we are going through them as quickly as possible, over 1,000 students had applied by mid-February, over 1,500 had applied by the beginning of March, etc. In other words, patience is key.
  • Admitted Freshman: Do not forget to decide on a college by May 1 and submit a deposit! We wish you well in this choice and want you to find the best possible match, but we do not want to hear from you on May 3rd saying “I forgot to submit my deposit”.
  • HS Junior Parents: This is the time of year when HS juniors
    visit campuses for the first time and are looking at planning out their
    senior schedules. We are thrilled to have visitors to our campus, just
    make sure to schedule your visit early, as April tours and
    information sessions fill up quickly due to Spring Breaks and lots of
    interest in UGA. As well, our office is not the best group to suggest
    what a student should take during their senior year. We suggest your
    family sits down with your HS counselor to see what the options are, and
    how your student can challenge themselves yet still be successful in
    HS. We also get a large number of questions about AP vs DE (dual
    enrollment) courses, and which is the best option. Since we do not know
    all the details of the situation or all the options, I suggest you
    review a past AP vs. DE blog post on this issue and then work with your HS counselor. In addition, we do not make suggestions on what elementary schools applicants for Fall 2029 should attend.
  • Scholarships: We will be awarding scholarships through about
    mid-April, but again, this takes a great deal of time to review files
    and make decisions, so we ask for your patience. We have made a large number of scholarship offers already, but we have a few offers still to make. Please remember that our office is limited in
    scholarship funding and we have a large number of strong/wonderful
    admitted students. In addition, we are not able to “match” scholarship
    offers from other colleges, as each institution has their own method and
    funding for scholarships.

I hope this helps, and Go Dawgs!

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