David Graves      November 19th, 2014 in Blog

We have made it past the Early Action decisions, and we are now at the
next stages of the admission cycle. With that in mind, here are a few
thoughts about what happens in Admissions and UGA from November to late

  • Scholarships-We are working on the review of files for scholarships,
    but as of today we have only had about four working days since
    decisions were released, and most of those were spent talking with
    families. I expect that we will begin releasing some scholarship offers
    in mid-December, and this will continue until mid-April as we
    review files for different scholarships. We will offer about 15-20% of
    admitted student’s scholarships overall, but it takes time.
  • Honors-The Honors program is working with our office to collect data on the admitted EA applicants, so please be patient with this office as they begin
    their review for their early offers. They hope to be able to start
    communicating with students in mid-December, but that is an estimate, not a specific timeline.
  • Deferred EA applicants are beginning to submit part II of the
    application and get in teacher recommendations, and we expect the
    majority will finish these steps during the December holidays. Deferred
    applicants do not need to submit a new application or pay a new
    application fee, and it will cause problems for applicants who try to do
    this. In addition, the last section of part II is for any updates, where
    an applicant can give us new information such as updated activities,
    fall grades, new honors, etc. I also suggest that all RD and deferred EA applicants review the Timeline page for details on when we release decisions.
  • While Fall grades are not required for RD or deferred EA applicants,
    I heavily suggest sending them in, either self-reported on part II or on a transcript. Accepted students do not need to send us updated grades
    unless requested by another office (Honors for instance). There are too many RD applicants and deferred EA applicants for us to recalculate every GPA with new grades, but senior grades are used in our holistic read process, and we do look at them carefully.
  • For RD applicants, it is best to apply first and then send in any
    school documents, as it is easier and quicker to match these items. Test
    scores can come in prior to applying without issue, but documents have
    to be saved in our holding files and then matched every day, and these
    files get a little overwhelming during deadline times with thousands of
    non-matched documents.
  • During your senior year, do not catch senioritis or do something
    that you will regret the next day. The main reason we would ever rescind
    an admission offer would be a serious drop in grades or a problematic
    conduct issue, so stay strong and focused. This is also not the time to start to drop challenging courses for spring term. If we admitted you, it was in part based on the strength of your core classes. As such, we want to see you continue to challenge yourself in the courses you are in. We are fine if you need to change from PE to Health, or from one similar class to another, but we don’t want to see you suddenly dropping AP Calc, AP Physics, etc. just to have an early release period.
  • Remember, more is not always better. If you have ten teacher
    recommendations sent to us, or decide you need to send us a five page
    resume, or decide that the word short answer limits are too limiting and
    decide to send us two page essays by mail, know that it becomes harder
    to see the forest through the trees. Brevity and being concise are not
    bad things.
  • We will accept SAT/ACT scores from exams taken and requested to be
    sent by the end of January. Please make sure you request your scores be
    sent to UGA when you sign up for the exam. Do not wait until you have
    seen your January scores before requesting them to be sent, as that
    might be too late. Remember, we only use the highest scores, so there is
    no need to wait before sending them.
  • We are often asked about what teacher to select for a recommendation. We do not need a teacher who is a UGA alum, a department head, a person who has taught for 30+ years, or any other designation. Select a teacher who knows you well and can tell us what you are like as a person.
  • Remember to check your myStatus page to make sure we have everything we need for admissions. The worst calls/emails are the ones where we have to say we could not make a decision due to an incomplete file. As well, re-review the Top 10 Urban Legends for UGA Admissions, as odd myths start to appear after EA decisions are released.
Go Dawgs!

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