Information on the UGA 2021 Application

  David Graves      May 7th, 2020

Big News!! For the UGA Freshman 2021 application, the UGA Admissions Office will accept the Common Application as an option for prospective student applicants. Okay, now that you have recovered from your shock (it only took us 10+ years to choose this option), here are the details for applying for next year. Applying UGA will accept any of the following freshman applications: The Common Application, The Coalition Application and the UGA based Application (only submit one application from one of these options). We will still accept documents from all the same providers (SCOIR, Naviance/Parchment, documents submitted through the UGA admissions site, mailed in materials, etc.) We will still require a Secondary School Report (SRR) from a counselor, an official transcript sent from your school, and we will accept optional letters of recommendation from teachers/community members. Currently, we will still require an official SAT or ACT exam result sent to us from the testing agency. If the University System of GA and UGA change this policy, we will announce it ASAP. The Freshman Application will open up on September 1. Essays UGA will require two essays, a longer personal essay (250-650 words) and a shorter essay (200-300 words). The longer Personal essay will use the Common Application prompts or Coalition Application prompts for 2021. I have listed the Common Application prompts for the Personal Essay below for your knowledge. We will also be using these prompts for the UGA based application. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that […]

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2020 Freshman Essay Questions

  David Graves      May 30th, 2019

Every year, our office reviews the freshman application for changes that we would like to see for the next year. During this review, we also look at the short essay questions that are required for First Year applicants. Based on our review of the essays from last year, we are keeping the essay prompts the same as last year. We require one short essay that all applicants must complete, and four additional short essay topics with the applicant selecting to respond to one of these. These two essays should be between 200-300 words and remember to focus on substance and not word count.  Before submitting your application and essays, always remember to proofread and edit!  The First Year application will be available on September 1, but we thought that some people would want to know the essay prompts earlier than that date. Based on the essays we read last year, we do have one suggestion – Please remember your audience. For some reason, we had a large number of essays about bodily functions this year, and while these might be good stories for late night gatherings with friends, they might not be the best admission essays. Here are the five essay questions, with Essay 1 being required and Essays 2-5 being four options from which the applicant selects one.   (Required) The college admissions process can create anxiety. In an attempt to make it less stressful, please tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself from your high school years that […]

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2015 Essay Questions

  David Graves      July 2nd, 2014

Every Spring, our office reviews the freshman application for changes that we would like to see for the next year. During this review, we also look at the short essay questions that are required for First Year applicants who apply Regular Decision or are deferred Early Action (Early Action applicants do not submit essays unless they are deferred).  For 2015, we have made a slight change in our short essays. Instead of requiring four short essay responses, we now will have one short essay that all RD or deferred EA applicants must complete, and three additional short essay topics with the applicant selecting to respond to two of these. Essay 1 should be between 200-300 words, while essays 2-4 should be between 150 to 200 words, but remember to focus on substance and not word count.  Before submitting your application and essays in the Fall, always remember to proofread and edit!  The First Year application will be available on September 2, but we thought that some people would want to know the essays earlier than that date. Here are the four essay questions as we now have them, with Essay 1 being required (200-300 words) and Essays 2-4 being three options from which the applicant can select two (150-200 words).    (Required) The UGA faculty has defined the qualities that the student body should demonstrate in the Admissions Philosophy Statement.  After reviewing this, help us understand which of your qualities will add value to our community of scholars. (200-300 words) […]

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Cancel or Correct?

  David Graves      September 20th, 2012

Yesterday you filled out your application, paid with a credit card and hit SEND.  Today you look over your application one more time, and “Oops!!”  You forgot to mention being basketball team captain.  You miscalculated your A’s and B’s.  Your mother’s email address was wrong.  You meant to apply for Regular Decision, not Early Action.  Your dream is to be an Agronomy  major, not Astronomy. Should you Cancel your application and start over?  Or can you Correct the errors? Don’t cancel!  That process is reserved for applicants who no longer wish to be considered for admission to UGA.   We save your cancelled application using the SSN you gave us, and therefore we cannot accept a new First Year application with that SSN. Instead, check the Settings tab from your myStatus.  Many changes can be made there.  If you need to make a change not available in Settings, send us your correction request separately.  Email with your name and birthdate, when you applied, and what you’d like to have corrected or added to your application.  Don’t forget to do this by the application deadline.  Better yet, do it today. Go Dawgs!

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Changing Application Information

  David Graves      November 10th, 2010

You have submitted your admission application to UGA, when suddenly you come to the realization that your email,, might not be the most appropriate email address to use. You want to change it, but you are not sure what to do. Well at UGA, it is fairly easy to change certain key items on your application. After students apply to UGA, they are still able to make some changes to their personal application information by going to their myStatus page, found at From there, log into your account, and select the Settings option on the left hand menu. You will be able to select the Information Change option for students who have already applied, and this will show you the fields that you have the option to change. This will allow you to change such things as your address, email, major (for freshman applicants), and phone number. You are not able to change everything in your file, such as your name or your SSN, as those changes need more detailed documentation, such as a copy of your SSN card, and you would send these changes to This is not a place where you can change every small part of your application, such as what you did in the summer of 2007, but instead is focused on the important data elements of your application file that may need to be changed due to a change in your situation (address, email, etc.). These changes will then flow into your […]

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First-Year Application is now available!

  David Graves      August 16th, 2010

The UGA First-Year application is now open! As is our history, we normally open our First-Year application in mid-August, and it is generally on a Monday to make sure we are available if any minor issues arise. Please remember that there are a few changes to this year’s application: UGA is only accepting online applications for admission. Any print-outs of the application are for your records or to view the application questions, but are not to be mailed in.  The Activities/Athletics/Employment (Extra-Curricular Areas) section has been shifted to Part I of the application. We will not be evaluating Early Action applications any differently than in the past, but having this information in part I will help with scholarship review, completion of part II for deferred students, etc. There is a new section on the application called Self-Reported Grades, and this is required for all applicants. You will need to have a copy of your high school transcript for this section, and you will enter in the academic grades you received from 9th through 12th grade (or 11th grade if applying before you have completed the first term of your 12th grade). You will only include actual course grades (do not enter any final/overall grades that are averages of your year), and this section will list the courses that should be included in the grade chart. Here is an FAQ for the self-reported grades chart. Please remember, you do not have to rush to complete the application, but try to make […]

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Thomas Edison and the Contact ID

  David Graves      August 11th, 2010

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.                                                        Thomas Edison In our testing of the Contact ID system and the application, we have found that while it works well in production, at this time the system is not able to handle the amount of traffic we project will occur over the application timeline. We have tried to make adjustments to the server load (tech talk if you are not sure of this term), as well as other features of the system, but we did not feel comfortable that you, the applicants, would be able to go through the application process without possibly having some connectivity issues. As such, we will be using an updated version of our system from last year’s application process (along with an in-office created contact page), and we will look at instituting the campus based Contact ID system in a future application cycle. Our goal is to always make the application process run smoothly for you, the applicant. The application process will move forward as before, and the Status page will include some new features this year. We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused, but we hope to have our application process up and running shortly, and we hope you will be happy with the new features that will roll out in this year’s status page. Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.                […]

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New Step in the Admission Application

  David Graves      August 9th, 2010

Sometime tomorrow, the Spring applications will be back up and running. In addition, I expect that on Monday, 8/16, the freshman application will be open and available to the public. While I have already mentioned a few changes to the freshman application (self-reported grades where you will need a copy of your transcript, the activities section moving to part I, etc), one small update will happen for everyone. The Admissions Office is teaming up with the technology group on campus to add a small step in the application called “Contact ID”. A student’s Contact ID will allow for more security in the admissions process, and is designed to allow a user to create their own password and security questions when applying and using the status check. While it is an additional first step in the application process, it will populate some information in a student’s application (name, address, etc.), and it will help in the overall process for admissions. An applicant will begin the creation of a Contact ID, and finish it after receipt of an email and completion of the rest of their contact information. You will then be able to complete an application and access the status check using the Contact ID login you created. For students who have already submitted a Spring application, we will be working with you to give you access to the status check through the Contact ID program. Please be patient with us as we do this, as we have to take it […]

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Freshman Application Changes Part IV

  David Graves      May 28th, 2010

The last change that we will be making to the freshman application has to do with your high school grades. Over the last 6 years, the number of freshman applicants has grown from roughly 12,000 in 2005 to over 18,000 in 2010. At the same time, the number of admissions staff that review transcripts (both freshman and transfer) has declined by almost 40% due to budget issues. We are at a point that if we do not change something, and if the application numbers continue to grow, we will have serious issues with getting decisions out in time. As such, we will be adding a section to the freshman application for self-reported academic grades. This will be similar to what the University System of California and Georgia Tech use, and will hopefully speed up the review process for our office. We will ask students to complete a chart listing the number of individual letter grades (A-F) they have received in the academic areas of English, Math, Social Studies, Sciences and Foreign Language. We will also have a section that includes the additional courses that UGA uses for reviewing grades, such as AP art courses, AP Computer Science, IB Music, etc. We will only be asking for individual class grades, as we do not look at the overall average for the year for individual classes. We will also explain how to enter in grade totals if your school uses multiple types of academic terms, such as a school that has both […]

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Freshman Application Changes Part III

  David Graves      May 26th, 2010

In reviewing the UGA admissions process and the information that we ask for on the application, we started looking at Part I and Part II of the application more closely. While the separation into two parts has worked well for UGA (and for the applicants), we want to make sure we have enough information from students during certain time periods in the admissions process. For instance, during the Early Action period, our focus is primarily on an applicant’s academic areas (grades, rigor of classes, test scores, etc.), but occasionally we need to look at the entire applicant. In addition, UGA is starting to expand our process of reviewing files for scholarship to include more review of an applicant’s extra-curricular activities. As such, we will be shifting a section of Part II of the application to Part I. We will be moving the “Leadership and Activity Record” section to part I, which includes a student’s school and community activities, athletics, honors and awards, work experience and summer activities. Part II will be primarily the four short essays, as well as a small section for any updated information for deferred students. This will not change the way we review EA or RD applicants, but it gives us more information if needed, and will eliminate the issue of EA students wanting to send in a resume. I repeat, this will not change the way we review EA or RD applicants. We also hope that this will make life a little easier for deferred […]

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