Admissions in a Changing World

  David Graves      March 18th, 2020

While this year in admissions and higher education started out as normal, it is going to end up as anything but normal. We are still in a state of unknown surrounding the actions that will need to be taken in response to the COVID-19 situation concerning admissions, so please take this as an initial post. I have been in admissions long enough to get through challenges both big (Hurricane Katrina) and small (the status page overloads/collapses on decision), and I know we will get through this situation. Here are a few things that have or will come up, and thoughts on these issues.   Admitted Student Events: As you can guess, admitted student events in the near future, either on campus or off, are canceled. We will be following the policies of the state and the University and will not have any physical face to face events until we are sure that the situation is safe to do so. In place of these events, we are working on setting up virtual events, and we will be communicating with admitted students and their families about these as soon as they are ready to go. Please be patient, as we want to make sure to take the time to set up events that meet the needs of the student. I expect you will be hearing something from us soon. We know that for many accepted students, you are still making up your mind on where you want to attend college next fall, […]

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April/May 2019 Random Admission Thoughts

  David Graves      April 29th, 2019

Late April/Early May is always a challenging time in Admissions, and it always brings about interesting questions. We are at the end of one cycle of admissions for the freshmen and transfers starting in Fall 2019, and we are starting to begin working with rising HS seniors for the following year. Throw in the anxious time surrounding the May 1 deposit deadline, working with Wait-List students and getting everything ready for orientation in the summer and you have a wide range of activities and emotions. As such, here are some thoughts on the upcoming days/months ahead. Admitted Students May 1 is the freshman deposit deadline. We have sent out a huge number of communications about this date to accepted freshmen, and it is important that you not miss this date if you want to attend UGA. We don’t accept late deposits, so make sure to submit it on time to assure a place in the freshman class. If you are not going to be attending UGA, we wish you the best at your future college destination. If you are able, go to your status page and reply to your offer of admission that you will not be attending.  Wait-List students, please be patient with us as we review the deposits that have come in, what our class looks like, etc. Every year seems like a marathon race to get to May 2 (the day after deposits are due), so please let us catch our breath before asking about the WL. […]

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Etiquette for Visiting Colleges

  David Graves      July 18th, 2018

Like many parents in our community, my wife and I had our two children go to an after-school etiquette program during the fifth grade. We got past the actually moaning and groaning and had them ready to learn more about how to interact with others. I can still remember sending my now college senior son to his first day with a pre-tied necktie in his bookbag, only to have him come home with the tie pulled up tight against his neck above his actual shirt collar. Seriously, it was the strangest sight ever. I should have known then that he was destined for a more casual, less proper life – just like me. While my kids only went through one year of this program, both of them did learn a few manners, my son understood how to actually tie a necktie, and hopefully some of the etiquette did sink in. In the same way that there are certain etiquette rules for social events, interacting with others and dining at restaurants, there are also certain steps you can take when visiting colleges. While many students might have already starting visiting colleges by now, a large number of you will be attending admission events during your senior year. This could involve campus tours, visitation days, open houses and the like. Here are a few suggestions on how to make sure the visits go well for everyone involved. Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with table manners, how to bow, or how […]

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Advice for Campus Visitations from the Admissions Staff

  David Graves      July 3rd, 2013

Many students will have travel plans during the summer and for rising seniors those plans often include visiting colleges they plan to apply to in the fall.  Here are some tips and advice from our admissions staff of things to keep in mind as you plan your campus visits. Do your homework.  Go online to websites of the colleges you are visiting.  Learn what you want to do while you’re on campus.  Check for visitation calendars, see if you need to register for a tour, etc.  Review a campus map to become familiar with where you are going.  If you are visiting UGA and you have an iPhone, download our App which includes a campus map among its many features. Wear comfortable shoes.  Campus tours will almost always include a walking tour.  Now is not the time to break-in a new pair of shoes! Come prepared.  Go ahead and start thinking about the questions you want to ask and write them down.  You don’t want to forget once you’re there.  Determine where you are going to need to park and find an address if you’re using a navigational device.  Be aware that while some areas may have visitor parking, this is not always free. Check the weather.  Look online to see what the weather is going to be like the day of your visit.  Bring an umbrella if there’s a chance of rain.  If it’s going to be hot bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.  You may even want to […]

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