Next Steps for Students

  David Graves      March 24th, 2021

While this year in admissions and higher education has been unusual, we are slowly transitioning to some on campus admissions actions. This is a transition time as more vaccinations are occurring, and the CDC guidelines are being updated for different events and activities. As such, here are some updates, but they are prone to change. Admitted Student Events: As you can guess, large group admitted student events in the Spring will be virtual. We are still following the policies of the state and the University and will not have any large events until we are sure that the situation is safe to do so. We are setting up these events, and we will be communicating with admitted students and their families about these shortly.  We know that for many accepted students, you are still making up your mind on where you want to attend college next fall, and we will try to help in this journey as best as possible. Visiting Campus: We have started opening up small group tours for admitted students and one guest, and these students should have received an email about the process of signing up for these tours. These will be walking tours only, and there will be safety precautions for the tours. I also expect that as we get closer to summer (after early May), the tour policies and options for HS juniors and below will be updated, so please monitor the Visitor Center website and the admissions website for updates. Use alternate methods […]

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2021 Freshman Wait List Decisions

  David Graves      March 19th, 2021

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available today, March 19th, in the late afternoon timeframe.   For some students, you will be offered a place on our wait list.  Every year our office has to predict approximately how many students we can admit in order to enroll our freshman class, but we can never be sure how many students will enroll until after the May 1 commitment deposit deadline has passed.  If the number of students who say they will be attending UGA is lower than we expect, we may need to go to our wait list group in order to get the size that we want for our freshman class.  This year we have roughly 1,900 students on the wait list.  We carefully monitor the deposits coming into the University to see where we are in comparison to the predicted freshman numbers. The FAQ can answer information on Wait List numbers, past year Wait List data, and other details (such as no, the Wait List is not ranked). For those of you who have been wait-listed, here is a chance for you to ask questions.  Please remember that this is not a blog where you should post statistics or throw fellow classmates under the bus.  These types of comments will be deleted. Before commenting/asking questions here, please review the decision letter and the FAQ, as they give a great deal of details of the Wait List process. The Wait List FAQ can answer some questions, but the most […]

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2021 Denial Decisions

  David Graves      March 19th, 2021

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available today, March 19th in the late afternoon time frame. We received almost 40,000 applicants, thus making decisions even more challenging this year. Unfortunately, we are not able to admit a number of strong applicants as we are limited in the size of our freshman class.  We know that you have a number of other strong college options and suggest you focus on the other great opportunities that are ahead rather than on a denial from UGA.  If your ultimate goal is to graduate from the University of Georgia, then we suggest you look at transfer opportunities down the road.  For now, focus on your current college options, find one that fits you best, and have a great freshman year there. Please read our Denied Student FAQ if you have questions. If you decide to contact us next week, please understand that we will not be able to give you a specific “reason” for a denial, as in this process we have looked at everything within an applicant’s file, and the overall reason is really that the overall applicant pool is very large and very strong. Things to Remember: UGA does not use the GPA from a HS transcript, but instead we calculate our own HS GPA based on core academic courses. For our admitted freshman, roughly 88% of their core grades were A’s, and 11+% were B’s, with a majority of these strong grades being in Honors/Advanced/AP/IB/DE courses. In our holistic review, […]

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Admissions Causation and Correlation

  David Graves      March 5th, 2021

Fifteen plus years ago, I did a presentation at a local library just north of Atlanta for a parent group, talking about admissions in general but also going into detail about the UGA admissions process. The room was full of eager parents waiting for a glimpse behind the curtain of admissions (not exactly my plan, but that is what it felt like). Prior to me giving my talk and taking questions, the organizer of the event introduced herself and let the audience know of her college knowledge. She stated that her son was admitted to a prestigious university (insert whichever top 20 college you wish here), and that the reason he was admitted was due to her insistence that he play the tuba in high school. The subtle message was that while other students were playing standard instruments like the saxophone or clarinet, her child was playing a unique/unusual one, and that made him jump off the page. Why do I still remember this story? Two reasons. First, I always wonder if her son really wanted to play the tuba, much less any instrument, and if he still harbors some resentment about the decision that was forced on him. Second, I always wonder what that college’s admission office would say about the assumption by the mom’s statement. When I read admissions files, it is always interesting to see an applicant try something unusual, but it does not then cause that the student’s chances of admission go up. I recently tweeted […]

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UGA Decision Dates for 2021

  David Graves      January 25th, 2021

The final two decision dates for UGA freshman applicants are now set (unless some major issue impacts our office), with the smaller February wave of decisions will be released on Friday, February 12, while the final decisions in March will be released on Friday, March 19.  Decisions are all released in the late afternoon, but I do not have an exact time (so don’t ask me for one). February Decisions – UGA will offer admission to a small number of applicants on Friday, February 12. This group of decisions is made up of only offers of admission, and if you were admitted, you will be able to see the decision on your Admission Status page (so only admitted students will see a decision change on their status page) and these admits will receive an email communication. Additionally, an admissions packet will be sent out in the mail the following week. Our office is too busy reviewing files for me to run any mid-range academic averages at this time, but the academic information should be very similar to the Early Action admitted students (it will not be exactly the same, as we had a large number of EA admits who were applying for our top scholarships, which slightly skews EA stats a little higher). My earlier blog post about Early Action decisions gives you more insight into the academic strength of this range of student. These admitted freshman, made up of mostly Regular Decision applicants, met the strong academic criteria of […]

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January 2021 Admission Thoughts

  David Graves      January 21st, 2021

January in Admissions means two things: Exhausted admission counselors reading files, and nervous applicants waiting for a decision. I can’t do much about the first one (especially with almost 40,000 applications), but I can try to help with the second one. As such, here are suggestions on what to do and not do from now until we release final decisions. The first group is focused more on the next few months of the UGA process, as many questions cannot be answered at this time or our counselors are tied up reading your file. The second group is broader based concerning Admissions as a whole. UGA Specific Suggestions (for the next few months) DO NOT feel the need to call or email us to let us know you are still interested in UGA, love us and that we are your number 1 choice. While it is nice to be loved, it will not change a decision. DO take the time you would have put into professing your love for us into telling your teachers thank you for all the hard work they have put into this year, especially with so many challenges facing everyone. DO NOT call or email us if you have been admitted and want to ask about any additional scholarships that might be available, as we are still a long way from finishing the scholarship process and we will be working until April on this situation. DO celebrate if you have been admitted to UGA, and hopefully enjoy […]

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2021 Freshman Application Information

  David Graves      January 5th, 2021

We have now closed the 2021 Fall Freshman application, and we will be very busy over the next few months. We have a large number of materials and test scores to connect with applications, transcripts to review and files to read, and we only have a limited number of days in which to do it. Admissions is not like Match.com, where we swipe left to admit or right to deny, so please be patient as we take time to review in detail the applications you have submitted. As such, here is some vital information for applicants and parents of applicants about the next steps in our process. The application deadline for freshman was January 1, and the document deadline is January 8 for materials. The required documents for freshmen are an official transcript and a counselor school report/recommendation (not a school profile). As well, any test scores must be requested to be sent to us from the testing agency by 1/8 (not an in-office deadline), and the last test scores we can use were from the December SAT/ACT. If things are sent in after 1/8, we might be able to use them, but we cannot make any promises. If the item in question shows up on the status page, that means we have imported it into your file as on time. We have an extremely large freshman applicant pool, with the overall number of EA and RD applicants together totaling 39,500+. We are up in all categories, from in-state to […]

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2021 EA Timelines

  David Graves      November 2nd, 2020

This morning the UGA Admissions Office announced that our Early Action decision release date would be Friday, November 20 in the late afternoon. If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know not to ask when late afternoon is, as I cannot give you an exact time. In the lead up to the decisions going out in three weeks, here is some data about this year’s Early Action application group. Total EA Applications: 20,800 (submitted and app fee paid) This is an increase of 28% or so from last year, which is a very big jump. Complete Early Action Applications as of today: 20,550 99% are complete right now, very impressive. EA Applicants Applying within 3 days of Deadline: 11,620 Wow, just wow. Percentage of EA Applicants using Common App: 80% We are fine with any application source, but in our first year with the Common App, this is big (and it part of the reason for the increase in applications. Residency data on EA apps: 51% in-state, 49% out-of-state/international We do not make different decisions based on residency, but it is an interesting data point. Most common majors: Biology – 2,211 applicants, Undecided Business – 1,765, Psychology 1,253 We do not make different decisions based on major, but it is always interesting to see the different academic interests of our applicants. I order to deal with the large increase in applications, UGA will be delaying the release of EA scholarship information and the Honors decisions until early […]

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Freshman Application FAQ

  David Graves      September 4th, 2020

The UGA Freshman application opened up on September 1, and in the first 4 days, thousands of students started an application. We generally have a small spike of students start the application right away, but only about 200 have actually submitted the app right now, so don’t panic if you have not started. But now that the application is open, here are a few things to think about concerning your application to UGA. Should you apply EA or RD? I have no idea, as this is really up to you. The EA and RD reviews are the same, just on a different timeline. We have an initial academic review of each applicant, and then for a number of students, we go into more detail in our holistic review process, where we look at everything. We will be reading a large number of files during the October/November EA initial process, and we will also defer a number of applicants where we want to look closer at their file holistically but we need more time to read the files (mid-October to mid-November does not give us a huge amount of time for holistic reads). The big question you should ask yourself when choosing EA vs RD is as follows: Are you comfortable with us reviewing your file on October 15, or do you need more time to work on the app, get in later test scores or fall grades? If you are good with us reviewing you somewhere around 10/15, apply EA, […]

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UGA is Test Optional for Fall 2021

  David Graves      August 26th, 2020

Due to the continued challenges facing prospective applicants concerning access to standardized tests caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Georgia has decided to make SAT or ACT test score submission optional for the Fall 2021 application process. UGA has taken this step as a part of our commitment to help reduce barriers for rising high school seniors who will be applying in the upcoming year. High school students who apply as freshmen to the University of Georgia for the Fall 2021 term will not be required to submit an SAT or ACT score as part of the application process. This change will allow the university to better serve future students by ensuring that testing limitations related to COVID-19 do not impact a student’s ability to apply to UGA. The university has been evaluating the impact on high school students based on the cancellation of ACT and SAT test dates, and we expect that future testing opportunities will be limited as a result of the continued pandemic. As such, the University of Georgia has determined that suspending the SAT/ACT test requirement for fall 2021 is necessary. This is a temporary suspension for fall 2021 admission, and we will re-assess the testing situation and how it impacts applicants for future terms. More details of the Test Optional decision can be found at the test optional FAQ page, with details concerning scholarship review, Honors, etc.   Go Dawgs!

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