2021 Initial Scholarship/Honors Offers

  David Graves      December 3rd, 2020

On Friday, December 11 in the late afternoon, UGA Admissions will release the initial merit scholarship offers and Honors acceptances through the admissions status page, and then later through a mailed letter. Please remember that these are only the initial offers for both of these programs, as additional Honors acceptances and scholarship offers will be sent out through April. Both of these offers are made based on academic and co-curricular information, and are made to both test optional and test submitted students. I do not have specific data or percentages on these groups (focused on Spring enrollment and file reading right now), so please just know these are extremely strong admitted EA students. As well, I do not have any information on the Foundation Fellowship scholarship process/timelines. The Honors Program acceptances are initial offers made to a group of students from the Early Action admitted pool. If a student is not offered an Honors Program acceptance initially, they should then submit an Honors Application (visit their web site for more details). These decisions are made by the Honors Program, so any questions should be directed to Honors, as admissions cannot answer for them. The Scholarship offers are initial offers to a small group of EA admitted students, and the Admissions Office will be making a number of additional offers through mid-April. UGA uses the admissions application for the review of scholarships, so there is no additional application or step a student needs to take to be considered for these awards. […]

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November 2014 Admissions Thoughts

  David Graves      November 19th, 2014

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 March. 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 […]

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Random Admissions Thoughts December 2013 Edition

  David Graves      December 4th, 2013

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 December to late March. 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-late 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 UGA’s new student system for the first time, 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 accepted applicants in December, but it will depend on many things. Again, please be patient with their office. 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 an update form, where an applicant can give us […]

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UGA National Scholars named

  David Graves      April 8th, 2011

Over the past few months, a number of national programs have named their scholarship recipients, from the Goldwater Scholars to the new Rangel Graduate Fellowship. As such, here is a partial list of the UGA students who were named as scholars from these programs: Victoria Akin, a third-year student from Macon, GA and a graduate of Mount de Sales Academy, was named a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. Victoria has done research in epidemiology with faculty in the UGA College of Public Health, and the National Science Foundation Research Experience. Michael Burel, a third-year student from Acworth, GA and a graduate of Carlton J. Kell HS, was named a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. Michael has worked as a CURO apprentice in the lab of Dr. Steven Stice, was selected for the NYU Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and conducted research in France this past summer in stem cell work. Amar Mirza, a third-year student from Hiram, GA and a graduate of Marietta HS, was named a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. Amar has conducted research in biochemistry and molecular biology in the lab of Dr. Natarajan Kannan, and participated in CURO, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program, and has worked in the field at a health clinic in Haiti. Ashley Bartlett, a fourth-year student from Longwood, FL and graduate of Lake Mary HS, is a Rangel Graduate Fellowship recipient, which has a focus on students pursuing careers as US Foreign Service diplomats. Ashley participated in the  World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms program, […]

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Common Questions (and Answers) While UGA is Closed

  David Graves      December 23rd, 2010

UGA will be closed from late afternoon on December 24 through January 3, and as such, we will not be available to answer many questions. Like many of you, I will also be unavailable at times during the break, so here are a few common questions and answers to hold you over during the time we are closed. Please be patient with me if you post any comments! Deadlines and Materials I have had several questions about when application materials need to be in, what happens if they are not in, etc. UGA Admissions works hard to complete a student’s file, and we will work with students if things come in a little late. For paper documents, our deadlines are postmark deadlines, and we will keep the online school forms open after the deadline. This does not mean that a student should do things after the deadline though! Make sure you speak with your counselor and teacher early about getting in materials, and give them time to do their work! And if you choose to apply on the deadline, please understand that we will take you application, but you are setting yourself up to possibly have problems by not giving yourself any leeway with required materials. Do yourself a favor and take care of things before the deadline! Mailed materials My estimate is that from a person mailing out documents to it showing up in the system takes at least 6-8 business days, give or take (if your application is […]

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Congratulations Tracy Yang, UGA Rhodes Scholar!

  David Graves      November 22nd, 2010

Tracy Yang, a senior at UGA (and Westside HS of Macon graduate), has been named a Rhodes Scholar, the 22nd in UGA’s history. Tracy is an Anthropology major, and has done research in the health disparities within the lower socio-economic populations within the United States and Nicaragua. She was named as a Truman Scholar last Spring, and has served in several leadership roles in the UGA chapter of  Roosevelt Institute, a national student-run think tank. In addition, Tracy is a Foundation Fellow at UGA, and is a member of the Honors Program. Congratulations to Tracy and all of the other 2011 Rhodes Scholars, and we wish you all well during your time at Oxford!

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Honors Program and Scholarships

  David Graves      December 18th, 2009

Every year, right after we release Early Action decisions, two questions are certain to follow; When will Honors start making admission decisions, and when we will hear something about scholarships? These are not bad questions to ask, and I will try to give you a little insight into the time lines for both. Please remember, though, that the Honors program has their own application and their own process, so that office is the best one to answer Honors questions. I will just be passing on information that our office has received. 1) About one to two weeks after our Early Action decisions go out, Honors will generally send out a first wave of decisions, sometimes referred to as “auto-admit” decisions, and these will be based upon an admitted student’s academic information. These will only make up a part of the Honors admission offers, as a number of students will also be invited to apply to Honors based upon their academic information, and other students will move forward on their own with the application process. The deadline for applying for the Honors program is February 1, and the Honors Program site can give you more information about this process. The Honors Program will then be able to review the submitted applications and make decisions, with a time line of having Honors decisions out by mid-April. 2) Scholarships follow along a similar path, and are mostly done by the Admissions Office. Within the next week or so, our office expects to release […]

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Challenge Yourself!

  David Graves      June 17th, 2009

I was at a swim meet last night watching my son and daughter compete, and I had a chance to watch some amazing athletes. In one 11-12 year old heat, my son was up against a young man whose times were better than some 18 year old swimmers. While it was tough knowing that my son would not win, I also knew that could only improve from this challenge. Would I rather have him race against the 8 year old group and crush them? No way. The way to improve, be motivated and get ready for the future is to challenge yourself. I am guessing you can see where I am going with this. UGA puts a great deal of emphasis on the rigor of a students course work, and wants students who will rise to the challenge and be ready for the level of work in our classrooms. I am not saying go out and take 14 AP classes and make all C’s. My statement has always been to challenge yourself to the level of difficulty you can handle. This is important to UGA applicants because rigor is a major factor in our evaluation, and because overall, it will benefit you in your UGA classes. So go out there and challenge yourself with Honors classes, IB programs, AP course work, and dual enrollment college courses! Do it for admissions, but more importantly, do it for yourself.

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