The 2014 First Year Application is Now Available

  David Graves      September 3rd, 2013

We have now opened the Fall 2014 First Year Application.  This does not mean we are encouraging you to submit an application immediately.  Your deadline to apply for First Year admission for Early Action is October 15.  The Regular Decision application deadline is January 15. Take your time and plan ahead.  Gather all the information you will need prior to starting the application.  Verify that you have your correct Social Security Number, get a copy of your high school transcript to help when self-reporting your grades, and if you have a resume, use it to fill out the leadership and activities sections completely.  Students who hurry to complete the application will often make mistakes.  Remember that there is no admissions advantage to submitting your application on the first day it goes live.  UGA will look at you the same way as any other student who applies by the deadline. Don’t forget to read our previous post that addresses many of our frequently asked questions for First Year applicants. Thank you for your interest in the University of Georgia and remember, take your time. Go Dawgs!

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Are you ready to apply?

  David Graves      August 1st, 2013

Especially if you have an older sibling who’s been through this before or maybe your parent happens to be a school counselor, your first question for August 1 might be, are there any changes to UGA freshman admission this year? Our simple answer is, not really.  Your research will show that we have earned the roles of an internationally esteemed flagship state research university, the oldest in the United States.   Lots of students want to start college in the exciting warmth of Athens.  Over the past two decades we have realized unprecedented increases in the diversity and academic profile of our freshman classes.   UGA admission has become remarkably competitive.  So applying to UGA is—and you deserve—a relatively complex process that will fairly reveal to us your potential for academic success and for contributions to our campus in comparison with an expected 20,000+ other applicants. One change is that we’re opening our Application for 2014 First-Year students after Labor Day, September 3, instead of late August as in the recent past.  The reason is a bit of caution on our part while we are in the midst of a multi-year switch to a massive Banner student information system version called “Connect UGA”.  It is replacing a legacy system finally showing its age.   Our goal for the change is that you shouldn’t notice. Two other 2014 changes are in the essay topics we require for Regular Decision and a prohibition for applying for Summer, 2014 admission. This year, Summer […]

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The Freshman Application is Now Open!

  David Graves      August 15th, 2011

We have now opened up the Summer/Fall 2012 Freshman Application! As I have stated in previous posts, this does not mean you should stop whatever you are doing and submit the application as quickly as possible. Please do not do this! Instead, make sure that you have all the information you will need prior to submitting your application, such as verifying your SSN, having a copy of your transcript and a resume so that you can complete all of the information needed without errors or gaps. A majority of students who apply right after we open up the application then end up contacting our office to fix mistakes they made by rushing through the application. Here are a few items you want to make sure you complete correctly: Make sure you have put your name in correctly. Your name called/nickname should only list “Bob”, not Bob James Smith, your SSN NEEDS to be correct for our office and financial aid, and your address needs to be right for both mailing information to you and for Residency purposes. If you are a citizen of the United States, mark citizen. A Permanent Resident is a person with an Alien Registration Card/Green Card, not anyone who lives permanently in the U.S. When listing your high school, do the search process so that your high school’s code will drop in correctly and will not slow down us importing the application. In addition, if you have attended multiple high schools, list your current one first. […]

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2012 Freshman Application and Essay Questions

  David Graves      June 10th, 2011

In mid-August, UGA will open up the Freshman application for the Summer/Fall 2012 terms. Some students are eager to start the application now, and we understand that, but we have to make sure we enroll the 2011 class before we begin to take in applications for the next year. In addition, most high school counselors are not yet ready to begin the steps of submitting their materials, and there will be some tweaking on our side as far as some details of the application. But in mid-August, you can start the process. Please remember, though, that being among the first students to apply for next year’s freshman class does not improve your chances of admission, so there is no need to rush. My suggestion is to start preparing for the process by getting a copy of your high school transcript (with final junior year grades on it), start listing out your activities/athletics/volunteer/work details, and start looking at the essay questions for the colleges you are considering. Over the last few years, we have been very pleased with the responses we have received to our short essay questions, so we have made only a few tweaks to the four essay prompts. While the application will not be available until mid-August, the 2012 Freshman Application Essay Questions are now available for your review. And by the way, have a great summer! Go Dawgs!

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Early Action Suggestions

  David Graves      October 11th, 2010

We are coming up on the Early Action deadline, so here are a few suggestions as we approach this timeline: Even though the deadline is October 15, I do not suggest waiting until the last minute to submit your application. We do not hold it against you if you submit the application at 11:59 pm on 10/15, but if you do this, you will most likely be praying that everything goes smoothly, and that you do not have a computer issue, spill your Mt. Dew on the keyboard, or accidentally fall asleep while thinking about what to write. In other words, while the deadline is the deadline, always shoot for an earlier time. After you submit an application, be patient. If you take nothing else away from this blog, take away the idea that you need to be a little patient with admission offices. I expect we will have approximately 10,000 Early Action applicants, and a majority of the materials will be sent in over the next two weeks. We will be matching up materials fast and furiously, but please give things time to get here before contacting us. Items will not be matched quicker if you call or email. If an item is mailed, allow time for the postal service to deliver it. If a test score is sent, allow time for it to be both uploaded by the testing agency and downloaded by UGA. If is not an “in your file” deadline, but a “postmarked/submitted” deadline. If you […]

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Spring 2011 Transfer Application Is Now Back!

  David Graves      August 13th, 2010

Thanks to to hard work of the UGA Admissions technology team, the Spring 2011 Transfer Application is now up and working again! For those applicants who had started an application earlier in the week in the new system, we have pushed almost all of these over to the new system (there were a few with issues). As well, for the students who applied prior to the change over in systems (generally prior to August 1), you should also be able to move forward with accessing your myStatus Page. Both groups can go to the Create ApplicantID Account, login with your email address, and it will send you a temporary password. From there, you will then be able to take the next steps of accessing the myStatus page. We will also be sending out emails to the applicants impacted by this to give them instructions. In addition, for everyone who is going in as a new transfer applicant, you will also go to the Create ApplicantID Account, and you will then create your ApplicantID profile and you will be on your way to applying! As always, I stress patience as we jump into a new system, and we are happy to have this up and rolling after only a limited period of downtime. As well, since we have been focusing on speed and getting this up quickly, please excuse any minor typographical errors and let us know if you have any issues. As an added note, Spring Freshman will be able […]

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Skip the paper, send things electronically

  David Graves      July 6th, 2009

As I have said before, the UGA Admissions office will be going paperless for the 2010 admissions cycle (and all the people cheered!). What this means is that any data sent to our office will be placed into an electronic file for each applicant. If any paper document is sent to our office, it will be scanned into the imaging system, then matched with the applicant’s file. But in our forward thinking office, we have a suggestion for all applicants; When possible, go paperless! If you apply, do it online through our website. We will still accept paper applications, but here is where reality hits. An online application’s data goes into our system overnight, the data enterred is controlled by you, the applicant, and you can view the status check within the next few days to verify the application. For a paper application, it has to go through the mail, be opened and scanned by our system, shifted to another individual, and then keyed into our system by that person (who may or may not be able to read your handwriting). This is not an overnight process, and may take up to three weeks. Life is much easier with an online application, trust me! The next steps are to get us your supplemental materials, from test scores (must be sent electronically by the testing agency), a school evaluation, a teacher recommendation (if not admitted Early Action), and a transcript. Of the last three items, the first two can be submitted […]

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