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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Letting Them Drive Alone

  David Graves      May 8th, 2017

I can still remember one of the most terrifying moments in life as a parent, the day my son turned 16 and received his official driver’s license. We could handle the learner’s permit, as we could sit in the passenger’s seat and at least feel like we had some control of the situation. But when he arrived home after getting the official license and asked to go out without us, terror hit us hard. Even with his younger sister as a co-pilot, my wife and I were still terrified of what might happen. But being good parents, we held back our tears and our fears and allowed them to head off on the longest 8 mile drive of our lives. My wife and I hovered over our iPhones, tracking every turn and stop, wondering why the map was taking so long to refresh their location. And you know what? They arrived safely. Amazingly, they even made it back home alive. And as the days and weeks went by, we started tracking him less and less, and instead we started celebrating the end to our child-chauffeur days. Occasionally, there would be the small bump in the road, from the dead battery to a minor fender bender, but everything turned out just fine. Our fears of major accidents, our kids getting lost without us there to help them, and the unknown of who else is on the roads with them started to vanish. I even survived my daughter’s spontaneous road trip through […]

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UGA Orientation

  David Graves      June 1st, 2016

Summer is upon us, and that means one thing (at least in admissions that is): Orientation! If you are a new student to UGA, you are required to attend an Orientation session (and you get to meet the Orientation Leaders in the photo!). In order to have a successful time at Orientation, you need to make sure to take certain steps to be ready for this event.  Review the Orientation To-Do list for First-Year and Transfer students. Prior to attending Orientation, make sure you have taken care of several items that are required before you can register for classes at Orientation. Make sure you have cleared your Verification of Lawful Presence requirement (see your myStatus for how to submit documents for this), send in your Health Center Immunization forms well before your session, and complete the Emergency Contact information in Athena.  If you have any transfer work that needs to be reviewed and posted to your account (dual enrollment work for freshman, Spring work for Summer/Fall transfers), get the transcripts into UGA ASAP. Getting this transcript in will mean that you can register for courses that might need this work posted as prerequisite credit. In addition, make sure to send in any AP or IB scores to UGA to make sure the Registrar can post the credit. Review the Pre-Orientation Placement Testing information to see if you need to take any placement exams, and if possible, do these prior to Orientation. Many students will be able to exempt one or […]

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UGA Holiday Break

  David Graves      December 23rd, 2013

Our office will be closed for the holiday break from late December 24 through January 1, and we will then open back up on January 2.  This means we will not open mail, answer emails, phones calls, voice mails, respond to blog posts, etc. until our office reopens in January.  Please be patient with us when we reopen in January as we will have two Orientation sessions for students enrolling for Spring. We will be pushing applications into our system through the holiday break, but the test score import will be paused. As well, we will have a large amount of college transcripts with fall grades to review for entering Spring transfers, and we will also have to handle a large amount of mail right after the start of the new year. As such, please understand it may take a few days to dig out from under the document deluge. Enjoy the holiday break and Go Dawgs!

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Updates and Reminders for Transfer and First Year Students

  David Graves      June 6th, 2013

The majority of Fall transfer decisions have been made.  We should be able to complete the handful of remaining decisions by mid-June.  If you have been admitted for Fall and completed coursework this past Spring, please be sure to send us an updated transcript so we can post your credit.  Spring transcripts should be processed before your scheduled Orientation date as long as you get your transcript to us in time.  We encourage students to bring an updated transcript or grade report to Orientation to ensure access to your coursework during the advising appointment. All admitted students should check the myStatus to make sure you have cleared your Verification of Lawful Presence registration flag.  If you do not clear your VLP flag prior to attending Orientation, you will not be able to register for classes after meeting with your advisor.  You can find a list of ways to clear this flag on your status check.  Please note it can take up to a week to clear you once we have received your information. Admitted First Year students, please do not forget to submit your final high school transcript!  If you completed college coursework through dual enrollment then we will need an official college transcript as well.  Don’t forget to register for Orientation if you have not done so. You can also visit the Orientation website for a To-Do list of everything that should be completed before your session. Go Dawgs!

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DegreeWorks

  David Graves      June 21st, 2012

All undergraduate students at UGA now have access to DegreeWorks, a web-based tool used to assist students in monitoring progress toward degree completion.  This program combines degree requirements and coursework completed into an easy-to-read worksheet which helps students see how courses completed satisfy requirements as well as what courses are still needed to complete the degree.  DegreeWorks is not meant to replace academic advising, rather it is a tool that can be utilized to help facilitate and aid academic advising. All new students should have access to DegreeWorks as soon as your MyID has been created.  If you have completed college coursework prior to enrolling at UGA, use this program to see how your courses transferred and how they are satisfying your degree requirements.  Do you have AP/IB/SAT II scores that you have submitted to UGA?  Log in to see what credit you have received for these scores.  Make your advising appointment more efficient at Orientation by logging in now!

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Final Transcripts – Update

  David Graves      June 21st, 2012

We have had several students inquire about final coursework being posted, so here is an update.  Our evaluators are processing 1000+ final high school transcripts and 400+ college transcripts for incoming and returning students (and about 100 Pharmacy student transcripts). These are processed as quickly as possible while being mindful of Orientation dates for new students. We do our best to review students who are coming to Orientation on a given week and post the credit prior to the session. If you are concerned about your transcript not being here in time for us to get it posted, bring a copy of your transcript with you to your advising meeting just in case it does not arrive in time.  We also have about 1000 first year students who have not sent a final high school transcript.  If you have not done so, please take care of this as soon as possible! Go Dawgs!

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Orientation Update, Part II

  David Graves      May 9th, 2011

UGA’s Orientation website is now available for all admitted freshmen and transfer applicants! Please make sure to have the email that you used to apply for admission (and the accompanying password) in order to sign into the Orientation site. Here are a few things to remember about registering for Orientation: It may take a few days for the Orientation fee to post to your student account Payments are made to the UGA Bursar’s office Make sure to check your calendars before selecting orientation dates, and hold off on travel plans until you have received a confirmation of the session you have requested Please review the pages leading up to the registration page, as there are key items you need to review A confirmation letter will be mailed to you approximately two weeks prior to your orientation date Be patient, as there may be a number of people logging into the site Send the required Health documentation to the Univ. Health Center (not Admissions) If you have AP/IB exam results, have them sent to UGA, and the Registrar will post the credit to your academic record as they are received. Students should review the Credit Placement web pages for more details, and be patient with any scores that will be coming into UGA in July. Go Dawgs!

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Orientation Update

  David Graves      May 3rd, 2011

Here is a quick update straight from the Orientation Website: First-year Summer Term & all Transfer Orientation Registration is now available. First-year Fall Term Orientation Registration will be available on the afternoon of May 9, 2011. If you have questions about orientation, the best thing to do is review the orientation website, and then contact orientation with any further issues. Please remember that if you sign up for orientation, you will be charged the fee (to your student account) no matter if you attend orientation (or UGA) or not. You are reserving a place at an orientation, similar to a ticket at an event, and thus another person cannot attend that session. Please only sign up for orientation after you are sure you will be attending UGA. Go Dawgs!

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