Summer Suggestions

  David Graves      May 17th, 2013

With the school year almost over and summer nearly here, here are a few suggestions for things you can do over the break. Send your test scores to UGA.  You’re not on our radar until you have contacted us in some manner, typically by sending SAT and/or ACT scores.   This means we can’t invite you to summer programs, send updates about admissions, etc.  You can send test scores to UGA as soon as you take the test, you don’t have to wait until you apply.  We super score the SAT and ACT, so why not go ahead and send your scores? Visit colleges you are interested in.  Summer is a great time to start looking at colleges you’re planning on applying to next fall.  Many of you will already have travel plans this summer.  If your travel happens to be near a college that you’re interested in, go ahead and schedule a visit.  It’s never too early to start visiting colleges.  You can schedule a visit to UGA online here. Read a book, or two or three.  Many of you are going to have summer reading lists that you must complete for school next fall.  Make sure you read all of your required books!  Reading isn’t just a way to pass time.  The benefits of reading include boosting test scores, building vocabulary and improving memory. Get organized.  Most students are going to apply to multiple colleges.  Each college can differ in what is required for an application.  Keep everything […]

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3 April QuickNotes: First Year Students, Transfers, and New Transient or Study Abroad Applicants

  David Graves      April 10th, 2013

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:  Have you changed your mind about when you want to begin your freshman enrollment at UGA? May 15 is the last date for Accepted Fall 2013 freshmen to request a switch from starting in Fall Semester to starting Summer Semester.  The big deadline:  Your acceptance deposit must be received no later than the postmark deadline of Wednesday, May 1!  Another check to write, sooner than later, is for Campus Housing.  Are you on our Wait List?  There is still no answer as to when we will make the decision for you and a little over one-thousand other students waiting to hear.  We know “As soon as possible” is not a comfort, but it is true. Our best advice continues to be what we’ve shared with you on the Wait List FAQ, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/waiting-list-faq.html .  TRANSFER APPLICANTS:  Have you met the deadline to get your Transfer Admission documents to us? April 1 was the deadline for Fall Transfer student applications as well as the target deadline for us to receive all transcripts upon which we’ll make your admission decision.  Remember, we must receive current, official transcripts (not grade reports) from every college you have attended.   This includes those in which you may have been Dual Enrolled while in high school or colleges you attended only for a fraction of the first semester. Your Application Status Check should indicate the date we received your transcripts.  Within reason, our office will be flexible for official transcripts that arrive as late as this week […]

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Transfer Update

  David Graves      February 22nd, 2013

Earlier this week we started reviewing summer transfer applications.  The deadline for summer has not passed and we are still receiving applications, so we cannot say how long it will take us to finish.  We will not start reviewing fall transfers until we have finished with summer.  If you applied early for summer or fall, please be sure to check your myStatus to see if we have your most up-to-date transcript(s).  If you were enrolled in coursework last fall and have not sent a transcript with your fall grades, you should have one sent as soon as possible.  To be complete and ready to review, we must have a transcript from each college/university you have previously attended.  If we see that you were enrolled in courses last fall and we do not have a transcript with those grades, you are not complete and this will delay a review of your application.  If you are applying from one of the University System of Georgia colleges that will be merging, do not worry about using a different school code when listing colleges on your application at this time.  Through July 1 schools will remain the same in our system.  We will post more updates about summer/fall transfers as soon as we are able to. Go Dawgs!

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Summer Suggestions

  David Graves      May 31st, 2012

I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer!  Hi, I’m Lindsey Whittaker, Assistant Director of Admissions, and I will be handling the blog for the next 1.5+ years.  While I have been with this office for five years, this is my first time working on the blog in this capacity.   I appreciate your patience as I transition into this role. As school is ending and summer vacation is beginning, I would like to take some time to offer a few suggestions of things you can do during your break. Read!  Many of you are going to have summer reading lists that you need to complete prior to school starting back.  Make sure you read all of your required books. (Notice I said books, not Cliffs Notes, Spark Notes, Wikipedia, etc.).  Also, pick up a few books to read for fun.  Reading is not just a way to pass time.  The benefits of reading include boosting test scores, building vocabulary, and improving memory, just to name a few. Send us your test scores.  You’re not on our radar until you have contacted us in some manner, typically by sending SAT and/or ACT scores.  This means we can’t invite you to programs, send you admissions updates, etc.  You can send your scores to us as soon as you take the test, you don’t have to wait until you apply.  We’re going to use your best score possible, so why not go ahead and have them sent to us?  Roughly 500 […]

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Camp Sunshine 2011

  David Graves      July 1st, 2011

It is that time of year again, when I will be away from the blog for a week while I volunteer at Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with cancer. This will be my 17th year volunteering for the summer camp part of Camp Sunshine (and my wife’s 19th year), and I have had a wonderful time over the years working with this program. This year, I will be a cabin counselor for nine 10/11 year old boys  (along with two other counselors), and I am guessing I will be involved in a great deal of mountain biking, fishing, tennis, gold panning, going up the climbing wall (or just watching as my campers go up), archery, dodgeball, arts and crafts, and a lot of singing. If you have never heard 200+ campers and 150+ volunteers singing and dancing to “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”, you are missing a great event. So, for the next week or so, I will be out of communication with this blog. But fear not, as I have asked a few of the Admissions Counselors in the office to check in and answer questions that might come up. Once I am back, I will begin posting again, but I am sure that my co-workers will be able to handle your questions, or if it gets too complicated, I will answer them when I return! Go Dawgs!

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Camp Sunshine

  David Graves      June 18th, 2010

It is that time of year again, when I will be away from the blog for a week while I volunteer at Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with cancer. This will be my 16th year volunteering for the summer camp part of Camp Sunshine, and I have enjoyed every moment at camp (okay, maybe not 95+degree weather at times, but most everything else)! This year, I will be a cabin counselor for eight 12 year old  (along with two other counselors), and I am guessing I will be involved in a great deal of mountain biking, fishing, tennis, gold panning, going up the climbing wall (or just watching as my campers go up), archery, and a lot of singing. If you have never heard 200+ campers and 150+ volunteers singing and dancing to “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”, you are missing a great event. So, for the next week or so, I will be out of communication with this blog. You can leave comments, but it will be a while before I can answer them. Once I am back, I will begin posting again! Go Dawgs!

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Time for Camp

  David Graves      June 19th, 2009

I wanted to give everyone a heads-up that this blog will be idle for the next week, as I am headed to summer camp. For the last 15 years, I have been volunteering at Camp Sunshine, which is a camp for children with cancer. I will be heading out on Saturday for a week of sports, fishing, rock wall climbing, pottery, and an amazing amount of other activities with a group of 11 year old boys in Cabin 13! It is a wonderful (but exhausting) week, and I will most likely come back with some words of wisdom that emanated from a camper’s brain. On a side note, I just reviewed the two web pages I had created on suggestions for writing essays and hints on admissions. A co-worker of mine had reviewed the pages, and noticed 3-4 grammatical errors. It is pretty bad when your words of advice on how to write contain grammar errors! Luckily, I did follow my own advice and had someone review my work for mistakes. This just goes to show you that even the people that review applications are human.

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