Fall 2014 Travel

  David Graves      August 25th, 2014

Fall travel is upon us! During this time of year admissions counselors leave their desks and offices behind and head out on the road for college fairs, college nights, high school visits, counselor programs and other recruitment events. This means you may be seeing UGA admissions staff on the road! Be sure to check our Meet UGA Near You page for a list of events we will be attending this fall. This page is updated weekly so check back regularly as we continue to plan travel and add events. Georgia students, if you are attending a PROBE  fair you can register your information online ahead of time! When you register online, you will be able to print out a bar code to take with you to the fair. College representatives will be able to simply scan your bar code to capture your information. This will prevent you from having to fill out a different information card for each college you speak to at the fair. While you’re looking through travel schedules, consider looking up who the admissions counselor is for your school and sending a quick a message. Whether it’s just to say hello or to suggest places we visit while in your area, we love to hear from prospective students! Go Dawgs!

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Random Thoughts for September 2013

  David Graves      September 26th, 2013

It is the end of September, which means a number of things in the world of College Admissions. Applications are rolling in for next fall, the sound of luggage rolling down the office hallway as counselors pack up for their next week of fall travel, the campus gets a little crazy as home football games start to pick up. Here are a few quick notes for the high school seniors/UGA applicants for next year:   Review the Top Ten Urban Legends about UGA Admissions, so you do not have to worry about the myths concerning what major you should put down, if EA is easier for admissions chances, etc. Please be patient with our office this year, as we are using a whole new student system (it will change Admissions, Registration, Student Financial Aid, Bursar’s Office, etc.) It is a big project, but we hope it will cause as few ripples as possible in your admissions process. Take your time completing the application, so you do not have to send us an email asking us to fix your name, your SSN, your address, etc. Review the application, especially the 8-10 key fields we list out for you at the end of the application, before hitting submit. Go by your favorite high school teacher’s classroom and tell them how much they have meant to you. It is senior year, and I don’t want this to slip by without you telling them. Review the database of the UGA Admissions Counselors fall travel […]

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Meet UGA Near You

  David Graves      August 12th, 2013

Fall travel is quickly approaching!  During this time of year admissions counselors leave their desks and offices behind and head out on the road for college fairs, college nights, high school visits, counselor programs and other recruitment events.  This means you may be seeing UGA admissions staff on the road!  Be sure to check our Meet UGA Near You page for a list of events we will be attending this fall.  This page is updated weekly so check back regularly as we continue to plan travel and add events. Georgia students, if you are attending a PROBE  fair you can register  your information online ahead of time!  When you register online, you will be able to print out a bar code to take with you to the fair.  College representatives will be able to simply scan your bar code to capture your information.  This will prevent you from having to fill out a different information card for each college you speak to. While you’re looking through travel schedules, consider looking up who the admissions counselor is for your school and sending a quick a message.   Whether it’s just to say hello or to suggest places we visit while in your area, we love to hear from prospective students! Go Dawgs!

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NYC Bound

  David Graves      October 24th, 2011

For the next few days, I will be out of the office while attending a College Board meeting in NYC (my wife is very jealous!). If you have questions, please be patient, as I may or may not be able to answer them in a timely fashion. At this point, roughly 75-80% of EA applications are complete, and we are still working on the remaining documents and SAT/ACT scores. I will try to give a more complete update early next week. Have a great week, and Go Dawgs!

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UGA on the Road

  David Graves      August 22nd, 2011

The end of August means one thing in the world of college admissions: The start of Fall travel! Every fall, droves of college admissions counselors depart from their campuses like flocks of migrating birds, heading out to college fairs, college nights, high school visits, counselor programs, and recruitment events, only to return to their college nest in late October/mid November. Some will be out for two to three weeks, while others (not UGA) will be on the road for 10+ weeks. What does this mean for prospective students and parents? You will be seeing a lot of UGA people on the road this fall. And to track where we are, go to the UGA On The Road page for more travel details.This page will be updated weekly to show any new programs or visits our admission team will be attending. Now, here is my request for all prospective students and parents. When admissions officers are on the road, many times they are dashing from program to program, and are not always able to learn about the wonderful and unique restaurants, hotels and/or events in your community. Many times, it is easier to stop by a Subway shop on your way from High School A to High School B, and they miss the places that make your hometown great. So if you see that UGA will be visiting your area, go to the UGA Counselor Page and send the counselor assigned to your area a quick email letting them know about […]

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Fall Travel Time!

  David Graves      September 1st, 2010

September brings about cooler weather, college football (Go Dawgs!), and in the land of college admissions, it is the start of Travel Season. From early September (actually late August this year) until early November, the UGA Admissions team will travel across the nation visiting different high schools, attending college fairs, hosting counselor and student workshops, and generally just spreading the word about the University of Georgia. In order to track where UGA is visiting, I suggest you search our “Meet UGA Near You” site, as it will give you an idea as to where we will be traveling. You can sort the list of travel events by state, or by clicking on the column headings. Last year, our counselors visited 345 high schools, attended 319 college fairs, and met more than 58,000 students while touring the country. Travel season is a great time for our office to meet prospective students, but by the end it can be somewhat exhausting. So if you see a UGA admissions counselor out on the road this fall, let them know you appreciate their time and effort. We hope to see you out there! Go Dawgs!

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College Fairs

  David Graves      September 11th, 2009

This past Wednesday, UGA helped host the local college fair for the Athens area community, and it went great! While college fairs can sometimes be overwhelming (our office was at the Augusta, GA one last night and talked to over 1,000 prospective students), there is something about doing a college fair where you know a number of the students in attendance. Let me digress for a moment – Mia, MJ, Robert, Michael, Josh, McGee and all the others I am forgetting to mention, great to see you there!. You may not be able to get all of your questions answered, but it is a great place to start the process. While College Fairs can never replace actually visiting a school, it is a great way for sophomores and juniors to learn more about a broad range of colleges. Similarly, when UGA or any other college you are interested in is visiting your school, take the time to go talk to the representative, ask questions, and learn more about what each school has to offer. The more you know, the better off you will be. As well, this is a great chance for parents to be a part of the process and talk about admissions. And just so you know exactly where UGA’s admission counselors will be this year, bookmark our Meet UGA Near You page. And if you are still passionate about UGA after all the college fairs, high school visits, mailings, emails, etc., this would be a great time […]

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UGA on the Road

  David Graves      July 27th, 2009

I had a chance to speak with a group of Athens students and parents last night, talking mostly about the college admissions process, but also a little about UGA. In some ways, these students are a little luckier than others, as UGA is right around the corner, and they are able to visit our campus at almost any time they are free. For most students, it takes a little more planning (or sometimes a great deal more) to visit the college of their choice. That is why, from September to November, admissions counselors from all around the nation begin their travel season, visiting high schools and attending college fairs. Sometimes, I think it should almost be a show on National Geographic, with the camera crew following the migratory trek of the admissions officer, venturing out from it’s home on an eight week journey, only to return again to it’s natural habitat, exhausted, a little brain-dead, and happy it’s journey is complete. For those wanting to follow the travels of our counselors this fall, we have the “Meet UGA Near You” web site ( updated weekly) with a database listing of our office’s travels. Even if UGA is going to be visiting your high school or attending a college fair in your area, we still heavily suggest that you visit our campus. I hope everyone’s summer is finishing up well, and good luck with the start of school in the next few weeks!

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