Happy holidays: You’re admitted to UGA

Many Georgia seniors find out today whether they will walk through the UGA arches next year.

Many Georgia seniors find out today whether they will walk through the UGA arches next year.

Congratulations to early admits at UGA who find out today. To the high school seniors still waiting for good news, hang in there. I hope spring brings an acceptance letter.

I have to note here that my oldest transferred to UGA and is now at Georgetown University for graduate school. So far this year, she tells me that most every book she has been assigned to read in her master’s program was assigned to her as an undergraduate at UGA.

The AJC is writing a news story on UGA early admissions. If you are among the students getting good news and are willing to share, please contact Laura Diamond at ldiamond@ajc.com.

Here is the statement from UGA:

For some 6,100 high school seniors, the holidays will be off to a happy start when they learn they have been offered early admission to the University of Georgia.

Those who applied for “early-action” admission to UGA can learn their status in one of several ways this year. They can wait for decision letters that will arrive by mail starting next week or they can find out by going online this evening –Dec. 3 — and using the password-protected status check on the admissions office web site. Others may choose to get the news via their iPhone with the UGA Admissions App that allows them to check their application status.

Technology also has enabled the admissions office to release decisions about a week earlier than in past years. Use of imaging, electronic submission of materials and self-reported grades have reduced the amount of time it takes to process applications, according to Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management.

Although the size of the early-action applicant pool was nearly the same as last year—just over 10,600—about 100 more students have been admitted at this point compared to 2009. “That’s a reflection of the academic quality of the applicants this year,” said McDuff.

About a third of early-action applicants will learn that a final decision has not been made yet and will be asked to submit additional information by the regular-decision deadline of Jan. 15.

“We always try to stress to early-action applicants that if their admission decision was deferred, they still have a chance to be part of the incoming freshman class,” McDuff said. “In the past few years, we have been able to admit about half of the students who were initially deferred and then completed Part II of the application by the regular-decision deadline.”

UGA initiated a non-binding early-action program in 2003 for students who choose to submit applications by an Oct. 15 deadline. Early-action admissions decisions are based solely on academic criteria.

McDuff believes that many students wait to apply until the regular-decision deadline in order to have additional factors considered, such as high school activities and volunteer work. “For some students, that’s a good decision,” she said.

McDuff predicted that the admissions office will receive close to 18,000 total applications for next year’s incoming class, with a target enrollment of 4,800 new first-year students entering in the summer or fall and another 200 in spring 2012. Typically, about half the students offered admission go on to enroll at UGA, a comparable yield to other selective universities.

This year’s early-action applicant pool is again academically strong and diverse. Those offered admission at this point have an academic grade point average mid-range of 3.83-4.07, an SAT mid-range of 1230-1390 (with a mean SAT writing score of 652) or a mean ACT range of 28-32. UGA requires students to submit writing scores with their ACT and SAT tests and those scores are an integral part of the selection process, McDuff said. Those students admitted through early action also took an average of six Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes.

More than 24 percent of the students applying for early action identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority group. More than 720 early-action applications, representing nearly seven per cent of the total pool, were received from African Americans. The number of early-action applications from Hispanic students totaled almost 500 students, a 23 percent increase from the previous year.

“The odds of being offered admission are always driven by how strong a student looks relative to the rest of the applicant pool,” McDuff said. “The first offers of admission are extended to students with the strongest academic records, but the most important factors in the regular-decision process are also academic—in particular grade point average and the rigor of the courses that the students have taken relative to what is available in their school. However, regular-decision applications and applications from students deferred from the early-action program are given a holistic review that includes other factors that tell us about students’ talents and activities outside the classroom.”

To help students and parents understand the admissions process, David Graves, senior associate director for operations in the admissions office, writes a blog for the admissions office web site.

“The blog gets about 2,500 hits a day and we think it helps reduce anxiety felt by students and parents, as well as answers questions and provides helpful advice,” McDuff said. “The Nov. 30 post is about how to react to early-action decisions.”

By Maureen Downey, for the Get Schooled blog

85 comments Add your comment

Atlanta mom

December 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

I know 6,100 parents will be having a happy holiday.

DollarDawg43

December 3rd, 2010
7:36 pm

My daughter received the good news today. She will be a fourth generation DAWG; I’m not too sure how that sounds when describing a beautiful young lady but those were her words, not mine.

lynnie gal

December 3rd, 2010
7:47 pm

My son was among those students who learned they were admitted to UGA today. Now that a decision has been made, I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted. Now, next year’s plans can be made with clarity. I also attended UGA and graduated from there in 1980, and now I get to see my own child walking through the same archway, walking the same sidewalks, sitting in the same classroom buildings as I did so many years ago. All I can say is YAY!!

UGA is a Joke

December 3rd, 2010
8:01 pm

Went and visited one time on the college tour and it was a joke. Core Classes with over 100 people, rude professors who treat you like dirt

Went to a smaller state school and was very happy with my time there and went to a great university for grad school and was more than prepared for that.

UGA isnt the best in the state anymore people.

Dawgdad (The Original)

December 3rd, 2010
8:19 pm

People rejected by UGA always seem to try and put the University down, so it is real easy to see who made the grade, if you listen.

UGA is a Joke

December 3rd, 2010
8:22 pm

Accepted by UGA

Rejected them…

All the better for it!

Congratulations!

December 3rd, 2010
8:23 pm

Congratulations to the proud parents posting tonight. I am sure it is a joy to see your child embark on this new phase of their life. My children are still young, but I would be thrilled if they attended my alma mater (UF). UGA has become extremely competitive academically, and your children should be applauded for their hard work. I know you are thrilled for them, and a little sad at the same time. The absolute best to them all…

Actual UGA Grad

December 3rd, 2010
8:25 pm

Hey “UGA is a Joke,”

Call me crazy but it sure sounds like you didn’t receive an early acceptance letter…get over it!

I hope the grad degree from Phoenix is working out…

native

December 3rd, 2010
8:36 pm

Congratulations to all! UGA has become a fine university. I have a child there.

But it should concentrate on its mission rather than attempt to mimic other schools’ engineering programs. People all over the world recognize the state school I attended. And about that arch. Do you realize the Romans invented the arch because it dispensed with the need for the center column?

THWG, and go dawgs.

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Buzz

December 3rd, 2010
8:47 pm

My condolences for the families of the 6,100 students. THWG!

Toto: exposing the truth

December 3rd, 2010
8:59 pm

Maureen, exactly which holy days are these dawgs-in-waiting celebrating?
Are you referring to Christians only? I am not aware of any Muslim, Buddhist, or atheist holy days at this time. Were only Christians accepted? I am confused.

Maureen Downey

December 3rd, 2010
9:03 pm

@Toto, I used “holiday” to cover it all. I personally am celebrating Friday.
Maureen

FDawg

December 3rd, 2010
9:09 pm

To: UGA is a Joke, I seriously doubt you made the cut and then decided to reject UGA. Either way, Kennesaw State is a nice school…you should be proud of yourself.

To: Buzz, How pathetic! Trolling the internet and responding to an admissions article about a school other than the one you attend…. classy!

catlady

December 3rd, 2010
9:09 pm

Ooohh, good comeback, Ms. Downey!

My UGA PhD experience was very very good. I am not sure I would have enjoyed being an undergrad there. My own children went to small private colleges which were a better fit for them.

My younger daughter applied Early Decision to Sewanee and was accepted and was thrilled. It is nice when they get what they want. Seems like the senior year became easier after that came through.

Senator

December 3rd, 2010
9:12 pm

To all the parents who live vicariously through their kids: nobody cares if they got into UGA.

Ms. B

December 3rd, 2010
9:16 pm

Toto,
As far as I know, all Georgia public school students have a two week holiday coming up soon.

Maureen Downey

December 3rd, 2010
9:22 pm

@Senator, Actually, the AJC cares. E-mail higher ed reporter Laura Diamond as she is doing a story. ldiamond@ajc.com
Maureen

native

December 3rd, 2010
9:27 pm

@Senator

You sound like someone without children. I felt that way, too,

After 25 years of raining children (now all in college) my perception is a bit different.

native

December 3rd, 2010
9:27 pm

FDawg

December 3rd, 2010
9:33 pm

…and to Toto, you’re absolutely right. You are definitely confused.

Mom of Two

December 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

I’m proud of my UGA graduate and equally proud of my Georgia Southern graduate. So glad they each had the freedom to choose where they wanted to go to school. UGA never promised to be all things to all people. Likewise for North Avenue, GSU, GCSU, Kennesaw, Emory…….

Toto: exposing the truth

December 3rd, 2010
9:55 pm

@Catlady
“Ooohh, good comeback, Ms. Downey!”
Not exactly. “Holiday” means “holy day.” According to Ms. Downey’s definition, the word is meaningless; “holy” means “set apart” and therefore refers to a specific day of religious observance. Also, her own observance of a particular day is a moot point because she isn’t going to UGA next year. Her greeting was specifically aimed at early admission students. Did she do a survey of what particular holy days they celebrate? I think not. Her greeting should have been limited to a simple “congratulations” which would have been religion neutral. Instead, WHO KNOWS HOW MANY STUDENTS AND FAMILIES SHE HAS OFFENDED BY HER CALLOUS GREETING!
Early acceptance students, if you have been offended by Ms. Downey’s anti- semitic, Buddhist, Muslim, Humanist, etc. greeting please contact Jay at the ACLJ: 1.800.684.3110

Do Sewanee students still get their Guardian Angels when they leave the Domain?
Do the KA’s still have a picture of Robert E Lee over the fireplace?
Are the Tams and the Drifters STILL on the Juke box?
Do the Highlanders and the Wellingtons still chug grain alcohol?
Do the students still wear those black gowns to class to show off their GPA?
Do the male students still wear coat and tie to class?
Do the dogs (not to be confused with dawgs) still attend more classes than the students?
Is the school often left in the “fog”?
Yea Sewanee’s Right!

SE Dawg Fan

December 3rd, 2010
9:59 pm

Neither my husband nor I attended UGA, but when our daughter received her thick letter just before Thanksgiving in 1999, it was a time for celebration at our household!!! She received her BS in 2004 and masters in 2005. Her friends from UGA are still her best ever, and I will have to say, Georgia definitely brought out the best in her personality. Today she is a very successful person and happily to a Western Michigan alum!!

SE Dawg Fan

December 3rd, 2010
10:01 pm

Sorry! Forget ….happily married to a Western Michigan alum!!

SE Dawg Fan

December 3rd, 2010
10:05 pm

@Toto … you are getting a little strange here. Should we all call your indicated phone number 800 684 3110?

1999 UGa

December 3rd, 2010
10:06 pm

@ Toto.

When is the next atheist holy day?

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t88

December 3rd, 2010
10:41 pm

@ toto:

Read the eighth word in UGA’s press release today. Blame the school, not the author. And like 1999 UGa, I too am wondering when the next atheist holy day is? I’ll need to mark it on my calendar.

native

December 3rd, 2010
10:55 pm

@SE Dawg Fan

Well, you are certainly my kind of dawg fan, and I understand completely. Such love.

@1999.

Every day.

uga-brave

December 3rd, 2010
11:10 pm

1990 graduate here. congrads to all of the new dawgs. GATA.

Ole Guy

December 3rd, 2010
11:29 pm

Lynnie, lets not overlook the experience of swilling the same booze at the same gin mills of yesteryear. I visited my alma matre several years ago. The new buildings were named after some of my former profs who were, of course, dead. The student body seemed to average about a hundred years younger than I cared to remember. However, a few visits to several of my favorite watering holes proved timeless. A few bar tenders, following several decades, remembered me (drunken twenty-something helicopter pilots tend to…on purpose or by fate…make those impressions).

Atlanta Jock

December 3rd, 2010
11:33 pm

Nice article on UGA. However, where is the article on Georgia Tech? Tech has much higher academic standards and is ranked significantly higher in the US News academic rankings than UGA. In fact, UGA is not even ranked among the top 50 universities in the country. I am not slamming UGA, but just asking about a similar positive article on Tech! Getting accepted into Tech is certainly more impressive than gaining admissions into UGA!

As we say on North Avenue…”The Big Dawg can eat, but he still can’t READ!”

ugacurrentsenior

December 3rd, 2010
11:40 pm

Congrats to all applicants who got the good news today. I am a current senior about to graduate UGA with a degree in Marketing from the Terry College of Business, and i can honestly say that this place is amazing. I have had experiences at this university that i don’t think i could have gotten anywhere else, especially being a member of the Redcoat Band. Enjoy every moment of it, it goes by way too fast! and please…help your parents out and make sure to stay on HOPE all 4 years. I did, and i am graduating with no debt! ONCE A DAWG, ALWAYS A DAWG, HOW SWEET IT IS!!!

historydawg

December 3rd, 2010
11:55 pm

@Native,
Do you continue to repeat the tired, old refrain about the arch having three columns. I was holding out hope that you could find your way to a civics book and learn a little about your community. The Georgial seal incorporated 3 pillars to represent metaphysical ideas–wisdom, justice, and moderation–which of course are meaningless to the trade school. A mere glance at both campuses is bound to reveal that engineering has not helped the trade school much. Have fun watching the football games from behind a pole and facing the endzone, rathe than the field.

historydawg

December 4th, 2010
12:06 am

@Atlanta Jock, isn’t the miseducation on North Ave a little outdated at this point? Females in Georgia are more likely to be accepted to Tech than UGA. Given that UGA is an actual university and offers a diversity of subjects outside the realm of science and engineering does not demonstrate its academic inferiority. Tech’s prestige rides with its lower enrollment #’s and the perception of superiority afforded to science over the humanities, etc. by the entire society. The more the folks on North Ave try to use words instead of numbers, the less sense they make. But hey, if they want to continue calling the folks in Athens illiterate, keep on. The Techies will always find a way to slam UGA instead of celebrating the hard work of Georgia students. Classy.

historydawg

December 4th, 2010
12:15 am

@Native, you might also benefit from a little schooling in architectural history. There you would learn that the Romans adopted and made extensive use of the arch. They did not invent it. Please insult the founders and constitution-writers of Georgia, rather than UGA and those who are celebrating acceptance to a great university. I am sure they know a little more about Roman history and architecture.

Brandice

December 4th, 2010
12:16 am

Proud of my degree from Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing

Brandice

December 4th, 2010
12:17 am

Proud of my degree from Medical College of Georgia

AlreadySheared

December 4th, 2010
12:19 am

In Atlanta Federal Court in January 1986, university officials defended their actions concerning the football players, saying the athletes had been admitted to the regular curriculum because they were making progress in their studies. Dr. Kemp, they said, was dismissed for disruptive conduct and for failure to conduct adequate scholarly research.

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

I know it’s water 25 years under the bridge, but I still love that line (from UGA’s own lawyer!)

UGA Student

December 4th, 2010
1:31 am

TOTO:

It’s the 3rd night of Hanukkah. That holiday.

FDawg

December 4th, 2010
4:36 am

Atlanta Jock….you’re a fool. UGA has been ranked nationally in it’s journalism, business and law schools. Higher academic standards my ass… and I seriously doubt your any kind of jock.

Already Sheared…how about a few years back when tech utilized ineligible players? Kenny Anderson, Joe Hamilton and several other stellar academic examples have blossomed from a tech education too.

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December 4th, 2010
5:01 am

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RLJ

December 4th, 2010
5:32 am

@Toto: Is July 4th in common English called a holiday? There is sensitivity and then hyper-sensitivity.

Tbird

December 4th, 2010
7:25 am

I completed my master’s at UGA after attending a smaller school for undergrad. But I have never quite understood the attraction for early admissions. I liked having to send off all apps before Christmas and having to wait it out until March/April to find out if you were accepted. Since I haven’t been in high school since the early 90’s and my kids are still in elementary school, what are the reasons/advantages for the push for early admission?

GSU Alum

December 4th, 2010
7:46 am

How sad that people have no goal in life except to attack others while hiding behind a computer. @RLJ and UGA Student – those were my thoughts exactly. Remember several years ago when it was suggested that “Merry Christmas” be replaced with “Happy Holidays”? So, for those people, “holiday” seems an appropriate term. This article was for those who WANTED to apply early to UGA and GOT ACCEPTED early to UGA. Congrats to them. As for you trolls, get a life. Read a book, fly a kite – something productive.

Buzz me

December 4th, 2010
7:49 am

Now for the real breath of happiness, wait for the acceptance letter from Georgia Tech. Much better school academically. Look at the rankings. UGA is the silver medal. Tech is the Gold