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Calling all prospective Bulldogs: we’ve got good news for you. On May 7, the University of Georgia announced that they will now officially accept the Common Application!! This is fantastic news for prospective freshmen, who will likely save valuable time when applying (which means more time to watch The Great British Baking Show).
UGA announced the news in a blog post written by David Graves, the Senior Associate Director of Admissions Operations and Evaluation. Prior to this announcement, UGA only accepted applications via the Coalition Application and their own UGA-based application. (In addition to the Common Application, the school will still accept applications from these two portals.)
In the same blog post, Graves wrote that UGA will still require standardized testing scores in the upcoming admissions season, but the university will post an update if anything changes. He also addressed concerns about how the coronavirus has (and continues to) impact academic grades and extracurricular activities. He acknowledged that the university understands many extracurricular activities may have been altered due to COVID-19, and that the admissions committee will take this into account when reviewing applications. (Phew!)
The University of Georgia’s application will not go live until September 1, 2020, however, it’s never too early to get started on your college essay! Chances are, you have a ton of free time on your hands, so why not knock that admissions essay out of the way?
Prospective freshmen can still get the ball rolling on writing their personal statement (which will use the Common Application and/or Coalition Application prompts, depending on which portal they choose). This year, UGA also requires applicants to submit one short writing supplement, which you can learn more about here. If you start — and finish! — your application now, just think about all the free time you’ll have later to binge-watch your favorite shows (our pick? The Office, of course), hang out with your dog (or cat or fish), and bake endless loaves of banana bread (or chocolate chip cookies, our personal favorite).