Friday, June 2, 2017

It's June!

June means we'll be moving to the wait list at some point this month. Remember that if you want to be considered, make sure you click the button in your SIS account to "Remain on the Wait List" and send in your final transcripts if your semester/term has ended and ALL of your grades have been posted. We will not review your application again if you have not completed these steps.  We'll likely be taking 70-80 students off the wait list, mostly in the College of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. We'll be announcing this over email and typically, you will have two days to make your decision.  If you need your financial aid award to make your decision, we can look into approving an extension if you submitted the FAFSA and CSS Profile by April 1.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Are you on the Wait List?



You can use this post as a space to make comments or ask questions about the wait list.

If you are interested in staying on the wait list, please make sure you click the button labeled “remain on the wait list.”  If you don’t do this, we will not review your file again in the future. Once you’ve clicked it, that does the trick.  This page stays the same after you click the button in case you change your mind at a later date. So, if you change your mind and want to leave the waiting list, please come back and decline the spot.

After the admissions deposit deadline of May 15, we’ll begin to look to see how many students we can take off the wait list.  These numbers vary from year to year and unfortunately, it can be a long process. We won’t make any decisions on May 16th.  There is a bit of a wait. Why? Because we have to wait for your final exams to end, and for you to send us updated grades. We hope to make our decisions by the end of June however. Offers are usually made in waves.

How do we make these decisions?  We absolutely need to see your transcripts listing your spring 2017 grades.  In short, send us your final transcript. Trust us. If you want us to look at your file again, send it along.  You’ll want to do this, but only after your exams are completed and ALL of your grades are posted.  To send this transcript, please use the same address that appears on the right panel of this blog. Ideally, you would want to get these to us by the first week of June, but there is still time after that period. We know there can be extenuating circumstances. If you were not taking classes this spring, feel free to send a note/email/letter of continued interest to undergradadmission@virginia.edu. It will get to the transfer committee, so you do not need to put it to anyone’s attention. Please do not send us additional essays or recommendations.

If your grades are strong, this may help you earn the offer, but we can’t offer to everyone from the wait list, so we’ll be looking at the strongest candidates.  If you earned poor grades this past spring, it would be difficult for us to admit you.

Our wait lists are divided by school – Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Nursing, Batten, Commerce, Kinesiology.  So, you are only on a wait list for that particular program.  It is not ranked, and it is only made up of students who elected to remain on the wait list.  That’s why we can’t give a firm number of right now.  Historically, about 20% of the applicants are offered a spot on the wait list, but not everyone elects to stay on it.

If you are eventually offered admission from the wait list and need financial aid information in order to make your decision, we will do our best to help you with this.  If you post here, please be considerate of each other’s feelings, emotions, reactions and the like. We will delete any inappropriate commentary. Good luck all!

Not offered admission?



This is obviously not the decision you were looking for when you set out on this journey.  We wish we could admit all of the wonderful applicants who have applied.  The reality is that we only have so much space, making admission highly selective.  We want you to be proud of your accomplishments and proud of the fact that you stuck your neck out and applied to transfer from your world to a whole other world. Even that is an accomplishment. This decision is not a declaration of your personal worth or who you are.  We trust that you have other options and hope you can find peace in that next step.
                        
We do not have an appeals process, but depending upon the length of time you’ve been in college and your desired school here at UVA, you may be able to apply again in the future. You’ll need to complete a new application. Spring 2018 applications (available beginning on August 1) will be due October 1. Again, this might not be open to your school of interest.  If you post here, please be considerate and supportive of each other’s feelings, emotions, reactions and the like. We will delete any inappropriate commentary. We wish you the best of luck wherever this decision may lead you.

Offered Admission?

Please use this post to ask questions if you have been offered admission.
Congratulations! As I said in my previous post, you will receive a letter (in a thin-ish envelope) via the snail mail in the next week or so.  We never promise admission to a particular major.  You have been admitted to the school to which you have applied. Major declaration and planning will occur at orientation and over the summer. For those of you who applied to the Curry Teaching program, you’ll find out whether you’ve been admitted to the Master’s program in your letter. For those of you who applied to Architecture or McIntire, watch out for information on required summer courses (in your offer letter).
Your $400 admissions deposit can be paid online.  This goes towards your first semester’s tuition. Below your online “letter,” you should see buttons to accept or decline our offer of admission.  Clicking “YES” will not completely secure your spot in the class.  You will need to pay your $400 deposit to set it in stone.  You can pay with a credit card (we do not accept VISA) or with an e-check.  As specified in the letter, you will have until May 15th to put down a deposit.

Financial aid information will start to go out next week, if your financial aid has been reviewed.
You should keep an eye on your to-do list in the event that Student Financial Services needs more information from you. 

We do not have open houses for admitted transfer students. You are welcome to visit and look around, but keep in mind that our students and faculty are in the midst of final exams.

As far as the next steps go, 72 hours after you deposit, you should be able to take UVA’s responsible computing quiz, officially set up your email account and register for orientation. Housing and dining information will take a couple of weeks to come.   It is so important to keep an eye on both your old and new email addresses.  EVERYTHING happens on email.  Don’t miss important deadlines by ignoring these accounts. Your academic credit will not be evaluated until you pay your deposit and send in your final transcript. This evaluation is ongoing until summer orientation.   If you’re curious about what might transfer, check out our transfer credit analyzer.  Generally, you will not sign up for classes until orientation.  Your school may tell you otherwise, but this won't happen to until late Jane at the earliest.

If you decide not to come to UVa, please be sure to decline the offer using the other button-- the "NO" button. We and our wait listed students would really appreciate you taking the time to do this.
Lastly, keep up the good work.  We’ve admitted because you have shown us you can perform well in college-level coursework. You’ve come this far.  Let’s keep it up!   Feel free to come back to the blog for moral support during that last final exam or paper.

Decisions are out!

We had some technical difficulties with the blog yesterday.   Many of you have found that we released decisions yesterday evening.

Apologies for the radio silence when it came to those posts earlier in the season, but we’ve been working away at reading transfers while juggling our high school spring break visitors. We are so excited to complete our transfer process.

For those of you who haven't found it, let’s review how you can see your official decision.  In order to view it, you must be able to get into your UVa SIS account. If you don’t remember or can’t find your SIS login information, use the links on the login page https://sisuva.admin.virginia.edu/psp/epprd/EMPLOYEE/EMPL/h/?tab=PAPP_GUEST to generate a new password.  If you need additional assistance, you can call the UVa help-desk at (434) 924-HELP or toll-free at (866) 469-4866. 

Please do not overwhelm the system by opening multiple windows.  Take your time and use one window.  If you need to give it a rest, walk around your house or apartment one time and come back to it. Do some reading, dishes, laundry and let the system relax as well. Your decision will still be there 2 minutes, 20 minutes or 2 hours from that point. 

The decision pages online will give you limited information on your decision– Offer, Wait list, or Not Offered. Once again, we do not email decisions.  Detailed information for admitted students will arrive in the mail next week.  In an effort to be environmentally conscious, we only mail letters to admitted students.  In addition, please look out for important inserts in your letters if you applied to McIntire, Architecture or the Curry Teaching Program.  Many of these students will have additional requests for summer coursework or things-to-do in their letters.

We’ll be creating spaces on this blog for you to comment, similar to what you’ve seen in past years. Look out for that later this afternoon.

Thank you for reading our posts and posting your questions throughout the whole year.  There is less to cover with you all because you are already college students, but we are happy to try and address any general topics you can think of regarding becoming a student at UVa.  We DO work most weekends during our reading season of October to April, but find it’s best to let the decisions settle in and we’ll address your thoughts and inquiries next week.  Good luck!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Getting the Ball Rolling For Those Applying on March 1

Today is the deadline to submit your application. If you want to be considered for admission for fall 2017, complete the entire application (yes, personal information, yes to the essays, yes to your current and previous course listings) by today. This will get the ball rolling.

Understand that this is a process that involves various systems and humans!  You should receive a pretty automatic confirmation from the Common Application once you submit your application.
Please read the "After You Submit" instructions on this page -->http://admission.virginia.edu/admission/instructions.

It will take time for us to confirm receipt of your application here in our office. Remember that we are likely working through processing 2,000 applications for transfer. Even if you receive this confirmation after March 1, it means your application was completed on time. Do not worry if you don't get your confirmation after March 1.  Just make sure you apply by March 1, to get the ball rolling.

Transcripts can come in after March 1. Just make sure you apply by March 1, to get the ball rolling.
Please allow 7-10 business days for your transcripts to be matched up with your application.

Here are some tips/reminders from our first-year Notes From Peabody blog. Good luck!

1. Add uvaapplicationinfo@virginia.edu and undergradadmission@virginia.edu to your safe senders list.

We send important application updates and requests for info from these two accounts. If you put them in your address book, that will hopefully make sure our emails don't go into your junk folder. I know a lot of people use email sporadically these days, but we use it a lot. You need to keep an eye on your inbox for messages from us.

2. Keep an eye out for a SIS Login email.

A few days after we download your application and get it into our system, you'll get an email about logging into SIS. SIS is where you will monitor your application status for both admission and financial aid. On notification day, you'll also check your decision in SIS.

3. Your application will probably be incomplete when you log in.


At this point, most applications are incomplete. Please do not worry and do your best not to call our office! As long as you submitted your application in time, everything will be okay.



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Two weeks until the deadline!

We just wanted to send a quick reminder about the deadline, but we may be preaching to the choir on here.  What may be lesser known is how we handle the forms on the Common App.  Look over to the right side bar of this blog if you're looking for clarification.

Be sure to fill out all parts of the common app itself. That includes the biographical information, your current coursework, your AP scores (if you have any you would like to report) and completion of those essays.

For those of you who might have taken time off between high school and college, or taken a break in college, or transferred from one college to another, be sure to mention this in your essays including what you did on your breaks. Time spent working or in the military is the most common explanation, but there may be more.  We want to know how you arrived at this point.

Remember that we require your high school transcript (or GED score reports) and ALL college transcripts.  Yes, if you've attended five colleges, we need all five transcripts.  You may think your credit may not transfer from a particular school.  We need that transcript as well. Our policy is such that we are looking for everything.  If you attended high school or college abroad and your transcripts are in a foreign language, they will need to be translated.  WES seems to have worked best for applicants in the past.

We'll try and answer your questions below. As you could probably tell, we are in the thick of our review of applicants from high school, so it may take some time for us to get back to you.

Good luck finishing up!