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!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finalizing those spring schedules

It may be winter for almost everyone reading this, but many are going back to school for the spring semester of the academic year.   As you finalize your spring schedules, take time to look for courses that will help you in the admission process and then transfer to UVA should you be admitted and decide to join us.

To find out what courses transfer to UVA, be sure to check out this transfer equivalencies page.   With millions of courses out there, the College of Arts and Sciences has added as many courses as have been taken by our former transfer students. Just because your course isn't listed, it doesn't necessarily mean that the course won't transfer successfully.

Taking the appropriate courses and earning strong grades are the most important aspects of file review. To find those general course requirements, you should go here and click on "Transfer Course Requirements" on the left-hand side and you'll see some very helpful introductory information.  Once you click through to each school -- the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, etc. -- you'll see a list of exactly what you need to take.  Follow this closely, but it's highly recommended that you look to see what UVA students are taking their first two years as well.  It may be wise to take an additional math course if that's what Psychology or Biology is looking for. Some departments have done a great job of speaking directly to transfers on their pages.  Here are some examples - economics, psychology, and media studies. Some give curriculum guides like chemistry and mechanical engineering.  A quick google search will give you information on curricula all over the University.  Our best applicants have planned out their schedules using this information and it shows on transcripts.

Good luck on your first day of spring semester!