Tuesday, January 6, 2009

So, What ARE They Doing With My Application?

Happy New Year! It's January, and that means we are busy, busy, busy here in MBA Admissions. If you're considering starting an MBA in 2009 you probably know that January 15th is the deadline for priority consideration for assistantship awards. That means applications are pouring in from everyone both trying to get an early admissions decision and hoping for a financial assistance award. So, what are we doing with all those applications? Why does it take so long to get a decision?

I'll try not to bore you with the details, but here's what's going on. Once we get your online application the data needs to be reviewed and some internal processing taken care of. We need to locate your test scores, transcripts, and any other paper documents you may have sent us. If those items aren't here yet, your application isn't going anywhere until they arrive. Keep in mind that we're working on many applications simultaneously; so while it may seem to you that this whole process should take about 5 minutes, it's not quite that simple.

Once your application is complete it will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. Now, I'm not able to hand out a whole lot of detail here, but I can tell you that your application will get a thorough review by the Committee. All of your materials will be read- that's a substantial investment of time. The wait is worth it if it means all the hard work you've put into your application will receive in depth consideration.

Now, if you weren't an early bird who completed an interview this past fall, that's something else you need to add to your timeline. If the Admissions Committee determines, after a preliminary review of your completed application, that you are in a competitive position for admission you'll be invited to complete your evaluative interview. Once that's done, your file will go back to the Committee for a final review.

After the Admissions Committee has rendered a decision there's still a bit of processing that needs to happen before you're notified. We try to take care of this as quickly as possible. We're anxious to let you know the outcome.

Did you know that once you submit your online application you can log back in to check your status? Just go back to your MyTerry MBA page: https://emt.askadmissions.net/terry_uga/vip/

I know the waiting can be hard. Please know we're doing our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

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