How do I obtain an application?

FSVP application can be obtained at here.

What constitutes an under-represented student?

The University of Georgia Graduate School defines students who are from historically underrepresented backgrounds as those who self-identify with an ethnic/racial group, income background or gender in a particular discipline that has not been traditionally represented in higher education. Under-represented also includes first-generation and non-traditional age college students.

Am I still eligible for consideration for the Future Scholars Visitation Days Program if my application arrives after October 3, 2016?

Only completed applications received by the October 3rd deadline will be considered.

Do I need to submit all the listed documents to be considered for the Future Scholars Visitation Days Program?

Only completed applications will be reviewed as all materials will count toward your official graduate school application, if you are selected for the visitation program. Please make sure your personal statement and letters of recommendation are written addressed to your ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT of interest.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Personal statements should be written according to the department specifics as detailed on the department’s website. Each department will vary, but in general, personal statements should address your academic/professional/personal experiences that have influenced your interest in the specific program. You should mention specific professors and projects in your desired department you would like to work on. Generally, personal statements are 2 pages double spaced or 1 page single-spaced. However, please defer to the guidelines provided by your academic department of interest.

Who should write my letters of recommendation and what should they say?

Letters of recommendation should be written by three professors you have worked with/taken a class with. Professional letters are only appropriate if approved by your prospective academic department. Please verify with the department. All letters should reference why you are a good candidate for admission to a graduate program at UGA. Please contact your prospective department and confirm if a departmental recommendation form is required. Once you have identified your recommenders on the online application, a notification email will be sent to the recommenders. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the recommender to grecruit@uga.edu.

Do I need to register for the GRE prior to submitting my application?

The GRE requirement for the Future Scholars Visitation Day Program reflects the department requirements. If your perspective department requires the GRE, you must provide proof of registration to take the GRE by Friday, November 4, 2016 to be considered for this program. If it is clearly stated on the departmental website that the GRE is not required for your program of interest, then this requirement will be waived from the visitation application. You are encouraged to have this score on record just in case you become interested in another department. If your prospective department requires another standardized test, please follow the same guidelines of reporting your test registration date (past or upcoming) on your visitation application.

Should I apply for the Future Scholars Visitation Day Programs if my GPA is less than 3.5?

Acceptance into the visitation program and graduate programs in general at UGA is competitive. However, it is possible to be accepted to your program with a test score that does not meet the requirement. UGA departments look at more than test scores for admittance, but test scores do have a strong bearing on consideration for admissions and graduate assistantships. You may want to consider providing a brief explanation in your personal statement regarding factors influencing your test scores.

Should I apply for the Future Scholars Visitation Day Programs if my GRE does not meet the combined 300 (Verbal and Quantitative) test score requirement?

Acceptance into the visitation program and graduate programs in general at UGA is competitive. However, it is possible to be accepted to your program with a test score that does not meet the requirement. UGA departments look at more than test scores for admittance, but test scores do have a strong bearing on consideration for admissions and graduate assistantships. You may want to consider providing a brief explanation in your personal statement regarding factors influencing your test scores.

What happens to my materials once they are received?

If you are selected to participate in the Future Scholars Visitation Day Program, all of your application materials will be automatically submitted to your prospective department. During the visitation program, you will receive feedback on your personal statement from UGA faculty and staff. If not selected, all materials remain on file in the Recruitment and Diversity Office.

My graduate application is already on file with UGA. What should I do?

Submit a completed Future Scholars Visitation Day Program application. Our office will simply need to verify receipt of your materials with our UGA graduate admissions office. We will notify you once they have been confirmed. While you have already sent your personal statement for your prospective department, we ask that you complete the electronic visitation application.

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