The January 1st deadline is around the corner! Inevitably, there will be last minute questions that will come up after our traditional office hours (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM). Here's how to get answers.
First of all, any trouble with the Common Application can only be fixed by the Common Application staff. If you have any problems with your Common App, submit a help ticket. If you wait until the last minute, you have to expect a delay in the resolution of your problem. Don't freak out! Don't submit something that's half finished or incorrect in a panic. Wait until you get an answer.
Once you submit your application (and all three parts, the Common App, Supplement, and payment must be completed and submitted to prompt anything to be sent to us), it will take a couple days for processing to prompt a login email for UVa's Student Information System to be sent to you. I assume that if you are about to leave for college, you will be able to follow the direction in the email and log into our system successfully.
When you log in for the first time, scroll to the bottom of the main page and become familiar with the different areas of the status page.
Don't be alarmed by your to-do list at this time.
Credentials may be in our system, but not yet linked to your file. It may take a few weeks to get through all the applications submitted in these last few days, so please be patient! If your transcript arrived a month ago, it was scanned and put in a miscellaneous credentials file. A staff member must manually link that transcript to your newly submitted application.
We will contact you when we are through the bulk of the processing if we are still missing documents. This will happen at the end of January or beginning of February. Don't freak out. Seriously. It will be okay.
That being said, here is how you can get answers to last minute questions when our office is closed:
- Post a comment on this entry
- Post on the wall of the UVa Class of 2014 group on Facebook (other students might have answers)
- Post on the UVa forum of College Confidential (current applicants/students may have answers)
- Message me through Facebook or write on my wall
- Instant message me through AIM (UVaDeanJ)
- Instant message me through Google Chat (UVaDeanJ)
I won't be logged into all of those all the time between now and deadline, but I will try to be on in the evenings. If I don't reply right away, I've either stepped away from my desk (I'm doing this from home) or am answering questions for another student.
Good luck with those last minute edits! Try not to submit at the very last minute!
CavDog realizes that the party is over. Back to the apps!