Location: Athens, GA
Tuition and Fees: $10,836, in-state. $29,046, out-of-state
Percent Women: 57%
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing, Communications/Journalism, Social Sciences, Biology, Psychology, Education
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 56%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit University of Georgia’s website at www.uga.edu/admissions.
Why Choose UGA?
“I transferred from Georgia State University to UGA spring 2013 because I wanted the feel of a traditional college.”
“I chose UGA because out of the schools in Georgia I saw it as the best option. It has a wide variety of majors which is especially wonderful for someone like me who isn’t sure what they want to do yet. It has an overall warm and welcoming atmosphere. It is a really big school, so you can meet a lot of people while still having a lot of people you know around too!”
“I chose UGA because I didn’t want to be too far away from my parents and it seems like a great school! Plus, it was in Georgia so I knew the HOPE scholarship would help pay for my tuition.”
“I knew I wanted to stay in state because of the HOPE Scholarship, and UGA was the only school I applied to in Georgia. I always saw it as the best school in the state."
“To be honest I did not want to go UGA. I had never visited but I knew I wanted to go to school in the north because I was born and raised a northerner. I originally applied as a back up school but after my first month here I knew I had made the right choice. Its big enough you don’t feel trapped but it’s easy to find a family and community here!”
“I dreamed of attending UGA since eighth grade for numerous reasons and none of them were because I loved the football team or it was my parents' alma mater. I was accepted to numerous SEC schools my freshman year but once I received my acceptance letter to UGA there was no doubt in my mind that I would not be attending the university that I set my sights on years prior.”
“I chose UGA because of the academic reputation was the best value in terms of tuition. The hope scholarship is such an awesome opportunity and probably the biggest drawing point of UGA. Where else can you get an education that wows employers for less than $20,000? “
“Unlike a lot of UGA students, I didn't grow up knowing UGA was where I wanted to attend college. I applied to UGA out of me wanting to get out of my hometown and to see if I had what it took to be accepted. The rest is history.”
“Definitely football season. Nothing else compares.”
“The best feature of UGA is the athletics. Students pay very little if not nothing at all to attend all home athletic events, and they're always completely worth the price. There's nothing quite like a Saturday in Athens!
“It’s a tie for me between the people and the city of Athens. There’s always something to do and the people are all so friendly!”
“The many different student services and activities that are totally free. For example Dawgs after Dark, discounted athletic tickets, and free tutoring through the Office of Academic Enhancement. “
“My favorite feature of UGA is the actual campus. I love how sprawling it is; the large traditional campus gives students more to love.”
“I am partial to North Campus, the old buildings and peaceful foliage always make me feel a part of something bigger within the university. We are surrounded by tradition and I love that the Arch is the most respected tradition on campus.”
“North campus is a very beautiful aspect of campus. I love that UGA's main campus is located so close to the downtown area. It is pretty much downtown and you could just hop on a shuttle or walk to get there.”
“The downtown scene, football season, the support from the community…Athens is the quintessential college town, to me, and I love going to school here.”
“Honestly, I can't think of anything.”
“The Buses could be a little more punctual than they are.”
“Bus system for sure”
“The bus system. Seriously, is there anything more confusing? After four years I still don't know how to get around on them.”
“I think university students could benefit from phone charging stations in the most popular building on campus. Sometimes we spend more time on campus than we anticipate and do not always pack a phone charger.”
“I wish there was more diversity at UGA.”
“I think UGA is pretty great and I wouldn’t change anything about it.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“I didn't go to UGA freshman year but my first semester was definitely a huge change. Hardly knowing anyone and having to make new friends all over again.”
“This is my first year at UGA and so I’m still experiencing the freshman life however, I love it. There is never a dull moment here and I have made some great lifelong friends.”
“I am currently a freshman and I can say I have had an overall positive experience. I went to the football games, gym dawgs meets, and look forward to basketball games. I love all the activities and the free T-shirts that I have gotten at UGA. I joined a learning community which I HIGHLY recommend to upcoming freshman because it helps make UGA smaller and more personal from the get go. I have loved being apart of Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority which I have gotten the chance to volunteer with a wide variety of organizations here in Athens such as Campus Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, The Cottage, and many more. Although the level of difficulty of the academics hit me by surprise, I am now starting to learn how to adjust . “
“Freshman year was so much fun! It was a great time to forge new, meaningful relationships and my friends and I took advantage of every and any opportunity to tap experience Athens and UGA. We went to so many restaurants, campus events, concerts, and parties.”
“I enjoyed my freshman experience overall. However I do wish now that I branched out a little and became more involved in the numerous organizations at UGA. I wasn't sure of my major at the time so I was hesitant to join any clubs that were education specific.”
“My freshman experience was awesome, and completely reassured me making the right choice with UGA. Everyone you meet is so excited to be here, and they're all looking for new friends too. Some of my best friends to this day are people I happened upon freshman year.”
“Unfortunately I transferred my junior year but I wish I could have attended all four years.”
“My freshmen year was a complete whirlwind. I met so many new people and was exposed to so many things; I wouldn't have had it any other way, though!”
All About Academics
“Now that I have gotten into my major classes I definitely appreciate my classes much more.”
“I never thought I love my degree from UGA so much. Grady is the one of the top 3 journalism school in the country. UGA students play hard and study hard”
“My academic experience has been good, but I would love if we had a larger array of more interesting electives like they have at other schools! They have Stress Management at The College of New Jersey, Beyonce 101 at Rutgers, and The Broadcast Commercial at Marist College. “
“I believe that a professor can greatly affect your performance in a class. Before signing up for classes I try to seek out the best professors in a particular subject area to know that I am guaranteed a helpful learning experience. That being said, all of my professors have been very helpful and encouraging with my academics.”
“UGA academics are HARD! I have had mainly great teachers so far, but I did have an awful ENG 1102 professor! The office of Academic enhancement and the writing center help a lot!”
Learn from the Best
“They truly do care about your academics and always want you to do well.”
“Most are understanding about the workload and give you reasonable time to do assignments in. I have encountered professors with really wonderful personalities and who genuinely care about your well being.”
“Professors here are not only willing to give extra help, but they are usually very relatable and easy to talk to.”
“They're always willing to help. Between office hours and emails, professors are always presenting opportunities to help you do well in their classes. They want you to pass just as badly as you do.”
“The professors are the smartest people you will ever meet, and for that reason the academics are challenging. I've never taken a class I didn't have to try to do well in, but I've become a much harder worker because of it.”
“I've found professors at UGA to be very willing to give extra help [during their office hours] to students that seek it out.”
“I like how the professors are straightforward and are very caring. If I ever have any questions, I know that I can go to their office hours and they’ll be able to help me.”
“They truly do care about your academics and always want you to do well.”
Interests & Involvement
"Involvement on campus is absolutely crazy. There is something for everyone here.
"Theres more than 700 organizations on campus and those are just the registered ones. Its impossible to not find a club here."
"Sometimes I think having so many clubs is overwhelming. At the activities fair people are always trying to shove flyers down your throat. There's even a club dedicated to Humans vs. Zombies."
"There is always some event going on campus. I have yet to find a day where campus is completely quiet and clubs are doing absolutely nothing.
"I was shocked to find there wasnt a club that I wanted to join that promoted health among students. But I was able to start it. The center for student organizations was really helpful in helping me start up a club."
“UGA has impeccable school spirit and I love this school just for that.”
“I think UGA’s team spring is AMAZING! I’ve never seen or been a part of anything like it! On Saturdays in the fall in Athens it’s crazy and I love it!”
“The pride that Bulldogs have for UGA is out of this world. People love donning Bulldog paraphernalia, screaming and shouting for our sports teams, and dressing up in true SEC fashions.”
“One great aspect about this university is the amount of spirit the students share for UGA. You don't have to be a sports fan to appreciate the success of the university. We all say "Go Dawgs" with immense pride.”
“UGA has great team spirit. You see it come alive the most at athletic events such as the football games. It’s like we all become one during those games and it makes for an enjoyable experience. Not only do I see it at the games, but on a daily basis all over campus. Students helping each other out. For example in one 24 hour period I saw two kids have seizures in the dining halls and each time there were people taking care of them and like twenty calling 911!!!”
“Despite the poor result of our highly anticipated 2013 football season, one thing that didn't change is the love our school had for the team. We bleed red and black no matter what.”
“UGA team spirit is nothing that I have EVER witnessed before and this is coming from someone who is not into sports. Team spirit is contagious at UGA, no other way to explain it; you get the Bulldawg bug.”
“UGA students definitely love cheering on the Dawgs – especially when it's football season. And especially when we are winning.”
“I have yet to meet an insecure female on the UGA campus. There are many organizations geared specifically towards women, which is great.”
“I think that the female community at UGA is strong. Girl power.”
“The percentage of women at UGA is higher than men; there is definitely a sense of “womanhood between us.”
With the number of women outweighing the number of men on campus, it's surprising that we don't have many women centers or women organizations. However, I know the current SGA is working on getting a women's center, so hopefully that will change in the future!”
“I think the female community on campus could use some diversity. When I bring friends to visit they often claim that many of the girls look like they have been mass-produced. We need some variety!”
“The female community is huge. Sometimes I wish we had more guys! Our girls are very fashionable though.”
“I think there are a wide variety of women at UGA involved in a lot of different things. UGA has a lot of powerful women who are also kind, passionate, and driven. We definitely make our presence known!”
Food & Drink
“I'm a third year that was on meal plan for 5 semesters. It's too good. I gained the Freshman 15!”
“I honestly believe that the dining halls are a pretty great! It might not be five star dining, but UGA dinning services really tries hard to give everybody a wonderful dining experience. As a freshman, I have a meal plan and I believe that there is something for EVERYONE in the dining halls. ECV is great for after workout smoothies , salad of the day, and personal pizzas. Bolton is so convenient for freshman because it is RIGHT THERE, which is perfect on lazy days or snow days! O house has great southern food, hibachi, and Sunday brunch! Snellibrate Snelllibrate Snellibrate,… breakfast after midnight never tasted so heavenly! Finally the Niche is really awesome because it has delicious made to order food and tasty unlimited gelato! All the dining halls do really cute themed events too all throughout the year which adds to the experience!”
“At first, I loved the dining hall, however they tend to serve the same things over and over again which can get old really fast. But the restaurants around campus are great and some aren’t too expensive.”
"I absolutely love the dining halls. I am no longer on meal plan but I find myself making a trip to a dining hall at least once a semester. I love that you have many healthy options but if you need to indulge a little you can enjoy a chocolate cake."
"Compared to most we have the best dining halls in town, but after freshman year I got off meal plan and never looked back. The meal plan is great for first years but I think afterwards its time to come off. Its way too easy to pack on the pounds on it."
“I love that different parts of downtown are for different types of people.”
“I think the social scene is great. I don’t go downtown that often but when I do I always see a bunch of college kids down there so I figure it must be fun.”
“Downtown can be very fun! During the day, the boutiques and restaurants are cute and quaint. The night life can be very hype, but sometimes I get sick of hearing the same music, sometimes even the same exact songs, at different venues on different nights.”
“I love the many opportunities there are within the social scene, particularly the options of downtown. Depending on your mood for the evening there is a bar or restaurant that will suit your needs.”
“The social scene at UGA is one of the biggest draws for potential students. Our Greek life community is one of the biggest in the country, and our downtown scene makes students at other schools wish they had come here. With over 70 bars located a stone's throw from campus, downtown Athens offers something for everyone. They truly live up to their motto "it's all here!"
“The social scene of UGA is what you read and hear about on college. There is something for everyone here and if not, there is always someone like you somewhere. Downtown is best during football season.”
“The social scene at UGA is great! Athens is famous for its downtown, and when friends from other schools come to visit they are always envious with all of the options we have of places to go.”
“Athens has a fabulous social scene for drinkers and nondrinkers alike. There is always movies at Tate, performing arts shows, dawgs after dark, and sporting events. One of my favorite things to do though is go to CONCERTS DOWNTOWN. Athens has a killer music scene and you can discover new awesome musicians EVERYDAY! It has a overall cool and chill vibe that keeps you coming back for more. I also love to go dancing too and that is easy to do downtown!”
“Living in the dorm freshman year was a really good experience and a great way to meet people. Its certainly a right of passage – I wouldn't do it again, though!!”
“I really loved living in my dorm freshman year. It really helps to make your freshman year because they do everything they can to make sure that you build your strong network. I’ve met some of my best friends living right next door to me and we’re still great friends senior year.”
“Dorm life is cool. Everything is on campus and staying on campus it is easier when you already live on campus. If you are not big on commuting back and forth, stay on campus.”
“Dorm life is one of the least glamorous parts of UGA, but it's also the easiest way to make friends. In the freshman dorms, students leave their doors open almost all day while they're home, inviting in new friends and creating an atmosphere of community. There are also so many different options for dorms, from high rise multi floor dorms for the socialite to smaller, quieter dorms for the academic. UGA really caters to the needs of their students, and the number of dorm options really reflects that.”
“I lived in good ole Brumby Hall my freshman year which just so happened to be the same dorm my first grade teacher lived in when she was a freshman at UGA. That should tell you something...”
“I've lived on campus since I started college. Now, as a resident assistant, I work to promote positive experiences with on-campus living. Living on campus is the best way to meet some of the best people, especially freshman year. “
“Dorm life is a great experience. It’s very different living on your own away from your parents which was something I had to get used to. However, I love it even though I don’t have a roommate at the moment.”
“Dorm life is something all college students should definitely experience once. Preferably your freshman year is the best time. You meet so many different people, which you end up being close too. It is also really cool having your friends really close all the time! I think the high rises are a good choice because they are super social and have fun events for the residents all the time. I cannot tell you how much free food is offered Sunday nights when the dining halls are closed! Dorms are small except in ECV, but I definitely think the small traditional dorms are worth experiencing at least once! I love that they are coed because if you get tired of being around females all the time you can go up or down a floor to see your guy friends!”
“Athens is like no other! It has a great feeling to it that you simply cannot get anywhere else! It has so much culture and literally has its own identity. From game days to music scene, there really is no place like it!”
“Athens is a town that has so many different personalities and that's why I love Athens.”
“ I think Athens is the best college town there is!”
“Athens is a part of my life now. I can't reminisce UGA without Athens.”
“Athens is without a doubt the greatest college town in Georgia, if not the South. The student population at UGA is a melting pot of personalities and interests, and Athens caters to everyone's needs. The downtown scene has a variety of bars for a variety of interests, the normal town area is perfect for those looking to do something different than the norm, and the east side boasts everything a student could possibly need to survive being away from home. Athens caters to the needs of it's people in a way that no other city can, and I'm so grateful to have called it home for the last four years!”
“I absolutely love Athens. Over the past three years here I have come to call it my home and really don't want to leave when I graduate in December.”
“Athens has such a unique character. I have yet to discover all of it has to offer. I need to do more exploring.”
“Athens is a great college town and is the perfect place for UGA. No matter what day of the week it is, there’s always something happening and you can never be bored.”
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