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Athens, GA
Undergrads
24,496
Tuition (in-state)
$28,052 ($9,842)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: A lot of the house parties here are exclusive to sororities and fraternities, but in the spring most of the frats have huge parties that are open to everyone with in house concerts. The bar scene is awesome. Downtown is right next to North Campus so pretty much every dorm (except for East Campus) is within walking distance. Many underage freshman and sophomores go downtown because they either have fake ID's or friends who work the doors checking ID's.

Not all of downtown revolves around drinking. Athens has a great music scene, holding concerts for both big names and rising bands. Also, most of the food downtown is incredible with a huge variety of delicious restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Office of Financial Aid at Georgia is hardworking and efficient. If you have any questions it would be best to go in and have a meeting one-on-one with your financial aid counselor instead of trying to figure it out online. The cut off for needs-based aid is relatively low, meaning you can be lower middle class and still be too wealthy to need financial aid. However, the merit scholarships for both in-state students and out-of-state students is phenomenal, as long as your GPA and test scores are relatively high.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not Greek but a few of my friends are. Each person I know is accepting and welcoming of non-Greeks but as a whole the sororities and fraternities look down on non-Greeks. Honestly though over 50% of the student population didn't rush so don't think you won't make friends just because you aren't Greek.

As for housing options, the sorority houses are stunning - like palaces almost - and from what I've heard, the living situations aren't too cramped. The frat houses aren't as elaborate. On the outside they all look nice but on the inside they resemble a jail, with cement floors and white walls.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The internet connection isn't extremely reliable, and there are limited on campus computers, but there is a lot of technologic support and technology on sale in the campus bookstore.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The transit system is pretty efficient and organized. I am generally able to get to places that I need to go and have various options of doing so. Some students don't take advantage of the system or take time to learn the routes, but if you learn it in the first week of school, you'll be set for the rest of your time here.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There does not seem to be too much unnecessary campus strictness. The main annoying restriction involves not being allowed to take food out of the dining halls.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't make a habit of being in unsafe places or situations, but whenever I am, for example, walking alone at night on campus, back from a friend's house, I feel encouraged by the sight of police SUVs. There have been a few incidences that have happened, but most were not due to direct foul play.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a majority of Caucasian people on campus, but the minority groups are very large. The next highest ethnicity/race would probably Asians, including both Southern (India for ex.) and Eastern (China, Japan, etc.).

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are some attractive people on campus, but a lot of the time, everyone (especially those in Greek societies) looks the same. A lot of those people act the same as well. There are a lot of "hipsters" and indie, different type people as well, you just have to go to the right place to find them.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I file as an independent student, so I may get more aid than other students, but I still have to pay loans. I didn't have to pay any or much out of pocket when starting.

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College Freshman

Majors: As a freshman, I have just started my program and am completing a lot of general/core education classes, so I can't say anything about the quality of the degree program. My initial career goal when coming to this university was to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and then a Doctorate or Master's in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. From what I've heard, the I/O program at UGA is one of the best in the nation.

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College Freshman

Majors: As a freshman, the only admission I've gone through is the general admission process. I don't think that my current major of Sociology requires a separate admissions process (as compared to other programs, such as Grady, Terry, or the Childhood Education Program).

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is vibrant at UGA. I am underage, and I don't participate in underage drinking in a public setting, but when I am downtown on the weekends, I see a lot of underage and legal drinking and general partying. When I go downtown at night on the weekends, it's to go to shows, so there are definitely ways to enjoy yourself downtown without having to drink.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I personally have not come in contact with drugs on campus, therefore I feel pretty safe from any negative effects associated with it. I am pretty confident however that there is the presence of drugs on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: There are gorgeous days on campus, but there are also a lot of rainy days, which is unpleasant because students have to walk everywhere. So the weather definitely has a huge effect on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I absolutely adore Athens, GA where the University of Georgia is located. It is not that big of a city, but there is plenty to do on and off campus. There are a lot of restaurants that have won various awards and there are a lot of non-chain restaurants which gives the area its own personality. There is also a large variety of types of cuisine. There are many lists and booklets provided that tell you where the best attractions and activities are in Athens, and these include pottery and art studios available to amateurs, multiple concert venues, bars, local-made items stores, theaters, botanical gardens, etc. Downtown is very close to campus, so students have access to these activities within walking distance.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cab fees may be costly but mostly trustworthy. These transportation are easily accessible.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: During the night there will be security on watch so it is a lot safer to do things late at night such as walking to labs, going back to the car, etc.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Calling or going over to the financial aid office is better help than trying to figure things out on your own. It was a hassle especially with the confusing questions.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's pretty normal considering other schools. But i wouldn't know since I don't partake in such things.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know since I'll be living at home. But from what I hear it sounds like it will be better than on-campus pricing.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Not much of a sports fan but the school spirit is one of the largest I've ever seen. Almost everyone gets excited for sports, especially football.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I've lived here most of my life so in my biased opinion, I want to get out. But my life here isn't bad, it's just that I know almost everyone and anyone. This can be considered good or bad. But I think it is still a good place to be. You have so much diversity and it isn't just you're regular old college town.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I've been in the library to use their computers rather than mine since they have better software/programs. However I'd rather print on my own since you'll have to pay $1 per page to print

3 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes the weather can get interesting ,and I say interesting because one week it will be the hottest it has ever been to the snowstorm of the year! Sure the weather can get a little iffy but most places can be like that. I guess it is unusual for me since I'm still not used to Georgia weather. However it can get to be a lot of fun once you know that weather can get a little strange here. I say enjoy what you got and go for it!

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Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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One of the most amazing things about students at UGA is that I have never heard one person say they don't like being here. UGA and Athens have so much to offer in so many different categories, that there really is something for everyone. The positive energy of 30,000 people who are happy to be here is captivating, and something you will instantly want to be a part of. It will not take long before you regard Athens as your second home, and after about a week, most students forget how big a school it is.

It's exciting to be in Athens because there is always something going on, whether it is entertainment, a demonstration, job fairs, or just a chance to hang out with people you just met who are now your best friends. Students are encouraged to explore their talents and make the most of their four years here, and most students are able to achieve their ultimate "college experience." Sometimes, it seems like we are all characters in some cheesy teen movie because college life in Athens is so classic, but academically, socially, and personally, this school seems to have changed most of us for the better.

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