Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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Reviews 3639 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am literally in love with this school...otherwise I would not have wasted thirty minutes of my life filling out this survey. All I can say is COME HERE. The academics are impressive, the football games are so fun, Greek life is exciting, Nightlife is never dull, the campus is beautiful, the town of Athens has so much to offer. At least once a week my friends and I were discussing how much we loved UGA....that doesn't happen at every college. I came to UGA from out of state and it is my best decision to date.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The majority of UGA's buildings are new or well kept up. North Campus has a gorgeous lawn and the Student Center is so nice and clean. I greatly enjoyed walking through campus to classes, especially in the Spring.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Athens is a beautiful, perfect college town. Great shopping, restaurants, nightlife, music scene, it has it all. And if it doesn't have it you can always trek to Atlanta to see the Braves play or go to six flags. UGA has a prime location for sure.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There seems to be a lot of variety in choices.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This school is definitely above average when it comes to attractiveness. I swear the girls here are greek goddesses...

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus...I haven't personally heard of any safety issues.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Bar scene bar scene bar scene. The bar scene in Athens is amazing. Too many bars to count, no cover charges, no real ids necessary, no bar raids to worry about...I don't think we even realize how lucky we are half of the time. I honestly can't think of anything that would make Athens' Nightlife more fun...its perfect.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It does not appear that UGA offers too many full in-state tuition scholarships to out of staters...its generally only half the difference.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls will make you fat. There is so much to choose from....I will dream about ECV for the rest of my life. Also its nice that Snelling is open 24 hours (Snellabrate), even if it is only breakfast food after 12. Campus Dining is one of UGA's pride and joys... and for a good reason.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Athens....offers some amazing restaurant options. There are so so so many delicious restaurants to try out (Last Resort!!!), not to mention all the generic cheap restaurants close by (Chipotle, Chickfila, Five Guys). Also many restaurants stay open very late in order to cater to all the drunk kids downtown. Go to the Grill. Go to Little Italy. Wow I really just want to be back in Athens right. now.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As an honors student I have loved my experience with course and professors. I get to choose my schedules and professors early and therefore I have yet to have a class before ten, I have nothing but praise for my professors thus far, and I have had surprisingly small class sizes for such a large university.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Too early to tell, honestly.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Probably one of my only complaints about UGA...I came from a really diverse high school and UGA is definitely not up to par. However, I also don't think that diversity should be forced...college applications should be based on academics and activities, not race, in my opinion. Panhellenic Greek Life is also extremely non diverse (simply because the majority who rush are white upper middle class), so it is possible that UGA is more diverse than it appears to me.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love Greek Life here. The sorority and fraternity houses are beautiful. The social opportunities that come along with Greek life are endless. Weekly socials, semi formals, beach weekends, date nights, mountain weekends, formals--there is always something to look forward to. Outsiders can say you are paying for your friends but I am truly paying for all of these exciting events. Not to mention I have made great friends and connections along the way. I would highly suggest joining Greek life at UGA. The only possible downside I can think of is the cost, but in my opinion (& I do pay for my dues on my own) it is well worth it.

College Sophomore

Academics: As a sophomore I feel as though I can not currently accurately rate my major and its opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As much as I like to hate it, the plus minus system really necessitates some studying. Students here are definitely hardworking and ambitious. During finals the Student Learning Center is filled to the brim with studying kids, 24/7. At the same time, the academics aren't out of hand. If you play your cards right there is plenty of time for work and play at UGA.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: On the majority of weekend nights (& many Tuesdays & Thursdays) freshmen are constantly streaming back into their dorm buildings drunk. Very rarely does anyone actually get in trouble for this blatant act of underage drinking. The cops leniency downtown is really what amplifies the UGA experience. They don't care that there are a bunch of drunk freshman and sophomores passing by two ft in front of them....just don't jaywalk, start a fight, or get into the drivers seat and you're in the clear. Do cops ever show up and break up parties or raid bars? Never. Athens is a little bubble where if you act reasonably, you can easily pretend that you are 21, three years prematurely.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a high rise & no they are not brand spanking new or spacious...but I had a great time anyways. I loved living in such a big building & having the opportunity to live near so many of my peers. You forget what your dorm looks like within your first month of attending college...don't choose which school to go to based on how recently they were built.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: A lot of people come from out of town to party up here, but I also know a lot of people leave to party in Atlanta. Partying is a big deal, but it's mostly just drinking.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Georgia football? The city of Athens like literally shuts down..

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It;s about average. Greek row is pretty big, but i don't think it's that different than other colleges

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4 College Junior

Academics: We're a top rated school, know how to pick your teachers and you'll be fine.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: I met someone that was majoring in something similar to rocket science.. that's not the actual degree name, but it's along those lines. Science majors are more than abundant here from bio majors to rocket scientists

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's cheaper to live off campus, but the places aren't that great

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There a some dining halls that are better than others. Dining halls are basically ran by students so what can you expect. We just built a new three story dining hall so cross your fingers


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Christopher Joshua Benton
Norfolk, VA
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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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