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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: Any night of the week, people are going downtown to party at one of Athens many bars which are only a short 10 minute walk from the dorms. Many parties start at fraternity houses, and move downtown via cab rides. When things hit full swing at the bars on thursday, friday, or saturday nights, its hard to have more fun in college.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Housing – Do everything you can to live in Creswell, Russell, or Brumby freshman year. There are so many people there that making friends is easy, and most other freshman you will meet will be in the high rises as well. Also, the convenience of Bolton dining hall is great.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Police Are Ready 24/7 – The University police alongside the county police and, at times, sheriffs, are strolling along all the roads through out the day. During busy nights downtown, police are always found riding bicycles through town, making sure no one is publicly intoxicated and causing trouble. You may feel safe and secure with them always around, but people get arrested left and right for MIPs and DUIs. Road blocks are often set up, so take precautions during nights out.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Athens Downtown – Athens is an old town that is the home to many fellow Dawgs. Though it may not be Singapore-clean, downtown is a plot not too large, where all places are walking distance from campus. Great local restaurants are located downtown, where a local coffee brewery is also seen. Breaks between classes can be spent at famous Little Italy for a slice of pizza or cold sub. Yum.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Research, Study Abroad, and Diversity the Best – UGA has some great and unique things going for it. Because it is a large public institution, nearly every professor has their own research projects going on, and if you are persistent and motivated it is easy to get involved in undergraduate research. UGA also has one of the best study abroad programs in the country. You can travel almost anywhere and study almost anything, and, if the study abroad experience you want is not available, UGA will help connect you to programs from other schools and set it up so you can still only pay in state tuition. One of the most notable things about UGA, however, is the diversity. In addition to the huge number of international students and the enormous variety of majors (you can even create your own), UGA has hundreds of student organizations.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: UGA has a great amount of diversity in almost every way. Students are mixed in their ethnicity, economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation. Despite the breadth and depth of diversity students don't always mingle across established divides, but if you make the effort to be warm and friendly to everyone it is easy to meet new people and make new friends.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: UGA is a fairly safe university campus. It is a warm comfortable place where you are almost never completely alone on any given part of campus and crime rarely happens. Crime rarely occurs, and when it does students are immediately notified through the UGA emergency alert system, which sends out texts, emails, and voicemails. Students are also given the number to call the university police in emergencies, but special security measures such as police poles don't exist.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You eventually get the aid needed, but it takes multiple phone calls, emails, and pleas. Also, at times, the financial aid does not arrive until a day or two before the deadline, which is stressful.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I originally had no intentions of coming to UGA, but actually living here has changed my mind completely. I love it here. The campus has a great vibe. It is hard, and you definitely have to work hard to make it, but it is possible to do well here. The cost is also troublesome. I would recommend coming here.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus is great here. It is a nice mixture of fast paced and "chill." There are almost always events going on, but there is no pressure to go if you do not want to. Dorms are great, for the most part. The freshman ones are not the best, particularly Brumby (all girls). The upperclassmen dorms are great. I love Building 1516 and it's eco-friendly vibe. The cost is annoying, and the dorms are often loud at unusual hours, but overall I enjoy living here.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Really Safe – I feel comfortable walking around campus at night by myself, but downtown not so much. Campus police are relatively chill and approachable. Since campus is so big and there are so many students you do have to watch for people stealing stuff you leave around. Parking tickets are huge, too, unfortunately.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Pretty Awesome – Lots of unique local shops and venues to check out. Tons of bars and clubs. Sports are huge. Close to Atlanta but still far enough away to not have to deal with the big city life. Tons of concerts and other events come through or near the city.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Majority of the students at UGA are involved in Greek life. Both boys and girls alike socialize with those in his or her house and that is it and seem to ignore everyone else. The girls' clique consists of thousands of girls dressed in oversized t-shirts, leggings, and brown boots. The boys typically wear khakis and polos to class. Those who are not involved in Greek life, however, can be extremely nice and accepting.

4 College Senior

Majors: there is no requirement to be accepted to my program of studies

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: there are a lot of options for off campus housing that are reasonably priced and located right next to campus

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of places to eat downtown which is located right next to campus

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3 College Student

Weather: Doesn't Affect Much – pretty much can rely on the weather forecast these days. Athens has mild weather that even on "bad" days, it's still not a problem to get to class.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Warm and Friendly – Athens is a reasonably sized city where you can find everything within driving distance without the traffic like those in Atlanta.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Lately Georgia's weather has been confusing so dress accordingly! Classes don't typically get cancelled unless it's icy or snowing.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – From what I know, crime isn't usually a huge issue on campus. I feel safe when I walk around but in mere case I don't, I always have the number to the police department with me.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a Music Major – The music program is an intense and sometimes rigorous program that occupies lots of time, but it can be rewarded. You see the same people everyday and unlike many classes at the school, you are not just a number. Teachers know your name as well as the others in class. There are usually no more than 30 per class unless it's a large ensemble. Teachers, for the most part, are pretty nice and knowledgeable about the subject. (You may get one or two bad teachers along the way, but don't worry... it's happens to everyone!) The only disadvantage that I've found is how unfair our scheduling in comparison to other students. If you talk to any music student, most of us are taking at least 8 classes because many classes are only worth one credit. The facility is beautiful. It's nice across from the Georgia Museum of Art and next to the Performing Arts Center and Lamar Dodd School of the Arts, all in East Campus Village.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Too Many People – I would like a smaller student body more. The constant crowds are overwhelming.
The academics, on the other hand, are superb.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Athens has changeable weather. One day is sunny and beautiful and the next is cold, rainy, and miserable.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses during class hours are abundant, but crowded. Buses in the evening are infrequent.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: College of Ed – I am currently in the College of Education with an intention to be an Athletic Training major. My major of choice is very high demand and you must be accepted into your particular major. I hope to apply next spring to my major so that I may start working on certain credits the following fall. So far I have enjoyed being in the College of Ed although I have yet to have an advising appointment with them. I will know a lot more about this program after I have had contact with my advisor.

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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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