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

Academics: I am currently undecided so I am not taking major-specific classes and am not sure which program I will be in yet. As an undecided student it can be frustrating to hear your friends talk about all of their plans and events that they are going to for their program while you still don't know what to do.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really love living on campus! The only thing that could be better is the age of the dorms because many of the freshmen dorms are very old and could use an update. My dorm is larger than most and has just enough space for me and my roommate, but the high-rise dorms have much smaller rooms than ours with less storage space. I love the community of living on campus and the bond I've formed with my hall-mates. It's also very convenient for getting to class and going to dining halls!

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a very diverse campus, and I would not want to go here if I was black. UGA is getting a lot better about this, but still racism persists.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Huge. Nearly every body goes to the bars at least once a week. Some people go and don't drink, just for the social atmosphere. Plenty of cabs. Everybody gets in to the bars with fake ids.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are a lot of fun. You've got options too; some are much quieter and more studious (honors dorms) with bigger rooms, and others look straight from the Eastern Bloc, but are a ton of fun for their social atmosphere.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Athens is awesome. Great music, great locals, great restaurants, great shops, and a wild nightlife scene.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I mentioned this a few sections ago, but the police suck so much ass its unbelievable. For some absolutely inexplicable reason, the University's campus is surrounded by public housing. There is a massive complex right next to the Freshmen dorms. These housing areas are known incubators of drugs and violent crime, yet there they are, and you rarely see policemen in these dangerous areas. There are no blue lights to press on campus. The cops could give a s*** if you get mugged. They want money for their department, and the easy way to accomplish this is to hand out copious liquor licences and then rampantly arrest the students. For example, I know one person who parked his car on a side street near downtown. Turns out his car was broken into, and his laptop and several books were stollen. He had a six pack in his back seat though, so when he came back a cop was waiting for him, charged with underage possession, and took him to jail. The robbery was never followed up on. Whenever someone gets severely injured on campus by an assailant, the cops send out some bullshit email doing this whole victim blame thing about how you shouldn't walk alone, wear skimpy clothes, or drink alcohol, so it makes seem as though they are not going to change their ways.All in all, the immediate campus of UGA may be safe, but the surrounding areas where students live absolutely are not. The cops are awful and counter to everyones safety.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school tries to put out these totally fabricated statistics and propaganda that only like "20%" of Freshman drink at UGA, or some laughably low number. Not everybody drinks, and its not frowned upon not to. But I would say a low estimate is that 75% of freshmen drink, and that number only goes up. It is absolutely ubiquitous at UGA, and no matter how hard the local police and administration might try, college students are going to drink. The party scene is something exceptional about UGA, and actually draws in some really bright people.

Unfortunately, Athens is practically under martial law when it comes to underage drinking. The cops are total assholes, a bunch of white trash college rejects who do nothing but arrest underage kids. Athens has a huge a violent crime problem, but despite this the force dedicates all their resources to driving around the bars waiting for any pretext to stop a perfectly harmless student and take him to jail. Meanwhile students get mugged on there way home, the shitty areas are completely absent of police, and burglaries happen all the time, but 95% of these crimes go unresolved. I know you guys don't care, and this started to ramble a little bit, but seriously, everyone single student in Athens fears police and hates them. All they do with their arrests is breed contempt for the system. BY FAR the police are the worst thing about UGA.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some of the kids who do it can be snobs or assholes, but its definitely not as bad as a lot of other schools in the SEC. By the time you get to Junior year too, nobody really cares at all.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Hope scholarship is the best thing to happen to UGA.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is a huge university, so for the most part, you are treated as a number. But their system for registering and catering to such a massively diverse audience is relatively well streamlined and kink free.

It is like public high school though: its how hard you make it. It can be a ridiculously challenging school, or ridiculously easy if you want.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: Can be very hot, can be freezing. About the weather you would expect for a college in the South.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks just try to recruit others who fall into their group. No one ever has a problem with any of the Greeks.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is fairly laid-back because nothing too serious happens around campus.

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3 College Junior

Computers: The printing on campus is cheaper than most places where you must pay. The network speed is very poor unless you actually use a wire to connect to the internet.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It is barely noticeable at the school. Almost every student probably drink alcohol, but other than that, it is not a huge problem for them.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Because the college is so large, many activities take place on and off campus. It is relatively easy to get around the campus and there are events almost every day of the week.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of living off-campus is a lot cheaper than living in the dorms. It is also not too far from the public transportation around the campus

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long you don't get too crazy, you won't have any problems

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Wide variety of housing that are very affordable.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I'm on meal plan so I don't really eat off campus that much

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go out often but when I do it's quite enjoyable.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It seems as though Greek would be a new type of clique, but the individual members are sociable and can be great friends

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: UGA is a good mix of every differences and everyone is accepting of everyone (for the most part).

2 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Nightlife: I am not very intelligible about parties or "nightlife."

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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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