Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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Reviews 3205 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Many of the dorms are old and small. Though most are close to your classes, the nicer dorms are difficult to get into. Appealing a dorm selection is tedious and of no use because they will end up putting you back in the same dorm but two floors higher even though you requested for a completely different dorm. The smaller dorms are the way to go because they aren't impossible to get in to (like the newer, nicer dorms reserved for athletes), and they usually have a sink in the room. Some of the RAs do a good job at hosting several events throughout the year for residents, but resident input or advice is usually not sought out when planning those events.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek-life is great, and I'm not partial. I'm in a sorority, but I can see both sides. It is fairly difficult to get in to a Greek chapter, but it is very difficult to get the "chapter of your dreams" coming into recruitment. Many who don't get their first chapter of choice will drop out and have a bitter attitude toward Greek life overall. Non-Greeks may act like they don't like Greeks, but they will not deny a party invitation or help with homework from a Greek. I feel like their is a stigma of Greek life at any school, but the stigma at UGA just doesn't fit.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It's difficult for me to rank the safety and security on campus. I feel safe because much of campus is concentrated in one area, and I feel like Athens is a generally safe area. The only time I have ever seen campus police has been seeing them give out parking tickets and giving out seat belt tickets to students picking up friends on campus from class.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a lot of opportunities for underage students to get into bars.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Georgia weather is all over the place. Just last week we were under an inch of ice and today it is 60 degrees outside.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing like Saturdays in Athens between the hedges.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not a frequent of downtown, but Athens has one of the best nightlife scenes in any college town. Plenty of bars and parties to go to.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are plenty of great houses for both girls and guys.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs to use throughout the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health care service is great and the police are there to help.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I applied for Georgia and got a couple scholarships that helped me out tremendously.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not a ton of diversity at UGA. A lot of frat guys and sorority girls.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UGA is very respectable to the students. There are no major problems with the school strictness.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UGA is incredibly diverse is all aspects! But acceptance has never seemed to be a problem.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Its Georgia, you never know what you're going to get. Be prepared to walk in downpours, cold winds, and 100 degree heat and humidity.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Athens is known for its food scene! So many great, and different options downtown and farther out in Athens. Rare that you find a restaurant with bad food...

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There's a huge number of athletes on campus, both on varsity teams and club teams! Football season is a religion. You are definitely in the minority if you're not a part of tailgating and games! The fans are huge here!! Both current students and alumni, that's what makes UGA unique!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Never felt like the RA's, teachers, or campus police officers were too strict. If you respect them, they will respect you. Nobody pries or looks for something bad...

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Plenty of places to print on campus or downtown. The tech guys at the bookstore are incredibly helpful. They usually have pretty good deals on computers and printers at the beginning of the semester. Many programs have personal computer labs. Hard to find computers to use in the Student Learning Center, especially during finals. Definitely need your own laptop & printer!!

Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a big part of Athens! Local breweries, parties, etc.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: More bars than you'll ever be able to visit!! Being underage doesn't stop many people... plenty of great taxi drivers to get you home! There's never a shortage of frat parties, house parties, local concerts, or events at bars!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: A variety of classes to take no matter what major you have. Can't remember a professor that I really didn't like. There are a couple that should consider retiring... Registration is online and can be a little stressful. The more credit hours you have, the earlier you can register. Classes with the most ideal times and professors go fast. Some times you have to wait till drop/add period to get a class you need. Registering for your major-specific classes is much easier!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The interior design program is not an easy 4 years, but well worth it! Class sizes are small (10-20 people) & you get to know your peers and professors really well. Prepare yourself for long nights in the studio and lots of outside time put into projects. The program might be strenuous but I definitely felt more than prepared when I graduated! The design school has their own studio near downtown Athens and each student has a key to access the building. There's a computer lab, material library, drafting rooms, wood shop, etc in the studio. The studio is a little outdated and messy, but that's what happens when you throw 50 art students together! Great study abroad program in Italy!! I loved this program and am still very close with a lot of the girls I graduated with!!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Portfolio review to get into the art school is incredibly easy and laid back. Portfolio review and admission project to get into the interior design program...a little harder, but they prepare you well and the majority of applicants get accepted.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Loved living on campus my freshman year!! Met lots of lifelong friends and always had someone to study with or head downtown. Campus housing is very helpful. Some of the dorms are on the older side and pretty small, but still well-kept. Great college experience! Community bathrooms were always clean! Good mix of people both in and not a part of sororities and fraternities. Most of the dorms are incredibly close to dining halls, classes, and the buses.


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Christopher Joshua Benton
Norfolk, VA
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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