Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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4 College Senior

Transportation: Take the Bus or Ride Your Bike – We have both a university bus system and a town bus system that runs through campus and gets students and locals all over Athens. Its very convenient and you can get anywhere you want. Biking is also very popular. You can get almost anywhere you need to go on a bicycle, and if not, you can attach it to the rack on the city bus and take it with you across town.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Present but Not Proliferous – If someone is seeking drugs, they are likely to find them fairly easily. However, it is not out in the open like it could be- drinking is generally more acceptable and, honestly, everywhere you look. People buy fakes or borrow IDs from older friends and trot to one of the 100s of bars in downtown Athens that are in walking distance of the dorms on campus. Every night of the week downtown Athens is partying.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Close but No Cigar – There are tons of great options all around Athens with awesome transportation to and from Campus and downtown. However, the closer you get, the price skyrockets, and safety is extremely questionable in large pockets within walking distance to campus and downtown. Parking is a problem. It is expensive, and you will almost ALWAYS get a ticket, even if you're parked for less than an hour.

College Junior

Overall Experience: It's Pretty Nice Here – UGA does require hard work, but a lot of people still find time to party.However they only do go out on Thursdays or the weekend. The Hardest thing to achieve is balancing school work, free time and extracurricular activities.

College Junior

Campus Dining: The University of Georgia is considered to have one of the best on college campus menus of the united states. It has many different dining halls to choose from that offer a variety of different food. The dining halls serve everything from Chinese food to pizza to Mexican food as well as ice cream, coffee, dessert and much more. The dining halls on campus have also recently started to concentrate on promoting a healthy diet for students by offering healthy eating and livings. All of the dining halls also offer salad bars , and some even offer nutritional smoothies. It even has one dining hall, Snelling, that is open 24/7 except on weekends. The University of Georgia is probably one the best universities to attend you love food.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Life at the University of Georgia is not hugely structured. There are rules, yes, but they're not draconian and they aren't hard to follow. If you do get in trouble, the people you have to deal with are very nonjudgemental and understanding. The UGA Police are very strict on underage drinking, but that is due to state and local laws, rather than the University's standpoint.

5 College Senior

Computers: UGA's campus technology is always accessible and easy to use. They provide state of the art equipment and offer both Macs and PCs. The printing is easy to do, and there are computer labs in almost every building. UGA's Tech Support division is always friendly and available to help. WiFi is available practically everywhere, and it is usually fast and reliable.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The University of Georgia is in the middle of a city with one of the highest crime rates in the state of Georgia, yet I usually feel safe around campus. The UGA Police Department is a visible presence, and buildings are secure and patrolled. The dormitories have front desk attendants and security officers to ensure that only students can enter.

5 College Senior

Facilities: UGA has an unbelievable amount of activities/groups/clubs to participate in and there is something here for everyone. It's a great way to meet people, too.

3 College Senior

Weather: With the campus being so big, it is difficult to to get the urge to class and walk around campus when it rains.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Social Atmostphere – As an upcoming freshman, I have not seen much of the social atmosphere at UGA. However, the many visits I have made provide an excellent study body. Also, the minority program, Georgia Daze, is an excellent way to increase a diverse study body.

4 College Junior

Parking: UGA is a green campus, and they therefore discourage using cars on campus. The parking permit costs are pretty high, ranging from $30-40 a month. You have to have a permit to park on campus, unless you want a ticket. The parking decks are however usually open on the weekends for guest parking. As a result, the college has tried very hard to make the public transportation convenient. The campus buses travel throughout Athens, and stop at most off-campus apartments every 15 min-1 hour.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Athens – The University of Georgia is located right in the heart of downtown Athens. Its streets are full of plenty of affordable restaurants. Most of them have great student discounts. A lot of them are also open late on weekends. Pita Pit, Little Italy's and Five Guys are open until 2am on Friday nights. There is also a wonderful student delivery service, Bulldog Food, that picks up orders from most restaurants around Athens.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife at UGA is vibrant and exciting, as pretty much the entire school spends Friday and Saturday nights in the bars of downtown Athens. The campus bus drops off and picks up students from the main street of downtown throughout the week, until 2 am. There are also many bars for underage students. The frat houses usually have great themed parties.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I have yet to find anything to complain about concerning the facilities on campus. The library is a beautiful old building with helpful staff. The student center has plenty of study rooms, coffee shops, as well as a great tutor center. The campus is always alive with activities and clubs.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Vibrant Campus Life – The University of Georgia is located right in the heart of the lively downtown of Athens, GA. The downtown provides a peaceful place to study within its quaint coffee shops, and beautiful campus lawns. The nightlife is vibrant and exciting with plenty of bars and clubs located within walking distance of the campus.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not Enough Buses – There are too few buses at University of Georgia. It has happened that I've been late for class strictly due to this infrastructural problems. There are several areas and several times of day in which getting onto a bus is near impossible. While there are may routes serving nearly all parts of campus, getting on to a bus while pressed for time is an entirely different story.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Strong, but Not for Everyone – There is a very large Greek presence at UGA. While I am not a member of a fraternity myself, I often see these groups at work on and around campus. There are lots of frat parties on the weekends and the organizations often do fund-raisers and volunteer work. The fraternities and sororities are very much a part of Athens life, but it is not necessary to be in either in order to be socially accepted.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity at UGA is a mixed bag. In the Greek System, there is little-to-no race interaction, there being black houses and white houses. Similarly, people seem to be very clique-ish along racial and socio-economic lines. However, nearly every group imaginable is represented on campus. These groups generally have great support systems (such as the LGBT Center) either put in place by the university or organized by the students themselves. Acceptance and diversity are ultimately what you make of them. It's not terribly difficult to make friends with a large variety of people. However, if you don't proceed with that intention, it's unlikely that you will.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Gotta Look for It – Because Georgia has the HOPE Scholarship, I received full tuition scholarship because UGA is a public university. If you want other financial aid, however, it's out there and available, it's just a matter of finding it and applying for it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: "If You're Good, When You Die You'll Go to Athens" – I love UGA, Athens, and everything about it. The people are fantastic, you can find literally any kind of person here that you want. All kinds of interests, passions, and personalities. The academics are pretty average-- not terribly challenging for the most part, but you do have to work for your As. Overall, I wouldn't go anywhere else in the country.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Frat Boys and Sorostitutes – Though there are a variety of men and women that attend UGA, what most frequently comes to mind are the students heavily involved with Greek life-- the frat boys and sorority girls. Both typically stay up to date on fashion trends, party and drink on most weekends (and several week days, too), and like things like golf or shopping.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at UGA is not terrible, however, it can be a handful when you ride around the parking lot multiple times trying to find a good spot to park. I've seen worse parking at other campuses, so I can get along with the parking situation on campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very big at UGA. You will always see many members of greek life in each class. As a freshman coming in, you see many people getting involved in a fraternity and sorority. Usually it changes the individual, sometime for the good, and sometimes for the bad. Housing for Greek members usually come available during their sophomore year of college. For the most part, the atmosphere wouldn't be right without greek life in Athens.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Cheap! They give you a chance to live on your own and cook your own food. Compared to on campus, apartments are the better deal because they are a lot cheaper. The closer you get to campus, the more expensive prices get!


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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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