Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You have to pay before the start of your Fall semester for parking, and you also have to choose your lot in advance. It's either $20, $30, or $40 a month (for 9 months). So reasonable costs for large university parking. The $40 a month is for parking deck passes that are not actually any more convenient to non-deck lots. $40 also includes the very convenient lots, and usually first reserved for university staff. $30 lots tend to be somewhat convenient to dorms (and classes if you live on campus). $20 a month lots tend to be not that convenient. All this info is available if you search for UGA parking map and rates. If you don't have a pass but try to park in an on campus lot, expect to get a ticket. People complain when they do, but I don't know what else they were expecting.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is the most prevalent drug. People tend to do it in excess and 2-4 times a week, whether they go to Greek parties, downtown, or both. People who live on campus regularly come back to their dorms needing friends' assistance or running into legal trouble if they're really drunk and seen by police or an RA. People throw up in the bathrooms a lot, and even for people who drink, the inability of people to take care of themselves is annoying. If marijuana is smelled on campus, a Resident Advisor or another authority figure will call the campus police, so its presence is very subtle on campus (I and many others who have used weed just do it at our hometowns but don't want to risk it on campus). Off campus, however, it is readily available and some use it as or more often than they drink alcohol. Overall marijuana isn't an issue like alcohol. Those with money to burn like to use Adderall and Ritalin under the impression that it will help them to skate through finals or pass a test that they haven't prepped for. If you're really into partying, you'll see that many people (especially those with money) use cocaine and molly, and sometimes you may even feel left out if you're not doing it. If you're determined not to do the "hard" drugs, it's best to stay away.

Overall: Alcohol is available at Greek parties and downtown to people with "good enough" fake IDs, and it is abused. People say that drugs aren't an issue, but if you get out a lot and are friends with many people, you'll see drugs being used a lot.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are SO many club and intramural sports options. If you played a sport in high school and want to continue just for fun in college, you can be sure that you will find a niche with the options at UGA. Staff at the athletic center are very willing to help you find what you need and sign up. The facilities available to students include the fantastic Ramsey athletic center, a whole park of intramural sports fields that are a campus transit ride or long walk away, and tennis courts on campus and at the sports fields.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several fantastic restaurants in Athens, including Cali 'n Tito's, The Last Resort, and others. There is a variety of food. Some are even walking distance (<35 min), but most are probably inconvenient without a car. There are also a couple late night options, including a cheap Asian, delivery available (although very slow after midnight when people are getting the drunk munchies) place called Choo Choo's and a Waffle House that's always open and a litle of of campus, in downtown. The best thing to do when it comes to eating out is just ask fellow students what they enjoy and try it for yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains somewhat frequently. Entirely too hot and humid until late October and after mid March. There are exceptions, but it tends to not get cooler than the high twenties. Overall better than much of the south, but if you hate heat and sweating as much as me, you'll only find relief for a couple months throughout schooling.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They tend to give out prescriptions that students don't need (antibiotics for viruses? seriously?), and there is a fee to almost everything, whether it's through insurance through the university or minor out of pocket costs for the externally insured. They have mainly PA's but a few MD's. The visit took longer than expected and I didn't feel like I gained closure on my concern, just vague guidance. I only have experience with the general exam, but women's health or the dental or optical services might be more efficient. Mental health services might be very useful, but even here there are fees involved and so I avoided it, as overwhelmed as I was feeling.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very attractive girls and guys at UGA. Fitness and good presentation (makeup, hair, overall styling) are valued here, and so close to 90% of the girls are pretty easy on the eye. It's hard to give a number for a guys since I'm interested in them. Most girls are very friendly, and almost all these girls are not stuck up. Diversity is an issue though. Greek kids look and act very similarly and tend to associate themselves somewhat exclusively with each other. People often talk about the "hipster" culture, but that's a very small groupThere aren't many artsy girls or "indie" girls or girls representing different backgrounds or cultures. Mainly just typical southern belles in spirit, regardless of race. Girls like to wear yoga pants and oversized shirts during the colder days, and Nike shorts, Chacos, and tshirts (or sorority tank tops with the sports bra showing) during the warmer days. Similar story goes for guys. They tend to dress in button downs, boat or canvas shoes, North Face/Columbia jacket and khakis or shorts during the winter and shorts, Chacos or flip flops, and button downs or boring tshirts during the warmer days. Especially if you go downtown the girls all look very similar to each other and same for guys. They all still generally look good though, even if not unique. For these reasons the guys and girls here aren't AMAZING, but still pretty good.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The administrators hold us accountable.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: There are many buses on campus to get me to class.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe in Athens.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Georgia football games are amazing experiences.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I didn't really encounter any problems or challenges getting into Uga.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I have never held that kind of position, but I see a lot of teacher aids that love their jobs.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love my school's atmosphere. It is truly the best.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It can be strict, but we are all adults and I think the school does a great job of handling that

4 College Freshman

Weather: Athens looks great in each season. Although I hate the rainy days with a passion, it's perfect for staying home and getting that much needed studying done.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: I love having the almost all night bus service and I'm very grateful for it as well. Although I do think that the drivers could be a bit more considerate.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process was fairly simple and I received the money quickly after applying.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many diversities on our campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I'm not really a fan of Uga food, which is really dissapointing. It's just really bland

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus, I'm close to downtown, the student center, and most of my classes.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is always much to choose from around downtown Athens. plus, all the restaurants vary! There is a restaurant for each taste.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: My school is very traditional and I love that. Everyone is so involved.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have an abundance of clubs , organizations, lectures, seminars that fit all personalities!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I would like to rush next year!


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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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