Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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Reviews 3621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus transportation is really great. There are several different bus routes and once you learn them, you can get almost anywhere on campus. The only downside is that at times the buses are either a few minutes early or late which can be frustrating when trying to plan for a tight schedule to get between classes. Overall they are pretty reliable and available.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Within my group of friends, there is great diversity. In my closest group of friends which includes about 10 people, we each have a different religious background and are of 5 different races. When you take in all of the students at UGA, it is mostly white. This is especially obvious in sororities and fraternities. However, there is diversity on campus, it is just sometimes hard to see.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus and only feel unsafe on campus at night if I am walking alone in an area where there are not many people. I feel as thought campus police are accessible if you call them but hardly ever see them. I have never felt unsafe within my dorm and my roommate and I often leave the door unlocked if we are there or down the hall in another friend's room. Overall I feel very safe.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I love Athens! The weather can be a bit temperamental at times, going from 60 degrees one day to 28 degrees and snowing the next, but for the most part it is very good. It is hot in the summer and cold at times during the winter. Compared to other places we have a very mild winter and only some years do we get snow. Fall is especially beautiful on campus as all of the leaves on the trees are changing colors.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is very apparent that many people on campus drink. It seems to be mostly associated with sororities and fraternities and their socials, but according to my friends that are in sororities, you are not forced or pressured to drink. I do not drink and have never felt pressured to drink or do drugs by anyone. If you do not want to be a part of the "party scene" and underage drinking, it is very easy to avoid. There are plenty of other students that are also not interested in that and who you can have fun with without making those bad decisions.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Athens has really great food at reasonable prices and an amazing music scene. Downtown is very lively and a fun place to be. The only downsides are the limited spaces for outdoor recreation because the county overall is very poor. I would like to have a park available.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus but I know many people that do. Most of them enjoy it but miss being close to everything. Although they do not live far, they resent the commute that they do have to make because when they lived on campus they did not need to use their cars to simply get to class.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have never really experienced much strictness here. Attendance is what has been the most strict for me but that is on a case by case basis as some professors don't care while others are very strict because of department policies. I wish that they were more strict about noise violations because my neighbors are often loud. They also drink in their room, are underage, and have visitors over to stay the night often. My RA is hardly ever present to discipline them. They are the only two people that we have a problem with on our hall.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The Dawgs are the best and everyone on campus knows it. Students show up to support our teams in many different sports and sporting events are always really fun because of that. There is definitely a lot of school spirit. I'm not really sure about intramural or club sports because I don't know anyone that is very actively involved in those.

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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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