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

Overall Experience: There's a huge sense of school pride, extracurricular opportunities, and it's a really good school for smart students. I would choose it again because it is very well rounded and provided many opportunities.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to do aside from sports and going downtown, and it isn't the safest area. Other than UGA there aren't really any sports/recreation to speak of other than little leagues.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are extremely nice and up to date. Some of the classes and offices are held in historical buildings as well, some dating back to the Civil War.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: A large part of the student body goes to Ramsey to work out/exercise, others study in the library, and some hang out at the quads or dining halls.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone very much falls into the "Southern prep" category, and there don't seem to be many people branching out into the "artsier" or any different categories.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: As part of the SEC, football is especially important to the student body, and many people follow the basketball and gymnastics teams as well. Our swim team won the national championships this past year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a dorm close to Tate and Sanford, which was nice, but it was a pretty good walk to the closest dining halls. They're building a new dining hall fairly close, however, which will mitigate that problem.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Average diversity, not enough. Predominately white college.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Athens is a college town - without UGA there would be no Athens. It is a cheap place to live. Safety can be a problem at times, but only for those who pay no attention to their surroundings. Being from Athens area, I know the spots that people shouldn't go too, and for the most part people don't. The "locals" are very hood and poor - Athens is a very poor city so homeless people are around but they aren't usually a bother.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Our school focuses heavily on tradition - it is the oldest land grant university - and tradition is very important. It's also the best school in the southeast, and is noted as such. Campus life should be more lively in all areas and not just in particular spots, but our school is unique in that it is truly a college experience, with bars in walking distance that almost anyone can get into. Our sports life is huge and our academics are outstanding. It is a great place.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I only use HOPE scholarship but financial aid is a pain at any school

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Certain dining halls are better than others. Same food every other week gets old.

3 College Junior

Majors: Our school is notable for our journalism and business and sports med programs. They're very competitive and very hard to get into. The only issue I have is with journalism - many people will be awarded awesome opportunities for internships that they will have to turn down because the journalism program won't give any kind of letter to "receive course credit" if you are not actually in the program, which is truly unfortunate. There should be some revisions for the process but with it being one of the best in the nation, it will be hard to change.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm not in the program yet so I can't comment, but I know it is one of the best Journalism programs in the country.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Our school is located right in the midst of downtown so there are plenty of options that are cheap, some expensive

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: White greeks are different from the black greeks. Noticeably.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I'm from the south, so football is religion and a major part of our school. Our sports are supported by everyone and school spirit - there is nothing like it. Intramural is big here too

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is one area of dorms that I've lived in for about 2 years, and it is great, the East Campus Village. However, all of the dorms besides that are very old and need some serious renovation. Campus is great, we have reliable campus transit and nothing is too far away. Social atmosphere is cool because of the dining halls, and the amenities are also fair.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is not UGA's best attribute. While students are accepting of different backgrounds, incidents of ignorance should be expected if you're not white, middle class. However, most students tend to fit into some community or create their own. The school tends toward conservative, but not obnoxiously. As for sexual orientation, the gay scene is small and disappointing compared to Atlanta.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Athens gets crazy in the fall during football season, which is welcome jolt for most students. Crowds also swell for Twilight, a bike race in April, and AthFest, a local music festival in June. Other exciting events happen throught the university. Athens is generally safe even in student neighborhoods which are pretty cheap. There are several clothing outlets to choose from downtown for women, but the main shopping outlet is Georgia Square Mall on Atlanta Highway.

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5 College Junior

Academics: For students interested in journalism, Grady is one of the best. The college owns a news studio which broadcast students can practice in and Grady grads have a great reputation. Classes are intensive and small, but the faculty is very experienced.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The General Education curriculum is more rigorous, but students often can exempt classes with AP credit. The breadth of courses offered is vast. However a lot of introductory classes will be taught by grad students. Most lower level classes are not writing intensive and just require paying attention and adequate amount of studying. Registration has improved now that a new system has been implemented.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: UGA students, collectively, are a beautiful bunch. The problem is, a significant portion of students tend toward the greek which may not be your type. College life in Athens doesn't exactly foster the environment for long-term relationships because hooking up is more common (not nearly as common as often portrayed though). The variety is not the best, but there is something for everyone I guess.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Unless you have a car, you'll mostly eat out downtown when you're not on campus. Several fast food places provide cheap, good food including Five Guy's and Subway. For late nights, people usually head to Waffle House or The Grill. Casual dining is the most expensive, but can be worth it.The cost varies, but a meal will run around $6-8 in most places. The trick is ordering the right thing.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I'm not nearly as impressed with dining on campus as some, but UGA is really solid. Bulldog and Tate Cafe have some of the best food in my opinion and is under $10. Food at dining halls gets old, but it is very satisfying.

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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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