Athens, GA
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Reviews 3531 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students are kind and helpful at my school. We don't have the greatest variety, and many people dress similarly for comfort across the hilly campus, but self expression is encouraged!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police and safety services are constantly on campus, and so the student population generally feels safe.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Our on campus dining is so good- it has won national awards many times and is considered one of the best in the nation. The downside is that it is expensive, but there are always many options. There are only two choices for meal plan, which is a down side. 5 day or 7 day, both of which are absolutely unlimited, and as stated earlier- pretty expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our school is not extremely strict unless there are issues that affect the well-being of the students. There is just as much freedom as there will be in life after college, but officials are more strict in campus dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining (and even on campus dining) is one of the best things about the university. Many people travel to Athens to find some of the best restaurants they've ever been to. Despite Athens being a classic city in northern Georgia, there are SO many options. Indian, Italian, Mexican- you name it, it's there, and it's amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have yet to find out everything there is to offer, so I don't give it a perfect rating just yet, but so far it's great. I am majoring in Advertising and Studio Art with a minor in Art History, and there are so many clubs, internships, and events to get involved with! Any major at the University of Georgia is not an easy task- there is a lot of work to do, but facilities are amazing and the opportunities given are even better.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: My school offers everything from math and science to visual arts and language! The business school is renowned for its programs and each major offers students a unique approach to studies. The workload is difficult for most programs, but many options are available and students can even take online classes!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options and it is much cheaper than living on campus! You do pay more for the places that are practically on campus, but the places that are a little farther away are all great price wise and make public transportation very accessible.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Athens is great. Lots of food choices, good walking. Football season is when most people want to come because of the football games. Athens is centered around UGA culture, and especially during football season. Safety is pretty good -- police are always driving around, especially to enforce parking. Athens is definitely a college town. It is fun to go to the Georgia Botanical Gardens, as well as the Art Museum on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The school is extremely supportive of the variety teams. The students don't even have to pay to go to some varsity games for some sports. Football season is when everyone surrounds their social lives around football--most of the school loves the games (and the pre-gaming). School spirit is so big that it can easily get out of hand. Club sports are also pretty popular. We have a lot of athletes and a lot of athlete support at the school, so much so that it seems it is more important than academics.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants downtown usually have good prices for lunch but then really raise the prices for dinner. There is a good variety of food, including French, Italian, Mexican, Microbreweries, sports bars, and chain restaurants. Many restaurants are right near campus. I would recommend Pauli's which is famous for their crepes, De Palmas downtown, and The Last Resort.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus during the week, even when it gets dark (just early evening), but I have heard of several reports of crime in the nearby areas. I have seen a lot of police cars driving, but I do not see enforcement of underaged drinking prevention. I do not feel safe driving there on a weekend night because there is so much partying that I feel is not observed by law enforcement.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I applied through the state. It was fairly straight-forward. Because I have kept my state scholarship, I just get notified how much I have been awarded each semester.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: My internship was in a ward at the vet school. The internship was for a month, and was not paid. I had to do a lot of driving to deliver some animals to other hospitals but was not compensated because this ward was not funded a lot of money and could not afford to pay the interns. I was required to give treatments and feedings to wild animals that had come into the hospital. A senior vet student was always there to help out. I was on call from 6 am to 10 pm every day of the week, and one weekend. I enjoyed learning, despite not getting paid, because I got to ask a lot of questions and do a lot of hands-on activities like tube-feeding a hawk, giving injections, and bottle-feeding a fawn.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The Avian Biology program that I am in is great. I would certainly recommend it and do it all over again if I had to (but I hope I don't have to!) I love the professors, and many of the classes are hands-on, do-it-yourself, touch-it to learn kinds of classes. I feel like I can talk to my professors, ask them questions, tell them my concerns. I think the curriculum is very good as well as it covers a lot of material and goes in-depth.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Lots of places to grab food. There are some little places even in the academic buildings. The food made by the university is not that good, but it is neither terrible. I am not on a meal plan, but when I stop in the cafes in the student center, they usually have a good selection.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, lots of prices, lots of locations. Go as close to or as far from campus as you want. I live right near a bus stop. Public transportation runs close to many other places. Most properties seem to be kept up very well. Options for roommates or living alone. Options for pets.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I transfered to UGA so I have not had to live in campus housing at UGA. I live off campus, but near campus. From what I have seen, the housing on campus is fairly new and would be nice to live in. It is right on a bus stop, right near the gym, and right near a dining hall. I am even more unfamiliar with the freshman housing, though I have not heard poor things about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: UGA is unique because Athens is a college town. Downtown Athens is very nice to visit also for good food, drinks, and music. I have had very nice, very caring professors, and also very apathetic professors. The academics are mixed: some classes that should be more in depth are easy, and other classes that should have more involved, more understanding professors neglect the students and leave them to fail. Many of the facilities are very nice at the school; however, some of the buildings are neglected that could use more attention (for educational purposes).

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It is a very mixed group. Some students are preppy, party-loving, and care about their grades. Other students are very academically-minded only. Still others are into athletics or the music scene that is so prevalent in downtown Athens. The most common attire is the "college fraternity look" which entails, for girls, an oversized T-shirt with the name of the event of a sorority or fraternity, and shorts and tennis shoes, and for boys, a normal sized T-shirt with the name of the event of a sorority or fraternity, khaki or colored shorts and boat shoes. Girls typically wear a messy ponytail and no make-up during the week, and on the weekends, dress in very short, very tight dresses for parties. Most college kids anticipate all week long partying and getting drunk on the weekends, and many times, the weekend starts on Thursday night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The University of Georgia is very strict with their Honor Code: every student must sign the tests pledging that no cheating has or will occur. Professors are very serious about no cheating and make it clear that students that are caught cheating will face the consequences. I think it is excellent that the academic honesty policy is pushed so much because a lot of academic dishonesty occurs in college. It is unfortunate that students will still find ways to cheat without being caught because of so many resources on the internet, students keeping old tests, etc.

I have spoken with a friend younger than me and this friend was telling me about how they would drink with their RA in the dorm their freshman year, which was the previous year. This is not the first incident I've heard of. Underage students also get into the bars too easily. The bars are so close to campus that there should be more of a police presence there. Underage students get alcohol too easily on this campus.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I grew up in Athens and I DO NOT want to leave, it is home to me though so it is hard for me to be objective

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: its nice to be so close to dt athens. I dont get into the party scene but it is nice to have like a whole continuation of campus with food and shopping

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think UGA has a lot of money and we pay a lot to be there and it shows. We have excellent facilities, an awesome gym, and student center, and we have a beatuiful campus...except for the smoking. yuck.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I feel like all there are is sorority and frat people, super smart people who are just there to learn, and then awkward creepy losers

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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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