Athens, GA
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Reviews 3621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police can really be in full effect during the nights of parties and clubs. There aren't much people that can get away with driving and drinking around downtown. If you were to get caught, you would need people in high places to get out of the trouble you are in.

4 College Freshman

Weather: There were very few rainy days, but they were not miserable; keep an umbrella in your backpack at all times, and be open minded to rainy days. The temperature was only very cold for a few weeks- just have warm clothes and keep inside most of the days. The other days were quite comfortable temperatures, and had sunny skies for the majority of them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Georgia is an elite university. It is known for it's academics and rigor, which is reflected in each student's classes and work load. The professors challenge you, but are willing to help you when you seek help; but they will not go out of their way to help you. Registering is a pain, but becomes easier the more you do it. The workload can become overwhelming, but you have to learn to balance it in a way that allows for you to still succeed. Find what works best for you study wise, and stick to it. Be careful not to take too long to figure out what works, or your grades will suffer!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Convenience can sometimes become a problem if you do not have a car. Otherwise, most places are pretty easily accessible. There is a variety, and most are cheap. The issue with this is that the cheap costs causes for less healthy options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As an education major that has just begun the program, I have wonderful things to say about this major so far. The teachers care about you on a personal level, and take the effort to know you and make sure you feel you are graded fairly. I have also heard wonderful reviews from teachers who have experienced teachers from the University of Georgia. This program is one of the best in the state at preparing students to be successful in all they do for their teaching career.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls are very good looking but there are also good liking guys so there is alot of competition

3 College Junior

Computers: Some computer labs have Macs but others have older computers

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Over 50 bars packed into a small downtown and buses run until 2 a.m. and cabs are cheap

3 College Sophomore

Weather: If you don't like rain, Athens isn't the town for you. When it rains, it POURS here. It's also frustrating to be in a Georgia town because mornings may be cold enough for a heavy hoodie and by afternoon time you're stuck walking around with it stuffed in your backpack or in your hand. But when the sun shines and even when it's cloudy, Athens is an enjoyable place to be outside.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Time and time again it's been suggested that UGA is the choice school for aspiring journalists. I'd say that's appropriate. At a public state institution you definitely get a world-class education at Grady for journalism. Professors have in-the-field experience. A typical internship depends on your concentration. For Mass Media Arts majors that may mean taking a job as a Production Assistant on a film set in Atlanta. For Broadcast Journalism majors that may mean an internship at a local news station or at CNN. The biggest concern about finding an internship is that it's no guaranteed in any way. Journalism is a highly competitive field and internships are no exception, even among Grady students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants off-campus such as Barberitos, Cali and Titos that are conveniently located only a few yards from the campus. Some restaurants accept bulldog bucks which is a form of payment used in UGA. The best places to check out would be the restaurants in downtown Athens.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: University of Georgia actually has a highly ranked meal plan with four dining halls available, and a fifth one currently under construction. The dining halls have a diverse variety of food and drinks. It is up to the student to eat healthy or not as they provide both food that can be considered healthy and unhealthy. The meal plan is a bit pricey for those short on cash, but I would not consider it overpriced. The dining hall that most students consider to be the "best" is usually East Campus Village dining hall which has the most variety of food and is located right next to Ramsey Center (gym).

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very safe and friendly. Areas of attraction would be downtown Athens where there are many shops and bars. There is five points square where a lot of restaurants are located. The air quality is also very good as Athens is more of a rural city.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Incoming Freshmen are required to live on-campus, so expect that added expense on top of tuition. Some dorms are nicer than others. Payne and Reed are the closest to classes and are in the heart of campus but are the furthest from the dining halls. All of the dorms on East Campus are the newest and nicest but are extremely far from where the majority of classes are located. Housing is expensive but convenient and a good way for Freshmen to experience campus life and make friends. Don't expect a single quiet night unless it's finals or midterms.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The downtown vibe in Athens is super laid-back and friendly. The cafe's are unique and have a tranquil study atmosphere. The restaurants are similarly unique and most use locally sourced ingredients. Traffic sucks but the transit system usually makes up for that. If you like bars, there are tons of bars and Athens is notorious for having an awesome music scene. However, if bars and partying isn't your cup of tea...good luck finding things to do. Athens can be a boring town if you're not a social butterfly.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The UGA buses run frequently but are packed during peak hours....packed like, you are either pressed against a stranger or you have to wait for another one to come. Athens Transit is free for anyone with a UGA ID and services pretty much every major apartment complex/neighborhood in the campus area so living off-campus isn't difficult. Both transit systems run on a time schedule but rarely follow it, so I've found that even making a 10 minute trek across campus to my next class can be faster than taking the bus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different organizations for all of the different races, genders, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am in the Child and Family Science major. The teachers in this degree are amazing they are always willing to go out of their way to insure you understand teh material. they offer advice in choosing your future careers. we have an internship built in the degree program so the school will help you pick and be placed into an internship that will help you to your future career and they give you credit house for the internship typically 6 or 9 hours it depends on your number of elective hours and hours you can work a week at your internship.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: If you love to the bar life Athens is for you. we have about 97 bars in one square mile. Athens also has a great music life. Bands like REM had their start here. Once a year we host the TERRAPIN TWILIGHT CRITERIUM it brings in a lot of people and is one of the best days in Athens. Other great Saturdays are home game days for the UGA Bulldawgs. Every sets up and tailgate but everyone parties and plays tailgating games together.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: UGA has a large vary of housing to choose from. We have the apartment style of house which cost more or the traditional 2 people in one room that share the bathroom with the rest of the floor, which is the cheapest. We also have a middle choice of 2 people one room and a private bathroom to share with just the two of them, which is also in the middle of cost. So the Freshman that have to live on campus can have a choice of where they want to live but it is harder for them to get the apartment style, you usually have to be a second year or older to live in them both the opposition is there.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: We have a whole street dedicated to Greek housing. Frats and Sororities are always throwing some kind of event and they typically try to get the whole University involved.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is good effort to enforce laws against drugs but since it is a big college campus there is still a decent amount of drug use. There is a normal amount of peer pressure to use drugs but is not a big issue.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is known for being a party school, which is true, but there are also many other opportunities. There is a big music scene here and an awesome downtown area!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There isn't a shortage of off-campus housing. Depending on how much you're willing to pay, there are very nice housing options available.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I think, initially, UGA's campus seems extremely non-diverse. But once you start meeting new people, you begin to realize how truly diverse the student population is.


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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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