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

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places around campus to live once you're ready to leave the dorms. Some of the nice places are a little pricey, but it is very easy to find a decent apartment at a good price. There are also a lot of options. You can live in a duplex, classic apartment, a house, a flat downtown, etc. A lot of the complexes have an Athens Transit bus stop to take you right to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food in Athens is beyond great. There is such a great variety of options and something for everyone. Most restaurants in the area have many options for those who are vegetarian/vegan. A lot of these delicious restaurants are right off campus allowing those living on campus to walk there.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here does not really have an impact on UGA mainly because the weather is generally relatively nice. Most are sunny days and while some days are rainy and cold and you want to stay inside, that usually doesn't happen. I feel as if classes are still in session no matter what weather unless some drastic happens like snow.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics that UGA has to offer far exceed the expectations that come from a state school, I think. Honestly UGA has so many majors here to offer that if you want to do something, there is no need to transfer elsewhere. My biotechnology major is only being offered at UGA, and I love being in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. That being said, professors range in ratings and teaching styles, so do your research before picking a teacher. The science classes are harder (possibly the hardest, though Accounting is also tough I heard) but yes, college is not impossible if you buckle down and study.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Obviously being a science major, it is extremely hard to compete with everyone here at UGA. Most of the science majors are not only science majors, but also pre-health, pre-med, pre- something and that in its self means that you are going to be head to head with a variety of different people with the same grades. Nevertheless, the classes aren't that bad, you just have to study, and realize that you can't except to get an A with minimal effort unless you thoroughly understand the material.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene in Athens is pretty good. You can go to Atlanta to party, but in Athens the alcohol is way cheaper and getting in is definitely way easier. Most of the bouncers and the bartenders don't care what age you are, and if you are a girl, the odds are definitely in your favor. There are tons of frat parties and house parties going around campus as well, so if the downtown life is not for you, there are plenty of options elsewhere.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: I was not shocked to see that UGA was mostly white because I knew that coming in however, I was really hurt to see that everyone pretty much sticks to their own. So, in my opinion if you are a minority coming here looking for acceptance look elsewhere.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is no better place for great local food. Chefs get an A+ and the farmers market is a great thing!! There is a great selection on movies theatres and local community theatres as well. there is always some festival or show or something going on on the weekends and during the week as well.

4 College Senior

Transportation: If you live in the dorms and are on the meal plan, then there is not much need for a car. The campus bus system is great. However, unless you have a friend who will let you borrow their car or take you to the store, most places you would go to off campus you cannot get to by walking and so a car is very helpful.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There is a much larger percentage of females to males and Caucasians to anyone else. It is a predominantly christian student body, and there is an LGTBQ community but they are not large in number from what I can tell.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel that the UGA campus is very safe. In addition to the Athens-Clarke County police department, we have our own campus police that patrol the campus on a regular basis. The campus is very well lit most of the time, although there are some dark alley ways and corridors, but that is to be expected everywhere. The only downside to the campus is that it directly abuts the downtown strip where all of the bars are. Because of this, there are a lot of drunk people who do wander onto the campus. Overall, however, the campus is very safe.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I love the on campus programs and opportunities for students. Especially as a freshman, I loved all of the social activities the campus hosted. There was one in particular, Dawgs After Dark, that was a fun stress-relieving activity. It was held usually once every month or two.

5 College Senior

Facilities: I absolutely love Georgia's campus and the amount of activities on campus. North Campus, where the famous Chapel & Chapel Bell, as well as the Arch, are, is by far the most beautiful part of campus. There is plenty of green space for leisurely studying or for outdoor games. The Ramsey center, our on-campus gym, is huge and houses everything you would ever need to shed those extra pounds or to keep that body looking good. For studying, we have multiple libraries that house any and every book you'll ever need. We also have an online journal database for those papers you'll most likely have to write. The student center is centered almost in the middle of campus, right next to the football stadium. Armed with many computers, private and public areas for studying, and printing, it has everything you'll need for those long days or nights of studying. There are even student restaurants and a coffee shop within the building set. Overall, you can definitely find the best places for every need you have, right here on campus.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are wonderfully located in the heart of the campus. There are dorms in each part of campus (North, South, East), and you can definitely find the best for you according to your major. Some dorms are cleaner, newer, bigger, etc. than others, but each dorm has its best and worst qualities. I personally stayed in the honors dorm and loved it. I highly suggest touring the dorms before you make your decision; you'll be able to weigh your options much easier that way.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt "unsafe" at UGA.... BUT, I would like to say it depends on how you look and what you are doing. If you are african american people will typically avoid you whether your a girl or a guy but, if you are a young white female walking around at night you will probably get approached by a couple of loud drunk guys. Just saying.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The options for freshman are okay... but, the freshman dorm experience makes it worth it. You will always have stories from your freshman year of college at UGA. The upperclassmen dorms are very nice.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene here is not that noticeable. But, almost everyone drinks but, if you are not into that sort of thing it is pretty easy to avoid.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life at the University of Georgia is extremely expensive to join and maintain involvement--both financially and to your grades. They host lots of parties, social, and charity events, but Greek Life is not essential to life at UGA. You are perfectly able to have a fulfilling life at UGA without being involved in a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: They do an awesome job at the health center, but sometimes over-prescribe medicine for things that are contagious.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There are a ton of students here, so staying on top of all of them is impossible. However, there is no leniency for fake IDs or underage drinking in the dormitories! Also campus property defacing is extremely strict.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: While the police handle the outside world, they completely turn their backs on the illegal drinking conducted by the Greek life. It is absolutely ridiculous that these kids are able to drink in the comfort of their House and not get caught while other students get arrested for doing it about a block away.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is convenient but can get pricey. While you may be very close to campus, you are paying a minimum of roughly $500 a month. That's about $100 more than you could pay in a decent apartment complex.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining halls are phenomenal! The only thing that I do not like is that the menus do not change that much throughout the week. However, there are four dining halls to choose from that have different food choices at each one.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot here, on a whim it seems like! As long as you carry an umbrella with you at all times, you should be fine. Even if the forecast states that there is a 20% chance of rain, bring your rainboots because it's gonna pour.

Other than that, the weather is alright. It is really hot here until about November and then it just gets cold. Typical Georgia though!

3 College Junior

Transportation: As a student at UGA, you are entitled to free fare on the city transportation system. This is system is a great and affordable way to get from point A to point B. My only complaints are that 1) it is not always reliable (game day traffic) and 2) there are only select buses that go to select areas during a certain part of the day.

Because I live off campus and do not have a car, a bus is my main mode of transportation. However, the bus that runs to my apartment complex stops running at 8:45 pm. This makes it difficult to participate in extracurricular activities. Also, city transportation does not run on Sundays.


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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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