Athens, GA
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Reviews 3608 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The great thing about Athens is the city is built around UGA. Downtown is filled with restaurants and bars for those looking to go out, and the weekend really does start on Thursday. Greek life is about 25% of the student population, so there are always parties going on. However, if you aren't into partying, it is not hard or uncomfortable to avoid these things. But the city provides great nightlife to those who are looking for a fun time after a long week

4 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum will challenge you. I came to UGA because of the national prestige, not only because of the Terry College of Business but also the university as a whole. Work will need to be put in to each class. It won't be a breeze but it will be well worth it. I have learned more than I could imagine in my short time here so far. Professors are there to help and hold generous office hours and are more than willing to do what they can to help (as far as my experiences go). Registration usually is given to Seniors first, but UGA holds things called "blue card events" that allow any student to go to these events and become eligible for early sign up. You have to attend 10 events, which are culture events, throughout the semester. It really isn't bad and can be very beneficial

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. There is a good amount of university police that patrol and there are lit walkways. Of course, crime will occur, so when it does, Campus police send out mass emails telling of suspects and what precautions to take. I have never felt unsafe on campus

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a Business major at UGA and so far have been very grateful of the learning experience. UGA is continually ranked as one of the top 25 public universities and shows promising signs of moving up the list. With that said, the work is challenging, but that's what makes it so rewarding. In my short time here, my professors have been great and always willing to help. They want you to do well. But you have to put in the time and effort to succeed.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus police are always visible no matter where you are. They do a great job policing the university and they work with Athens-Clarke county to patrol the downtown scene, which can be a little strict. Campus police do take advantage of students, especially near the end of the month, of speeding tickets though. Make sure you're a safe driver on campus.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't a problem at UGA and is easy to stay away from. If you stay away from the students involved in the drug scene then there will not be any problems.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: For anyone living on campus, I'd suggest getting on the university meal plan. There are 4 dining halls on campus and they are all excellent! You can find almost anything you'd like any day of the week.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a non-Greek student, I am not a huge fan of Greek life. Many who are Greek tend to view those who are not differently. The houses are enormous and elaborate and a majority of those who are Greek seem to be wealthy. Many of them seem to be click-y and judgmental, but that is not to say that all of them are. I am aware that each Greek organization sponsors a philanthropy and academics are considered when joining, which I think is appropriate.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife, most people say, is excellent. However, for anyone under 21, there isn't as much to do. Most of the bars and clubs downtown are 21-and-older, so in my opinion there isn't much to do there. Thankfully, the University provides activities, however, they aren't extremely frequent and not all of them are exciting.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different types of restaurants located around campus. All of them are dispersed around the city and are convenient regardless of where you live. There are also a lot of local restaurants, which I enjoy because it allows us to support the community, and it provides variety.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I would definitely choose the Psychology and Criminal Justice majors all over again. I plan on becoming a forensic psychologist or going into law, and I feel that my two majors will allow easy transfer into the job field.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Psychology program is pretty basic. I love it because I'm interested in it, but it's not a particularly celebrated program at the undergraduate level. The Criminal Justice program offers so many opportunities. You must complete an internship to graduate, and the advisors are really helpful from day one about exploring your interests. The workload for both of my programs requires A LOT of reading and a great deal of writing, but if you're interested in the subject it isn't dreadful.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I entered UGA with a Psychology major and that didn't require any special moves to get into. Because I came in with 15 AP credits, I had room to add another major (or graduate early, yuck), so I added Criminal Justice. Also, I added it because I want to become a forensic psychologist. The CJ program required a few steps. You have to complete 30 hours (AP included), and have completed POLS 1101, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, and STAT 2000 with a grade of C or better. Other than that, you're pretty much guaranteed entry.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: UGA has many different options located right off campus from the classic Waffle House to the ethnic Cali and Titos. Downtown is full of a variety of restaurants including Your Pie, which allows you to build your own pizza, and frozen yogurt shops, Yoforia. There is a French restaurant and an Indian cuisine, which get great reviews. A good number of places offer discounts with student IDs, and you can also find coupons floating around campus regularly.

4 College Junior

Majors: The major's great, although I'm having a difficult time with journalism, because I really love adjectives. But, nonetheless, it's pretty good.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There's not a lot to do for people who don't have money, although there are occasional deals if you know the right places to look. And the campus is really just a school - not as magical as people made it seem.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I am a Political Science and Spanish double major. Neither schools (SPIA OR Frankling College of Arts) require for me to apply and be accepted because there is less competition within these schools. However, neither major means any less work. Political Science requires a lot of reading and writing papers and Spanish requires more speaking and writing. Both majors are consistently filling my email inbox with Internship opportunities with government officials and study abroad programs. Both of which are amazing ways to find future careers.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I will be honest. UGA struggles a bit with its diversity level. Racially, the white population dominates the campus, followed by Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans. Politically, there is a split on campus between Democrats and Republicans, but that is due to the large college student population. Sexuality, the LGTB community is not huge, but their presence is here. However, all minority groups have a presence here through clubs and organizations that are offered to all students who are interested.

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4 College Junior

Academics: UGA offers a variety of academic programs for students to participate in. It depends on your major and interests. UGA is known for is Business Program and Medical Program, both of which are extremely competitive. However, competition is key to success. it makes you work harder and shows your determination. The curriculum requires students to be dedicate to their studies and so long as a student learns how to manage their time wisely the workload is never overwhelming. Tutorial is free and professors offer appointments and office hours. There is no excuse for student to not take advantage of this (especially since you are paying for it within your tuition and institutional fees).

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4 College Junior

Weather: The temperature is never unbearable. Although it can get extremely hot, that is typical Georgia weather that I am accustomed to.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Receiving scholarships at UGA is extremely difficult. The university disregards that academic merit becomes much more difficult year after year and although financially some are "middle class", they disregard the fact that this does not necessarily mean families have extra funds to pay for college.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Athens has typical Georgia weather -- hot and humid in the summers, cool (but usually not freezing) in the winter. When school starts in August, the first couple weeks are usually pretty miserable due to the heat. But it quickly turns nice in late September into October. Once the weather turns nice, everyone is hanging outside. People often walk or ride bikes on campus. If it ever does snow or ice in the winter, class is almost always canceled -- even if there's just the threat of bad weather.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Athens is a fantastic college town. It has a great music scene (there are always bands playing somewhere downtown) and lots of fun local shops to go to in Five Points or downtown. Of course, sports is huge at UGA -- there is always something to go see, whether its gymnastics, basketball or football -- which dominates most Saturdays during the fall in Athens. It's close enough to Atlanta that you can go there for a concert, museum, etc, and drive back the same day. If you like to go out, you will find no shortage of bars and clubs downtown. Campus is pretty safe, but I wouldn't walk around late at night by yourself. But that's kind of a given in most places.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The football team is everything in the fall. If you like sports, go here.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The dining facilities are very nice and the new buildings are pretty.


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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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