Athens, GA
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Athens is a great town, but it's much more convent to get around to local eateries if you have a car or know someone with one. Still, the local environment is wonderful. Athens Transit buses can take you most anywhere you want to go, and downtown is a short walk to shops, locally-owned stores, and food. It's best to stay on Baxter Street than Broad for eating though. You pay a better price for better food.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Many dorms will be getting rebuilt, so this will pose a huge cost to potential students in the future. Unfortunately, there isn't enough space on campus in comparison to the students, but it's much more convient to stay one campus. Freshmen dorms are not at all as bad as they make them out to be. There's options for singles that can work for most people's budgets, but you try your luck in waiting for one. South campus housing is the most convient. All are secure. East Campus Village (ECV) apartment style housing allows for the most privacy, but it's farther from most major campus locations and much more expensive than other on campus options.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Its college so everyone is just having fun. The girls usually dress normally and the boys usually wear gym shorts and nike slides or shoes. Its a lot of sorority girls and guys that like to go to the gym.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Its hard to get financial aid. Especially when you need more then federal loans. Tips are to ask for the parent plus loan and if your parent is denied you can get that as well as more un-subsidized loans. Always ask!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly, I feel that UGA is one of the safest campuses in the country. Literally nothing happens. Well, you still have to be careful and use common sense, because there may be people who will try to take advantage of you. However, if you make sure you are not by yourself at night, you walk with groups of people, and you don't take offers from strange people, you will be just fine. I've actually walked campus by myself at night, and even though it is not the safest thing to do, the chances of you getting seriously injured or harmed in any way is extremely low. People who don't belong on campus generally stay off of campus.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: As a black student of Jamaican descent, I have faced many years of being treated differently than white students and people in general in the state of Georgia. However, UGA is not as bad as I thought it would be. There are many diversity programs to join and the university as a whole is pretty progressive. UGA is still predominantly white, but there are many scholarship opportunities for minorities to attend. I've noticed many Asians, Latinos, and Blacks/ African Americans all over campus doing amazing things, and it definitely gives me a good feeling. The people here are generally friendly and accepting of everybody. Of course there are still some very backward and ignorant people, but it isn't hard to avoid them if you so choose. It is also pretty easy to discuss diversity with most of the students, because they are willing to listen and offer opinions and rebuttals in an open, encouraging environment.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I've only completed one semester at UGA, but I have to say it was a great one. Of course there are the typical issues all freshmen face, like getting lost or confused, but the professors are actually extremely helpful. I'm on a business track, and the classes I am required to take are challenging, but not overly so. My best advice is to get to know your professors extremely well, that way they will help you when you need it. I'm not saying kiss up, but it definitely pays off to have someone in your corner when you are struggling. Also, try to get to know your advisor pretty well because they help you with your schedules. Remember not all professors are the kindest, but you can still work around that by getting help from other professors/TA's or study sessions offered by different departments.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Basically if you stay out of trouble you won't be in trouble. Athens Police know that they're dealing with college students and if you don't mess around with them you'll be alright. Heck as long as you can walk back to your dorm you can be drunk out of your mind and the cops won't bother to question you or anything. The biggest problem with police is drunk driving, they'll arrest you on the spot for that. But the RAs in the dorms can be strict about drugs and alcohol in the dorms. Luckily for me my RA was really chill so we don't have to worry about that but other dorms aren't so lucky. So basically if you keep on the down low you'll have a great year living the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls are excellent, I can't complain about them. 5 star meals, buffet style, great service, you can't get any better with food than at UGA. There is a total of 4 dining halls: Joe Frank Harris, Ogelthorpe, Snelling, and Bolton. JFH is the biggest and provides specialty items such as made to order smoothies but the other dining halls do not fall short behind. Snelling is open 24/7 Monday - Thursdays, Ogelthorpe is the one most students go to and Bolton has two floors for students to dine. As with the quality of the food, it is top notch. Food is replaced constantly to ensure that nothing goes stale. The best ingredients are used and the menu even consists of recipes brought up by actual moms of the students. Tables and eating areas are clean, spills are cleaned up almost immediately and there is always at least one person going around cleaning the tables every time someone leaves. The dining halls at UGA are nothing short of excellent.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The University of Georgia is known for its downtown life, packed with people going about their scenic views. There is a ton to do downtown; you will not get bored easily. However the problem with this is the price. Off-campus dining can sometimes get really pricey, sometimes even more expensive compared to dining hall food. However if you are up to the task or traveling downtown the food there is magnificent. There are a lot of places to check out, such as the endless amount of bars, fast food joints (Fuzzy's, Five Guys, Starbucks), foryo and even Waffle House. Even McDonald's is a quick 10 minute drive off campus. Everything you could really want is located within 15 minutes of campus. There are student discounts here and there but not all places make proper use of it.

3 College Junior

Majors: I question if I am making thed right choice sometimes but then again, I was responsible for a the 2012 election party that over 1000 students came to so I think there will always be ups and downs

4 College Junior

Majors: It really is great, its like going to a small liberal arts school

3 College Junior

Majors: Wide selection, it makes you second guess if you made the right choice

3 College Junior

Majors: Completing that application to a lot of thought and effort but it was do-able.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Athens is filled with diversity; for whatever scene you are into, there is always something going on that you can be a part of. The town is very inviting and spirited. Downtown has a large variety of options and the nightlife is fantastic.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: School spirit is very high here. Even if you aren't big on the sport, you will love going to any type of event because of the atmosphere.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: My favorite places are Stuffed Burger (they literally stuff your burger), Shokitini (sushi), and the Grit (vegetarian/vegan). They have a variety of prices and options at each place.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Hundreds of student organizations for every interest

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: At UGA you get a wide variety of majors and professors to choose from. If they don't have your major, you can create it with Interdisciplinary Studies!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Marine Biology and Biology – To be any type of Biology major at UGA can be difficult if you aren't focused. The classes require a significant amount of work outside of class, but the most of the professors are more than willing to do everything they can do help you if you are struggling. On the rare occasion you have difficulty working with a professor, there are a lot of tutors willing to help.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you live off campus, either register for a parking permit in advance, or plan on riding the city bus. The city bus really isnt bad though. Its just a bunch of other students that live off campus too. If you live on campus and you want your car, plan on registering for a parking permit or else youll have no where to park it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Overall, UGA has been super relaxed in my opinion. The campus police and Athens police are really chill about all the underage kids downtown every weekend. My roommate last year got caught drinking in our dorm and nothing happened.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: When I was a freshman, I lived in Creswell (one of the freshman highrises). The bathrooms were clean, but the showers were usually broken on my floor. The RA was a pain. The fire alarm also went off in there like 12 times that year. The only advantages of Creswell were that it was right next to the bus stop and next to Bolton dining hall. I would suggest Oglethorpe House though.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It is mostly sunny, but not too hot. It rarely snows, so that isn't an issue either.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Athens is a good college town. It has alot to offer college students as far as work and social activity.

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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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