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Athens, GA
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24,496
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Hard but Worth It – UGA is definitely not a easy school. The professors make you work hard and they have a heavy work load but if you are an intelligent person and a hard worker it can be done; you can succeed. The professors do care and most are willing to work with you. Registration process is not difficult but getting the classes you want are sometimes a struggle since the school is very competitive especially with classes that are needed most. Register early!!!!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are alot of campus police who are always on duty. I have not had any crime issues since I've been on campus. The residential halls are very safe because of the precautions they take like having to show your id and having to scan your hand in order to get to the building.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great College Place! I love UGA! There is always something to do especially on campus! Which is good for students who do not have transportation. Everyone is friendly and you meet and learn new things everyday!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Try to Get in Honors College – I'm about to be a sophomore and most of my teachers have been helpful. However, really try to get into Honors College because classes are smaller and teachers are much more attentive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Depends on What You're Talking About – RAs are strict about alcohol/drugs in dorms and who enters the dorms. Have not dealt with campus police.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very Specific – There are scholarships at Georgia, but most of them have very narrow guidelines. For example, you have to be in Honors College or want to study abroad during the fall in China.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It can get really hot in Georgia during Spring/Summer. However, I love the sunny weather and I often study outside. Winters are pretty cold, which I don't like. We might get snow once a year, but it's rare. Sometimes ice storms.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Muy Bien – The food is great, but can become cold due to few students during Maymester.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers can become crowded during midterms, but mostly do to procrastination

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: So Much Diversity – There is so much diversity among students that there is a place for everybody

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great College Town – Athens is the perfect college town with tons of cool restaurants and bars downtown.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Nontraditional students beware – I came to the university after having been out of college for a while due to family obligations. Needless to say, I was much older than the majority of UGA students. While the academics and the professors are stellar, it was the student body that completely turned me off. UGA is a great school with great academics, and it was appalling to see that the main focus of some of the students was joining a greek organization, "going out", or cheating off their friends from the previous semester. Be prepared to have students shove past you in crowded auditorium classrooms without saying "excuse me" or to distract you while mindlessly texting on their iphones during class. When called out for using their phones by the professor, some students had to the audacity to get irritated! Not to mention, some of the greek kids are blatantly racist to black students, I couldn't believe my eyes! Academics + professors earn UGA an A+, but the student body brings it down to a B-. If only these kids knew how good they had it with their hope scholarships, maybe they would grow up.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I've Never Heard of Anyone Getting Punished – I've never personally heard of someone getting punished for anything like underage drinking. UGA often ranks as the number one party school in the nation, so I would say the faculty is pretty aware that it goes on. Just don't be blatantly obvious about it, and you won't have any problems.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Athens, Georgia consistently ranks as one of the best college towns in the nation. From experience, I can say it certainly does not disappoint. There are a variety of things to do in and around Athens from a thriving downtown bar scene to local musical concerts to outdoor activities to shopping. There's something for everyone. As the home of the Georgia Bulldogs, UGA is all about sports especially football season. The tailgating that takes place before kick-off is almost more popular than the game itself. But everyone gathers inside Sanford Stadium to cheer on the Dawgs. Gooooooo Dawgs! Sic' 'em! Woof woof woof woof!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are tons of computers in many of the buildings especially the learning center. I'm not as familiar with East Campus, but I know many of the buildings on North Campus have computer labs. The WIFI is always available and easy to access using your student login. Both Mac and PC computers are available to use and are rarely crowded, if ever. However, the vast majority of students have their own computers. We also have a print lab that you can usually get in and out of in under two minutes. They do a variety of printing from black and white to color and posters.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If You Need It, They'll Help You Find It – Almost all of the UGA students from Georgia receive HOPE which really cuts down on costs as well as other scholarships for need based aid. If you are in need of a scholarship, from my experience, UGA will help you find one and make sure that you can go there.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Something for Everyone – The cuisine alone is to die for in Athens. There are so many different types of food and price ranges that will satisfy anyone. The range of things to do is astounding as well. There is classical theater as well as mid range to plays that seem to be done in back alleys on a variety of subjects and eras. The club scene is fantastic if that is what you are in to. There are the mainstream bars for those who just want to drink, and 18 and older club to cater to those students without a fake ID and the 40 watt club for those who just want to listen to their favorite indie band or Cine to see artistic documentaries and movies that most do not see in regular theaters. There are also many festivals for those that somehow get tired of all of the everyday attractions in Athens. There are international fairs, folk fairs, organic food fairs, and political fairs to feed the mind as well as the stomach. Who could disagree that Athens is amazing?

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A World of Cultures in One Town – There are mostly white students on campus with other races making up around 20% of the student body by my estimation. However, the school tries to include each of the races in every student's experience. For example, there are many African American Fraternities and Sororities as well as many clubs and diversity fairs to get the word out. There is an Indian Heritage club as well as a performance group that is all black that addresses the average life of a black person and performs only plays written by African Americans as opposed to those by other races. There are many Latin groups that educate others about Latin American Culture as well as groups that organize study abroad trips specifically to those countries. There are muslim, jewish, Buddhist, and any other religion that you can think of organizations represented on campus. Although I came from a predominately white suburban neighborhood, I feel like I know so much more about each culture because of what I learn in different classes as well as through cultural outreach programs.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great but Expensive – Freshmen dorms like Brumby and Creswell are small and usually $2,000 or more. I think the showers in Brumby where built for toddlers because no girl that lives there can take a shower while standing up straight. ECV (the upper classmen dorms) is even more expensive at $ 3,000 and up per semester. The apartment style rooms in ECV are the best on campus, though all you have is a fake kitchen with no oven so you have to go down stairs to the kitchen if you want to bake or cook something.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Underage Drinking – The police here are pretty strict about underage drinking. It's pretty simple don't get caught doing it or your definitely going to get in trouble.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Very Diverse – Don't get me wrong there are many people of many different ethnicities at the University of Georgia but I think this school claims to be a little more diverse than it actually is. Approximately 73% of my freshmen class is Caucasian. I guess this is a huge improvement over what it was like fifty years ago but like everywhere you will still find racist red necks here. The academics here are great as long as you are a minority student willing to put up with the occasional racist joke or clarify a common miss conception.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: UGA offers a huge variety of majors to choose from. We are best known for our business schools and science. I don't recommend doing engineering at UGA as it is still growing and not accredited. But anything else: arts, sciences, business are wonderful choices to work from.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Classes can get tough so its best to go look for help early. The university offers many tutoring resources and many which are free. All professors are required to have office hours so go up to them and ask for help too.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We are known for the best food services. The dining halls are buffet style and always have a huge variety to choose from for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unlike other schools, we don't have much to complain when it comes to food. Next to football, good food is our priority. Our dining halls always make an effort for special occasions and changes up dining time with something new or entertaining.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus – Living off campus is actually a lot better than on campus because it is a lot cheaper than on campus housing plus you don't have to live in a crappy dorm. There are options from sharing a house to apartments and townhomes all which cater to a student population. Some are so close to campus that you can just use the bus and not pay for parking.

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Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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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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