Athens, GA
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: At UGA, there are plenty of options for locations to live on-campus. For freshman, the traditional location is in the Big Three, consisting of Brumby, Russell, and Creswell Halls. However, from what I've heard, these halls are loud and noisy at night, rooms are small, and you are confined to community bathrooms. If you apply early action and get in, but don't know if you want to go to UGA or not, I would still turn in the housing fee to secure your spot ahead of all those applying with the normal application. I have lived in Oglethorpe House for two years now and have loved it for the most part. The rooms are bigger than the average, and you have private bathrooms, as well as the comfort of a dining hall only a few steps right outside the door.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation at UGA is fairly good, with 10 different routes to get students to class on time. Usually, if you catch the right bus at the right location, you'll make it to class in time. However, there are areas where bus stops become extremely crowded, such as in front of the Tate and Memorial Hall stops. As well, on rainy days, the bus schedule becomes extremely slow and buses are even more crowded than usual. After about 6, you might want to take a car to ECV or downtown, as the bus schedule spreads out and you might not see the bus you need for up to 45 minutes.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The university really focuses on football as a community during the season, and you can tell that the campus is itching to return during the off season.

5 College Student

Nightlife: There are many types of nightlife activities without having to drink.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a leak into my room, so it smelled funny for a semester, and the water was freezing every time I showered. But those were the old dorms.

4 College Junior

Academics: Before transferring to UGA I heard numerous horror stories about how much harder the curriculum and workload would be compared to my previous school. Luckily I haven't experienced the supposedly monumental tasks yet. And even if subjects are difficult as long as you make an effort to reach out to the professor or TA someone is willing to sit down with you and help you with whatever it is that is giving you trouble.

3 College Junior

Academics: I don't know if this is an unique experience to myself because I am a transfer or if this happens to many but I find that it is difficult to find out what classes I need to be taking to graduate on time. I've run into a couple of problems where science classes offered by one of the other schools (mainly Ecology) are not transferring over to the completion of my degree despite the fact they are listed under possible Biology electives.

5 College Junior

Facilities: UGA has beautiful facilities. North Campus is filled with green courtyards where you can find many students hanging out when the weather is nice. Tate student center is an awesome resource as well.

5 College Junior

Athletics: UGA is known for its athletics, especially its football team. Everyone comes out for football games and shows their school spirit.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As a Journalism major at UGA, the availability and selection of scholarships are slim. The money offered rom them are low also. I haven't seen one at $1000. Financial aid works with you though, so visit them as often as necessary. What is frustrating to me, however, is that they use your loans first and then use scholarship money - you can see which funds they pull from for tuition and fees in your student account profile.

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.


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Christopher Joshua Benton
Norfolk, VA
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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