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

Transportation: Transportation is great at UGA; however, the buses get extremely crowded during the first two weeks of school. Other students who do not catch the bus get late to class because there was no more space. They really need to work on that. Also, you don't know if you should walk or take the bus because you don't know or how far the bus is, so they should create something where we know where it is. Overall, it goes all over campus and different buses go to different locations which is very convenient, even downtown. The staff is very nice and helpful in answering questions and helping with directions. The cost is understandable since the buses travel to a lot of places every 10-15 minutes.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There a quite a few, so props to uga. It's a bit pointless now though seeing that everyone has a laptop. driftimere (sp?) engineering building has like 2 labs.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are a ton of options within walking distance, however since it is "downtown" it is really expensive. Um, off baxter you may get cheaper places to eat. if you are a freshman without a car, suck up the dining hall expenses and just eat there.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: they are usually around, and I've never really felt unsafe. There was this instance when I was walking to my dorm at 3 am by myself (I am a girl). I saw a car pull up near the front of a building and I started to run. I slowed down when I realized it was just security. (then I started saying I wasn't a crazy drunk because I realized my actions where overly paranoid). anyway, the security guy asked me some questions to determine if I had a drink or not (obviously I didn't) and then walked me to my dorm a good half mile away. I'm quite happy he was there because well, walking alone in the middle of the night when you are a girl isn't safe. so ya, long story short, I'm extremely happy with security.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's alright if you've lived in Georgia for most of your life like I have because you're used to it. It is mostly sunny and doesn't rain much because of the drought we are currently having. It rarely snows and it is less than an inch if it does. However, the real issue with the weather is that during the winter, the temperature changes drastically. Monday will be freezing cold, and then Tuesday will force you to wear shorts after 10am , only to throw on another layer of clothing once it hits 5 in the afternoon. As long as you're okay with rapid changes in weather from day to day then you're fine.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is VERY good at UGA, which can be found in 4 different dining halls on campus. The selection changes in a 4 week rotation which is laid out in a packet you can find at the dining halls. Aside from monthly rotating meals, there are lines that offer the same foods everyday such as "La Hacienda" in O-House Dining Hall which serves made to order burritos, quesadillas, nachos, etc. My personal favorite aspects of the dining halls are: Made to order food (Mexican, Asain hibachi, Coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, personal pan pizzas, etc.), 24/5 Dining hall called Snelling (opens at 6am Monday and doesn't close till Friday at 8), and special occasion dinners/lunches (for the holidays they had cookie decorating and lots of food I'd never eaten there before). The best dining hall is ECV, officially named Joe Frank Harris Dining Hall located in east campus. It offers a HUGE selection of fruit and a great salad bar as well as smoothies, personal pizzas, and a deli. The only down side to the dining halls is the amount of money you spend to eat there - $3882.00 for the 7 day meal plan which is only $200 more than the 5 day meal plan. It's a TON of money and you could save so much if you cooked your own food, but it's hard to when you live on campus because you don't have your own kitchen (aside for east campus which includes personal kitchens and bathrooms). The other thing is location - depending on where you live, you may have to take a bus or walk to the dining halls which can take a very long time and isn't very convenient if you have a certain meal in mind. And lastly, after a few months the food tends to get boring and you may find yourself not wanting to eat in the dining halls anymore.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the apartments are priced well and much cheaper than the dorms UGA offers. Some of the complexes are within walking distance of the campus, however many are a few blocks away and require you to bicycle, take a bus, or drive to campus. I would recommend living on campus for 2 years (all freshmen are required to live on campus their first year anyways) and then moving to an apartment once you feel more comfortable with the campus and university itself. The space depends on the complex you live in and the amount of money you are willing to pay, but from what I have seen most people live with roommates and split the monthly costs without complaints. Parking isn't an issue within the complexes as long as you don't own more cars than you do bedrooms. The school doesn't really help you find off campus housing, but you figure the ins and outs through other students pretty easily and hassle free. I would really suggest checking out all the different housing options and deciding which is better for you.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is awesome. Especially the places you can go downtown. It ranges from thrift stores to boutiques to coffee shops and bars.

3 College Junior

Majors: I really hate the fact that we have to apply for our majors. I understand they do that to filter and make sure everyone in the program is truly in it for the right reasons. I'm going into MIS, and it's great.

4 College Junior

Athletics: When you hear about the University of Georgia, the first thing you think about is Georgia Football. There's nothing like Georgia Pride. Even though some sports are underrated, there are still those people who go hard when it comes to cheering on the Dawgs

4 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is awesome. The student center, specifically the Center for Student Orgs, is a great place for students to hang out. It's also nice that the campus is right next to Downtown Athens. There are so many great spots there.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Ramsey is top notch when it comes to exercising. The main library's renovation is awesome. There are so many great places to study, but also to just chill.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of students at UGA. Just about anyone can find a group of people they fit well with. Mostly everyone is easy going and friendly. We have guys and girls that are hipsters, nerds, religious, fratty, and partiers that come from many different backgrounds. UGA is a place for everyone as long as you can handle a big school.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: UGA's campus life is beyond comparison. It is like nothing I have ever experienced. There are great dining halls, great places to study, and on top of that, great opportunities to meet extraordinary people.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Most people are in Franklin College of Arts and Sciences which doesn't require an application for majors. You can literally walk in, fill out a change of major sheet, and then your major is changed. Other colleges, like the business college, require an application process that is difficult. To get into the business school, work hard your freshman year. Make sure you balance social things with school work and remember that school is the reason that you're there.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of apartments that are close to campus at a reasonable price. You are required to live on campus your freshman year, but many move off campus after. It's not hard to find a place, and most places have the city bus run right by it.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty expensive at UGA. A permit is about $40 a month to park on campus, but you really don't need a car. I have gone two years without a car on campus, and you can get anywhere you want with either the city bus (which is free with a UGA ID) or with friends. The city bus goes by most apartments off-campus, so you don't even need a parking permit if you live off campus. Freshmen get priority for on campus parking because they are required to live on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of UGA, but you don't have to be part of it to enjoy yourself. I'm not in a sorority, and I still have plenty of friends and find fun things to do on the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It was really easy to get housing as a freshman and there are a lot of really good options. Some of the smaller dorms are closer to the classroom buildings than the high rises and the smaller dorms usually have bigger rooms. Most freshman dorms have community bathrooms, but they do a good job of keeping them clean.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Dining on campus is great! The meal plans include all you can eat, as many times as you want for either 5 or 7 days and the food is great. My personal favorite is eating pizza at East Campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I've never seen a "bad cop" on campus as of yet; everyone seems to only want to help you. Just don't do obvious illegal activities or violations and you should be fine. Not only do the cops not like it, I'm sure plenty of students would get annoyed too!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: UGA has literally everything you need. Ramsey is a giant athletic center featuring a pool, a mile-run way, weights..everything you can possibly think of to work out with. There's a giant library, an art gallery, dance center, music auditorium, an entire building with lots of quiet study places, private rooms for group studying, computers, and student centers dedicated to various aspects (i.e. LGBTQ center). The campus is very vast with plenty of places to hang out with friends, meet with professors, or study in peace.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Lots of computers for everyone to use, plenty of printing options including brand new printing Kiosks in places for wireless printing such as dining halls, lots of outlets to plug in your laptops or other electronic devices, and nearly campus-wide WiFi. If you don't have a laptop it certainly is not an issue here. Only reason I can't give an A+ is because it seems that frequently used keyboards and mouses are dirty, especially the labs reserved for testing.

4 College Senior

Transportation: there are several routes and stops, which can get confusing at times. Overall though, the buses are quick and run on schedule, making them great for getting from one end of the campus to another.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I think that the school does a good job at balancing what's is important to focus on, as opposed to being nit-picky about little things. Generally they are understanding that it is college and people do stupid things, but are good at recognizing serious threats and problems.

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Christopher Joshua Benton
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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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