Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of great options, ranging anywhere from cheap japanese to high-class gourmet choices when you are feeling fancy. Plus the Chick-fil-A's in the area are top notch, with student discount nights and really great service.

5 College Senior

Athletics: I have loved being involved in supporting the Dawgs! The football games are a blast and there are countless other options if you are a sports fan. There are also Intramural Sports for students to be involved in, and include tons of options, ranging from flag football to table tennis.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is pretty easy, all I had to do was fill out the application before I came to UGA and they just renew it each year. Money always comes on time without any problems.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Voted number one party school in the nation! The downtown scene is awesome, most bars participate in power hour (drink deals from 9-11) and there are tons of bars for every personality. Most are a pretty good mixture of people, for example, there are not any bars that are exclusively Greek. Gamedays are awesome, and frat houses throw band parties that basically anyone can go to numerous times throughout the year. There is also a program called Dawgs After Dark for people who choose not to drink, and it puts on different themed events on some Fridays.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off campus housing is pretty easy in athens, there are flyers everywhere not to mention there are plenty of people to talk to and give you insight about where they live. There are tons of 3 and 4 bedroom options, and many neighborhoods have gated entry, pools, tanning salons, clubhouses, etc. Most of the better housing runs from $300-500 per month

4 College Freshman

Academics: At the University of Georgia, all the professors are great and offer flexible office hours. Every professor I had last semester was very willing to meet with me and discuss grades, etc. There are many tutoring sessions and again, professors are open to helping students. Lots of students form study groups and some RAs even help tutor or hold the sessions. The work load was heavy, and the classes are difficult, but it is nothing that cant be handled if time is manages correctly.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't think I have seen anyone doing drugs yet. Some students smoke cigarettes, but at UGA, at least where I hang out, I haven't seen any illegal drug use. The most popular activity is drinking and that is very common.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am only a freshman, but I am a pre-med major and there are a lot of opportunities on campus. I am part of AMSA which helps fill me in on medical opportunities. Although I am not in many of my major classes yet, the professors I have had are great and the counselors in my office and wonderful!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As long as you aren't careless about drinking in dorms - especially underage or with underage people - you shouldn't get caught. I can't speak for drugs. Alcohol is common here. It's not too difficult to find someone to buy it for you.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You would have to be in a specific place and know the right people to have access to drugs. I have heard of dealers getting expelled with possession of much heavier things, but marijuana is the biggest one. Occasionally you may smell some folks smoking it.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have only been here one semester and I have already heard of several cases of rape on campus. Though I know things like this can happen everywhere and the campus police are good about tending to these issues I am a female and issues such as this do concern me

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: If you are a freshman, it is easy to get parking on campus because you will hardly ever use your car. The lots are right near your dorm. If you are a sophomore or higher without a parking pass, you have very few options on campus. I used to park in an apartment complex that did not have a gate, but was always afraid of being towed. Luckily, school transit is everywhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you do not draw too much attention to yourself, then you should be okay. We always drank in the dorms and did not get in trouble. Sometimes, RA's would drink with us. However, make sure all of your alcohol is out of the dorm when you go home for long breaks because they will check your fridge for things that will spoil. If you violate a drug or alcohol policy, you may have to take a class. If you do it more than once, you may lose your housing or your status as a student. The campus police will get you in trouble for almost anything. A lot of people get parking tickets.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are things to do for everyone in Athens. If you enjoy any kind of music, you will be able to find a concert to go to. Downtown is filled with bars, entertainment, and awesome restaurants that are walking distance from campus. You must be 21+ to get into most of the bars, but there are some exceptions. There are rarely cover charges and cab rides are pretty cheap. There are also a lot of DD programs that will take you home for free.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The newer facilities are amazing, but since the University has been here for quite some time, some buildings are very old! However, all facilities are equipped with the resources that one would look for on campus. I believe they are working diligently to remodel many of the older dorms!

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Downtown is excellent for those who are above the age of 21. However, there are limited activities for students who are under the age of 21. There are only two movie theaters (last movies show around 10:00PM), a mall (closes at 9:00PM), and only a few restaurants that are opened past midnight. Every three of four months, Union will host "Dawgs After Dark", an event designed to create a fun environment for those under 21 years of age. Ir occurs on Friday nights from 10:00PM-2:00AM. My freshman, sophomore, and junior year consisted of Friday sleepovers in the dorm with friends where we baked cookies, did homework,and rented Redbox movies for fun. Though I go downtown occasionally, my Friday nights are pretty much the same!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: University has a very strict policies, many regulations and rules are set forth before students come so that they understand that the policies are strictly enforced.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The University Police system has its own Drug Task Force unit and there are constant reports of arrests that have been made.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I was under the impression that UGA's food would be divine. It's good stuff, but it's nothing to go crazy for. You can eat as much as you want for a fixed price, which is good.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I don't get out much, but I can tell that you can have a wild party if you want. Every home football game is a major event, too.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I wouldn't know much about this, but I can say that some acquaintances of mine told me they were going to do some "bad stuff" in their room.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a Biological Sciences major definitely comes with a heavy workload, and rigorous classes. The most difficult part about ANY major is time management. As I am involved with various clubs and activities on campus, I find it hard sometimes to sit down and focus on the work at hand. The University of Georgia has very knowledgable professors in all fields, and more importantly, great tutoring opportunities. It is very difficult to simply learn a subject by only going to class. Knowing this UGA provides great tutors on campus to assist in difficult science, english, and math courses.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is a state school, and if you have Zell/HOPE you should be good. I received a scholarship of $2000 per year, but if you can get the Foundation Fellowship, that would be amazing.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus is really big and you have to take the bus in order to get from class to class in the 15 minute period. Athens is a nice town with little delicious restaurants and shops.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I personally have never had a problem with "strictness." Every day I park in the wrong parking lot, and I've never received a ticket. None of my friends have been unnecessarily hounded by police officers. The only thing they don't joke around about are passing the UGA buses in a no passing zone.


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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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