Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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Reviews 3506 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Senior

Athletics: UGA is the best place to go for the athletic experience. Even if you're not athletic, the football games are the biggest part of UGA life. There's nothing else like SEC football!

4 College Senior

Diversity: Most people are white, but we do have a lot of students of other races. We have a wide variety of different religious backgrounds and economic backgrounds as well.

4 College Junior

Facilities: UGA has a mix of old and new buildings. The main area for students is Tate and it has a newly renovated food area. Tate has the main bookstore and is the main bus stop. The SLC/MLC is next to Tate and is the best place to study on campus (besides a library). It has tons of computers and printers and study rooms. It opens 24 hours a day during finals week.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I interned at the American Red Cross, since I was in the College of Public Health. I asssited the Education director with classes, answering phones and registering people for classes. I helped around the office and did whatever she needed me to do, like running errands. Your advisor usually will help you find an internship if you need one but you can find one on your own as well. I found a local one so that I wouldn't have to move away for the summer but many students go out of town for their internship.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of apartments and houses in Athens to choose from for a variety of price ranges. It's a small town so prices are reasonable. Some apartments offer roommate matching and most have all the amenities (pool, gym, free computers in the office). The hard part is deciding where to live!

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are several bus lines that go around campus and they arrive regularly. However the main hub at Tate will be busy as classes let out so buses will fill up quickly. This means sometimes you will have to wait for a second bus. If you are not a Tate, you usually don't have this problem. The Athens buses come on campus and are free for students so many students use them. The Athens buses also stop by some of the off-campus apartments around town. UGA has one bus that runs late but not 24 hours. They also have a weekender bus that goes to one apartment area but service is not as often on the weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is used for parties and service. If any students wants to build a huge network, then join a service fraternity or sorority. Being that this University is in the top five of party school in America, it is easy for Greek students to get sucked into the party life.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Some computers are PC, while others are Apple. Therefore, the ease of working with computers is increased. In other words, the student has the free will to choose the computer type they desire. Also, there are computers for public use or student labs nearly every block on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are lively and always promote a positive attitude.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Pretty great parties and overall social activities frosh. and sophomore year. Gets a little old afterwards...

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I actually didn't live on campus, but I know a lot of people who do/did. My girlfriend preferred the older dorms because they have bigger rooms and sinks in the rooms. The highrises have VERY small rooms. It's more expensive to live on campus than in an apartment off campus, but it's definitely more convenient to live on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm actually really confused right now. I am trying to figure out if it's worth my money to finish my degree. It is getting increasingly expensive, and since my major requires a lot of time outside of class, I have a hard time finding time to work. I am a little concerned that I'll be able to find a degree that will help pay off my student loans, and I'm also concerned about the certification I have to get after graduation.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: At times, the program can be overwhelming. It requires far more hours than you're registered for, and it isn't unlikely to have many big projects at the same time. Our building is new and the huge studio rooms are very nice. We also have special programs and printers that help.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I transferred to UGA and lost some credit because they didn't accept the courses I took. I think my situation was actually unique. A professor at my previous school recommended landscape architecture at UGA to me, so I e-mailed the advisor and set up a meeting to talk to him about the program and the liklihood of my acceptance. After meeting, I submitted my application and was accepted very quickly.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I've interned for a landscaping company, and I will again intern for a landscape architecture firm before I graduate. With the landscaping company, I was paid $10/hr and was committed to 40+ hours a week. I performed the same tasks as their laborers and was also exposed to some of the paperwork side of things.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking sucks bigtime. It's expensive to park, and most first-year students have to go out of their way to move their cars on game day, which is downright obnoxious. Also, the lots are sometimes full, even though you paid to park there.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Athens is one of the best places to find great food. It's got places like Pauly's, Grit, and Transmetropolitan as well as thousands of others to satisfy every craving.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's gonna be some pressure to drink, especially if you're going Greek, but there are still ways to have fun without drinking (so I've been told... I have yet to find any.) I came into UGA intent on being stone-cold sober and that changed in about two months.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is accepted here, period, regardless of race, religion, orientation, gender/sex, socioeconomic background, or anything else you can think of.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are so many fraternities and sororities to choose from -- social, academic, professional, co-ed, religious, and everything in between. You'll always be able to find a good party to go to if you're a girl and if you're a guy, just have a girl with you and you're set! It's not Greek or Geek, but it'll help you make a ton of friends if you're an incoming freshman who wants to pledge... just be warned, pledgeship will take up tons of your time!

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are all sorts of guys and girls at UGA. Both are highly involved in fraternities and sororities and love to party downtown.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Permits are SO expensive and they are SUPER strict. I had a car on campus, not because I needed one to get around campus, but because it's a little intimidating to ride a bike around Athens if you're not used to it. I also lived far from campus, but once I was on campus, you can get anywhere within 15 minutes by either taking a bus or walking.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Campus police are very helpful, but campus parking services can be overly strict. I work on campus and had temporary parking permits for all the times I had to park in other areas that I did not have my normal permit for, yet they still chose to give me tickets, even though my temporaries were valid.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Academic honesty is very important at UGA. Cheating and plagarism are absolutely not tolerated here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: If I could do it all over again, I would choose a different major. I went into college with the impression that teaching was a shoe-in job and I'd have job security. However, finding a job in the teaching field has proven very difficulut and the pay is simply not enough.


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Christopher Joshua Benton
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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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