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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

Campus Housing: Good Campus Life. While I didn't personally choose to continue living on campus, this university stands out in that staying on campus for more than 1 year is perfectly doable. The best dorms are the smaller dorms. Hill community, O house... At least for freshman. After that, I would opt for ECV for its apartment style rooms and proximity to the best dining hall, also called ECV. OR EVC. Or something. You'll graduate not knowing which is which... They do, however, cost more.
O house is my personal favorite for first year. The halls form tight knit communities with open doors and plenty of opportunity to hang out. Plus, it's directly upstairs from the second best dining hall, called O House.
The Highrise dorms are hit or miss: You can either get lucky and end up with cool people in a cool hall, or it can backfire and you can't relate to anyone. GIRLS: Unless you plan on immediately immersing yourself completely in greek culture, DON'T LIVE IN BRUMBY. Trust me.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Good Culture in a Good Area. Honestly, this campus is humongous. There may be a lot of large schools with 30,000+ student bodies, but rarely will you find one with that many people that still maintain a small town feel. This school can accommodate practically any major, as it houses many subdivided colleges and schools. It is centered in a town known for it's arts and culture, further driven by the students, many of which attend the Hugh Hodgson School of Music or the Lamar Dodd School of Art. It's a place where any given day you can choose if you want to feel like you go to a university or a small school, and then just walk north or south respectively to find a place with that feel.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Depends on a Lot – Who you hang out with, where you hang out, it all depends, really. There's usually not anything worse than smoking, especially on campus. They're pretty strict. Just like the sample response says, though, drinking is much more prevalent, especially due to the football culture at the school.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good Dining Halls, but I Still Prefer Cooking. The University of Georgia is known for its dining halls. They are practically a must for freshmen living in dorms, as they are an invaluable social hub as well as a source of nourishment. There are no less than 4 full sized dining halls spread evenly across campus, and they all have their specific strengths. The food is good, and the options are diverse; i, for one, used the availability of the all-you-can-eat format to try a vegetarian diet. I lost 30 pounds and am healthier than ever! If you're not on the meal plan itself, there are sporadic cafes and shops run by food services that sell some of the same food. The Red Clay Cafe in east campus, for example, has a sandwich window, soups/salads, coffee, and breakfast.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Aren't Taking Over – I have yet to meet a Greek person here on campus. But there are a lot of sorority/fraternity houses for students. The houses are everywhere and I am sure that the students are too, but I just havent met any of them yet.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are Amazing – The Ramsey Fitness Center is huge and has almost every sport in America. From rock climbing to swimming in an indoor pool to indoor tracks and tennis and even to golphing. But I am usually in the dance building dancing.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Lot to Do – UGA Athens, GA has a lot. Not only are there student activities and all to do almost everyday but campus is located right in heart of downtown Athens. There are lots of stores and restaurants and coffee shops and not to mention bars. The students love to go party and drink but I don't drink so I am not with them most of the time.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Any night of the week, people are going downtown to party at one of Athens many bars which are only a short 10 minute walk from the dorms. Many parties start at fraternity houses, and move downtown via cab rides. When things hit full swing at the bars on thursday, friday, or saturday nights, its hard to have more fun in college.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Housing – Do everything you can to live in Creswell, Russell, or Brumby freshman year. There are so many people there that making friends is easy, and most other freshman you will meet will be in the high rises as well. Also, the convenience of Bolton dining hall is great.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Police Are Ready 24/7 – The University police alongside the county police and, at times, sheriffs, are strolling along all the roads through out the day. During busy nights downtown, police are always found riding bicycles through town, making sure no one is publicly intoxicated and causing trouble. You may feel safe and secure with them always around, but people get arrested left and right for MIPs and DUIs. Road blocks are often set up, so take precautions during nights out.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Athens Downtown – Athens is an old town that is the home to many fellow Dawgs. Though it may not be Singapore-clean, downtown is a plot not too large, where all places are walking distance from campus. Great local restaurants are located downtown, where a local coffee brewery is also seen. Breaks between classes can be spent at famous Little Italy for a slice of pizza or cold sub. Yum.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Research, Study Abroad, and Diversity the Best – UGA has some great and unique things going for it. Because it is a large public institution, nearly every professor has their own research projects going on, and if you are persistent and motivated it is easy to get involved in undergraduate research. UGA also has one of the best study abroad programs in the country. You can travel almost anywhere and study almost anything, and, if the study abroad experience you want is not available, UGA will help connect you to programs from other schools and set it up so you can still only pay in state tuition. One of the most notable things about UGA, however, is the diversity. In addition to the huge number of international students and the enormous variety of majors (you can even create your own), UGA has hundreds of student organizations.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: UGA has a great amount of diversity in almost every way. Students are mixed in their ethnicity, economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation. Despite the breadth and depth of diversity students don't always mingle across established divides, but if you make the effort to be warm and friendly to everyone it is easy to meet new people and make new friends.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: UGA is a fairly safe university campus. It is a warm comfortable place where you are almost never completely alone on any given part of campus and crime rarely happens. Crime rarely occurs, and when it does students are immediately notified through the UGA emergency alert system, which sends out texts, emails, and voicemails. Students are also given the number to call the university police in emergencies, but special security measures such as police poles don't exist.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You eventually get the aid needed, but it takes multiple phone calls, emails, and pleas. Also, at times, the financial aid does not arrive until a day or two before the deadline, which is stressful.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I originally had no intentions of coming to UGA, but actually living here has changed my mind completely. I love it here. The campus has a great vibe. It is hard, and you definitely have to work hard to make it, but it is possible to do well here. The cost is also troublesome. I would recommend coming here.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus is great here. It is a nice mixture of fast paced and "chill." There are almost always events going on, but there is no pressure to go if you do not want to. Dorms are great, for the most part. The freshman ones are not the best, particularly Brumby (all girls). The upperclassmen dorms are great. I love Building 1516 and it's eco-friendly vibe. The cost is annoying, and the dorms are often loud at unusual hours, but overall I enjoy living here.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Really Safe – I feel comfortable walking around campus at night by myself, but downtown not so much. Campus police are relatively chill and approachable. Since campus is so big and there are so many students you do have to watch for people stealing stuff you leave around. Parking tickets are huge, too, unfortunately.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Pretty Awesome – Lots of unique local shops and venues to check out. Tons of bars and clubs. Sports are huge. Close to Atlanta but still far enough away to not have to deal with the big city life. Tons of concerts and other events come through or near the city.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Majority of the students at UGA are involved in Greek life. Both boys and girls alike socialize with those in his or her house and that is it and seem to ignore everyone else. The girls' clique consists of thousands of girls dressed in oversized t-shirts, leggings, and brown boots. The boys typically wear khakis and polos to class. Those who are not involved in Greek life, however, can be extremely nice and accepting.

4 College Senior

Majors: there is no requirement to be accepted to my program of studies

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: there are a lot of options for off campus housing that are reasonably priced and located right next to campus

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of places to eat downtown which is located right next to campus

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3 College Student

Weather: Doesn't Affect Much – pretty much can rely on the weather forecast these days. Athens has mild weather that even on "bad" days, it's still not a problem to get to class.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Warm and Friendly – Athens is a reasonably sized city where you can find everything within driving distance without the traffic like those in Atlanta.

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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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