Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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Reviews 3171 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Great – The bus system is very convenient, however they get packed pretty easily and frequently.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Athletic Center – The athletic facilities at UGA are fantastic. Everything you could possibly want to do are available at the Ramsey Center. We have a 50 meter swimming pool complete with all tiers of diving boards, multiple basketball, volleyball, and soccer courts. In addition, there are ten racquetball courts and two squash courts. Also a huge number of classes are provided at the center.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Police and Safety Services – The University of Georgia is a safe environment. The police and campus security do their best to make sure the students feel safe. There are safety escort services for students who are out late in study groups or other activities.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Activities – There are numerous activities to get involved in on campus and in the local community. Athens, Georgia is the place to be on Saturdays to enjoy BullDog Nation and the DAWGS in action.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Catch a Bus! The bus schedule at UGA makes life so much easier for the average student. UGA has a large campus, so it requires a lot of buses. All of the buses are free, when using your school id, even the city transit buses. There is a great night bus that goes from student housing to downtown until 2am. That being said, it is still very easy to walk everywhere!

5 College Junior

Academics: The classes at UGA are challenging, but the teachers are very helpful. As a French major who transferred to UGA from another school, I can say that they have the best French program in the area. The French teachers come from around the world, including France and African nations. I have learned so much about French culture just from talking with them. Be sure to attend the French Table every week for casual conversation in French!

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone at UGA is extremly friendly. You can walk around campus or had downtown and meet someone new every day. The guys and girls know how to party AND how to get A's.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Athens could be extremely hot one week, but the next week could be chilly and rainy. You just have to be prepared for any type of weather. Walking up a lot of hills to get to class in either rainy weather or scorching heat is no fun.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Very Good Food – I am on the meal plan this year and I love the availability of the food. It is actually great food, and there is always a variety of options. However, I only suggest the meal plan if you are a freshman. You might get sick of it after that.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some of the newer buildings on campus (SLC, Tate Center) are very nice and asthetically pleasing. However, some structures such as the chemistry building and Park Hall could use renovations. They are outdated and there is often graffiti found in the bathrooms of these buildings. Overall, you do get a "historic" sense of UGA's campus, which is nice.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Dawgs! The University of Georgia is known for their football team. Every fall all the students rally together to cheer for the dawgs in Sanford Stadium. Football, as well as most sports, is taken very seriously here. There are a lot of athletes here and they just as diverse as the sports offered.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: New to This – I am currently a freshman, so I have not experienced living off campus yet, but I have leased an apartment for next year! The choices were really great and every apartment complex had a lot to offer. There are many choices to choose from so it was certainly not easy to choose.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Georgia has many great things to offer. The campus is beautiful with many study spaces and quiet areas to relax. The classes are not too difficult and there are always professors available to help students in any way.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Crime Notebook – There is a crime notebook in our paper that would be embarrassing to be in.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Career Fair – Extremely helpful career fairs. Hundreds of companies attend. I got an internship with a Fortune 15 company.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is nothing like game day at the University of Georgia. The girls look super fine in their sundresses and cowboy boots and bow ties are abound on the guys. Alumni flock to Athens to see the Dawgs play.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It depends on what you like to do. If you hangout downtown on the weekends, you'll encounter it. But it doesn't take over the campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – There is a wide variety of girls and guys. Interests, ethnicity, social lives, and typical attire are diverse. There is plenty of room for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing options available. However, you would need a car to get back and forth to campus. There is a bus system but I wouldn't rely on it for classes.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – The dorms are horrible because they are usually 12 x 12 room you have to share with a stranger. And the bathrooms are hard to keep clean.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus – There are rarely student discounts anywhere. Athens dining is overpriced, not that great, and you have to look really hard to find a good deal.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Bulldawg Cafe – Everyone loves the cafe, especially since the recent improvements of adding a Larry's Giant Subs, Hotei, and Barbarito's inside the cafe. Chik-Fil-A has been provided, which makes the place crowded, but since the new addition of the other choices, it's not insanely crowded all the time.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Swell – There is so much school spirit. The students get very involved and rowdy during sports. Athletes are mixed in with everyday interactions.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is a great gym with many possibilities. The library is awesome. The student center is very well organized and there are many activities all year long.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are challenging but there are many opportunities to get help. Professors will help you sometimes. They teach well except for the occasional bad professor.


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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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