Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms at University of Georgia aren't the best, but better ones are available for upperclassmen.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Athens has something for everyone. There is a huge bar scene that is easily accessible (if you go Greek). Athens has incredible food from a variety of different restaurants. The music scene here is also unparalleled.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is generally pretty good here. It can be confusing at times, and sometimes buses can be unreliable later at night. Pretty good though during the mornings and afternoons during the week.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity here depends on where you live. Most of the freshman high-rise dorms ( brumby, Russle...ect) are fraternity and sorority populated. They are not very diverse. But as you go up in class, the diversity increases.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are not many scholarships at the University of Georgia for average students. I couldn't receive any scholarships because I was only average. I feel like there should be more scholarships for people with financial problems and extracurricular activities. They also sent me a bill without taking off my HOPE scholarship I had gotten from the state. This whole ordeal was stressful.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: There are three prices for parking permits. The first parking permits are the ten dollar permits which are further from the center of campus and have an extremely long waiting list. The next is the twenty dollar permits which are closer to the center of campus and have a fairly long waiting list. The forty dollar parking permits are the most expensive and in the center of campus and have the shortest waiting list. There is not much need for a car on campus if you have a bicycle or are familiar with the bus route.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: As a pre-pharmacy/chemistry major, finding an internship is not difficult because there are numerous pharmacies around town that offer internships. I plan on having an pharmacy internship at the pharmacy I currently work at as an assistant and continue volunteering in the pharmacy department of a clinic in town.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a biology major and if you try there are so many opportunities for success at the university of Georgia. Most professors are willing to help you if they see your effort. Overall, the science majors at UGA are great. The professors are doing research when they aren't teaching, so they actually know what they are teaching rather than just reading from a book to their students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's pretty nice. We have a lot of local and larger name bands that come into town. Also, there is a pretty lively downtown scene with lots of grate restaurants and venues. Athens is also very close to Atlanta with a ton of more fun activities.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: To me, I would prefer less Greek life. I am not a member of a sorority/fraternity or other. And most of the people who are part of one are pretty obnoxious. So, I would like there to be more individuality and less group think going on at UGA.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug activity is not as popular as drinking, but if probably depends on your circle of friends. Many students consume a lot of alcohol on a regular basis. Definitely a lot of pressure to party and drink.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The cost of permits vary on location of the lot and whether it's open-air or a deck. Decks are the most expensive, at $360 a month, regardless of location. Most lots are $270 a month, and the really inconvenient lots are $180 a month.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: UGA's transportation is pretty great. If I'm not mistaken, it's the second biggest transit system in Georgia, behind MARTA (Atlanta's transit). Students can also ride Athens Transit buses for free with their UGA id cards. After about 7pm, however, it gets less convenient to ride, since the buses only come every 30 minutes or so. And on gamedays, they don't run at all.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It sucks that all students need to live in dorms in the first year. We need to have more choice. And the distribution is not good enough. I didn't get the dorm I applied for.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Weekday transportation is really convenient. But weekend buses are few. I almost am not able to catch a bus on weekends

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is a large part of campus life in the fall. There are also many great events like basketball and gymnastics. The price for students is either free or very cheap. Football is only $7 and basketball and gymdogs is only $2. All other sports are free with your student ID!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places around campus to live once you're ready to leave the dorms. Some of the nice places are a little pricey, but it is very easy to find a decent apartment at a good price. There are also a lot of options. You can live in a duplex, classic apartment, a house, a flat downtown, etc. A lot of the complexes have an Athens Transit bus stop to take you right to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food in Athens is beyond great. There is such a great variety of options and something for everyone. Most restaurants in the area have many options for those who are vegetarian/vegan. A lot of these delicious restaurants are right off campus allowing those living on campus to walk there.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here does not really have an impact on UGA mainly because the weather is generally relatively nice. Most are sunny days and while some days are rainy and cold and you want to stay inside, that usually doesn't happen. I feel as if classes are still in session no matter what weather unless some drastic happens like snow.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics that UGA has to offer far exceed the expectations that come from a state school, I think. Honestly UGA has so many majors here to offer that if you want to do something, there is no need to transfer elsewhere. My biotechnology major is only being offered at UGA, and I love being in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. That being said, professors range in ratings and teaching styles, so do your research before picking a teacher. The science classes are harder (possibly the hardest, though Accounting is also tough I heard) but yes, college is not impossible if you buckle down and study.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Obviously being a science major, it is extremely hard to compete with everyone here at UGA. Most of the science majors are not only science majors, but also pre-health, pre-med, pre- something and that in its self means that you are going to be head to head with a variety of different people with the same grades. Nevertheless, the classes aren't that bad, you just have to study, and realize that you can't except to get an A with minimal effort unless you thoroughly understand the material.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene in Athens is pretty good. You can go to Atlanta to party, but in Athens the alcohol is way cheaper and getting in is definitely way easier. Most of the bouncers and the bartenders don't care what age you are, and if you are a girl, the odds are definitely in your favor. There are tons of frat parties and house parties going around campus as well, so if the downtown life is not for you, there are plenty of options elsewhere.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: I was not shocked to see that UGA was mostly white because I knew that coming in however, I was really hurt to see that everyone pretty much sticks to their own. So, in my opinion if you are a minority coming here looking for acceptance look elsewhere.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is no better place for great local food. Chefs get an A+ and the farmers market is a great thing!! There is a great selection on movies theatres and local community theatres as well. there is always some festival or show or something going on on the weekends and during the week as well.

4 College Senior

Transportation: If you live in the dorms and are on the meal plan, then there is not much need for a car. The campus bus system is great. However, unless you have a friend who will let you borrow their car or take you to the store, most places you would go to off campus you cannot get to by walking and so a car is very helpful.


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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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