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

Health & Safety: I have never felt "unsafe" at UGA.... BUT, I would like to say it depends on how you look and what you are doing. If you are african american people will typically avoid you whether your a girl or a guy but, if you are a young white female walking around at night you will probably get approached by a couple of loud drunk guys. Just saying.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The options for freshman are okay... but, the freshman dorm experience makes it worth it. You will always have stories from your freshman year of college at UGA. The upperclassmen dorms are very nice.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene here is not that noticeable. But, almost everyone drinks but, if you are not into that sort of thing it is pretty easy to avoid.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life at the University of Georgia is extremely expensive to join and maintain involvement--both financially and to your grades. They host lots of parties, social, and charity events, but Greek Life is not essential to life at UGA. You are perfectly able to have a fulfilling life at UGA without being involved in a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: They do an awesome job at the health center, but sometimes over-prescribe medicine for things that are contagious.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There are a ton of students here, so staying on top of all of them is impossible. However, there is no leniency for fake IDs or underage drinking in the dormitories! Also campus property defacing is extremely strict.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: While the police handle the outside world, they completely turn their backs on the illegal drinking conducted by the Greek life. It is absolutely ridiculous that these kids are able to drink in the comfort of their House and not get caught while other students get arrested for doing it about a block away.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is convenient but can get pricey. While you may be very close to campus, you are paying a minimum of roughly $500 a month. That's about $100 more than you could pay in a decent apartment complex.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining halls are phenomenal! The only thing that I do not like is that the menus do not change that much throughout the week. However, there are four dining halls to choose from that have different food choices at each one.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot here, on a whim it seems like! As long as you carry an umbrella with you at all times, you should be fine. Even if the forecast states that there is a 20% chance of rain, bring your rainboots because it's gonna pour.

Other than that, the weather is alright. It is really hot here until about November and then it just gets cold. Typical Georgia though!

3 College Junior

Transportation: As a student at UGA, you are entitled to free fare on the city transportation system. This is system is a great and affordable way to get from point A to point B. My only complaints are that 1) it is not always reliable (game day traffic) and 2) there are only select buses that go to select areas during a certain part of the day.

Because I live off campus and do not have a car, a bus is my main mode of transportation. However, the bus that runs to my apartment complex stops running at 8:45 pm. This makes it difficult to participate in extracurricular activities. Also, city transportation does not run on Sundays.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The University of Georgia is not really a big drug college. Alcohol is more likely the only thing that kids tend to struggle with since UGA is one of the top party schools in Georgia. Peer pressure is not something that happens for the most part. Either certain people do or they just don't. If caught drinking under-aged their are definitely consequences and they are definitely reinforced!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love love LOVE UGA! The atmosphere is great, their is always something to do or somewhere to go. Given that UGA is so huge, there are always events happening. Literally if you go on UGA's website and view the master calendar there are multiple things happening EVERYDAY even on the weekend!

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5 College Freshman

Computers: All over campus their are many places that you can print! You might have to pay a small fee, and by small I literally mean like six CENTS a page. I've never had an issue printing or using any of the computer labs. Since UGA is so HUGE I'm pretty sure that you won't have any trouble finding an open computer or a place to use WiFi. Every building has free WiFi for all UGA students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received an average amount of financial aid, however, my Auntie and Grandmother had to put their money together in order for me to actually be able to attend UGA. I was an excellent student in high school, and I graduated with a 4.05 due to my participation in AP classes. I don't understand why I was not allowed to get a full scholarship. My high school counselor didn't even tell me about the Zell Miller or anything like it. The financial aid I received for UGA was indeed decent, but it didn't cover a lot of my expenses.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is fast and swift. Refunds and other deposits post on time, like they should. Customer service is really good and if you have a question or concern it is sure to get addressed in it's entirety. In order to get the best possible chance of financial aid APPLY EARLY and make sure all of your documents are in on time. There are a good number of scholarships that renew but you can only apply for them as a freshman.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Police are strict and very visible. That being said you can't go one day with seeing at least 3-5 cop cars regardless of where you are around campus. They enforce almost every law known to man all the way down to J-walking and not wearing a seat belt. Their presence is always felt and at times it seems that they harass people. RA's and other housing employees play everything by the book, especially in freshman dorms. Just be responsible and smart about what you do.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Most students live off campus after freshman year, but some stay on campus. I've never had any problems with parking. Cars are usually safe and there's ample space.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Georgia weather is bipolar, but Athens has hot summers and cold winters. I think it's a great best-of-both worlds situation. Not much snow, but it does get chilly enough for a bond fire. Outdoor activities are available year round. UGA has better weather than a lot of schools up North or farther South.

Never had any problems. I enjoy it.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The thing that sets this campus apart from others is the location. Athens, GA is home to a unique and ever-growing music scene. So much so that the University of Georgia has made a Music Business Certificate program from their Terry College of Business.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: At the University of Georgia, athletics are big. Of course, the main event is Saturday football games at Sanford Stadium. There's tons of loud cheering and school spirit--everyone dresses up in their best Georgia red gear and roots the football team on. The stadium is always filled completely. Other big athletic events include gymnastics and basketball, which are both held in Stegman Coliseum, which held events during the 1996 Olympics as did Sanford.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Overall, the campus deserves an A. Especially on historic North Campus and Old College, the 1800s-style architecture of buildings such as the Main Library and the Office of Financial Aid, the structures exude character and charm. The Miller Learning Center, or SLC is filled with confortable and well situated study rooms as well as convenient locations for food and coffee breaks in the attached Tate Student Center. Ramsey, the athletic center has a full gym for students and faculty to use.

5 College Senior

Athletics: everything from football to gymnastics to soccer, the sporting events are awesome here.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are hardly incidences, and when things happen we all get UGA Alert messages.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's okay. They aren't too strict about anything. Traffic violations and underage drinking pretty much consumes their job

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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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