Athens, GA
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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Reviews 3205 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Dawgs and Dawgettes – The main thing I notice about the students at UGA is that that are very preppy and into the greek scene. Its hard to miss guys and girls sporting their Sorority or Fraternity letters on some type of apparel. I think the trends led from those type of people show up everywhere on campus as well. Ill notice certain things guys or girls wear and its so funny because everybody dresses the same. During the summer, girls wore tshirts, the new colorful nike tennis shoes, and nike running shorts. Guys wore the same nike shoes with high black socks, khaki shorts, and a plaid button down all the time. And now girls are wearing big tshirts/sweatshirts with scarves, black leggings, an cowboy boots. Its like a uniform! But other than the greek kids, its just usually the typical casual young adult clothing. Nothing too trendy or fancy. Accept there are a good bot of super trendy hipsters too.

College Junior

Drug Safety: Don't Know of Any – I don't know. I don't do drugs and I don't even know where to get any.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: Lots of Partying – All anyone here likes to do is party. As someone that doesn't party at all, it's uncomfortable.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Watch Out! You'll have to stay on top of scholarships and loans all by yourself. The administration will handle the payment to your account, but the student is accountable for everything else. The past three semesters, tuition keeps going up. this semester, i had to borrow money from a family member last minute because i didnt expect tuition to be that much

4 College Senior

Weather: It doesn't get too cold here, but it stays really hot through september. it rains fairly frequently and getting caught unprepared in this town will leave you soaked.

3 College Senior

Academics: I have attended UGA for 4 years now, with one semester at another smaller college for transfer credits. The smaller college was less technologically advanced with their administration but I much preferred the attention given to each student to how I am one in a class of 300 at UGA. I have had some really great professors, but I have also had some real arrogant jerk professors, with more of the latter. The curriculum is above average material, relying on the professors discretion how well they teach the material (which I have found lackluster.) The registration process is relatively easy but I wish the advisors would be more available for advising rather than telling you which classes to take and sending you on your way. In a huge lecture class with no attendance or personal connection to others in the class, there is no incentive to pay attention or even attend.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Though I did not apply for financial aid, any time I have had any questions about my finances, they have been very helpful

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Sholastics Vs People – The football games are fun and the other students are enjoyable. there are lots of college groups that put on shows and provide fun things to do. Unfortunatly the school work is super hard and takes away from the fun.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of nice places down town, but most are a little pricy, but there are lots of less expensive places at 5 points. The trafic and parking is rough at both spots. There is a ton of variety and though there are not a ton of student discounts, many places accept bulldog bucks, which is a payment system at UGA.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Yeah I know we have a lot of bars in this town but this bar just keeps me entertained more than most. Not only is this one of the oldest bars in town but they still serve you one hell of a drink unlike some of the other bars around. It's 20 years old and has never changed it's look. It's a BAR or as they say It's a Dive Bar with personality.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Easy Peasy – If you want it, you can have it. However, if you don't want to participate, you don't have to but unless you are oblivious- you will be able to see it going on.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Classic South – Very southern influence- white and black...with a handful of international students.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty much has everything you could want- very fast foody. Not a lot of actually GOOD food for a decent price.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: you realize there isn't too much besides downtown Athens, which doesn't even have that much too offer. Eh, not bad but not fabulous either.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Everywhere – Two bus systems: Athens Transit and UGA transportation. The UGA buses cover everywhere on campus, though not always reliable, while Athens Transit goes off campus. Athens Transit buses also are few and far between and I personally spend a lot of time waiting for the buses just to get home, and they're very crowded. Transit is free for students, on both bus systems.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Cram Them in – Although it really depends whether you are an athlete, most freshmen live in the west side of campus in the huge, high rise dorms. There is some variety among the living here, and I had a pretty good experience living in a smaller dorm, but for the most part, most freshmen live in very cramped quarters. The buildings are old and sometimes have problems with bugs. However, it was very convenient living on campus, right near the center.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A Little Overpriced – UGA's dining halls provide a very large variety of food that is pretty good quality. It has great accessibility and you can enter the dining halls an unlimited number of times throughout their operating hours, and it is a buffet style dining hall. However, the price for the meal plan (6 days a week and Sunday mornings) is almost $4000 a year! It's not very budget friendly and you basically have to be on it while you're a freshman. Also, the meal plan does offer some healthy options, but they are hard to find. Otherwise, you're dealing with a lot of high calorie food that's deep fried and not really the healthiest.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Pain in the Butt – Parking permits are very expensive. The permits are for one parking lot/deck. Each person can pick three possible parking spots, and may or may not get one of those. The lot or deck that they are assigned may or may not be close to their classes either. Sharing passes is a pain to get approved. There is no free parking during the day, and most do not allow for all parking until 5 or 6 pm and close to the public at 7 am. Tickets are $40, which for a college kid is not cheap. On game days the lot that students have paid for may be assigned for tail-gaters or even authority staff members are allowed to park in them, which limit parking. Most students need a car on campus because their apartment or house may not be close enough to walk or the buses do not run by their way. Parking is typically a pain.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Athens Is a Name Associated With 'Partying' – If you are bored in Athens at night, then you are locked in a closet. Athens offers so many things to do including for people under 21. There are shows every weekend downtown at several locations such as the Classic Center or New Earth or the Georgia Theatre. There are 72 bars/clubs some 18 and older and some 21 and older. Fraternities also have bands or parties, but usually only girls are welcome unless the guy is in the fraternity. There are restaurants that are open late night and some are very cheap and very delicious. Some free transportation is available on weekends such as apartment buses, the school bus, and a club called 'Designated Dawgs.' Taxis are always roaming the streets and very convenient.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Solid Saftey – UGA is defintely safe. There are always cops going around keeping an eye out on things, and there's almost always people around. I'm not a huge fan of walking around campus at night, especially if I'm alone, so I try to avoid that, but that really goes for any place you could be at night, not just UGA.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Overall the local atmosphere is really positive! There's always lots to do (on and off campus) and there is definitely something for everybody. Downtown has an especially vibrant night life (seven days a week), so if you want to party, there's definitely the opportunity (downtown and on Greek Row). If you aren't, there's lots of other things to do. Dawgs After Dark is always really fun!!

4 College Senior

Transportation: There are buses everywhere... I hate the UGA buses. They carry lazy people short distances and waste a ton of gas. However, the Athens buses will usually get you where you need, and it's free for students.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I'm a senior and I've always stayed on campus. It's so much easier and convenient, and you're more likely to get involved when you don't have to commute. I've also lived in the oldest/cheapest dorms and I think they're fine, but the expensive ones are crazy-nice.

5 College Senior

Computers: Tons of computers at the libraries, SLC, and many class buildings. Updated software, printers, copiers, everything you need!

5 College Freshman

Weather: UGA is located in Athens, GA. Ga has very mild weather and most of the school year that weather is awesome. I mean like clear skys 72 degrees-awesome. Extreme snow and rain are a rarity (but will shut down campus if to extreme). Enjoy the sunshine!


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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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