Academics

Location
Athens, GA
Undergrads
24,496
Tuition (in-state)
$28,052 ($9,842)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Sophomore

Academics: As a sophomore I feel as though I can not currently accurately rate my major and its opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As much as I like to hate it, the plus minus system really necessitates some studying. Students here are definitely hardworking and ambitious. During finals the Student Learning Center is filled to the brim with studying kids, 24/7. At the same time, the academics aren't out of hand. If you play your cards right there is plenty of time for work and play at UGA.

4 College Junior

Academics: We're a top rated school, know how to pick your teachers and you'll be fine.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: I met someone that was majoring in something similar to rocket science.. that's not the actual degree name, but it's along those lines. Science majors are more than abundant here from bio majors to rocket scientists

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: You actually have to work for your degree, it won't just be given to you.

1 person found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 63rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 128th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 253rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 678th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 828th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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UGA has a growing reputation in the South. It has top, nationally ranked schools in law, journalism, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and business and offers several compelling certificate programs like Music Business and New Media, among others. There is a plethora of majors at UGA, and if they don’t have the one you want, you can even design your own.

Oftentimes, UGA attracts both students who want to learn and students who want to party. UGA has a dubious reputation for being a “party school,” but make no mistake about it, you will not be able to slack on your studies and leave here four years later with a diploma. Don’t get me wrong, having fun is an extremely important part of the college experience, but eventually, you have to put in the study time, or you won’t make it through sophomore year. Some classes, particularly freshman classes, are very big, easily filling auditoriums that hold a couple hundred, but the professors really try to make themselves accessible for the most part. Professors encourage students to stop by their offices for help or for study reviews. Most large classes will break down into discussion groups once a week with a teaching assistant (TA) who is graduate student at Georgia. The TAs are usually a little stressed out and/or overwhelmed, but in the end, they prove to be very helpful and relate extremely well with the students in their groups. It is, however, not uncommon to have teachers—at any level—that speak little to no English, and this is obviously a problem.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,796
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
412
Total FT Faculty
2,343
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$87,224
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
83%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
83%
Programs/Majors Offered
181
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 39%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 50%
  • 50 or More Students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Environment and Design
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Odum School
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Espresso Royale
  • Law Library
  • Main Library
  • North Campus under a tree
  • Science Library
  • Zell B. Miller Learning Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Always dispute bad grades-you may even be given a second chance.
  • Do your own homework.
  • Don't ever fall behind in reading.
  • Don't waste your time trying to study in the dorms. Head to the library or the SLC.
  • Go out on the weekend. Go to shows, plays, concerts, games, protests, anything you might not get a chance to do again.
  • Go to class -- on time!
  • Go to class!
  • Make use of all the facilities at Ramsey. You won't get equipment like this for free anywhere else.
  • Research potential professors before choosing your classes- some are much easier than others who are teaching the same courses.
  • Take a freshman seminar. Subjects range from comic books to film noir to conspiracy theories.
  • Take fun electives; there's a lot of unique classes available.
  • Use Internet resources to determine the best class for you. Go to www.ratemyprofessor.com to get the lowdown from past students. Also, UGA's SGA operates ugakey.com, which provides grade distributions for each teacher and each course.
Did You Know?
UGA is rated to be more selective in accepting applications than many state schools because there is such a high turnover rate in converting those accepted into those that actually enroll.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 144 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 24 responses

  • 36% Herschel Walker
  • 14% Dominique Wilkins - future NBA Hall of Famer
  • 11% Neill Slaughter - famous artist
  • 11% Ryan Seacrest
  • 9% Current CEO of aflac
  • 7% Chris Carter - Army captain
  • 7% Natasha Trethewey
  • 5% Anne Barge - famous bridal gown designer

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 137 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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