Athletics

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

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit and everybody loves to watch some Georgia football between the Hedges.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students enjoy football and other sports.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Nothing is better than football season, but other sports are also very widely supported. For example, the basketball games and Gym Dawgs meets are always well attended. I love attending any events and also the IM events my friends are involved in.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is an SEC school, so the Fall is dominated by football.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The UGA teams are some of the best and students love participating in their games and cheering the Dawgs on.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 303rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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Football is God for many people at UGA. The alumni support for our Dawgs is tremendous. They often show up in their RVs and trailers on Thursdays for a Saturday game. Alumni settle all over campus, and you will pass many of them grilling and drinking on your way to Friday classes, should you actually choose to go. There is an overwhelming feeling of pride for our Dawgs on game days, especially from the Alumni who were around for the low points. Football games are the place to be on Saturdays, and many town businesses shut down until the weekend is over. Sanford Stadium holds more than 92,000 people, and it is almost always jam packed or sold out. The other varsity sports programs have smaller followings and receive minimal press. Basketball games are a lot of fun and usually draw a decent crowd. The band attends basketball games, so there's always that excitement and entertainment. Our women's gymnastics team is very good, and the gymnastics meets are becoming more and more popular with the student body. Many local Athenians and children attend the meets. Swimming is also pretty popular, as the teams consistently do pretty well, and the facilities are awesome.

Intramural sports are really popular for fitness and recreation. Some of the teams are really good, and others are just horrible. So, at any level, you'll find your niche if you are interested. It seems like everyone has a lot of fun doing participating, though. Ramsey has excellent swimming, basketball, racquetball, and volleyball facilities, and the intramural fields are extensive. They include football and soccer fields, softball and baseball diamonds, tennis courts, walking trails, and even a large field for ultimate Frisbee players.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
Bulldog, Uga, Harry Dawg
Men Playing Varsity Sports
273 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
266 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 86
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 42
Cross Country/Track: 65
Other Sports: 147
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 53%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 18%
Cross Country/Track: 38%
Other Sports: 79%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Budokai
  • Capoeira
  • Cheerleading
  • Competitive dance
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Kashima Shinryu
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Toli
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Workout
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Arena football
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall
  • Coliseum Training Facility
  • Dan Magill Tennis Complex
  • Equestrian Complex
  • Foley Field
  • Gabrielsen Natatorium
  • Jack Turner Stadium
  • Ramsey Center
  • Sanford Stadium
  • SPEC Towns Track
  • Stegeman Coliseum
  • Turner Soccer Complex
  • UGA Golf Course
  • Volleyball Arena
  • Yoculan Gymnastics Center
Most Popular Sports
On the varsity level, the football and basketball teams have the largest presence on campus. All of the IM sports are also very popular. The gym dogs--the gymnastics team--frequently win the national championship and are also a big draw.
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, hockey, swimming, tennis, soccer, volleyball- basically everything besides football and basketball are overlooked. With the exception of gymnastics, most women's teams don't receive a lot of attention.
School Spirit
School spirit is strong at the University of Georgia. Alumni support, both financially and physically, at University events is overwhelming. Students and alumni join together for many University fundraisers and causes. Football games unite thousands of students and fans that might have nothing else in common but a love for the school and the Dawgs. The pursuit of excellence within the University is a challenge undertaken by students and alumni from all walks of life. Most people affiliated with UGA want it to remain great. Students and alumni are proud of their UGA education, and proud to be a part of a school with so much character. Students, faculty, and alumni are very involved in the affairs of the University's administration, and the Red and Black newspaper keeps everyone informed as to what is going on. Dawgs fans have been through a lot, both good and bad, but they remain dedicated and unwavering. Loyalty is key to being a Dawg. The fans here are great, and easily some of the best in the nation. They are always supportive, always faithful, and definitely know how to have a good time.
Getting Tickets
Getting football tickets can be quite complicated. For season tickets, students pay online in the fall and pick them up a few days later. Football tickets are distributed based on credit hours. Hence, freshmen, sophomores, and even some graduate students will only get a split ticket package--that is, 3 or 4 tickets out of 7--for home games. There are dozens of scalpers on game days, and sometimes you can even score a free ticket after kick-off, when ticket prices and interest plummet.

Away games are determined by lottery and seniority. The most coveted away game is for Georgia-Florida. For away games, e-mails are sent out to announce who has been chosen to receive tickets. The SEC Championship game was done by lottery, as well.

Season football tickets cost around $45. Basketball season tickets are about $25. Tickets to any other event are under $5 per event--often free--and should not be a problem to get at the gate.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The trail at the intramural fields and the track on Milledge Avenue (it's the only street without hills, and there's a lot of Greek houses) are very scenic.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 205 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 5% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 53% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 42% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 204 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 19% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 63% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 204 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 54% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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