Athens, GA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,052 ($9,842)
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of different people and cultures to absorb yourself with

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of diversity on campus from ethnic/racial diversity to political beliefs.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people at UGA belong to a fairly well-off American background, but there is a good amount of diversity because it's such a large school. Most are white, straight, Republican, and well off financially.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Average diversity, not enough. Predominately white college.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is not UGA's best attribute. While students are accepting of different backgrounds, incidents of ignorance should be expected if you're not white, middle class. However, most students tend to fit into some community or create their own. The school tends toward conservative, but not obnoxiously. As for sexual orientation, the gay scene is small and disappointing compared to Atlanta.


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  • 1248th
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Christopher Joshua Benton
Norfolk, VA
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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There is not a lot of diversity on UGA's campus. Considering that the state population of Georgia is about 30 percent black, the fact that only five percent of UGA's student population is African American is, perhaps, a reason for concern. A new program called the African American Male Initiative has been instituted to improve diversity on campus. With this program, black high school and middle school students will be targeted and guided by counselors and other educators on which school is best for them. Because nearby Atlanta has so many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's), it has been hard for UGA to recruit African American students. There is a noteworthy number of Asian and Indian students on campus. Many TAs and professors are of Asian or Indian descent, as well. And even though the Hispanic population in Georgia is growing rapidly, the Hispanic student population at UGA has remained consistently under five percent over the years.

There is a lot of Old South spirit alive at UGA-many fraternities still fly the Confederate flag every now and again. Because UGA is so predominantly white, this is a fairly common theme. People are not usually racist or critical towards one's race, but the undercurrent is still there. The good news is that the minority students and clubs on campus seem to be very involved and close-knit. In conclusion, a student's social circle at UGA could be composed of all walks of life, but they should keep in mind that the path they'll be treading on will ultimately lead through the Deep South.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Like most of the South outside of Atlanta and Miami, UGA's campus is not the most accepting of gays and lesbians. Like anywhere, there are those students who are supportive of the gay community and those who are not. However, Athens does have a gay bar/club called Blur. The Tasty World venue hosts a monthly drag show, too. Furthermore, the University has an LGBT Resource Center that coordinates with the Health Center for student counseling, while also hosting events for inclusion and awareness. Overall, Athens, as a city, is a little more open-minded than the University campus itself.
Political Activity
There is a large following for the College Republicans, as well as for the Young Democrats. The downtown area is home to weekly protests on various topics like the living wage and foreign war. Every so often, outside of Tate, especially on game days, you may catch a vocal demonstrator carrying graphic pro-life signs with pictures of aborted fetuses or super-conservative posters with lots of expletives. All of these right-wingers may sometimes hide that Athens is a very liberal city, featuring a UGA NORML chapter and a large anarchist community. Athens overall is very political.
Economic Status
UGA has students from diverse economic backgrounds, but they seem to come from predominantly wealthy families. It seems like everyone you meet is from Atlanta and drives a luxury car. However, the HOPE scholarship has changed the composition of UGA for the better, allowing large numbers of middle- and lower-income students the opportunity to come here.
Most Common Religions
There are a lot of very active Christian groups at UGA. Baptist groups probably have the largest numbers, though. Catholics are the smallest Christian group, and there are a significant number of Jewish students here, as well. There is a Jewish student center, as well as predominantly Jewish sororities and fraternities which students can join. Most religious activity takes place off campus at churches or places of worship that cater to college-age people.
Minority Clubs on Campus
UGA has African American and Asian sororities and fraternities. UGA also offers minority students the opportunity to join the Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society, Black Affairs Council, Hispanic Student Association, Indian Cultural Exchange, and Pamoja Dance Company.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 177 responses

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 20% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 177 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 29% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 17% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 181 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 181 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 178 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 48% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 39% Very accepting.



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