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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Athens is known for its food scene! So many great, and different options downtown and farther out in Athens. Rare that you find a restaurant with bad food...

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Athletics: There's a huge number of athletes on campus, both on varsity teams and club teams! Football season is a religion. You are definitely in the minority if you're not a part of tailgating and games! The fans are huge here!! Both current students and alumni, that's what makes UGA unique!

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Never felt like the RA's, teachers, or campus police officers were too strict. If you respect them, they will respect you. Nobody pries or looks for something bad...

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Plenty of places to print on campus or downtown. The tech guys at the bookstore are incredibly helpful. They usually have pretty good deals on computers and printers at the beginning of the semester. Many programs have personal computer labs. Hard to find computers to use in the Student Learning Center, especially during finals. Definitely need your own laptop & printer!!

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: More bars than you'll ever be able to visit!! Being underage doesn't stop many people... plenty of great taxi drivers to get you home! There's never a shortage of frat parties, house parties, local concerts, or events at bars!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: A variety of classes to take no matter what major you have. Can't remember a professor that I really didn't like. There are a couple that should consider retiring... Registration is online and can be a little stressful. The more credit hours you have, the earlier you can register. Classes with the most ideal times and professors go fast. Some times you have to wait till drop/add period to get a class you need. Registering for your major-specific classes is much easier!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The interior design program is not an easy 4 years, but well worth it! Class sizes are small (10-20 people) & you get to know your peers and professors really well. Prepare yourself for long nights in the studio and lots of outside time put into projects. The program might be strenuous but I definitely felt more than prepared when I graduated! The design school has their own studio near downtown Athens and each student has a key to access the building. There's a computer lab, material library, drafting rooms, wood shop, etc in the studio. The studio is a little outdated and messy, but that's what happens when you throw 50 art students together! Great study abroad program in Italy!! I loved this program and am still very close with a lot of the girls I graduated with!!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Portfolio review to get into the art school is incredibly easy and laid back. Portfolio review and admission project to get into the interior design program...a little harder, but they prepare you well and the majority of applicants get accepted.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Loved living on campus my freshman year!! Met lots of lifelong friends and always had someone to study with or head downtown. Campus housing is very helpful. Some of the dorms are on the older side and pretty small, but still well-kept. Great college experience! Community bathrooms were always clean! Good mix of people both in and not a part of sororities and fraternities. Most of the dorms are incredibly close to dining halls, classes, and the buses.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus transportation is really great. There are several different bus routes and once you learn them, you can get almost anywhere on campus. The only downside is that at times the buses are either a few minutes early or late which can be frustrating when trying to plan for a tight schedule to get between classes. Overall they are pretty reliable and available.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Within my group of friends, there is great diversity. In my closest group of friends which includes about 10 people, we each have a different religious background and are of 5 different races. When you take in all of the students at UGA, it is mostly white. This is especially obvious in sororities and fraternities. However, there is diversity on campus, it is just sometimes hard to see.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus and only feel unsafe on campus at night if I am walking alone in an area where there are not many people. I feel as thought campus police are accessible if you call them but hardly ever see them. I have never felt unsafe within my dorm and my roommate and I often leave the door unlocked if we are there or down the hall in another friend's room. Overall I feel very safe.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I love Athens! The weather can be a bit temperamental at times, going from 60 degrees one day to 28 degrees and snowing the next, but for the most part it is very good. It is hot in the summer and cold at times during the winter. Compared to other places we have a very mild winter and only some years do we get snow. Fall is especially beautiful on campus as all of the leaves on the trees are changing colors.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is very apparent that many people on campus drink. It seems to be mostly associated with sororities and fraternities and their socials, but according to my friends that are in sororities, you are not forced or pressured to drink. I do not drink and have never felt pressured to drink or do drugs by anyone. If you do not want to be a part of the "party scene" and underage drinking, it is very easy to avoid. There are plenty of other students that are also not interested in that and who you can have fun with without making those bad decisions.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Athens has really great food at reasonable prices and an amazing music scene. Downtown is very lively and a fun place to be. The only downsides are the limited spaces for outdoor recreation because the county overall is very poor. I would like to have a park available.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I have never really experienced much strictness here. Attendance is what has been the most strict for me but that is on a case by case basis as some professors don't care while others are very strict because of department policies. I wish that they were more strict about noise violations because my neighbors are often loud. They also drink in their room, are underage, and have visitors over to stay the night often. My RA is hardly ever present to discipline them. They are the only two people that we have a problem with on our hall.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The Dawgs are the best and everyone on campus knows it. Students show up to support our teams in many different sports and sporting events are always really fun because of that. There is definitely a lot of school spirit. I'm not really sure about intramural or club sports because I don't know anyone that is very actively involved in those.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really love living on campus! The only thing that could be better is the age of the dorms because many of the freshmen dorms are very old and could use an update. My dorm is larger than most and has just enough space for me and my roommate, but the high-rise dorms have much smaller rooms than ours with less storage space. I love the community of living on campus and the bond I've formed with my hall-mates. It's also very convenient for getting to class and going to dining halls!

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a very diverse campus, and I would not want to go here if I was black. UGA is getting a lot better about this, but still racism persists.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Huge. Nearly every body goes to the bars at least once a week. Some people go and don't drink, just for the social atmosphere. Plenty of cabs. Everybody gets in to the bars with fake ids.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are a lot of fun. You've got options too; some are much quieter and more studious (honors dorms) with bigger rooms, and others look straight from the Eastern Bloc, but are a ton of fun for their social atmosphere.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Athens is awesome. Great music, great locals, great restaurants, great shops, and a wild nightlife scene.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I mentioned this a few sections ago, but the police suck so much ass its unbelievable. For some absolutely inexplicable reason, the University's campus is surrounded by public housing. There is a massive complex right next to the Freshmen dorms. These housing areas are known incubators of drugs and violent crime, yet there they are, and you rarely see policemen in these dangerous areas. There are no blue lights to press on campus. The cops could give a s*** if you get mugged. They want money for their department, and the easy way to accomplish this is to hand out copious liquor licences and then rampantly arrest the students. For example, I know one person who parked his car on a side street near downtown. Turns out his car was broken into, and his laptop and several books were stollen. He had a six pack in his back seat though, so when he came back a cop was waiting for him, charged with underage possession, and took him to jail. The robbery was never followed up on. Whenever someone gets severely injured on campus by an assailant, the cops send out some bullshit email doing this whole victim blame thing about how you shouldn't walk alone, wear skimpy clothes, or drink alcohol, so it makes seem as though they are not going to change their ways.All in all, the immediate campus of UGA may be safe, but the surrounding areas where students live absolutely are not. The cops are awful and counter to everyones safety.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school tries to put out these totally fabricated statistics and propaganda that only like "20%" of Freshman drink at UGA, or some laughably low number. Not everybody drinks, and its not frowned upon not to. But I would say a low estimate is that 75% of freshmen drink, and that number only goes up. It is absolutely ubiquitous at UGA, and no matter how hard the local police and administration might try, college students are going to drink. The party scene is something exceptional about UGA, and actually draws in some really bright people.

Unfortunately, Athens is practically under martial law when it comes to underage drinking. The cops are total assholes, a bunch of white trash college rejects who do nothing but arrest underage kids. Athens has a huge a violent crime problem, but despite this the force dedicates all their resources to driving around the bars waiting for any pretext to stop a perfectly harmless student and take him to jail. Meanwhile students get mugged on there way home, the shitty areas are completely absent of police, and burglaries happen all the time, but 95% of these crimes go unresolved. I know you guys don't care, and this started to ramble a little bit, but seriously, everyone single student in Athens fears police and hates them. All they do with their arrests is breed contempt for the system. BY FAR the police are the worst thing about UGA.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some of the kids who do it can be snobs or assholes, but its definitely not as bad as a lot of other schools in the SEC. By the time you get to Junior year too, nobody really cares at all.

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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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