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4 College Freshman

Academics: There is a variety of courses to take here; and registration can be tough if certain classes are full. The workload varies among the classes but there are plenty of tutoring options on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Textbooks that are usually required are hardly used in most classes that aren't language classes are hardly used. Registration is very stressful since there aren't many class times available for classes that are required for majors. There are plenty of study areas on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Once you get used to college, you can take 17 hours and be just fine. If you're not passionate about what you're taking, you will not be willing to put in the extreme amount of work it takes to do well. Most professors are understanding and want you to do well, but the larger the class size gets, the less likely they are to help you personally unless you attend all their office hours and prove that you care.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are a competitive topic in Georgia since we also have Georgia Tech and Emory here as well, but I would say the education you receive at Georgia for most majors are comparable. Georgia is pushing for more personable and engaging professors to come to UGA and have more modern and dynamic curriculum, but there is still a long way to go. Workload is pretty easily manageable.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at UGA are challenging. Students have to take extra initiative outside of classes to make good grades, such as extra study time, attending office hours, etc.

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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
178
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 247 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 130 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 130 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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