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.