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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus with the exception of some ugly south campus buildings. Go study on North Campus. It's seriously so nice.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It looks beautiful. I love walking thru North Campus. It is always a majestic feeling. Ramsey (athletic center) s extremely nice. However, Park hall could use some much needed updating.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus looks nice from the outside but its not all that great in terms of efficiency. There are a few new buildings but a lot of the dorms are way too old. There are plenty of student hangouts and places to study or just pass out and take a random nap. Also there is always something going on at the student center so its not hard to find something to do or an event to go to.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I absolutely love my campus. It's rich with history and it is beautifully preserved.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The majority of UGA's buildings are new or well kept up. North Campus has a gorgeous lawn and the Student Center is so nice and clean. I greatly enjoyed walking through campus to classes, especially in the Spring.

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UGA’s facilities are impressive, to say the least. The MLC is a major asset to the campus. Aside from computers, the MLC boasts 26 new state-of-the-art classrooms, 96 private group-study rooms with dry-erase boards, and wireless Internet access. The interior of the SLC is surprisingly elegant, and during finals week, the SLC is the place to be for many students—it is open 24 hours and is generally packed the entire time. The libraries are extremely large, with many areas to study. The main library also offers a few small theaters, where students watch cultural films and newer movies, as well as lounges where students can talk louder than in normal study areas.

The Tate Student Center is centrally located on campus and has been recently renovated with an expansion doubling its size. It houses a movie theater, a game room, dance rooms, a Barbarrito’s Restaurant, and the nation’s second-largest college radio station, WUOG 90.5. Ramsey is also very popular with students. There are aerobic rooms, gymnastics facilities, pools, a rock-climbing wall, state-of-the-art workout equipment, and badminton, basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts at every turn. You can even sign up for a personal trainer. Aerobics classes fill up fast, and there is often a wait for an elliptical machine no matter what time you go. For its impressive size, Ramsey has a surprisingly small number of machines in the gym area. However, “Sports Illustrated” ranked Ramsey as the best college fitness facility in the nation in 2004, and students flock to it. In general, facilities are good, but some buildings are in need of renovation, including many of the science facilities on South Campus and some of the dorms.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
615 acres
Student Centers
The Tate Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • North Campus
  • Ramsey Center
  • Starbucks (downtown)
  • Tate Center
  • Zell B. Miller Learning Center
Bar on Campus
None, but downtown Athens, right across from North Campus, has dozens of bars.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Jittery Joe's Coffee, Zell B. Miller Learning Center
  • Joe at the O, Oglethorpe House Dining Commons
  • Sweet Java Brown's, Red Clay CafĂ©
Movie Theater on Campus
Tate Movie Theater in the Tate Student Center
School Slang
  • "Between the Hedges": Refers to our football field at Sanford Stadium. There are hedges on either side of the field so games are played "between the hedges."
  • The Arch: The symbol of UGA is a three-pillar arch that stands at the north end of campus facing Broad Street. The pillars stand for wisdom, justice, and moderation.
  • College: There are colleges within the University of Georgia that specialize in one area of expertise, for example, there is the Grady College of Journalism and the Terry College of Business. The term "college" does not mean the school as a whole.
  • Entry-leveler: Someone who used to be a scenester but is transitioning to a hipster.
  • G-Day: The day in the spring when the football team holds a scrimmage game.
  • Harry Dawg: A sort of unofficial mascot, usually at basketball and football games. He is in a costume, as opposed to Uga, who is really a bulldog . . . we think.)
  • The Key: A Web site that provides grade distributions for every class at UGA.
  • MyID: This is the first part of your UGA e-mail account whatever is before "").
  • North Campus: Refers to the oldest section of UGA, home to many administration buildings now.
  • OASIS: "Online Access to Student Information Systems." This is the online program, through which students register for classes, keep track of their accounts, calculate their own GPA, and other functions.
  • O-House: Refers to both Oglethorpe House dorm, and Oglethorpe Dining Commons, so be careful.
  • P.O.D.: Permission of department; many major-level classes will require permssion from the department for enrollment.
  • P-J: Refers to the psychology and journalism buildings located on the corner of Sanford Drive and Baldwin Street.
  • Pregame: Engaging in drinking activities in anticipation of going out later.
  • Townie: Someone who lives in Athens but does not attend UGA.
  • Uga: Our beloved bulldog mascot.
  • The Union: Main student center where everything happens, or at least everything legal.
  • "Glory, Glory": One of UGA's oldest traditions is the singing of our school fight song, "Glory, Glory," which is sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Depending on our opponent, improvisations in the last line of the song may resound from the stands. The line is supposed to go "G-E-O-R-G-I-A," but sometimes becomes "And to hell with Flo-ri-da," or something along those lines.
  • "How `Bout Them Dogs": This line has become the battle cry of Dawg fans. It is believed to have originated in the 1970s and gained momentum when a major wire service picked it up after Georgia beat Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and claimed the national championship. Many newspapers thereafter used it as a headline.
  • The Arch: The arch is located at the edge of North Campus, facing downtown Athens. It was installed in 1864, and remains today. The Arch is also the official emblem of the University of Georgia, appearing on official documents and Georgia merchandise. Originally, freshmen were forbidden to walk under the arch. Nowadays, anyone can walk under it, but there are mythical consequences. Supposedly, any undergraduate who walks under the Arch will not graduate and will become infertile. You will see most people choosing to walk around the Arch if you watch closely.
  • Bulldogs: The term "Georgia Bulldogs" came from an article written in 1920. First it was a nickname, believed to pay tribute to Yale University where our first president, Abraham Baldwin, attended college. On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal wrote, "The Georgia Bulldog would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity." Three days later, on November 6, 1920, after a UGA football game, Cliff Wheatley used the name "Bulldogs" five times in his story, and we've been known as the Bulldogs ever since.
  • The Chapel Bell: Georgia fans ring the chapel bell after a Georgia football victory. This tradition began in the 1890s, and used to be a chore reserved for freshmen. Now, however, students and alumni eagerly rush to the Chapel after a football victory for a chance to ring the chapel bell. At orientation, incoming freshmen get to ring the bell.
  • The Georgia "G" : The Georgia "G" was originally designed by head football coach Vince Dooley in 1964. Dooley liked the look of the "G" on helmets worn by the Green Bay Packers, and designed Georgia's "G" accordingly, though utilizing a different color scheme. The design features a black oval "G" surrounded by a white oval background. A white stripe encircles the "G" over the top. A smaller black stripe was added inside the white stripe over the top in 1996 by new head football coach Jim Donnan.
  • The Hedges: The hedges in Sanford Stadium have been standing proudly since its dedication in 1929. "Between the hedges" is a phrase supposedly originating from Atlanta writer Grantland Rice when he said of an upcoming game, "that the Bulldogs will have their opponent `between the hedges.'"
  • Homecoming: Every year before Homecoming, numerous student groups sneak out to Sanford Drive late at night and paint their group's homecoming theme on the street in front of Sanford Stadium. The designs are always bright and bold, and last for months afterwards. There is also a big homecoming parade downtown during Homecoming week. Students and locals always flock to catch candy and see the floats. Onlookers can also get a glimpse of everyone's favorite bulldog, Uga.
  • Uga: Voted the best mascot in the country by Sports Illustrated, Uga comes from a long line of bulldogs owned by Frank W. "Sonny" Sieler of Savannah, GA. The current line began with Uga I, a solid white English Bulldog, the grandson of a former Georgia mascot. The most famous Uga was Uga V, who actually appeared in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." He also posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was named the best mascot in the nation. We are now up to Uga VI. All the Uga's lived in Savannah, and travel to Athens for football games.
Favorite Things To Do
Meet friends for lunch at Bulldog Café or hang out at the Student Learning Center (which has become the place to see and be seen), play ultimate Frisbee on the Myers quad, nap on North Campus, head downtown for lunch or a coffee, work out at Ramsey Center. There are often demonstrations around central campus at the Tate Student Center, or information fairs for students to stop in between classes. The Tate Center has plenty of seating for reading, studying, or talking with friends. There is also a game room with Ping Pong, pool, and arcade games. The Bulldog Café adjacent to Tate offers many options for lunch. The new Student Learning Center offers a coffeehouse with outdoor seating. North Campus is a very popular area for students to relax, nap, play guitar, read, or have a picnic.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Here is a sampling of UGA's student organizations.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Soccer, volleyball and rhythmic gymnastics events for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta were held in UGA's Stegeman Coliseum and Sanford Stadium.

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 91 responses

  • 20% The Arch
  • 14% The Chapel Bell
  • 13% Any sporting event
  • 10% The Hedges
  • 9% "Glory, Glory"
  • 9% Snellebrating
  • 7% "How `Bout Them Dogs"
  • 6% Bulldogs
  • 6% The Georgia "G"
  • 3% Uga
  • 1% Homecoming
  • 1% None of it
  • 0% Football games
  • 0% Union events
  • 0% 4th Quarter Krypton
  • 0% South Campus Tailgate for College of Agriculture
  • 0% I love every campus tradition

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 98 responses

  • 21% Hang out with friends
  • 17% Walk around and enjoy campus
  • 14% Sport events
  • 10% Exercise
  • 9% Get coffee
  • 8% Eat in the dining halls
  • 6% Find a good view from the MLC.
  • 4% Study
  • 4% Going to club meetings
  • 3% Make fun of sorority girls.
  • 1% I just come to class and then leave.
  • 1% Generally judge the majority of students as losers
  • 0% Eat and shop downtown
  • 0% Participate in the Redcoat Marching Band
  • 0% Drink wine at Pauley's
  • 0% Going to shows (plays, dancing, etc.)

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 235 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 100 responses

  • 54% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 42% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 3% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 1% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 229 responses

  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 43% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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