Students Say

As at many large universities, UGA has a “mixed bag of professors,” but there are “more good teachers” than bad. Though students don’t love the core curriculum classes due to their large size and the prevalence of TAs, “once [you’re] in your particular program, the teachers are outstanding and easy to reach.” “The professors really do want to see you at office hours if you have questions,” and they “want to share their love of learning with you.” “My major-related classes are very small, and each student receives individual attention.”

Overview

Applicants
20,045
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.86

GPA Breakdown

74%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 660
SAT Math
580 - 670
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

As at many large universities, UGA has a “mixed bag of professors,” but there are “more good teachers” than bad. Though students don’t love the core curriculum classes due to their large size and the prevalence of TAs, “once [you’re] in your particular program, the teachers are outstanding and easy to reach.” “The professors really do want to see you at office hours if you have questions,” and they “want to share their love of learning with you.” “My major-related classes are very small, and each student receives individual attention.” The honors program also receives raves: “Many of my best classes and favorite teachers have come from the honors program, but non-honors classes are generally good as well.” “The study spaces are well-equipped and quiet,” but “the school of social work is still housed in an old dorm.” “Administration is a pain (not the people, only the requirements), but I think that describes academia in general.” In general students “feel that the administration can be very accommodating at times, but at other times it can seem like it is full of red tape.” Registration technology “needs to be brought out of the 1980s and into the twenty-first century.” “The administration [can] seem like a bunch of penny-pinchers, but they must be to run a major research facility.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
2,228
with Terminal Degree
2,001

1,365
Men
863
Women
435
Minority
323
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Charlayne Hunter-Gault
International Journalist

Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senator

John Huey
Editor-in-Chief, Time, Inc.

Johnny Isakson
U.S. Senator

Maxine Clark
Chair/CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop

Deborah Roberts
Producer and ABC New Correspondent

Chef Alton Brown
Host of Food Network's "Good Eats"

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
78
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

The average in-state Georgia freshman pays $8,590 in tuition, while those from out of state cough up more than $26,800 a year. Oncampus room and board costs just over $9,200. Recent graduates left UGA with approximately $20,254 in cumulative debt, on average.

Bang For Your Buck

Georgia’s merit-based HOPE Scholarship provides high school graduates who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average with a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and a percentage of student fees and books. Ninety-seven percent of Georgia-resident freshmen at UGA receive the scholarship. UGA also offers the prestigious Foundation Fellowship, which provides an annual stipend of approximately $9,000 for in-state students (in addition to the HOPE Scholarship) and $15,700 for out-of-state students (plus an out-ofstate tuition waiver). The fellowship provides numerous opportunities for national and international travel-study, faculty-directed academic research, and participation in academic conferences.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,381

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,854

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,271

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,254

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,796

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,590
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$26,800
Required Fees
$2,246
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,422
Transportation for Commuters
$840

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“Students are generally white, upper-middle-class, smart, [and] involved, and [they] have a good time,” “seem to be predominantly conservative,” and “are usually involved in at least one organization whether it be Greek, a club, or sports.” “The typical student at UGA is one who knows how and when to study but allows himself or herself to have a very active social life.” The majority are Southerners, with many students from within Georgia. “The stereotype is Southern, Republican, football-loving, and beer-drinking. While many, many of UGA’s students do not fit this description, there is no lack of the above,” and “there is a social scene for everyone in Athens.” “There are a great number of atypical students in the liberal arts,” which “creates a unique and exciting student body with greatly contrasting opinions.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
26,278
Out of State
8%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
122

Demographics

57% female
43% male
8% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at UGA seems to be a good mix of the two different worlds of sports and arts: football, frats, and tailgating on campus come together nicely with the coffee shops and music scene in downtown Athens. “On Saturday afternoons in the fall, nearly everyone on campus is at the football game. It’s a way of life here.” “Everybody really gets behind the team, and Saturdays in Athens feel like mini vacations.” Fraternities and sororities dominate the party scene, but “there is definitely plenty to do, even if you don’t go Greek.” Students love to brag about the high number of bars per capita in Athens, but there’s plenty more to boast about. “The Athens music and art scene is very inspiring, and there are tons of opportunities for creativity here.” “Downtown Athens is fabulous! Whether you drink or don’t drink, all are welcome and all congregate there.” Campus life offers plenty of activity, too. “Fun is a part of daily life…with a dozen intramural sports each semester…and many community activities (multiple movie theaters, bowling allies, golf course).” “Ultimate Frisbee, walks around the multiple parks, days lounging on North Campus, and spending lots of time downtown are a couple ways I like to have fun at school.” “There are so many organizations that everyone can find a place that will feel like home or find a place to meet new people.” “It’s no secret that UGA knows how to party. However, most of the students know how to manage social and academic time.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
93
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
79

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Karen Kalivoda

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
See for criteria for LD.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
See for criteria for ADHD.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
639
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
27
Number of Religious Organizations
45

22% join a fraternity
29% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

49% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

More than 600 members of the UGA faculty are involved in sustainability research and education—in clean energy, integrative conservation, water resources, infectious diseases, invasive species, sustainable design, organic agriculture, and more—and more than 15 percent of all courses offered incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. Advancing sustainability is one of the core directions identified in the university’s 2020 Strategic Plan, and UGA’s president noted that sustainability is “part of every construction, calling for the university’s campuses to serve as examples to others in reducing their environmental footprints to the greatest extent possible. UGA has taken aggressive steps to conserve water on campus, such as installing over seventy rain gardens, planting native species, installing low-flow toilets and showerheads, recycling water in research labs, and even limiting flushes in stadium bathrooms during football games. Eighteen massive cisterns on campus collect more than 550,000 gallons of rain annually for reuse in campus buildings and landscapes. The result of this “Every Drop Counts” campaign is that water use on campus is down more than 20 percent. UGA is home to the Eugene Odum School of Ecology, “the world’s first stand-alone school devoted to teaching, research, and public service in the areas of ecology and environmental studies” and the top-ranked College of Environment and Design for sustainable design practices in landscape architecture. The Tate Student Center Expansion, UGA Housing Building 1516 and four other campus buildings are LEED Gold. The UGArden Campus Community Garden has donated thousands of pounds of fresh, local and sustainable fish and produce to end senior hunger through partnerships with UGA Campus Kitchen and Athens Area Council on Aging. The Office of Sustainability provided $28,000 in campus sustainability grants this year to implement student-initiated projects on campus.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
120

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
92%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
University Bookstore offers student discounts on computer purchases. USG SRS(software Resource and services) has student discounts for selected applications.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Nancy McDuff
Associate VP Admissions and Enrollment M

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
212 Terrell Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Phone
(706)542-8776

Email
undergrad@admissions.uga.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Zell B. Miller Learning Center
Sanford Stadium
Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activ
Performing and Visual Arts Complex
Tate Student Center
Georgia Museum of Art Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library UGA Chapel UGA Arch

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Athens
Classic Center
State Botanical Gardens of Georgia
Five Points/Memorial Park
Bishop Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Daily
Mon-Fri, 8:00-5:00; Sat, 9:00-5:00
(706)542-8776

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Schedule available online
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Available only through personal contact

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta is an hour and a half from campus. Groome Transportation (www.groometransportation.com) provides daily ground shuttle service between Athens and Hartsfield. Athens has its own small commuter airport with daily flights to Nashville International Airport provided by SeaPort Airlines (www.seaportair.com). Inter-city bus transportation is provided by Southeastern Stages (www.southernstages.com) and Megabus (www.megabus.com.) Once in town, UGA Campus Transit, Athens Transit and private taxi service provide local transportation.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Atlanta, take I-85 to Highway 316 (University Pkwy.). This connects to the Athens Bypass, which leads to downtown Athens or call the UGA Visitors Center at College Station Rd.

Local Accommodations
The UGA Hotel and Conference Center at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education (www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/uga-hotel) located on UGA’s South Campus provides guests with convenient and upscale accommodations at a reasonable price. Across the street from historic North Campus, the Holiday Inn (www.holidayinn.com) has moderate rates, an indoor pool, an exercise room, and a restaurant. A less expensive choice is the Travelodge (www.travelodge.com), located within easy walking distance from campus and serves a continental breakfast.
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Key Stats

20,045
Applicants
26,278
Size
55%
Acceptance Rate
1240
SAT Scores

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