The University of Georgia in Athens, GA is the largest public university in the state of Georgia. The University of Georgia (U.G.A.) has an enrollment of over 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students. I attended this college for 2 years before I transfered. I thought I would give prospective students a former student’s view of the good, bad, and the ugly of attending the University of Georgia.
The University of Georgia offers around 200 degree programs through 4 year degrees, master degrees, and doctorate degrees. The University of Georgia in Athens offers a variety of degrees for students in fields from Pharmacy, Forestry, Business, English, Law, Horticulture, and much more.
The downtown area of Athens across from the school offers a variety of unique restaurants, bars, and shops for students to choose from.
The University of Georgia is very competitive in collegiate sports. The football team constantly draws around 100,000 fans and has won 2 SEC Championships in the last 5 years. The gymnastics and golf team have also won many SEC Championships as well.
The University offers a great workout and fitness facility that has 2 Olympic size pools, a rock climbing wall, a massive workout area with a great variety of equipment, and much more.
The University of Georgia offers a large variety of activities to keep you involved such as, Greek organizations, clubs, intramural sports, and much more.
The University of Georgia is usually high on the rankings of public colleges in the United States.
The cost of the University of Georgia is very low compared to many private colleges in the area.
The city of Athens has a low cost of living. This means that you can rent an apartment, house, or duplex very inexpensively. I rented a 2 bedroom duplex for about $500 a month.
The University and the town of Athens is known as a party college and town. If you can not juggle classes and a social scene, U.G.A. might not be the place for you.
Core class sizes can be very large. Some lower level classes can have over 200 students in one class.
Lower level classes might also be taught by TA’s (teacher assistants) instead of professors. These TA’s are usually graduate students.
Diversity of the student population is a major problem that the University is trying to solve.
While you are on campus, it is pretty safe. When you leave campus and the downtown area of Athens, it can be unsafe. While Athens is a great little town, there is a problem with crime. While I was living in Athens, people were shot at a Waffle House 5 minutes from the campus. I also had a friend in college who delivered pizza. He said that there were certain areas of Athens that they would refuse to go to because it was so unsafe.
Also because of the low cost of living in Athens, good paying jobs for college students are few and far between unless you want to work for minimum wage. I know of many kids that drove an hour away (including myself) to wait tables to make some money.
I enjoyed my time at the University of Georgia. While it has its pros and cons, I highly recommend giving the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia a chance.