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University of Georgia is a public institution that was founded in 1785. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,373, its setting is city, and the campus size is 759 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Georgia's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 63. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,842 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,052 (2012-13).
At its founding, The University of Georgia made history as the first public, state-supported college in America. These days, the school is known for its vibrant student community. UGA’s college town of Athens was rated among the best sports towns in the country by ESPN, and the competitive Bulldogs sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. There are more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including nearly 60 Greek chapters that involve almost 25 percent of UGA students. Community service is a particularly big focus, with student-run philanthropies such as ugaMiracle, a year-long fundraiser and 24-hour Dance Marathon for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Students also run the University of Georgia Insider, an online forum for advice on everything from “10 Secrets to On-Campus Survival” to “Saving Money the College Student Way.” Students must live on campus, but Atlanta is 60 miles away for those itching for a road trip.
The University of Georgia has renowned graduate programs in its College of Education and Law School. As both a land and sea grant university, UGA is active in research and promotion of agricultural and sea-based programs. One unique offering at UGA is the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology, the first school of its kind when it was launched in 2007. Notable alumni of UGA include U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, Food Network personality Alton Brown, and AFLAC CEO Dan Amos.
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Established by a charter adopted by the Georgia Legislature in 1785, the University of Georgia is the first university in America to be chartered by a state government. The principles embodied in its charter 'that education is the foundation of a democratic society and a right of all citizens, and that providing education is the responsibility of government' helped give rise to the American system of public higher education. UGA's picturesque 759-acre campus, in the Appalachian foothills about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, is adorned with many 19th century buildings including Old College, opened in 1806, and the 1832 University Chapel. North Campus, featuring quads with century-old trees and scenic green spaces, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other notable campus features include bike paths, quiet gardens, one of the nation's largest student recreation/fitness centers and one of the oldest cemeteries on an American university campus (dating to 1814). UGA is Georgia's most popular college (17,569 applications for the 2011 freshman class) and has one of the nation's largest and oldest Honors Programs, attracting superior students from across the country. UGA is a national leader among public universities in the number of major scholarships earned by its students. The university has had seven Rhodes Scholars since 1996. In the same period, UGA students have won 37 Goldwater Scholarships and 10 Truman Scholarships. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America with two Rhodes Scholars. In 2003, UGA scored a "grand slam," being the only public university in America with winners of the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholarships in the same year. The student satisfaction rate is high with 94 percent of freshmen returning as sophomores. Georgia's HOPE Scholarship keeps in-state student costs among the lowest at major public universities, and UGA ranks in the top 10 among research universities in the number of students who study abroad each year. Long a research leader in such fields as agriculture, biology and biotechnology, UGA is rapidly building strength in human and animal health and biomedicine with its College of Public Health, Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute and Cancer Center. A physician education program developed jointly by UGA and Georgia Health Sciences University began in 2010 and will help offset a severe shortage of doctors in Georgia. A new, 58-acre Health Sciences Campus will house the Medical Partnership, College of Public Health and other health-related programs. The Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology, opened in 2007, is the nation's only stand-alone school devoted to ecological studies and research. UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is home to the prestigious Peabody Awards, the world's oldest prize in electronic media. In addition, the Peabody Archives in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library contain some of the best radio, television and cable programs ever produced. UGA is home of Georgia's official state botanical garden, state art museum and state museum of natural history, as well as the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
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When applying to University of Georgia, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is October 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at University of Georgia is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.0 percent and an early acceptance rate of 73.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||63.0%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Georgia is 18:1, and the school has 38.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Georgia include: Psychology, General; Finance, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.8 percent.
University of Georgia has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,373, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 percent female students. At this school, 30.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70.0 percent of students live off campus. University of Georgia is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of Georgia offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Georgia also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Georgia, 36 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Georgia.
|Students who have cars on campus||36%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At University of Georgia, 39.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,149.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$9,842 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$28,052 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,972 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data