University of Georgia

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Administration Building

Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#60 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Georgia is a public institution that was founded in 1785. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,259, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 759 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Georgia's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 60. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,262 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,472 (2013-14).

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 college towns in the country by U.S. News, and the competitive Bulldogs sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. There are more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including about 60 Greek chapters that involve almost 25 percent of UGA students. Community service is a particularly big focus, with student-run philanthropies such as UGA Miracle, a yearlong fundraiser and 24-hour Dance Marathon for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. First-year 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. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, Food Network personality Alton Brown and AFLAC CEO Dan Amos.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 (more than 20,000 applications for the 2013 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 eight Rhodes Scholars since 1995. In the same period, UGA students have won 44 Goldwater Scholarships and 11 Truman Scholarships. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America with two Rhodes Scholars. 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 Regents University began in 2010 and will help offset a severe shortage of doctors in Georgia. A 56-acre Health Sciences Campus houses 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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1785
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $66,093,937


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 56.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 55.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 56.1%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Georgia is 18:1, and the school has 39.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Georgia include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Finance, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 55%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5%
Finance, General 5%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4%
English Language and Literature, General 3%

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Student Life

University of Georgia has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,259, with a gender distribution of 42.8 percent male students and 57.2 percent female students. At this school, 28 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72 percent of students live off campus. University of Georgia is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 34,519
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Georgia, 42 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Georgia.

Students who have cars on campus 42%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Georgia, 39.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,433.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,262 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $28,472 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,246 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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