College Senior 2010-10-19T22:34:46Z
A Couple of My Favorites – I still remember the little pizzeria called Littly Italy from my childhood as being run by the mafia, they wouldn't take credit cards. Their stromboli is awe-inspiringly good. Mellow Mushroom is down the street, several little ethinic shops offering curry, pitas, and sushi spread out in the brick downtown, and their is always a thriving night dining experience. The usual junk fast food abounds in the Athens perimeter (the Varsity, Taco Bell, etc.) and the public transportation is free to students, very convenient,and relatively fast. There really is no need to get an on-campus pass if you spend wisely off.
College Senior 2010-10-19T22:29:23Z
Hit and Miss – The commons are a convenient aternative if you are tuck on campus, but I am hesitant to say that the all-you-can-eat pass is completely worth the entry price. There have been a few occasions, barbecued brisket, New York strip steak on gamedays, that I have been blown away by the food. But, for the most part, I end up throwing about half of the cafeteria-grade leftovers away. There are only the four dining commons for around 15,000 students, and they do get crowded and loud. And the 24-hour dining spiel is a lie, three commons are left for the weekends, all closing early, and none offering dinner on Sunday. Overall, not terrible, but you get a better deal, and better qualit, by swinging downtown to eat.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-18T20:03:54Z
I feel that UGA does what most schools do. They host events, and make sure that the students are getting a good education. The University Union however is always putting on a good program or having a very well known entertainer visit. Last week Ludacris came to the school and preformed. UGA is a very good school for entertainment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-18T20:01:31Z
The transportation offered by the school is nice. there are always buses around, and you can park (for a fee). The issues arise when the parking gets full and the buses busy. Late night, you need a friend to pick you up if you live off campus... on campus, there are people who will take you home.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-18T19:56:59Z
I have lived in Athens all my life. So dorm life was not a necessity. I believe housing is affordable; and depending on the area, very nice. There is something for everyone. Only bad thing is parking on campus... you have to pay to be a commuter, which is not very nice. otherwise... off-campus housing is great.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-17T21:18:48Z
Not That Strict – I'd say the campus isn't that strict. I mean on game days there is an obvious police presence and I'd say the campus is fairly safe. As far as the dorms go though, I don't think underage drinking is regulated well but if you get caught there are serious consequences. Also quiet hours are not enforced well either.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-17T21:10:55Z
Not a Cultural Melting Pot – UGA is not really that diverse. It's mostly white students. However, there are a lot of groups and organizations for minorities and you can find connections if you look for them. It's not that bad just don't expect a cultural melting pot.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-17T21:01:34Z
Good Advisors – I am a food science major in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. My advisor is helpful and I like that my college is smaller than, say, the college of arts and sciences. My only complaint would be that, since there are so few people interested in my major and in the college in general, the advisers kind of pressure you to stay in the college. On another note though, the college is extremely helpful in helping you start networking and finding internships very early.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-17T05:45:16Z
I am a sophomore for uga. I am from out of state and I absolutley love this school! there is always something going on, from greek life to football games. the people are so friendly and downtown scene so fun. you will never want to leave!
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-15T22:26:52Z
Athens has one of the best music scenes you will ever find. On any given night there will be great music at one venue or another. The dining halls are amazing. They area must have if you live on campus. Downtown is literally across the street from campus, which is great for a coffee before class or a drink after finals. The workout facility at Ramsey is out of this world. Any physical activity you can think of they pretty much have it. Great academic programs. Freshmen classes are huge (biology is at least 400 people to a class), but once you get in to a major the class sizes are pretty small. UGA offers classes at pretty much any time of day which is good for early or late risers. Game days are insane. Do not plan on doing anything in Athens on Fall Saturdays except watching football and drinking.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-15T22:20:53Z
There are a lot of UGA cops that ride around campus pretty regulary, but we always thought of them as more rent-a-cops. They are usually pretty cool and let you go with a warning. Security is pretty good. Never really felt unsafe walking on campus. You have to watch out for the Athens-Clarke county cops though. They will get you every time. It is pretty much accepted that there is a lot of underage drinking at UGA so unless you are being a complete fool then everything should be good. If you live in a dorm, hide all questionable items. Especially on breaks when the RA's search your rooms.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-15T22:09:49Z
Guys & Girls:
Very Eclectic – There are so many different people at UGA that there is no way anyone could feel left out. There are the frat guys and sorostitutes, the hippies, the partiers, the studiers, and the completely insane. Campus life is never dull with all of these people mixed together. Most students dress pretty casually on a day to day basis, but football game days are reserved for only the best attire. We are all different but we will all bleed red and black til the day we die!
College Senior 2010-10-14T17:18:12Z
Great Atmosphere – The dorms all provide a great atmosphere, but they have the feeling of a military barracks sometimes. I'm over 6 ft. tall, and I always have to duck under the showerheads.
College Senior 2010-10-14T17:17:18Z
Okay, but Repetitive – The quality of the food is very good, and I can't complain much-- but typically the same thing is served everyday.
College Senior 2010-10-14T17:16:30Z
Labs Never Crowded – As a music major, I'm typically only using the computer labs in the music buildings, which are typically very accessible and open.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-11T21:45:35Z
Top Ranking University – The application process was simply great and easy. The counselors were a big help throughout. I will be starting UGA in Spring 2011 and feel great about it. It is one of the best universities in the state and the nation as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-11T21:43:52Z
Best Staff – I have been accepted for spring 2011 and I feel great. I have been contacting few counselors and they are great! They have been very helpful throughout the process. Also, the facilities are great at UGA and it seems like a wonderful university! Really looking forward to start the university in spring 2011.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T01:20:07Z
Hot Hot Hot – It gets really hot in August so walking around campus can be a hassle, but for the most part weather is nice.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T01:17:47Z
Always lots of people downtown. Taxi Cabs outside waiting. Dawgs After Dark school organization takes students home for free. Nightlife is for 21 and older, but security is not very strict.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-19T18:04:27Z
Save Gas – Everywhere in UGA is pretty close to each other for the most part. Campus is close to downtown where all the bars and restaurants are located. Bus are in transit all day and made pretty convenient. Taxis are also available all over the place. Most students prefer to walk or bike around town. Students save money on gas.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-19T18:01:15Z
High on Life – No matter where you are, you will face drugs. I agree that a college town may expect more drug usage then your hometown just for the fact that college is a place to experience. For the most part, UGA has been known to keep things under control. Especially since most people in Athens are students and need to keep their grades in line. Students here love the go downtown and hit up the bar scene however, during the weekdays, most students are in their apartments, hitting the books and waiting around for the weekend to start up again.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-19T17:54:30Z
Creative Vibe – Without Athens, the University of Georgia would be incomplete. Athens is your typical college town however, it is also unique and different from all the others due to its local atmosphere. Athens is full of creative people who bring in a variety of local music, art, and food. Every week, there is live music that can be held in any of the several music venues that exists. Food is also everywhere from Indian to southern comfort to your dinky pizza joint where all the college kids grab a bite. The art is also all over the place. You can even find local artists work in local restaurants. The best thing about Athens is that everyone shares the love of creativeness and helps each other by spreading the word. Many great bands and artists have formed right out of Athens.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-14T16:49:42Z
Always a Contender – Football is the biggest, but we always walk away from the season disappointed. Either we lose 3-4 games or we make a claim for the national title only to get snubbed by the final week's polls. Aside from football, we regularly claim national titles in gymnastics, swimming & diving, and always contend for national titles in women's basketball, equestrian, golf, baseball, and tennis.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-14T16:41:23Z
So Many Choices! Just yesterday I was noticing just how MANY food venues around town originate locally, open 2-3 locations in Athens, and eventually spread their influence towards Atlanta. Zaxby's, Barberitos, MIRKO, Locos, Your Pie, Jittery Joe's, Choo-Choo, Two Story, Raising Canes, Transmet, and countless downtown bars & grills - the choices are limitless, and these are just the Athens-based names! Chick-fil-A is overwhelmingly popular as far as national chains go, but we've got every brand imaginable except Steak & Shake. But it's OK, The Grill downtown is better than Steak & Shake.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-14T16:33:13Z
Health & Safety:
Safety Overkill – Police are everywhere, and our Health Center is unmatched. Crosswalks have flashing lights and "State Law: STOP for pedestrians in crosswalk" signs are clearly posted. On top of it all, there is an emergency communication system in place called UGA Alert that sends an email, a TXT message, and a phone call to everyone affiliated with the university any time a danger arises on/near campus.
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