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University of Georgia

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Academics

The University of Georgia (UGA) is among the oldest universities in the United States, having been incorporated in 1785. Actual classes began in 1801 in the building that is now known as the Old College. The main campus is comprised of more than 300 buildings in 39,000 acres of campus area.

UGA is ranked 18th among the top 50 public universities in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report 2011. The MBA program at UGA’s Terry School of Business is ranked among the top 100 in the world. Apart from this, the mass communication program is ranked among the top five in the United States, and most of the university’s other programs have been ranked highly as well.

The university has a total of sixteen colleges and schools, with the Odum School of Ecology as the most recent addition in 2007. Some schools and colleges at UGA include:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Students have the option of enrolling in undergraduate, graduate, honors, and continuing education programs. Distance education is available in the form of online programs in teaching and avian healthcare. More details about online and distance programs can be found here. UGA also has an honors program for academically talented students which includes study abroad options and student exchange programs.

    Programs are available across four different campuses. The largest campus is the main campus in Athens. Others include the Gwinnett campus, Griffin campus, Tifton campus, and Terry College of Business in Atlanta.

    Most Popular Fields of Study

    Admissions

    All prospective students must first submit an application form. Admission criteria vary depending on the type of program you are applying to.

    Undergraduate Students

    Official high school transcripts, a completed school or counselor evaluation form, SAT or ACT scores, and teacher recommendations are mandatory.

    Transfer Students

    As a transfer student, you must have completed one academic year at an accredited college post high school. Junior and senior transfers must have a minimum GPA of 2.80 and sophomore students must have GPA higher than 3.20 to be considered for admission. A minimum of 30 credit hours are required.

    International First Year Students

    Students who are not citizens of the United States or have completed some part of their education outside the USA are considered international students. International applicants must have the following:

  • SAT I verbal scores of 430 or higher
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • 2.5 minimum GPA on English 1101 and 1102 at an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Nontraditional Students

    To be considered as a nontraditional student, you must have been out of high school for more than five years, should have available GED scores and high school transcripts, and should not have more than 30 credit hours. Nontraditional applicants must submit the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Official high school transcripts
  • SAT I or ACT scores. (Students who do not have these scores available must take the COMPASS examination.)
  • Graduate Students

    The application fee for graduate students is waived for McNair scholars. Students must submit all official documents, letters of recommendation, and any other documents required by the department they are applying to.

    Most departments at UGA require GRE scores for graduate applicants. Some also require individual scores on the verbal and analytical sections. Master of Education program accepts MAT scores as well. GMAT scores are mandatory for applying to the Terry School of Business and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    Financial Aid

    To be eligible for financial aid, students must first fill the financial aid application form known as the FAFSA. At UGA, financial aid is available in the form of grants, student loans, and work study programs. A limited number of university owned scholarship programs are available, such as the Foundation Fellowship, Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship, and the Presidential Scholarship. Stipends usually range from $1000 to $5000 in annual renewable scholarships. Several departments also have scholarship programs for meritorious students. Students are also encouraged to apply for outside scholarships available from other federal institutions and civic bodies.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 4324th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Georgia.

    Students

    Housing facilities on campus include furnished suites and apartments for freshmen and first year students. Unfurnished apartments are available for students with families. Residence halls are divided into seven communities. Facilities at the communities include vending machines, laundry services, and study lounges. Graduate housing for upper class students or students with families includes high speed internet services. Rents vary depending on the services available in the residence halls or apartments.

    Campus dining commons are available across five locations. A la carte and other eating options include the Red Clay Café, UGA Creamery, Dawg Snacks, and more.

    At UGA, students can become a part of seventeen Greek fraternities and sororities. Members of Greek communities stay in mansions and chapter houses located at the South Lumpkin Street.

    Recreational facilities can be found at RecSports and the Ramsey Center. At RecSports, students can use the gym facilities or attend aerobics and Yoga classes. The Ramsey Center has two swimming pools, a running/walking track, climbing and bouldering walls, racquetball, basketball, and squash courts.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics

    Athletics

    Known as the Georgia Bulldogs, athletic teams at UGA are members of the NCAA Division I Sports and participate in the Southeastern Conference. They are the leading gymnastics national champions in the NCAA and have won several other national championships in football, baseball, tennis and golf.

    The Georgia Bulldogs have a 100 year old rivalry with the Auburn Tigers and a more recent rivalry with the Florida Gators. Several unrecognized sports club at the university have won championships in lacrosse and ice hockey.

    Alumni

  • Kim Basinger, actor
  • Abdul Karim al-Iryani, Prime Minister Yemen
  • Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Crawford Long, invented anesthesia
  • Jamie Cuticchia, Director Human Genome Database
  • Alton Brown, TV show host and celebrity chef
  • Bibliography

    • University of Georgia. University of Georgia. Web. May 25, 2011.
    • Georgia Dogs. Georgia Dogs. Web. May 25, 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 2nd in Georgia and 71st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Georgia and 314th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 6 0.02
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 5 0.01
    Robbery 2 0.01
    Arson 4 0.01
    Burglary 61 0.18
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 7 0.02
    Arrest 128 0.37

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Athens, GA 30602
    Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
    Total Population1,400 (1,400 urban / N/A rural)
    Households4 (10.25 people per house)
    Median Household IncomeN/A
    FamiliesN/A (N/A people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (very high research activity)
    UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1310

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 631st for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,028 $8,028 $26,238
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,234 $2,234 $2,234
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $2,385 $2,385 $7,785
    FT Graduate Tuition $7,700 $7,700 $23,000
    FT Graduate Required Fees $2,234 $2,234 $2,234
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $321 $321 $959
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,064 $22,064 $40,274
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,064 $22,064 $40,274
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,742 $13,742 $31,952

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $14,664 $34,664
    Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $2,234 $2,234
    Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $15,486 $42,086
    Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $2,234 $2,234
    Law Degree — Tuition $16,506 $34,176
    Law Degree — Required Fees $2,234 $2,234

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $9,472 $9,842 $9,472 $9,842 $27,682 $28,052
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,078 $848
    On-Campus – Room & Board $8,708 $8,970
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,562 $1,590
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,774 $8,020
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,496 $2,540
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,496 $2,540

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$60
    Graduate Application Fee$75
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 18,458 (7,549 male / 10,909 female)
    Admitted 10,352 (3,985 male / 6,367 female)
    Admission rate 56%
    First-time Enrollment 4,936 (1,979 male / 2,957 female)
    FT Enrollment 4,923 (1,972 male / 2,951 female)
    PT Enrollment 13 (7 male / 6 female)
    Total Enrollment34,536

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Recommendations
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    TOEFL
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
    NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    150th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 60%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 32
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 29
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 30

    SAT Test Admission

    163rd for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 86%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 660
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 580 / 670
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1140 / 1330

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity7,618
    Meals per Week20
    Room Fee$5,290
    Board Fee$3,956

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 197 597 298 536 18 6,599 254 8,616
    Accounting 4 14 10 20 250 7 308
    Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 1 15 2 19
    Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General 6 6
    Advertising 8 4 6 1 148 4 178
    African-American/Black Studies
    Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 1 30 1 33
    Agricultural Communication/Journalism 1 12 14
    Agricultural Economics 6 1 1 37 45
    Agricultural Engineering 1 1 25 27
    Agricultural Teacher Education 32 32
    Agricultural and Extension Education Services 2 14 2 18
    Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding 2 2
    Agriculture, General 6 6
    Agronomy and Crop Science 1 6 7
    Animal Sciences, General 1 2 1 76 3 83
    Anthropology 1 1 3 3 1 65 4 79
    Apparel and Textiles, General 2 3 5
    Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 2 1 2 22 2 29
    Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 2
    Arabic Language and Literature 3 5 1 9
    Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 29 31
    Art Teacher Education 1 1 10 1 13
    Art/Art Studies, General 2 6 18 157 8 193
    Artificial Intelligence 6 1 1 1 9
    Astronomy 2 1 3
    Athletic Training/Trainer 2 1 16 2 22
    Biochemical Engineering 1 1 1 1 5 10
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 6 5 21 29 62
    Bioinformatics 2 2 4
    Biological and Physical Sciences 11 2 6 78 5 104
    Biological/Biosystems Engineering 1 1 1 1 12 1 17
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 38 13 66 1 244 15 383
    Biotechnology 2 2 2 8 14
    Botany/Plant Biology 3 3
    Broadcast Journalism 1 11 3 2 49 66
    Business Administration and Management, General 14 28 12 23 278 38 396
    Business Teacher Education 1 1
    Business/Commerce, General 1 11 12
    Business/Managerial Economics 1 3 4 10 74 4 96
    Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology 2 3 1 15 1 22
    Chemistry, General 3 3 5 7 38 56
    Child Development 1 4 5 25 35
    Chinese Language and Literature 1 1
    City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2 1 14 17
    Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 6 6
    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 5 6
    Cognitive Science 2 1 2 5 10
    College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 5 1 12 18
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 2 1 1 87 3 97
    Comparative Literature 1 7 1 10
    Computer Engineering, General 4 4
    Computer Science 11 2 5 9 31 3 62
    Consumer Economics 1 8 1 8 41 1 61
    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 9 1 20 30
    Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 8 4 46 1 61
    Dairy Science
    Dance, General 1 1 2 4
    Dietetics/Dietitian 4 4 36 2 46
    Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 10 5 4 89 3 111
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 3 2 36 2 47
    Early Childhood Education and Teaching 8 4 6 1 136 7 164
    Ecology 2 1 41 1 45
    Economics, General 7 1 4 50 4 66
    Education, General 1 1
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 10 14
    Educational Psychology 1 2 17 2 23
    Educational/Instructional Technology 1 1 1 26 4 33
    English Language and Literature, General 7 6 3 2 150 3 174
    English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 42 43
    Entomology 1 1 1 17 20
    Environmental Chemistry 1 1
    Environmental Health 4 1 4 15 24
    Environmental Science 1 2 4 7
    Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 1 15 1 19
    Family Resource Management Studies, General 1 3 1 1 16 2 25
    Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 2 2 10 14
    Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication 3 23 26
    Fashion Merchandising 1 1 5 3 41 2 56
    Film/Cinema/Video Studies 2 22 24
    Finance, General 9 9 9 33 1 260 5 330
    Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 11 13
    Food Science 2 3 1 5 20 31
    Food Technology and Processing 1 1 3 5
    Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 2 11 13
    Foreign Language Teacher Education 14 18 1 33
    Forest Sciences and Biology 1 29 3 33
    Forestry, General 16 16
    French Language and Literature 1 13 14
    Genetics, General 1 15 17
    Geography 4 2 1 1 34 43
    Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2 29 1 35
    German Language and Literature 3 8 11
    Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 14 15
    Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 1
    Historic Preservation and Conservation 15 15
    History, General 7 5 7 137 4 163
    Housing and Human Environments, General 3 1 29 1 34
    Human Development and Family Studies, General 11 3 4 90 1 109
    Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 2 1 11 1 17
    Insurance 5 3 1 8 1 105 1 127
    International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 3 1 6
    International Relations and Affairs 2 15 17 14 159 4 214
    Italian Language and Literature 1 2 3
    Japanese Language and Literature 1 10 12
    Journalism 11 4 8 97 121
    Journalism, Other 13 2 1 30 2 50
    Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 3 1 3 58 4 69
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 8 3 5 101 2 125
    Landscape Architecture 5 1 4 5 1 59 1 76
    Large Animal/Food Animal and Equine Surgery and Medicine 1 1
    Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2 7 9
    Latin Language and Literature 1 10 11
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 3 11 1 16
    Linguistics 2 1 1 33 3 41
    Management Information Systems, General 2 13 5 15 75 111
    Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 2 2
    Marketing Research 1 2 18 1 22
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 12 6 13 3 213 4 258
    Mathematics Teacher Education 6 1 1 51 2 61
    Mathematics, General 3 1 2 40 3 49
    Microbiology, General 1 6 2 16 20 1 47
    Music Performance, General 2 1 7 10
    Music Teacher Education 5 1 39 1 47
    Music Theory and Composition 1 1 2
    Music Therapy/Therapist 1 4 5
    Music, General 3 1 1 2 30 39
    Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism 21 1 22
    Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 13 1 15
    Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 1 1 18 20
    Nutrition Sciences 4 2 4 24 1 35
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 2 1 45 48
    Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 3 3
    Philosophy 1 1 19 1 22
    Physics, General 1 11 12
    Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 2 1 1 4
    Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management 8 8
    Political Science and Government, General 21 5 6 153 6 195
    Poultry Science 1 1 1 13 1 18
    Psychology, General 3 43 31 43 1 368 7 506
    Public Administration 4 6 1 46 2 61
    Public Health Education and Promotion 1 15 2 13 84 3 118
    Public Health, General 8 18 1 11 43 3 85
    Public Relations/Image Management 7 2 3 1 107 4 125
    Reading Teacher Education 2 9 12
    Real Estate 1 27 28
    Religion/Religious Studies 2 1 19 1 23
    Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 5 2 17 1 25
    Russian Language and Literature 3 3
    Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 3 1 28 3 36
    Small/Companion Animal Surgery and Medicine 2 2
    Social Studies Teacher Education 4 3 1 37 1 46
    Social Work 4 30 4 2 128 5 176
    Sociology 1 12 3 9 88 4 120
    Soil Science and Agronomy, General 4 1 5
    Spanish Language and Literature 8 12 2 81 6 109
    Special Education and Teaching, General 1 3 2 3 1 58 2 71
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 11 6 1 1 79 1 108
    Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 6 3 2 62 76
    Statistics, General 10 5 1 5 19 40
    Technical Teacher Education 2 14 1 18
    Turf and Turfgrass Management 8 8
    Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 3 1 2 6 12
    Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 1 1 15 20
    Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 4 2 48 3 59
    Women's Studies 4 2 1 9 16

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 310th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $94,370 ($100,306 male / $78,465 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,894 (1,182 male / 712 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 2,214
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
    Total Benefits $45,319,509

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