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University of Georgia in Athens, GA

Learn what degree and certificate programs the University of Georgia offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA) is a public, four-year, land-grant and sea-grant university in Athens, Georgia. It's the oldest higher education institution in the state. UGA was listed 21st in the public universities category of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Colleges, and 6th out of Kiplinger's 2012 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.


The University of Georgia offers 22 bachelor's, 35 master's, and five doctoral degree programs, as well as post-master's certificate programs and a Specialist in Education degree program. Including the graduate school, UGA has 18 academic divisions. The university also has an online division that awards one undergraduate degree, seven graduate degrees, and four certificates. Along with the main library, the Athens campus has several specialty libraries.

UGA has an honors program that aims to create a small, liberal arts college environment within the university setting. Students in the honors program have access to a range of benefits beyond their specialized honors courses, including internship, study abroad, and research opportunities.


Prospective students can apply online through the university's website. Applicants are required to submit a completed application, high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, a counselor/school evaluation form, and a teacher recommendation. The early decision deadline for application is October 15, and the regular decision deadline is January 15. Admission to UGA is based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores, in addition to the difficulty of the student's high school course load.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, the yearly tuition and fees for residents of Georgia were $9,842, while non-residents paid $28,052. During the same period, the typical housing cost was $5,088, with a typical meal plan of $3,882. The university-recommended budget for books and other supplies was $848, with $1,590 for living expenses, making the total approximate yearly cost of attendance $21,250 for state residents and $39,460 for non-residents.

Students at UGA are eligible for student loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study programs. Students can apply for all need-based aid through submission of the FAFSA. Merit-based scholarships are usually awarded to students through the admissions process. Further scholarships from individual schools and programs are awarded to upperclassmen.

School Type Public, four-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificate*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters, with summer sessions*
School Setting Mid-size city**
Student Body (2012) 34,475*
Student Housing 21 on-campus residences (single students), 3 on-campus apartment communities (families/graduate students) *
Programs 22 bachelor's, 35 master's, 5 doctorates*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study (Number of Degree Recipients) in 2010-2011 Bachelor's: Business/management/marketing (1,559); social sciences (643); communication/journalism (605)
Master's: Education (404); business/management/marketing (401)
Doctoral: Health professions (235); law (227)**
Graduation Rates (Students Beginning Study in 2005) 84% within 150% of normal completion time**
Admission Rate (Fall 2010) 59%**
Entering Class Size (2012) 4,970*
First-Year Retention Rates (Full-time, Fall 2010-2011) 94% for first-time students pursuing bachelor's degrees**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students (2012) 1273*
Application Due Date October 15 for early decision, January 15 for regular decision*
Decision Notification Date December 15 for early decision, April 1 for regular decision*
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $9,842 per year for residents, $28,052 per year for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) in 2010-2011 Full-time, beginning undergraduate students:
Federal grants (24%)
State and local grants/scholarships (86%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (20%)
Federal loans (31%)
Other loans (1%)**
Percent of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2010-2011) 93%**

Sources: *University of Georgia; **NCES College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, Terrell Hall, 210 South Jackson Street, Athens, Georgia 30602-1633
  • Phone: (706) 542-8776
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