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University of Georgia: Narrative Description


Athens, GA 30602
Tel: (706)542-3000
Admissions: (706)542-2112
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of Georgia. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1785. Setting: 1,289-acre suburban campus with easy access to Atlanta. Endowment: $474.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $258 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5996 per student. Total enrollment: 33,405. Faculty: 2,080 (1,661 full-time, 419 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 13,267 applied, 62% were admitted. 50% from top 10% of their high school class, 85% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 44 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 22,616 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 2,403 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 105 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 6% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3368 full-time, $141 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,684 full-time, $612 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $904 full-time, $452 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6006. College room only: $3234. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 430 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 16% of eligible men and 21% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: intramurals, recreational sports program, Communiversity, University Union, Red Coat Band. Major annual events: Concerts at Legion Field, Homecoming, UGA Health Fair. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 6,824 students; 6,844 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Ilah Dunlap Little Memorial Library plus 2 others with 4 million books, 6.4 million microform titles, 51,599 serials, 108,612 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $24.8 million. 2,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Athens, the largest city in the rolling Piedmont area of northeast Georgia, is 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. Many of its building exemplify Greek Revival architecture characteristic of the Old South. It enjoys a mild climate, with an annual mean temperature of 60 degrees. Recreational facilities include parks, golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, baseball parks, a bowling center, and skating rinks, as well as areas for hunting, fishing and boating. Athens, serviced by buses and an airline, has numerous lodging accommodations and restaurants both in town and on campus. Its manufactured products include textiles, plastics, metals, electrical equipment, dairy products, and paper goods.

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