University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Median SAT/ACT
Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is one of the oldest public universities in the country. More than two centuries later, it is still evolving and growing. In the past decade, for example, the university has established new schools for engineering, public health, and ecology. A typical student scores above a 600 on both the math and reading SAT. The university’s 84% graduation rate is well above most public schools, and the average student leaves school with a manageable debt load, about $18,700 The university has an impressive number of students and faculty who earn national awards each year, including Rhodes, Fulbright, and Marshall scholars. UGA also houses some of the state’s best academic and cultural resources, among them a rare books collection, the Georgia’s Writers Hall of Fame, and the state’s official art and natural history museums. The university’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication oversees the Peabody Awards, which honor outstanding contributions to electronic media. Fraternities and sororities lead the social scene—more than 50% of undergrads are a member of one—and weekends during college football season revolve around cheering on the Bulldogs. Athens also is considered one of the country’s top college towns, with a great bar and music scene.
Est. Full Price 2016–17
% of students who get financial aid
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Average price for low-income students
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% of students who get need-based aid
% of need met
% of students who get merit aid
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Student Success
Est. graduation rate
Average time to degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
Average salary within 5 years
Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT Score
Average student debt
SAT/ACT required?
Key Deadlines
Early decision
Regular application
Jan 15
Financial aid

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

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I have gotten help in the area of my study. The support is available from so many sources if you just ask questions. You have to get engaged with others. Never believe that something is impossible. I would recommend this setting for anyone really serious about their studies.
This experience has been more than expected. I assumed that since it is a large school, having personable and intimate social relationship wouldn't be possible. I have had just the opposite. I am taking advantage of everything I possibly can.
I've met a handful of professors that have really taken the time to help me succeed in all of my classes and further my education and future career. The education program at UGA is so diverse and all the courses may sound the same, but there is always something new to learn about education and the world. I've learned a lot of great things from my professors.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

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