University of Georgia

University of Georgia Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Athens, Georgia, the University of Georgia is part of the University System of Georgia. Learn about its ranking, financial aid, and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at UGA.

Is University of Georgia the School for You?

The University of Georgia is a 4-year, public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. A well-regarded research state university, UGA has top rated and award-winning faculty members, and its students are regular recipients of Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, and Marshall scholarships. Read more to find out if UGA is for you.


  • Ranked #63 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report
  • Room and board cost is $172 lower than the national average
  • Graduation rate is 14 percentage points higher than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Student debt following graduation is $8,091 lower than the national average
  • Accepts dual and AP credits


  • Total annual cost of attendance (including living expenses) is $3,684 higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 6.5 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Far from major cities and airports
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

Rankings & School Analysis

UGA offers more than 140 bachelor's programs, over 130 master's degree programs, and more than 90 doctoral degree specialties. Degree programs are available in 17 different colleges, ranging from agriculture and social work to ecology and journalism. In addition, as a student at UGA, you have the chance to study abroad in more than 170 student exchange and study abroad programs; UGA reported that almost 30% of its undergraduates take part in international study annually.

UGA is ranked #21 among public universities and #63 among national universities in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) 'Best Colleges' edition. UGA's Terry College of Business boasts several highly-ranked programs; USNWR ranked its insurance program #2 and its real estate program #10 on its 'Best Undergraduate Business Programs' list. In addition, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine ranks UGA #6 on its list for overall value in public universities.

Tuition rates at UGA run higher than average for 4-year, public universities. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that in-state students paid $20,820 during the 2011-12 academic year, while out-of-state students paid $39,030 (including fees and living expenses). The 2011-12 national average for schools of this type was $17,136 and $29,703 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. However, room and board is slightly lower than average at UGA; students living on campus paid an average of $8,708 during the 2011-12 school year, according to NCES, while the national average was $8,880. You should note, however, that the average student debt of $18,569 for UGA graduates was significantly lower than the national average of $26,660 in 2011. The student-faculty ratio is 18:1, according to NCES, which is slightly higher than the average of 16:1. However, 94% of full-time students who enrolled as freshmen in 2010 returned for their sophomore years, according to NCES, which indicates a high level of student satisfaction.

Getting In & Financial Aid

NCES reported that UGA's acceptance rate in 2010 was 59%, and USNWR categorizes it as a more selective school. UGA reported that the average SAT score of its incoming freshmen in 2012 was 1273, and the entering class had an average high school GPA of 3.8. According to the College Board, UGA received 17,569 applications for the 2011-12 academic year and admitted 11,062 applicants, 5,482 of whom enrolled. UGA wait-listed 899 applicants, of whom 11 were ultimately accepted.

You can apply online, and online payment of the $60 application fee is available during certain hours of the day. Applications for regular decision require that you submit a 2-part online application, official transcripts, a school evaluation form from your high school guidance counselor, official SAT or ACT scores, and a teacher recommendation. For fall semester of 2013, the application deadline was October 15, 2012, for early action and January 15, 2013, for regular decision. Other specific deadlines may apply for early admission, scholarships, the honors program, and dual enrollment students.

Georgia residents may qualify for the HOPE scholarship, through which the majority of UGA's in-state undergraduates receive some tuition assistance. You can apply for most types of financial aid, including the HOPE scholarship, by filing an electronic Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA). Numerous other scholarships may be available if you qualify. Deadlines for scholarships can vary, so you should check the financial aid website for details. According to the College Board, the average first-year aid package in 2011 was $11,811, though only 12% of students had their full financial need met through financial aid.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2011) January 15***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2012) March 1****
Notification of Acceptance (2011) April 1****
Application Fee (2011-12) $60**
Acceptance Rate (2010) 59%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-12) $20,820 (in-state), $39,030 (out-of-state)**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2011) $11,811****
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 12%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $18,569****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.2%**

Life at University of Georgia

UGA is a large university, with a student population of more than 34,000 students who are taught by more than 2,500 faculty members. The main campus covers 759 acres in Clarke County, Georgia; a campus transit system helps you get around to classes and activities. UGA's size and resources mean that campus life is very active. You can get involved in more than 600 student organizations, and UGA has men's and women's varsity sports. About 30% of undergraduates lived on campus as of 2011, according to the College Board; if you decide to live on campus, you have 20 different residence hall options.

While Athens is not a large city, it offers many activities and events and is known for music and the arts. Residents have access to shops, taverns, restaurants, and nightclubs in downtown Athens, and Athens was ranked the second-best college sports town by Sports Illustrated. In addition, Rolling Stone ranked Athens number one on its list of college music scenes in the U.S. Athens is about 1.5 hours from Atlanta and 78.8 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In addition, the regional Athens-Ben Epps airport offers daily shuttle service to Nashville International Airport.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city**
Student Population (2011) 26,373 undergraduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 42% to 58%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 94%**
% of In-state Students (2010) 87%**
% of International Students (2010) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 94% (full-time students)**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 30%****
Number of Libraries 4*
Extracurricular Activities Over 600 student organizations*
Noteworthy America's first state chartered university*

Sources: *University of Georgia, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****The College Board.

School Contact Information

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