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University of Georgia Overview

University of Georgia is a public institution situated in Athens, Georgia. Athens is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of Georgia Known For?

9,028 Undergraduate Awards
$32,855 Avg Cost After Aid
54% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UGA have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UGA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 91% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UGA with a bachelor's degree make about $50,500 a year. That's 24% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Georgia Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, UGA is ranked #260 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 59 colleges in Georgia, it is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UGA has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#34 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UGA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Biochemical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Family & Consumer Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UGA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#36 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#70 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is University of Georgia?

Location of University of Georgia

Contact details for UGA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Administration Building, Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-3000
Website: www.uga.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uga.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/universityofga

How Do I Get Into UGA?

You can apply to UGA online at: https://apply.uga.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for UGA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UGA?

54% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
68% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UGA is 54%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 57%.

Average Test Scores

About 68% of students accepted to UGA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 690. Math scores were between 590 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Georgia  ( 610 to 690 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Georgia  ( 590 to 680 )
200
800
UGA received ACT scores from 74% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 33. Math scores were between 25 and 30. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for University of Georgia  ( 26 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Georgia  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Georgia  ( 26 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Georgia?

$32,855 Net Price
33% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UGA is $32,855. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UGA, approximately 33% of students took out student loans averaging $5,986 a year. That adds up to $23,944 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UGA is 2.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Georgia Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,175 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 29,848 undergraduate students at UGA, with 28,175 being full-time and 1,673 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UGA

There are also 9,072 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,175 full-time undergraduates at UGA, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UGA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Georgia students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UGA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,982
Black or African American 2,115
Hispanic or Latino 1,815
White 19,324
International Students 468
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,471

Geographic Diversity

Georgia students aren't the only ones who study at University of Georgia. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 98 countries are represented at UGA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Georgia

743 Took All Classes Online
4,700 Took At Least One Class Online
29.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at UGA. In 2017-2018, 4,700 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UGA has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 25th most popular in Georgia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UGA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Georgia was 29.2%. This is the #713 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UGA regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UGA majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Public Services 38%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 6%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 1%
Communication & Journalism 8%
Communication & Media Studies 22%
Communication Sciences 11%
Computer & Information Sciences 21%
Education 1%
Educational Assessment 22%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 11%
Food Science Technology 3%
General Business/Commerce 30%
Health Professions 4%
Housing 12%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 9%
Special Education 18%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UGA ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UGA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services #1
Housing #1
Food Science Technology #2
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #4
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #5
Computer Software & Applications #9
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #19
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #21
Instructional Media Design #22
Human Resource Management #25
Teacher Education Subject Specific #35
General Business/Commerce #37
Special Education #39
Psychology #52
Teacher Education Grade Specific #56
Computer & Information Sciences #72
Education #150
Health Professions #209
Business, Management & Marketing #241

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Georgia Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 617 0 0 0 617
Business Administration & Management 87 0 193 32 259 8 579
General Psychology 0 0 447 0 8 10 465
General Biology 0 0 421 0 0 0 421
Public Relations & Advertising 77 0 327 0 0 0 404
Marketing 0 0 329 0 25 0 354
Accounting 0 0 194 0 142 0 336
Health & Physical Education 0 0 252 0 50 8 310
Computer Science 0 0 215 0 67 13 295
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 162 13 99 12 286
International Relations & National Security 0 0 248 0 5 0 253
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5 0 114 14 90 27 250
Management Information Systems 0 0 248 0 0 0 248
Social Work 0 0 46 0 194 7 247
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 130 0 110 0 0 0 240
Public Health 16 0 135 6 71 6 234
Political Science & Government 0 0 218 0 4 6 228
Insurance 0 0 207 0 0 0 207
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 10 0 27 7 17 146 207
Journalism 0 0 156 0 45 0 201
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 153 0 27 8 188
Law 0 0 0 0 0 180 180
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 174 0 0 0 0 0 174
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 136 0 27 1 164
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 143 2 6 6 157
Entrepreneurial Studies 142 0 0 0 0 0 142
Animal Science 0 0 106 0 19 8 133
General English Literature 0 0 116 0 5 12 133
Agricultural Economics & Business 2 0 96 0 22 8 128
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 127 0 0 0 127
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 123 0 0 0 123
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 116 116
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 106 0 5 4 115
International Business 0 0 112 0 0 0 112
Real Estate 0 0 108 0 0 0 108
Communication Sciences 0 0 69 9 26 1 105
Special Education 0 0 52 13 25 4 94
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 82 0 3 8 93
Romance Languages 0 0 72 0 11 9 92
Sociology 0 0 83 0 3 4 90
Mathematics 0 0 70 0 7 8 85
Music 0 0 41 0 18 23 82
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 8 53 20 81
Statistics 0 0 49 0 24 6 79
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 76 0 0 0 76
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 52 1 10 11 74
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 74 0 0 0 74
Forestry 0 0 18 0 43 10 71
Chemistry 0 0 42 0 2 27 71
History 0 0 61 0 4 5 70
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 44 0 0 0 24 0 68
Arts & Media Management 68 0 0 0 0 0 68
Economics 0 0 66 0 0 0 66
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 61 5 66
Student Counseling 0 0 0 9 30 24 63
Landscape Architecture 0 0 50 0 10 0 60
Housing 0 0 35 0 21 4 60
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 46 0 7 6 59
Ethnic Studies 31 0 19 7 0 0 57
Sustainability Science 56 0 0 1 0 0 57
Geography & Cartography 16 0 25 3 6 7 57
Anthropology 0 0 51 0 1 4 56
Plant Sciences 1 0 12 0 31 10 54
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 53 0 0 0 53
Nutrition Science 0 0 48 0 0 0 48
General Business/Commerce 0 0 47 0 0 0 47
Wildlife Management 0 0 46 0 0 0 46
Educational Administration 0 0 0 6 12 27 45
Genetics 0 0 39 0 0 5 44
Agricultural Public Services 7 0 16 0 19 0 42
Civil Engineering 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 29 0 1 9 39
Biological Engineering 0 0 36 0 3 0 39
Food Science Technology 0 0 12 0 18 8 38
Instructional Media Design 3 0 0 9 19 7 38
Natural Resource Management 24 0 11 3 0 0 38
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Environmental Engineering 0 0 28 0 6 0 34
Computer Engineering 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 23 0 3 5 31
Electrical Engineering 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Cognitive Science 0 0 29 0 0 0 29
Biochemical Engineering 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Human Sciences Business Services 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Philosophy 0 0 22 0 1 5 28
General Education 0 0 0 24 3 0 27
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 18 8 26
Historic Preservation 9 0 0 2 15 0 26
Natural Resources Conservation 1 0 11 2 6 4 24
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 15 0 9 0 24
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 8 0 5 10 23
Computer Information Systems 12 0 0 0 11 0 23
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 22 0 1 23
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 18 0 3 2 23
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 6 0 12 3 21
Allied Health Professions 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 21 0 0 21
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 13 8 21
International Studies 0 20 0 0 0 0 20
Religious Studies 0 0 17 0 3 0 20
Computational Science 19 0 0 0 0 0 19
Zoology 0 0 9 0 7 1 17
Area Studies 10 0 6 1 0 0 17
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
Physics 0 0 8 0 4 4 16
Molecular Medicine 0 0 0 0 8 7 15
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 7 0 8 0 15
Germanic Languages 0 0 13 0 2 0 15
General Agriculture 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 1 4 8 13
Biotechnology 0 0 12 0 1 0 13
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 0 11 0 0 0 13
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
International Agriculture 10 0 0 0 0 0 10
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 10 0 0 10
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 8 0 0 2 10
Writing Studies 10 0 0 0 0 0 10
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
East Asian Languages 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Archeology 8 0 0 0 0 0 8
Agricultural Production 5 0 0 2 0 0 7
Horticulture 1 0 6 0 0 0 7
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Gerontology 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 4 0 2 6
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Homeland Security 1 0 0 5 0 0 6
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
Soil Sciences 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Museum Studies 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Urban Studies 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Dance 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ocean Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medieval Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 986 20 8,022 248 1,878 917 12,071

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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