Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 72.87

University of Georgia

Athens, GA http://www.uga.edu/
The University of Georgia is one of the oldest public universities in the country. More than two centuries after its founding, the school is still evolving and growing. The university's 84% graduation rate is well above average, and grads leave with below-average student debt burdens. 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 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, and weekends during college football season revolve around cheering on the Bulldogs. Considered one of the country's top college towns, Athens has a great bar and music scene, including a three-day music and arts festival called AthFest.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$28,400
% of students who get any grants
88%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,500
Average price for low-income students
$8,300

Admissions

Acceptance rate
45%
Median SAT/ACT score
1330/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Undergraduate enrollment
29,730

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
74%
% of students who get merit grants
3%
Average merit grant
$3,240

Student Success

Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Median student debt
$18,625
Early career earnings
$59,770
% earning more than a high school grad
77%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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