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Rank: 119

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga., 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 tell PayScale their early career salaries typically hover around $52,600. 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, 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 2019-2020
$27,600
% of students who get any grants
85%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,000
Average price for low-income students
$10,360
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1290/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
28,740
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$2,640
student success
Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$18,750
Average salary within 3 years
$52,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
35%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 15
Regular application
Jan 8

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

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

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

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

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