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Rank: 93

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 85% 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'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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of Georgia did not change its academic calendar: courses in the fall semester will be primarily in-person until Thanksgiving break. After that, coursework and finals will be online.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$27,300
% of students who get any grants
86%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,200
Average price for low-income students
$9,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1330/30
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
29,470
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
73%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$3,120
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$18,750
Average salary within 5 years
$51,100
% earning more than $28,000
80%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of Georgia did not change its academic calendar: courses in the fall semester will be primarily in-person until Thanksgiving break. After that, coursework and finals will be online.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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