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Rank: 94

University of Georgia

Athens, GAwww.uga.edu
The University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga., is one of the oldest public universities in the country. More than two centuries after its founding, it is still evolving and growing. In the past decade, for example, the university has established new schools for engineering, public health, and ecology. The university's 84% graduation rate is well above most public schools, and the average student leaves school with a manageable debt load that's just over half the national average. 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 -- nearly 25% of undergrads participate in one -- and weekends during college football season revolve around cheering on the Bulldogs. Athens also is considered one of the country's top college towns, with a great bar and music scene.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$27,000
% of students who get any grants
82%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,100
Average price for low-income students
$9,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1240/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
30,690
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
71%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$2,418
student success
Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$19,100
Average salary within 3 years
$50,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
35%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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