The Birthplace of Public Higher Education in America

Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class education for all. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on experiential learning and extensive outreach. Ranked a top 10 best value in public higher education, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges — from combating infectious disease and securing the world’s food supply to advancing economic growth and analyzing the environment.

Located in the Classic City of Athens, approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, Georgia’s flagship university thrives in a community that promotes the benefits of a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center.


  • Early Action (EA) Application: October 15
  • Foundation Fellowship Application: November 1
  • Regular Decision (RD) Application: January 1

Application Materials:

  • Application for Admission
  • Short-Answer Essays
  • $70 Non-Refundable Application Fee ($85 for International Students)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Counselor/School Evaluation Form
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores
  • Optional Teacher Recommendation


UGA requires two essays from each applicant, regardless of decision plan. The topic for Essay A is set by UGA and is required for all applicants. You may select from among any one of the seven listed essay topics for Essay B. Essay A should be between 200-350 words while Essay B is permitted to be between 200-650 words.

Required essay:
  • The college admissions process can create anxiety. In an attempt to make it less stressful, please tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself that you have not already shared in your application.
Choose one from the following:
  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Additional Information:

Mailing Address:

Undergraduate Admissions
210 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602-1633