The University of Georgia offers a combination of both educational quality and value that's hard to beat. Ranked 20th among the nation's top public research universities by U.S. News & World Report, UGA features academic and co-curricular opportunities that can't be found at any other college or university-- at costs that place UGA ninth among 345 public and private colleges on the Princeton Review's "Best Academic Bang for Your Buck" list.

In order to help answer your questions about the college selection process in general—and about UGA in particular—we’ve compiled some information tailored just for you, the parent. Below, you’ll find a list of helpful UGA Web links, some advice on participating in the college search, information on parents' orientation, and suggested reading on parenting through the college years.

We also invite you to visit other pages within the Admissions Web site. Learn about academics at UGA, student life, and the importance of diversity at UGA; find information about financial aid and scholarships for first-year, transfer, and international students; arrange to visit campus; explore the admission criteria for first-year, transfer, and international students; read about preparing your student for the first-year experience.

We hope this information helps familiarize you with all that the University has to offer-and the outstanding educational opportunity that is UGA.

Useful Links for Parents


Student Life & Campus Resources

Athens Information

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Participating In The College Search

At UGA, our policy is to deal with applicants directly and treat them as adults—whether they’re 16 or 60! Please also understand that if your child is 18 or older, federal law may preclude our staff from discussing specifics about your child’s academic records with you without his/her written permission.

However, we understand that as a concerned parent, you may also want to be educated about our admission process in order to encourage and support your child. We invite you to visit other portions of the Admissions Web site for in-depth information.

The tough part for parents is finding the balance between being actively involved in the college search, while at the same time allowing the student to go through the college selection process independently. Scott Katz, a former orientation leader from Roanoke, VA, offers the following thought as a word of advice for students.

“Be advocates for yourselves! From the start you have to be aggressive in all aspects of your life, including school, extracurricular activities, and even your social life. Introduce yourself to all of your teachers, join clubs and organizations, and meet a variety of people.”

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Suggested Reading for Parents

  • Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years - Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, Fourth Edition - Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • Millennials Go to College: Strategies for a New Generation on Campus - William Strauss
  • Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation - Neil Howe and William Strauss
  • When Your Kid Goes to College; A Parent’s Survival Guide - Carol Barkin
  • You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years - Marjorie Savage

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