New Dawgs Information Session


New Dawgs

These optional visit days in 2017 are for admitted students who are in the process of making their college choice and want to know more about the UGA experience before making a commitment. Attendance at our New Dawgs Session does not commit you to UGA.

At the New Dawgs Sessions, you will have the chance to:

  • Speak with UGA Admissions and Financial Aid to learn about important "next steps"
  • Visit a residence hall to see the amenities and opportunities offered by our University Housing office
  • Meet with currently enrolled UGA students and tour campus
  • Eat in one of our national award-winning dining halls 
    • (Admitted students will be provided a meal ticket to eat free)
  • Attend Open Houses and Informational Academic Area meetings with Academic Colleges and Departments
  • Discover student services, extracurricular opportunities and campus activities available to you 

New Dawg Information Sessions for 2017

Please review the New Dawgs dates below. 

  • Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017
  • Monday, March 20, 2017
  • Monday, March 27, 2017
  • Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Friday, April 21, 2017


Check-in for New Dawgs will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the formal program will begin at 8:30 a.m. At the conclusion of the morning session, the campus will be yours to explore. We hope you take advantage of the available academic open houses and department meetings in the afternoon. Please check our list of New Dawgs Available Academic Area Meetings to assist in scheduling your visit. 

We will provide information and an agenda upon check-in at the event. If you have any questions about the program, please contact special event coordinator and counselor, Wade LaFontaine. Email with the subject "New Dawgs Interest." You may contact the Admissions office at (706) 542-2112 for all other inquiries.

We look forward to seeing you on campus in 2017! 

New Dawgs Academic Area Meeting Descriptions

During the afternoon of New Dawgs, Academic Departments will be available to meet with admitted students and their families. When you register for the event, you'll be asked to choose the top departments you would like to visit. 

Be sure to read the descriptions for the academic area meetings below to see if you need to set-up a separate appointment with a department. 

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Conner Hall - Room 102 from 1-2 p.m. 

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will meet with students and parents from 1p.m. to 2p.m. that would like to know more about our 21 majors leading to successful careers in agriculture, medicine, communications, teaching, plants, animals, biotechnology, business, law, or food. Our graduates are in high-demand for careers and graduate schools encompassing research, food development and safety, plant protection, agriculture education, animal health, soil chemistry, sales, and economic policy. Through our science-based curriculum, and the “Deans’ Promise”, our students are prepared to meet the challenge of feeding a growing global population, with limited natural resources, in an environmentally conscience manner. Our session will allow you to acquire information about scholarship, internship, study abroad, leadership, undergraduate research and service learning opportunities, as well as information for pre-professional programs of study. We are more than a classroom. We are applied science with real-world application through hands-on learning. 

Contact our campus coordinator, Kelly King, at or 706.542.0725 for more information about programs & opportunities.


Currently available by appointment only. Please see contact info below

Lamar Dodd School of Art is one of the largest university art programs in the nation boasting over 1,000 art majors and a dedication to providing the highest level of instruction in studio art, design, art education and art history. The faculty is made up of nationally recognized artists and scholars who promote a rigorous and lively creative atmosphere conducive to experimentation, innovation, scholarship and creative inquiry. In addition to its on-campus facilities, the Art School has a year round Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy along with other international opportunities in Costa Rica, Ghana, England, Australia and New Zealand.

Art is housed in five facilities on campus including our newest $40 million building with state-of-the-art studios, lecture halls, galleries, and visual resource center, the Georgia Museum of Art, School of Music, Performing Arts Center, a new ceramics building and coming soon a building for Jewelry & Metals and Sculpture.

Contact the Lamar Dodd Art School at for a visit and tour of the School of Art facilities. 

Arts & Sciences

Creswell Hall - TV Lounge, drop-in from 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m.

The Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, is the oldest, largest and most academically diverse college on the UGA campus. The college is comprised of 30 departments in five divisions including Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and Humanities. Franklin College holds the top five most popular majors at UGA: biology, psychology, English, art, and history. 

Franklin College also includes the Institute for Women's Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, the Institute for African American Studies and Georgia Museum of Natural History.

Franklin Fact: Franklin College generates the most research funding of any college at UGA totaling $64 million in fiscal year 2011 and even more in 2012. Recently researchers from UGA and Mayo Clinic in Arizona have developed a vaccine that attacks breast cancer in mice and "elicits a very strong immune response," according to Franklin Chemistry Professor Geert-Jan Boons.

*The Franklin College may be able to offer an Art and Music advisor during either the first or second drop-in session for any available event date.

Contact Doreka Gans at or 706.542.1412


Correll Hall Rm 321 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. Presentations begin at 2 p.m.

The Terry College of Business is the oldest business school in the state of Georgia. In 1912, UGA was the first university in the nation to establish a School of Commerce. Over a century later, the Terry College of Business is dedicated to delivering high-quality instruction, consistently ranking among the top in the country.

Majors within the Terry College include Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate and Risk Management & Insurance; additional opportunities include the Institute for Leadership Advancement, Executive Programs, the popular Music Business Certificate Program, the Terry Woman’s Initiative, and a Student Managed Investment Fund valued at over one million dollars.

The college also offers five areas of emphasis, five academic certificate programs, an International Business co-major, and several study abroad and exchange programs designed for undergraduate business majors.

Contact Carol Catoe at  or 706.542.5725


Ecology Building - Room 18 from 1-2pm 

In the Eugene Odum School of Ecology, students share a passion for the environment. Some students want to explore the mechanisms of ecological processes and will pursue research through a BS degree in Ecology. Other students are interested in the application of ecological principles to environmental issues and find the AB degree suits their interests best.

As a small school, students find many options to tailor their degree to meet their career interests. A degree in Ecology can prepare you for a career in conservation, freshwater ecology, environmental policy or law, marine ecology, environmental consulting, and many other career tracks.

All students in the Odum School find a welcoming atmosphere in which undergraduates, graduate students and faculty work together on national and international problems. Experiential learning is an integral part of the study of ecology and we encourage students to pursue research, internships and study abroad.

Contact Misha Boyd at or 706.542.0800


Aderhold Hall - Room G10 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The College of Education will offer an opportunity for future students to meet with a COE Academic Advisor and learn about any of our 13 undergraduate majors listed below. The College of Education at UGA is perennially ranked among the top classroom learning with real world experiences for all students. 

Early Childhood Education, English Education, Math Education, Middle School Education, Health and Physical Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, Special Education, World Language Education, Athletic Training, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Exercise and Sport Science, Sport Studies

Contact Justin Burnley, Associate Director of Academic Advising, at or 706.583.0569

*Education unavailable on 1/27/17


Paul D. Coverdell Center - Room 175 from 10:30-12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at start of session. Tour of on-campus facilities to follow.   

The College of Engineering offers majors in Agricultural, Biochemical, Biological, Civil, Computer Systems, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering with an innovative interdisciplinary approach where UGA engineering faculty are housed in academic units throughout campus to provide a confluence of disciplines and employ principles of entrepreneurship, transparency of knowledge, networking and life-long learning. 

In 2010, students of an engineering senior design group from the School won third place in an international competition sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers and were judged in areas of "green" design integration within the engineering and architectural aspects of the project.

School of Engineering facilities include an Applied Machine Vision Lab, Bio-Photonics Lab, Engineering Design Studio, Materials Testing Lab, Robotics Lab, Algae Lab and Alternative Fuels and Solvents Lab. you will learn in a small classroom environment with a wonderful "hands-on" approach to learning. 

Contact Melissa Garber at or 706.542.3354

Environment & Design

Jackson Street Building - Room 112 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Presentation begins at 10:30 a.m.

The College of Environment & Design WANTS YOU! We will give a quick presentation followed by Q&A for those interested in the Landscape Architecture (BLA) major. Information will be provided on the BLA program and you will leave with materials and contact information for future follow-up. Lastly, you will get a quick tour of the amazingly renovated building and studio spaces! Landscape architects design golf courses, urban areas/cities, build & manage sustainability, parks, zoos, campuses, and recreation areas (to name only a few). You can also get involved with our student groups such as Student Ambassadors and the student chapter of the Georgia Society of Landscape Architects. Register to attend this session or contact the department for further questions!

Contact Rose Tahash at or 706.542.1816

Family & Consumer Sciences

Dawson Hall - Suite 112 (Student Success and Advising Center) Presentation from 2-3 p.m.

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) is committed to student success. We prepare leaders in the areas of education and youth development, business, counseling, journalism, fashion, medicine, nursing, and other health care paths, law and policy, financial planning, consumer economics, residential property management, entrepreneurship, non-profits, residential interior design, and more.

During this event, you’ll have 1-on-1 time with current students, faculty, and staff. Learn how we impact individuals, communities, and families across the lifespan through our 11 majors, 6 minors, and 1 certificate program. You’ll also have an opportunity to tour our facilities.

Our student first approach supports personalized learning opportunities. After graduation, our students have a competitive edge through their on-campus engagement in experiential learning and leadership opportunities such as internships, research, service learning, study always, and student organizations. FACS annually awards over $150,000 in academic, research, and study away scholarships.

Contact Cara Winston Simmons in The Student Success and Advising Center at or at706.542.4878

Forestry and Natural Resources

Forestry Resources Building - Room 304, from 2-3 p.m.

As a nationally recognized environmental program, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources prepares leaders in the conservation and sustainable management of our water, land, forest and animal resources. Students benefit from over $170,000 in scholarships awarded annually, in-house career/internship placement preparation, small class sizes, and outdoor field experiences across the southeast.

Warnell offers a small town, family atmosphere within the realm of a large university which provides students easy access to administrators, faculty and staff. With four majors (Fisheries & Wildlife, Forestry, Natural Resources Recreation & Tourism, and Water & Soil Resources) students can pursue careers like wildlife biology, wildlife veterinary medicine, forest business, forest health, environmental consulting, environmental education, national/state park management, erosion control, wetland management, and water quality management. 

New Dawgs will meet with staff and current students to receive information on scholarships and majors, participate in a Q&A session, and tour our teaching and research facilities. 

Contact Katlyn LaVelle at or 706.542.0879

Journalism and Mass Communication

Journalism Building - Suite 309D, Drop-in between 1:30–2:30 p.m.

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the oldest and most distinguished communications programs in the country. It’s three departments – Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, and Entertainment & Media Studies – rank among the most respected in the nation. Grady students choose from a rich array of rigorous courses, as well as inspiring study abroad and domestic field study programs and a number of other experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for leadership.

Contact Beth Rector at

*Special Information Sessions known as Grady Days are available on the following dates: 2/17, 3/24, 4/21. Grady Day Information Sessions meet from 2:30-4:00 p.m. beginning in Room 412 of the Journalism Building and includes a tour of the facilities. April 21st is held on a New Dawgs date and will be available for attendees of New Dawgs interested in Grady College.

Public and International Affairs

Candler Hall - Main Lobby Area, Individual meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. Advisor available from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was created in 2001 from the department of political science and prepares students for good citizenship and careers in public life, and trains future generations of scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science, and public administration and policy with the Master's in Public Administration degree ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News & World report. 

SPIA includes the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), an internationally renowned research center which analyzes international export controls for weapons of mass destruction as well as provides research and training to U.S. and foreign officials to prevent the spread of these weapons and the Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) which organizes study abroad experiences to Verona, Italy, Kyoto, Japan and Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 2008, two SPIA students were awarded the coveted Rhodes Scholarship. A feat no other public school in the U.S. accomplished that year. 

Contact Paul Welch at or 706.542.0096

Public Health

Location to be announced. Presentation from 10:30-11:30a.m.

The College of Public Health will be offering a presentation on the degree programs within the field. We offer bachelor degrees in environmental health science or health promotion and minors in public health, health policy and management, global health or environmental health. With Environmental Health Science you can help to create a world where people are active and properly educated on how environmental issues affect humans. By examining these factors, we are able to further study cancer prevention, create safe drinking water, to promote growth and sustainability through smart land use, address climate change, and much more. EHS is a field that gets you directly involved in the health and sustainability of our world through research, education, and outreach. Health promotion is a prominent field for anyone interested in a health profession. This program focuses mainly on working with individuals and/or populations through prevention and education on healthy living. It covers many topics such as women’s health issues, community health needs, drug and alcohol abuse, sexuality education, and program development and evaluation, just to name a few. Our majors and minors will provide students with the tools necessary to continue on into programs such as medicine, nursing, physician’s assistant, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. Come and see how you can be a part of the solution!

Contact Heather McEachern at or 706.542.3187

Veterinary Medicine

Currently available by appointment only. Please see contact info below.

As the pinnacle of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the on-campus Teaching Hospital provides medical and clinical instruction, service and outreach in Georgia and the southeastern region. The excellent faculty include internationally recognized experts in disease of poultry, caged birds, fish, wildlife, companion animals and horses. The College of Veterinary Medicine boasts of innovative research and includes the Poultry Diagnostic Research Center which is an international leader in avian medicine and has developed many innovative products and procedures for preventing and treating poultry disease and the Southeaster Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study is internationally recognized for providing a variety of diagnostic services and studies to mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians throughout a 15-state region.

The College offers a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and post-doctoral training of interns and residents, and is the only public college with a certificate program in international veterinary medicine.

Contact Parker Moore at or 706.542.9975

Contact us

Contact us for more information about how you can join the FIRST. 

  • (+1) 706-542-8776
  • Mon - Fri 9:00am - 4:00 pm (EST)
  • 210 South Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602-1633
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