New Dawgs Information Session


New Dawgs

These optional visit days in 2018 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 take an optional campus tour
  • Eat in one of our national award-winning dining halls 
    • (Admitted students will be provided a meal ticket to eat free, guests can see dining hall prices here.)
  • 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 2018

Please review the New Dawgs dates below. 

  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018


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. Please check our list of New Dawgs Available Academic Area Meetings to assist in scheduling your visit. Academic departments may contact you prior to your visit to confirm your registration.

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 2018! 

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 Information Session from 1-2 p.m. Drop-in from 2-3 p.m.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) offers students 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 in Georgia’s number one industry and our nation’s largest industry, agriculture. Additionally, students are prepared for graduate and professional programs such as medicine, food development and safety, plant protection, agriculture education, animal health, soil chemistry, sales, and economic policy. CAES is also proud to offer 15 Double Dawg programs where students can earn their Bachelors and Master’s degree in five years.

Our session from 1-2 p.m. will allow you to acquire information about our robust scholarship program, internships, 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, Breanna Coursey 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 the new $40 million Lamar Dodd building with state-of-the-art studios, lecture halls, galleries, and visual resource center, as well as separate buildings for Interior Design, Jewelry & Metals, Ceramics, and Sculpture.

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

Arts & Sciences

Brooks Hall Rm. 348, 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 faculty members secured $76.7 million in external funding for research in 2017. Our faculty members are well represented as recipients of national and international research awards, including:

• 60 of UGA’s 86 American Academy for the Advancement of Science Fellows

• 9 of 11 UGA faculty named to the National Academy of Sciences

• 32 faculty Fulbright Scholars

• 31 National Science Foundation CAREER awards

*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 218 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 six 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 122 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 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.

College of Education Undergraduate Majors

Contact Office of Student Services at or 706.542.1717


Paul D. Coverdell Center - Room 175 or 141 based on event date from 10:30 a.m. - 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 Lauren Anglin at or 706.542.1204

Environment & Design

Jackson Street Building - Room 112. Currently available by appointment only. Please see contact info below to schedule a visit.  

The College of Environment & Design. As a BLA student, you will learn to creatively design the built environment using problem-solving, engineering, construction, plant materials, and sustainable practices. Landscape architects design residential areas, gardens, golf courses, urban areas/cities, parks, zoos, school and college campuses, and recreation areas (to name only a few). They also actively seek solutions to promote harmony between humans and the environment. We have over 30 faculty members with different backgrounds and skill sets with whom you can learn. Our design studios are located in the Jackson Street Building in the heart of North Campus. We are a small major with great community and know each of our students by name and face. Please contact us if you have interests in art, design, math, science, and sustainability. Landscape Architecture is your chance to make a difference in your world!

Contact Rose Tahash at

Family & Consumer Sciences

Dawson Hall - Room announced at check-in. Presentation from 2-4 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 1-214A (Katlyn LaVelle's Office), 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 - Rm 412, Presentation begins at 2:30 p.m. Session from 2:30-3:30 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 Rashaun Ellis at

*Special Information Sessions known as Grady Days are available on the following dates: 3/23 and 4/20. 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. 

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

Tate Student Center Rm. 141. 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, disaster management, environmental health, global health, or health policy and management. 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 chronic disease prevention, behavioral medicine, women’s health, 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, occupational therapy, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. Come and see how you can be a part of the solution!

Contact Heather McEachern at or 706.542.3187

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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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