Freshman College is a summer program designed to foster a smooth transition from high school to college.  Freshman College participants emerge from the program confident in their ability to successfully navigate the campus and meet the academic challenges in their first year at UGA.

Freshman College classes will be in session from July 3 to July 31, 2018. Participants will live in Oglethorpe House during the program and must remain in their Oglethorpe housing assignment during the fall and spring semesters.

Freshman College course requirements are rigorous and challenging and the pace of Freshman College moves very quickly. For example, one class meeting during Freshman College is the equivalent of one week of classes during a regular semester. Please visit the Classes & Beyond page for detailed information on the available courses.

In addition to the service learning events, participants also attend programs designed to introduce students to campus resources. Additionally, other co-curricular programs will be offered multiple times a week to provide students a chance to interact with one another and the Freshman College staff.

Why should students participate?

  • Participants will transition from high school to college in a more structured environment.
  • Participants will live on campus while they study and experience the University with a cohort of first-year students in a smaller setting. They will get to know UGA’s campus and the city of Athens.
  • Participants will receive guidance from University faculty, graduate students and staff while exploring the educational and cultural opportunities available on campus and in the Athens community.
  • Eligible participants can gain an early start in one of UGA’s competitive majors (within the College of Engineering, Terry College of Business, Grady College of Journalism or the College of Public Health).
  • Many participants will fulfill their Experiential Learning graduation requirement.
  • Class sizes are small to encourage an engaging learning environment and high impact, student-faculty interactions.
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