FAQs

Applying to Freshman College
Fees
Academics
Service-Learning Course Requirements
Housing
Miscellaneous

Applying to Freshman College

When will the 2017 Freshman College application be available?

The 2017 application will be available in January 2017.

When is the deadline to submit my application for Freshman College?

Applications will be reviewed throughout the Spring 2017 semester; however, the application deadline is May 12, 2017 at 5:00pm.

How do I know you have received my application?

You will receive a confirmation email soon after you submit the application. If the email is not in your inbox or junk email folder, please call 706-542-0697 or email fcse@uga.edu.

To attend Freshman College, do I need to reapply to UGA for Summer 2017 if I have already been offered admission for Fall 2017?

You do not need to reapply. Freshman College accepts applications from students who are offered UGA admission for Fall or Summer 2017. (However, even if you are accepted into UGA for Summer 2017, this does not mean automatic admission into Freshman College.) If you are accepted for fall semester and plan to attend Freshman College, we will notify the Office of Admissions of your participation.

If I participate in Freshman College, do I still have to pay the $300 Commitment Deposit to attend UGA?

Yes, you must pay both the UGA Commitment Deposit to Admissions by their deadline and a separate $477 Freshman College commitment deposit by 5:00pm, May 19, 2017.

When will I find out if I have been admitted into Freshman College?

As applications accumulate across late fall 2016 and throughout spring 2017, students will be notified of their status on a rolling basis. The first wave will be notified on February 23, 2017. The second wave will be notified on March 27, 2017. The third wave will be notified on April 24, 2017. The final wave will be notified by May 16, 2017. If accepted, you will receive a welcome email and a packet of information will be mailed to your permanent address. If declined, you will receive an email notification alerting you to your status.

If I am admitted to Freshman College, how do I reserve my space?

Your space in Freshman College is reserved by submitting a $477 non-refundable, commitment deposit payment by 5:00pm on Friday, May 19th. This payment applies to the total cost of the program fee.

The remaining program fee balance of $1,023 will be applied to student accounts after May 19th and is due by June 15th.

How do I pay my commitment deposit to Freshman College?

Freshman College commitment deposits as well as completed payments should be made via your Athena account.

Should I submit other documents to the Freshman College office?

In addition to your deposit, please submit a copy of your high school transcript. Please mail this document to:

Freshman College
ATTN:  FRESHMAN COLLEGE
236 Milledge Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602

Your school can also email us an official copy to fcse@uga.edu.

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Fees

Can I use my summer financial aid award to pay the final balance of the program fee?

Certain types of financial aid for the summer session can apply to the cost of your program fee.  The HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarship awards do not apply to the $1,500 Freshman College program fee; however, these awards can be applied to the cost of tuition. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Where should I send my final payment?

You must make your final payment through Athena. Information about establishing access to your student account, establishing a parent login, and payment instructions can be found at http://www.bursar.uga.edu.

Will my program fee be refunded if I choose not to attend?

Again, the commitment deposit to reserve your space in the Freshman College is non-refundable once paid. The final payment becomes non-refundable after June 1, 2017.

Do the Zell Miller or HOPE Scholarships be used towards Short Session II tuition?

Yes, the Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarship awards do apply to the Short Session II tuition costs. Please note this does not include the $1,500 Freshman College program fee.

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Academics

Do I have to take 6 or 7 semester hours of coursework in the Freshman College?

Freshman College students are required to enroll in 6 to 7 semester hours from the program’s curriculum. These 6 semester hours will consist of a 3-hour core academic course (some students may elect to take a 4-hour course), 2 hours credit UNIV 1103-S course, and 1  credit hour UNIV 1103 course. You are not permitted to withdraw from these courses.

What if I am unable to register for the core class I want during Freshman College?

All of the core academic courses offered in the Freshman College are also available throughout the academic year. Freshman College classes are small and seating in each class is limited. If you do not get your first choice during the summer, you will have the opportunity to take the class in the future.

All students should have several choices outlined before course registration begins.

What academic support services are available to assist me with my classes?

The Division of Academic Enhancement will provide a variety of support services, including tutoring for certain core classes, throughout the program and for as long as a student remains at UGA.

How intense is Freshman College?

Because the program’s academic term is so compressed, one Freshman College class is the equivalent of one week of class during a regular semester.

The best advice for students is to prepare to be challenged. It may feel overwhelming at times, but it is great preparation for the fall and spring semesters and a great foundation for your college experience.

Do I have to attend the First-Year Orientation session scheduled for Freshman College participants?

You must attend the  orientation session designated for Freshman College students in order to participate in Freshman College. Orientation dates for Freshman College students are: June 29-30, 2017.

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Service-Learning Course Requirements

What if I have an outside commitment during Freshman College?

If you know you have a prior commitment, please submit your anticipated conflict to the Freshman College office prior to the beginning of the program.

The service learning component of UNIV 1103-S will require students to participate in some activities in the evenings and weekends.

You will receive your UNIV 1103-S course syllabus during Orientation. All attendance requirements will be listed in the syllabus since completion of the service learning component is required to satisfactorily meet the course requirements.

Do I have activities to attend on the weekends?

Some service learning projects might occur on evenings and weekends. You are also required to attend a “Watch Dawgs” program presented by the University Health Center.

It is in your best interest not to make any alternative plans until you have received your UNIV 1103-S syllabus.

What if I must miss a class session or activity?

Each instructor has a different attendance policy. Therefore, students are responsible for communicating any anticipated conflicts they expect to their UNIV 1103-S  instructor.

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Housing

Where will I live?

Please note, students will live in Building 1516 during the program and will move, as a cohort, to Oglethorpe House on August 1. Room assignments will not change for fall and spring semesters.

How do I pay for housing?

Housing charges for the summer session will post to your student account on ATHENA after May 19 and are due by June 15. Housing charges for the fall term will be posted to your student account on ATHENA in mid-July along with other university charges.

How does room selection work?

Students will be given the opportunity to select their fall and spring space in Oglethorpe House in mid-May. If students have preferred roommates, they will be able to assign them to the same room as space permits. For summer, University Housing will assign students a space in Building 1516 with their fall roommate. Students will receive final space and roommate assignments in June. Students will sign one contract that encompasses both the summer and academic year.

How will I get my stuff from Building 1516 to my fall space?

University Housing will coordinate, provide moving supplies, and move those students who request assistance at no charge on the morning of August 1. If possible, we advise you to bring only those items you need for the summer. Further details about the move to permanent assignments for fall will be shared at the start of Freshman College.

How does the transition between Freshman College and the fall semester work?

Students will transition as a group from Building 1516 after summer final exams end on July 31 to their fall space. This move will take place on August 1 and will conclude by 5 p.m. Students will only be able to move belongings on August 1 and will not be allowed to occupy their residence hall rooms until these spaces open on August 6.

Instead of moving to Oglethorpe House, can I select a different residence hall?

No. The only exceptions for Freshman College participants relocating to a space other than Oglethorpe House on August 1 are: (1) student athletes with other housing requirements; (2) Honors program students who opt in to living in Myers community; (3) students participating in a living learning community.

Can I participate in a learning community or live in Myers as an honor student?

Yes. Students participating in other academic programs that require a live-in component may transition to those spaces at the end of the summer. Approval must be granted from Freshman College staff to be eligible to move. Please send an email to fcse@uga.edu if you are participating in another live-in academic program.

Can I have a non-Freshman College roommate after the summer?

Freshman College Summer Experience is designed to be a cohort-based program; to maintain the high value of the living-learning experience, students will remain with their Freshman College roommate for Fall 2017-Spring 2018.

Can I see what Oglethorpe House looks like before the fall?

Tours of Oglethorpe House will be available during Freshman College orientation on July 1. Students can also visit the housing website to view a virtual tour of the building.

I’m bringing a car to campus, can I bring it during the summer?

There will be parking available near Building 1516 for Freshman College, and you will receive a form via email from the Freshman College office in the coming weeks to submit to Parking and Transportation Services. You will be able to register for another parking area for your permanent assignment in the fall.

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Miscellaneous

Do I need to purchase a meal plan for Freshman College?

The cost of a 7-day meal plan is included in your program fee so you do not need to purchase a summer meal plan.

However, you are encouraged to investigate the meal plans offered during fall and spring semesters. For more information, visit the Food Services website.

How do I purchase a parking permit for Freshman College?

Prior to your arrival for Freshman College, you will receive an email with instructions for purchasing a parking permit. The Freshman College permit is different from a regular summer parking permit. Please wait until you receive instructions before making a purchase for the summer session.

You will also receive an email with detailed instructions from Parking Services regarding parking for the academic year. Please follow those instructions carefully.

What if I have additional questions?

For other questions about Freshman College, please contact the Freshman College office by calling 706-542-0697 or by sending an email to the Freshman College office.

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