Applying to Freshman College
Financial Information
Beyond Class Requirements

Applying to Freshman College

When will the application process open?

The application process will open on Thursday, February 1st by the end of the day. On this day, please check here for further instructions on how to apply.

When will the application process close?

The application process will close on Friday, April 13th at midnight.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any undergraduate student who has been admitted to the University of Georgia as a first-year student is eligible to participate.

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Financial Information

Where can I find information about program fees?

Visit our cost page for complete details.

Can the Zell Miller or HOPE Scholarships be applied towards University tuition for courses during Freshman College?

Yes, the Zell Miller Scholarship and HOPE Scholarship awards can be applied to the tuition costs for FCSE courses. Please visit here for more details.

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

The University of Georgia requires admitted first-year students to indicate their intention to enroll at the University by paying a non-refundable $300 commitment deposit.

Are there any FCSE scholarships available?

There are no general program scholarships for FCSE. However, if you are a TRiO Upward Bound or Educational Talent Search alumni, please contact our office for more information about funding available to you.

How do I pay my tuition and fees associated with the program?

When charges are posted, they will display on your student account on Athena. You will also use this system to make payments. Information about establishing access to your student account, establishing a parent login, and payment instructions can be found at http://www.bursar.uga.edu.

I am having trouble making a payment on the Athena system. Who should I contact?

The Bursar’s office handles all student accounts and payments for students at UGA. Please contact their office for assistance by emailing Student Account Services at stuacct@uga.edu or calling 706-542-2965.

I have a question about my student account. Who should I contact?

The Bursar’s office handles all questions about student accounts at UGA. Please contact their office for assistance by emailing Student Account Services at stuacct@uga.edu or calling 706-542-2965.

Will my FCSE program fee of $477 be refunded if I choose not to attend?

This FCSE program fee to reserve your space in the Freshman College is non-refundable once paid.

When do I pay for my FCSE housing and meal plan?

Generally, FCSE housing and meal plan charges are posted to your student account in Athena in late May. These payments are due by the first day of FCSE classes on Tuesday, July 3rd.

When do I pay for my University tuition and fees for the courses I will take in FCSE?

Once a student registers for classes on Friday, June 29th during UGA Orientation, the charges for tuition and fees will post to the student’s account. The payment for room, board, and University tuition and fees will be due the first day of classes on Tuesday, July 3rd. All payments will be made in Student Accounts via Athena.

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

Freshman College students are required to enroll in 6 semester hours from the program’s curriculum. These 6 semester hours will consist of a 3-hour credit core academic course, 2-hour service-learning course, and 1-hour credit writing course. You are not permitted to withdraw from these courses.

When do I register for my Freshman College and fall semester courses?

You will meet with your academic advisor during UGA Orientation (June 28-29), and at this time, you will discuss FCSE  and fall semester courses with your advisor. Once you have completed your advising session, you will be able to register for your FCSE courses, as well as your fall semester 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.

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 and student success workshops, 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 day of 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.

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Beyond Class Requirements

What are Beyond Class offerings?

Participants also participate in “Beyond Class” offerings that are designed to provide academic support to enhance student learning and success, introduce students to various campus and community resources, and provide opportunities to socialize and interact with other participants and program staff.

Am I required to attend Beyond Class offerings?

Attendance at particular Beyond Class offerings is required. Other events are optional based on a students’ interest. All participants are required to attend at least two Beyond Class events each week during the program.

When will the Beyond Class events take place?

Events will be during the week and weekends. A full schedule will be given to participants at the start of the program.


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Where will I live?

Please note, students will live in Oglethorpe House for the Freshman Summer College Experience and will remain in Oglethorpe House for the 2018-19 academic year. Room assignments will not change for summer, fall, and spring semesters.

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 2018-Spring 2019.

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

There will be parking available near Oglethorpe House for Freshman College, and you will receive a form via email from the Freshman College office once admitted to the program to submit to Parking and Transportation Services. You will be able to register for your permanent assignment in the fall.

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Who should I contact if I have a question about the UGA Orientation session for FCSE participants on June 28-29?

If you have a question about the UGA Orientation session on June 28-29, please contact New Student Orientation in the UGA Office of Admissions by emailing ugorient@uga.edu or calling 706-542-8776.

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

All Freshman College participants are automatically enrolled in the All-Access 7-Day meal plan by UGA Dining Services.

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

How do I purchase a parking permit for Freshman College?

If you are accepted to the program, you will receive information in your Welcome Packet 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.

Does the UGA bus system operate in the summer?

The UGA bus system operates Monday through Friday during the summer. There is no UGA bus service on the weekends. For more information, please visit Parking and Transportation Services.

Are there city buses running during Freshman College?

Athens-Clarke County transit has bus routes that operate across the city. For more information, please visit their website.

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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