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 16, 2017 at 5:00pm. Please note, students applying must room in Oglethorpe House for summer, fall, and spring semesters.

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. 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. This payment applies to the total cost of the program fee. The initial payment deadline is based on the date of acceptance into the program; regardless, participants have four weeks from acceptance date to submit deposit.

The remaining program fee balance is due on or before May 22, 2017.

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 wallet-sized photo and a copy of your high school transcript. Please mail these documents to:

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

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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. You can make arrangements to apply those funds to your Freshman College balance by sending an email to the Freshman College office. The HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarship awards do not apply to the $1,500 Freshman College program fee.

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. 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) and 3 hours of elective degree credit from two UNIV courses. 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.

Prior to your Orientation session please submit a list of your Advanced Placement or Joint Enrollment courses to the Freshman College office.

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

Can I participate in Freshman College and not live on-campus?

Students participating in Freshman College must live on-campus during the program.

Can I select my roommate for Freshman College?

Every effort will be made to honor mutual roommate requests for Freshman College. Please make sure that both you and your roommate have selected each other on your housing forms.

Roommates cannot be paired until both have paid their UGA commitment deposit and Freshman College initial payment.

When will I receive my room & roommate assignment?

You will receive your room and roommate assignment in June.

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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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