FAQs


Applying to Freshman College

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.

When will the 2020 application process open?
The application will open on Wednesday, January 15th. Click here to apply.

The application process will open on Wednesday, January 16th by the end of the day. On this day, please check here for further instructions on how to apply.

 
When will the 2020 application process close?

The application will close at midnight on Friday, April 17th.

 
When will applicants be notified about their application status?

To be announced.

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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 (PDF).

 
Are there any FCSE scholarships available?

There are no general program scholarships for FCSE. However, if you are a Pell eligible first-generation college student and/or TRiO Upward Bound or Educational Talent Search alumni, please read more about our Early Start | Early Success Program.

 
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 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 University tuition and fees for the courses I will take in FCSE?

Students will be able to view their tuition and fees charges in Athena on Thursday, June 25th after course registration. The payment for room, board, and University tuition and fees will be due the first day of classes on Monday, July 6th. All payments will be made in Student Accounts via Athena.

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

Students will be able to view their housing and meal plan charges in Athena on Thursday, June 25th. These payments are due by the first day of FCSE classes on Monday, July 6th.

 

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Academics

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 and 3-hour service-learning course. You are not permitted to withdraw from these courses.

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 literacies in STEM, humanities, or social sciences. 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 24-25), 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What academic support services are available to assist me with me 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 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.

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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Housing

Where will I live?

Students will live in Russell Hall for the Freshman Summer College Experience and will remain in Russell Hall for the 2020-21 academic year. Room assignments will not change for summer, fall, and spring semesters.

 
After Freshman College is over, can I select a different residence hall?

No. The only exceptions for Freshman College participants relocating to a space other than Russell Hall are: (1) student athletes with other housing requirements; (2) Honors program students who opt in to living in Myers community; (3) students participating in the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community, French or Spanish Language Community, or the Franklin Residential College; (4) ROTC members with other housing requirements. 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 2020-Spring 2019.

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

There will be parking available near Russell Hall for Freshman College, and once accepted, you will receive a form in your Welcome Packet from the Freshman College office to submit to Parking and Transportation Services.

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Miscellaneous

Who should I contact if I have a question about the UGA Orientation session for FCSE participants on June 24-25?

If you have a question about the UGA Orientation session on June 24-25, 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.

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.

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.

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