Known for legendary music artists ( (the vibrant local music scene has produced such bands as The B-52s, REM, Pylon, and Widespread Panic), great food and an eclectic college town, Athens, Georgia, is quickly becoming famous for something else…one of the healthiest economies in Georgia. Athens is growing due to a number of companies expanding in the area. From manufacturing plants to hospitals, retail centers and schools, nearly every major market segment is experiencing growth.

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Athens is the best college town in America. This is no idle boast, although—as far as we know—there are no national rankings that would cement this claim. But in thinking about the factors that would be weighed if such rankings were done, Athens consistently shines. In how many other places in the country is a major research university situated in a friendly small town rather than a disconnected city? How many other places feature a beautifully preserved area like North Campus as the historic backdrop to a vibrant downtown filled with sidewalk cafes, coffee-houses, and funky, locally owned shops? In how many other communities this size can you find the dizzying array of activities and entertainment so readily available here?

Athens is between 600 to 800 feet above mean sea level, and because of its geographic location, the city is sheltered from much of the extreme weather of the winter season. Mean temperature for January, the coldest month, is 43 degrees F, and for July, the warmest month, 79 degrees F. Average minimum and maximum temperatures for January are 33 and 53 degrees F, and for July, 68 and 89 degrees F. Average rainfall is 50.42 inches. Read more...

Directions from Atlanta Airport
Follow I-85 North for approximately 35 miles. Take GA-316 east toward Lawrenceville/Athens for approximately 40 miles. Near the Athens city limit, GA-316 turns into Epps Bridge Parkway. Do not follow the signs for University of Georgia/Hartwell; they take you to South Campus. GA-316 turns into Epps Bridge Parkway, which merges into West Broad Street (US-78). Continue on West Broad Street to Downtown Athens where the University of Georgia will be on your right. Turn right on South Jackson Street. Pay parking is available at the North Campus Parking Deck (on your left), which is a short walk across North Campus and Herty Field to Candler Hall.

The Department of International Affairs is located in Candler Hall. Please give us a call at 706-542-6705 if you have any questions.

Plan a Visit
If you would like to meet with us to discuss applying to the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, please e-mail us for more information.

The University of Georgia Visitors Center serves as the front door to the UGA campus. The Visitors Center provides student-led campus tours and staffs an information desk to assist campus visitors. The center is staffed with knowledgeable UGA students who are happy to provide any information visitors may need regarding campus, local accommodations, or special events.

Best Times to Visit
Although you're welcome on campus any time, our scheduling tips will help you get the most from your campus visit. Tours are not conducted on official university holidays.

Accessibility Concerns?
The University of Georgia, Department of International Affairs, is committed to providing access to all people. If you have accessibility concerns, please contact us to arrange accommodations.

Want to avoid the crowds?
Visit on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if possible.
Avoid visiting during holiday weeks.

Want to see and do as much as possible?
Visit on a weekday when Fall, Spring, or Summer classes are in session. Some visit activities are unavailable during semester breaks, final exam weeks or Spring Break, and most university offices are closed on weekends. Tours are not offered December 24 through January 2.

The best time to see UGA is when classes are in session, residence halls are open, and all of our faculty, staff and students are available to answer your questions. (We will be glad to document your visit for your high school’s attendance office.)

A Downtown Renaissance

Athens, Ga., has been called the birthplace of alternative rock and America’s best college town. That was yesterday. Sure, the town that spawned R.E.M. and the B-52s is still an indie-songsmith hub. And University of Georgia Bulldogs fans are as passionate as ever. But Athens’s historic downtown has rerouted some of that hipster-meets-rah-rah history into a hyperlocal entrepreneurial spirit that caters to the mature tastes of those who have moved in, come back or never left. The result is a renaissance for the area, which feels like your favorite, secret neighborhood, where iconic locales dovetail with new and resurrected music spaces, boutiques, lounges and restaurants, as well as a brewery set to open this fall.

— ALEX CREVAR, New York times

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By The Numbers

#20

The University of Georgia continues to rank well in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2014 edition, landing at No. 20 among the nation's top public universities and No. 60 among best national universities.