The University of Georgia campus; image via Public Colleges & Universities magazine
In her search for the perfect Georgia state school, Lynette toured Clayton State University, University of Georgia, and Kennesaw State University. This is what she saw.
Clayton State University
I remember my first visit to a college campus; it was Clayton State University. I had a map in my hand ready to explore, but I couldn’t find anything! Who knew reading a map could be so hard?
The campus was pretty big, and I did a lot of walking. (I still have yet to understand the “freshman 15.” How can college students gain so much weight if you have to walk far to classes every single day?) On top of the campus being big and the buildings being so spaced out, parking was also far away and inconvenient.
Maybe it’s because it was my first campus visit, but the school didn’t really leave a big impression on me otherwise.
University of Georgia
My best campus visit was at the University of Georgia. I was actually invited to attend their First Look program, and I definitely don’t regret it. We were given detailed instructions on where to park (parking was free) and what buildings to go to, which I appreciated. The program started with an information session about UGA, its history and background, the admission process, and so much more. The faculty answered all of our questions, and we also got some tips from current seniors at UGA.
After all of the talking, current students happily led us on a tour of UGA’s North Campus. UGA is enormous compared to Clayton State, and there is no way we were going to be able to walk the entire thing. It was great getting to see campus with my own eyes, and I loved visiting the bookstore as well as the famous Sanford Stadium where I see the Bulldogs play football on Saturdays. #GoDawgs!
The best part of UGA was getting to tour the dorms. This is so important! No matter what college you want to attend, if you are planning to live on campus, you really should see the dorms in person. I was a little disappointed to see that the freshman dorms at UGA are small (though I suppose that’s true of most dorms!). But I will say viewing pictures online and seeing them in person are two totally different things. You’ve been warned.
Kennesaw State University
The last college I visited was Kennesaw State University. Their campus is spread out just like the University of Georgia’s.
I love their campus, and their freshman dorms are so beautiful. They have some freshman dorms that come with full kitchens, a washer and dryer, and private bathrooms. No wonder they have one of the best dorms in the state.
The Kennesaw State campus is also clean and well put together; it’s really attracting to the eye. I didn’t actually get to eat in their dining hall, but I can say it is huge. From what I saw, you could eat a different meal from a different culture every single day for a month. (Maybe this is the main cause of the freshman 15?)
Most importantly, whenever you visit a campus, remember to ask questions. After all, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. And if you’re nervous about talking to college staff then try asking a student. In my opinion, you get the best advice from current college students—they tell you the dirty truth and don’t sugar coat anything.
Did you tour any of these Georgia state schools? Did you visit any other Georgia campuses? Tell us your story in the comments!