UGA expands summer options for students

For most students, summer is a time for relaxing, earning extra money and taking advantage of internships and study abroad opportunities. Some students, though, struggle with wanting to take advantage of these opportunities while also wanting to stay on track for graduation. The University of Georgia provides plenty of opportunities for students to attend summer school and do it all. 

UGA offers online classes in addition to the traditional on-campus classes. Students can take a summer job, be out of town in another state or be traveling in another country and still take a class for credit while taking advantage of those summer opportunities.

Thirty-six new high-demand undergraduate courses in a variety of subject areas, in addition to other UGA undergraduate and graduate online courses, are available. Transient students-students from other colleges or universities, including those participating in a study abroad program-may also take advantage of UGA’s online courses for college credit. The admission application deadline for summer transients is May 15.

For students thinking about staying in Athens during the summer-or transient students who call the Athens area home-and who are worried that the campus will be deserted, never fear. UGA and Athens are both alive and vibrant during the summer. In fact, about 13,000 students enjoy smaller classes in a relaxed atmosphere each summer. There are opportunities to take electives or popular classes that fill up quickly during the fall or spring semesters. Students also get to enjoy unique music and cultural events, like the AthFest Music & Arts Festival held in June in downtown Athens that showcases bands, artists and filmmakers who have become regionally or nationally acclaimed, topped off by a half-marathon.

Campus services are also available during the summer. Students can live in Reed Hall (or in the East Campus Village with a year-round contract), eat at Bolton, Snelling and the Village Summit, and get around campus and the community with the UGA and city bus systems. Legion Pool is also open during the summer, so students can enjoy studying by the pool between classes. Frisbee is also a popular summer pastime on the Reed Quad.

UGA students in the Griffin, Gwinnett or Tifton areas, as well as transient students, can experience smaller classes in a more relaxed learning environment during the summer on UGA’s extended campuses. 

New UGA students also have options during the summer. Transfer students can get started on their UGA experience by taking a summer class on campus or online. In addition, first-year students have the unique option of participating in the Freshman College Summer Experience. Students move into Creswell Hall at the end of June, take six semester hours and get to know the campus and make personal connections before the remaining students arrive in August. The deadline for registering for FCSE is May 17.

Early registration for current students begins April 3 for summer classes, with regular registration beginning May 15 and continuing until classes begin for each session. All students must be officially admitted to the University of Georgia in order to register for summer classes. Students are charged per credit hour up to 14 hours; any credit accumulation of 15 hours or more will be charged a flat tuition rate. Tuition for online classes is the same as classes in the traditional format.

HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply toward summer school tuition. However, new changes this year require all recipients of the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form online at

For more information on the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship application changes and FAFSA completion requirements, see 

UGA offers five sessions for summer:

May Session: May 14-June 5 

Extended Session: May 14-Aug. 1

Thru Term: June 6-Aug. 1

Short Session I: June 6-July 3

Short Session II: July 5-Aug. 1

The full summer school schedule and registration deadlines may be found at