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Parent's Club at the UGA Hotel in Athens, GA

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Do’s and Don’ts: Visiting Your Student at UGA

It’s a new world for our student, but also for you! Behind are the days of high school, of living under a single roof. Your student is off and away, following their passion, pursuing a degree. Sure, you want to visit them on campus and (although they might not admit it) whey want to see you too. To help you navigate this tricky endeavor, the Parents’ Club put together a series of recommendations that are sure to make your trip to campus and time with our student much more enjoyable!

DO:

  • Show up with gifts.
  • Tell them how proud you are of them
  • Listen, without interruptions
  • Offer constructive advice
  • Plan an activity you plan on doing together
  • Leave gift cards
  • Plan to attend an event on campus
  • Let your college student know your expectation that she will make the most of these four years
  • Take pictures
  • Take them out to eat at the Bulldog Bistro and Savannah Room

DON’T:

  • Visit the actual dorm room
  • Assume that everything is going perfectly well
  • Offer platitudes
  • Show up without a plan for spending time on campus
  • Draw out the visit
  • Focus the conversation solely on schoolwork
  • Nag about not calling or spending too much money
  • Surprise your child
  • Stress too much about cleaning
  • Visit during midterms or finals

THE PARENTS’ CLUB IS AN EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT FOR ALL UGA PARENTS AND GUARDIANS.

Membership is FREE and entitles you to these benefits:

THE PARENTS’ CLUB IS AN EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT FOR ALL UGA PARENTS AND GUARDIANS.

Membership is FREE and entitles you to these benefits:

Exclusive Perks

Welcome gift

10% discount at hotel restaurants

Earn free night stay after staying 5 nights

Priority booking for your student’s Commencement

Things to do at UGA

Exterior of the Chapel entrance on a sunny winter day.

Chapel

Dedicated in 1832, the Chapel served as the site where students and faculty attended church services three times each week. Today, assemblies, concerts and lectures are held here. A large framed oil painting of “The Interior of Saint Peter’s in Rome” is housed inside. A bell tower originally crowned the roof, but the bell was later placed at the top of a wooden tower at the back of the Chapel. Now the bell is rung to mark athletic victories or other special occasions.

The front of the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building with students on the steps framed by North Campus trees turning red with colorful fall leaves.

Holmes-Hunter Academic Building

Originally, this building was two separate buildings. At the turn of the century, the buildings were joined. Today, the building houses offices for Student Affairs, Student Financial Aid, the Registrar, Institutional Diversity, and others. In January 2001, the building was renamed the Holmes- Hunter Academic Building in honor of Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African-American students to enroll at the University of Georgia.

Campus scenic of the Sun setting over Herty Field during Spring.

Moore College/Herty Field

Moore College houses the Honors Program and includes advising offices, computer labs and classrooms for Honors students. Honors students enjoy special opportunities for research, study abroad programs, and scholarships. Herty Field was UGA’s first athletic field and was the site of UGA’s first intercollegiate football game in 1892 when UGA defeated Mercer 50-0.

Sanford Football Stadium

Sanford Stadium

Home of the Georgia Bulldogs, the stadium seats 92,746 and is the sixth largest on-campus stadium in the country. It was the site of the medal rounds for 1996 Olympic Soccer Games. The famous hedges were removed in 1995 to enlarge the field for soccer, and were replaced by descendants of the original hedges.

The Arch at UGA Campus

The Arch

Erected in 1858, the Arch is modeled after the great seal of Georgia. The pillars stand for “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation,” which is also the Georgia state motto. The University of Georgia was chartered in 1785 and was the first state-chartered institution of higher education in America. However, classes did not begin on campus until 1801. A well-known university legend states that any undergraduate that walks under the Arch will not graduate.

Trial Gardens at UGA Campus

UGA Trial Gardens

Located behind Snelling Dining Commons, the trial garden was started in 1982. Today, UGA receives plants or seeds from almost all major plant breeding companies in the world along with material from UGA’s own breeding program run by Dr. John Ruter. The new trial subjects are planted every April and May. The plants chosen must meet several rigorous qualifications to be considered for the program such as tolerance to heat and humidity along with resistance to disease. Plants that the pro- gram deems most successful are then distributed nationally. As well as providing important information for research and teaching, the trial garden is a beautiful addition to South Campus.

Stegeman Coliseum

Stegeman Coliseum

Just a few steps from the Georgia Center, Stegeman Coliseum is home to the Bulldog basketball teams and women’s gymnastics team. Additionally, it hosts UGA’s Graduate School commencement exercises. With a seating capacity of more than 10,000 spectators, the coliseum has hosted several important sporting events, including some during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall

Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall

Open for tours during business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday), the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall houses historical displays for all UGA athletic teams and serves as the nerve center of the UGA Athletic Association.

Pictures of flowers

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

As a unit of UGA’s Public Service and Outreach, the State Botanical Garden leads the state in native plant conservation and restoration. Visitors to the garden can enjoy a stunning range of collections, displays and trails across its 313 acres (127 hectares). Located at 2450 South Milledge Avenue, the garden is home to 11 botanical and horticultural collections.

People playing in a band

Performing and Visual Arts Complex

Located on East Campus, the Performing and Visual Arts Complex includes the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Performing Arts Center and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Exterior of the Chapel entrance on a sunny winter day.

Chapel

Dedicated in 1832, the Chapel served as the site where students and faculty attended church services three times each week. Today, assemblies, concerts and lectures are held here. A large framed oil painting of “The Interior of Saint Peter’s in Rome” is housed inside. A bell tower originally crowned the roof, but the bell was later placed at the top of a wooden tower at the back of the Chapel. Now the bell is rung to mark athletic victories or other special occasions.

The front of the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building with students on the steps framed by North Campus trees turning red with colorful fall leaves.

Holmes-Hunter Academic Building

Originally, this building was two separate buildings. At the turn of the century, the buildings were joined. Today, the building houses offices for Student Affairs, Student Financial Aid, the Registrar, Institutional Diversity, and others. In January 2001, the building was renamed the Holmes- Hunter Academic Building in honor of Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African-American students to enroll at the University of Georgia.

Campus scenic of the Sun setting over Herty Field during Spring.

Moore College/Herty Field

Moore College houses the Honors Program and includes advising offices, computer labs and classrooms for Honors students. Honors students enjoy special opportunities for research, study abroad programs, and scholarships. Herty Field was UGA’s first athletic field and was the site of UGA’s first intercollegiate football game in 1892 when UGA defeated Mercer 50-0.

Sanford Football Stadium

Sanford Stadium

Home of the Georgia Bulldogs, the stadium seats 92,746 and is the sixth largest on-campus stadium in the country. It was the site of the medal rounds for 1996 Olympic Soccer Games. The famous hedges were removed in 1995 to enlarge the field for soccer, and were replaced by descendants of the original hedges.

The Arch at UGA Campus

The Arch

Erected in 1858, the Arch is modeled after the great seal of Georgia. The pillars stand for “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation,” which is also the Georgia state motto. The University of Georgia was chartered in 1785 and was the first state-chartered institution of higher education in America. However, classes did not begin on campus until 1801. A well-known university legend states that any undergraduate that walks under the Arch will not graduate.

Trial Gardens at UGA Campus

UGA Trial Gardens

Located behind Snelling Dining Commons, the trial garden was started in 1982. Today, UGA receives plants or seeds from almost all major plant breeding companies in the world along with material from UGA’s own breeding program run by Dr. John Ruter. The new trial subjects are planted every April and May. The plants chosen must meet several rigorous qualifications to be considered for the program such as tolerance to heat and humidity along with resistance to disease. Plants that the pro- gram deems most successful are then distributed nationally. As well as providing important information for research and teaching, the trial garden is a beautiful addition to South Campus.

Stegeman Coliseum

Stegeman Coliseum

Just a few steps from the Georgia Center, Stegeman Coliseum is home to the Bulldog basketball teams and women’s gymnastics team. Additionally, it hosts UGA’s Graduate School commencement exercises. With a seating capacity of more than 10,000 spectators, the coliseum has hosted several important sporting events, including some during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall

Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall

Open for tours during business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday), the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall houses historical displays for all UGA athletic teams and serves as the nerve center of the UGA Athletic Association.

Pictures of flowers

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

As a unit of UGA’s Public Service and Outreach, the State Botanical Garden leads the state in native plant conservation and restoration. Visitors to the garden can enjoy a stunning range of collections, displays and trails across its 313 acres (127 hectares). Located at 2450 South Milledge Avenue, the garden is home to 11 botanical and horticultural collections.

People playing in a band

Performing and Visual Arts Complex

Located on East Campus, the Performing and Visual Arts Complex includes the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Performing Arts Center and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Places to visit in Athens, GA

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