University of Georgia

The Birthplace of Public Higher Education in America

The University of Georgia was founded by the state of Georgia in 1785. It is America's first public higher education institution. This university has helped to establish a great tradition of high-quality public education. Through global research, hands on learning, and extensive outreach, what began as a dedication to inspire the next generation has grown stronger. The University of Georgia is a top-rated public university and research institution. It tackles the most difficult problems in the world, including creating reliable food supplies and fighting infectious diseases.

The university is Georgia's most prestigious institution. It has a reputation for being a leader in student excellence. This is why the university has a remarkable rate of retention, graduation, and career placement. The University of Georgia is a top producer of Rhodes Scholars among public universities over the past 20 years. The University of Georgia is also the home of the Peabody Awards. This award is the most prestigious in electronic media.

The University of Georgia's scholars are dedicated to improving the quality of life and are experts in key fields such as vaccine development and regenerative medicine, and plant sciences. The University of Georgia is one of the top five universities in the country for technology commercialization. It has been ranked for eight consecutive years among the Top Five Universities. More than 850 products have been derived from university research.

The university's 18 schools and colleges have more than 38,000 students. They also produce over 335,000 alumni worldwide. The University of Georgia's programs reach across the globe and touch every corner of Georgia, realizing its land-and-sea-grant missions. The eight Public Service and Outreach units of the university are some of the most powerful in the country. They help to create jobs, train leaders, and address critical issues. Research, outreach, and extension are key drivers for economic and workforce development. They also spark partnerships that produce new businesses and train tomorrow's workforce.

The university's threefold mission of teaching, research, and service spans the globe. There are campuses in Georgia, Washington, D.C., England, and Italy. Additionally, there are partnerships in over 50 countries across six continents.

The university is located in Athens' Classic City, just an hour north of Atlanta. It thrives in a community which combines a vibrant college town with strong economic centers. Nearly 800 students and service organizations are registered on the campus. The Georgia Bulldogs are the university's 21 varsity athletic teams. Uga, the English bulldog mascot of Uga, is a nationally recognized mascot.

It's more than just a mission at the University of Georgia. It is a commitment that we make to our students and to the state of Georgia, as well as the rest of the world.

UGA's history

Georgia became the first state in the world to establish a state-funded university when the University of Georgia was established by an act of General Assembly on January 27, 1785. The General Assembly had established 40,000 acres of land in 1784 to fund a college or seminary for learning.

Abraham Baldwin was elected the president of the university at the first meeting on the board of trustees. It took place in Augusta, Georgia, on February 13, 1786. Baldwin, a native Connecticut and a Yale University graduate, drafted the charter that was adopted by the General Assembly. He had arrived in Georgia in 1784 as a student.

In 1801, a committee of trustees chose a site for the university. John Milledge, later governor of Georgia, bought and gave the selected tract of 633 acres to the board. It is located on the banks the Oconee River in northeast Georgia.

Josiah Meigs was elected president of the university. Work began on the first building. It was originally named Franklin College after Benjamin Franklin, and is now called Old College. In 1804, the university graduated its first class. In 1843, the university added law courses to its traditional classical education curriculum. The university also received federal funding in 1872 for instruction in agriculture and mechanical art.

The university has 18 colleges and schools that are part of its research and teaching programs. These schools and colleges are listed with the dates of their establishment as independent administrative units: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (1801); College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (1859); School of Law (1903); D. B. Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (2006); College of Education (1908); Graduate School (1910); C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business (1912); Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (1915); College of Family and Consumer Sciences (1933); College of Veterinary Medicine (2007); College of Ecology (2007); College of Engineering (2012); College of Engineering (2012; College of Ecology (2007); College of Ecology (2007); College of Engineering (2012); and Jere W. In 1947, the university incorporated the Division of General Extension. It is now known as the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel.

The General Assembly of Georgia put all state-supported higher education institutions, including UGA under one board in 1931. The board of regents governs this organization, which is known as the University System of Georgia. The chancellor, the executive officer of the board of regents, has a general supervision over all institutions in the University System. Each institution has its own faculty and executive officers.

The University of Georgia's Mission

The University of Georgia is a land-grant, sea-grant university that has statewide commitments. It is the oldest, largest, and most diverse institution of higher education in Georgia. The University's unique and integral role in the preservation and enhancement of the nation's intellectual, cultural and environmental heritage is reflected in its motto "To Teach, To Serve, And to Inquire into the Nature of Things."

These core characteristics are shared by the University of Georgia and the other research universities of University System of Georgia:

  • A statewide responsibility for excellence and academic achievements that have national and international recognition.
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching/learning environments that promote high student achievement and diversity, as well as academic support services.
  • A commitment to excellence in scholarship, research, and creative endeavours. These programs are organized to create, sustain, and apply new knowledge and theories. They also promote instructional quality; and they enhance institutionally relevant faculty qualifications.
  • A commitment to excellence in public services, economic development and technical assistance activities that address the strategic needs for Georgia. In addition, a comprehensive offering in continuing education designed to satisfy the needs of Georgian citizens in life-long education and professional education.
  • A wide variety of academic and professional programming is available at the baccalaureate and master's levels.

The University of Georgia's core characteristics and statewide mission are designed to help the University and its community prepare for the 21st century global society. It promotes understanding and respect for cultural differences through its programs and practices. This is essential for an educated and informed citizenry. It also promotes cultural, ethnic, gender and racial diversity among faculty, staff, students, and staff. The University is committed in preparing its community to understand the critical importance of creating a quality environment for interdependent global societies.

The University of Georgia is a land-grant and maritime institution that offers professional, master's and doctoral degrees in arts, humanities and social sciences. It also offers business, ecology and engineering programs. The university is also home to the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership.

Students from all over the world and within Georgia are attracted to the University. The University offers the most diverse range of opportunities in graduate and professional education. A large number of students are post-baccalaureate. It is composed of a mixture of first-year and transfer students from other University System institutions, which makes up the majority of the undergraduate student body.

The state's land-grant and ocean-grant missions have a significant impact on the state through original scholarship, applied and basic research, as well as creative activities. Through their involvement in community, economic, and social development, cooperative extension, continuing education and public service, as well as technology transfer, they all aim to improve the well-being and quality of life for Georgian citizens.

The University of Georgia responds to changes in the state's educational and social needs, as it has done historically. Through its strategic planning, it aspires to have closer interaction with both public and private institutions across the state and with the citizens it serves.


Frequently asked questions

Is Georgia University a good school ?
The University of Georgia has risen to No. 15 in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 ranking of the nation's best public universities. This is UGA's fifth consecutive year in the Top 20, having risen from No. 16 last year
What is the University of Georgia known for ?
The University of Georgia's College of Education and Law School both have renowned graduate programmes. UGA, as a land and sea grant university, is involved in agricultural and sea-based research and promotion. The Eugene P. Smith Center is a one-of-a-kind offering at UGA
How hard are classes at UGA ?
Academics are difficult, depending on the class and level. During midterms and finals, students occupy every seat in the learning centre and study lounges. People, on the other hand, always make time for their organisations and going out, so the curriculum is certainly doable
What is UGA acceptance rate ?
Georgia admissions is competitive, with a 45 percent acceptance rate. Students admitted to Georgia have an average SAT score of 1240-1420 or an average ACT score of 27-32. Georgia's regular admissions application deadline is January 1st
Is UGA campus pretty ?
UGA has one of the most beautiful, well-kept, and landscaped campuses in the country. Notre Dame is the only campus that comes close. The campus is close to downtown Athens, so there are many restaurants and other establishments within walking distance
What is the University of Georgia ranking ?
The University of Georgia is ranked #48 in the list of National Universities and QS Ranking among 541-550
How many bachelor's programs of University of Georgia there are ?
The University of Georgia offers 129 unique undergraduate degrees, divided into 100 majors across 26 broad fields of study. In 2018-2019, the University of Georgia awarded 8,022 undergraduate degrees across all fields of study. Online students received 99 degrees
How many master's programs of University of Georgia there are ?
The University of Georgi offers 165 distinct master's degrees to students
What is the difference between the UGA bus and city bus ?
Your UGAcard entitles you to free transportation on The Bus (Athens Transit). City bus routes follow a different schedule and generally adhere to federal holidays. Furthermore, when UGA is not in session, some routes are not serviced. Athens Transit provides detailed information
What is the fee of University of Georgia ?
According to the UGA website, the total cost for a residential student is estimated to be $27,946, which includes TUITION AND FEES, A TYPICAL RESIDENCE HALL, A TYPICAL 7-DAY MEAL PLAN, ESTIMATED BOOKS, SUPPLIES, AND LIVING EXPENSES, and the cost for a non-residential student is $47,360
How many semester University of Georgia have ?

Spring semester 2022 is 15 weeks long (classes + exams) on the UGA academic calendar. The spring semester begins on January 6, 2022, and concludes on May 11, 2022. UGA Spring Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2022. The closing date of registration is Friday, January 7, 2022.

  • Classes End: June 8, 2022
  • Classes Begin: May 18, 2022
  • Final Exams: June 9, 2022
  • Grades Due: June 13, 2022
How to apply for scholarship at University of Georgia ?
To apply for the Georgia Commitment Scholars programme, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which includes financial information about your family. The FAFSA can be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov. Students who are eligible to become a Georgia Commitment Scholar will be notified via email, and the Office of Student Financial Aid may request additional documentation to confirm their aid eligibility