University of Georgia Review

Georgia's oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education, the University of Georgia (UGA) is located in Athens, approximately 60 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. UGA is a land and sea grant institution which is accredited to award baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees through its 16 schools and colleges.

University of Georgia Overview

Founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly, the University of Georgia was the nation's first state-chartered university. In 2008, UGA was ranked 20th among national public research universities by U.S. News & World Report and 4th in the category of best value public colleges by Kiplinger's Magazine. The University of Georgia has had 21 Rhodes Scholars and was the only public university in the country in 2008 to have two recipients of the prestigious award.

Students at the University of Georgia can pursue 22 bachelor's degrees in more than 140 subject areas, 33 master's degrees in 123 areas, four doctoral degrees in 89 areas, 19 educational specialist degrees and three professional degrees in pharmacy, law and veterinary medicine. The university's journalism college administers the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards. University of Georgia also offers various graduate programs at its Gwinnett Campus, degree-completion programs at its Griffin Campus and programs leading to agriculture certificates and degrees at the Tifton Campus.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

UGA's total enrollment of 34,108 includes approximately 25,300 undergraduate and 8,700 graduate and professional students. Admission to the University of Georgia is based on an applicant's creative endeavors, integrity and personal maturity, co-curricular activities, community involvement, public service, leadership and family commitments, intellectual pursuits and intercultural experiences, as well as academic achievement, assessed by ACT or SAT scores, grades and rigor of curriculum.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

The University of Georgia's library system comprises more than 4.5 million volumes, holds one of the nation's largest map collections and ranks among the top third of the nation's best research libraries, according to the Association of Research Libraries. Students at UGA can participate in more than 500 registered organizations, including 34 fraternities, 24 sororities and 17 NCAA Division I sports teams. The university also offers more than 170 study abroad and exchange programs and is ranked 5th nationally by Open Doors for number of students studying abroad.

The university's 605-acre campus is comprised of 313 buildings divided into quadrants. The North Campus features the campus student center, bookstore, football stadium and centuries-old buildings, such as the chapel, law school and main library. The South Campus includes Stegeman Coliseum, the education, pharmacy and veterinary medicine colleges, as well as Science Row, a collection of scientific and mathematical departments. UGA's West Campus is home to a variety of residence halls, and the East Campus contains the visitor center, performing arts complex, Georgia Museum of Art and 5.5-acre student workout center rated the best in the country by Sports Illustrated.

Schools and Colleges at University of Georgia

  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Terry College of Business
  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Environment and Design
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Heath
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Ecology
  • School of Law
  • School of Public and International Affairs
  • School of Social Work
  • Graduate School

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
  • Phone Number: (706) 542-8776