As the first state-chartered institution in the United States, UGA is considered the birthplace of American public higher education. Located 60 miles east of Atlanta, Athens is considered one of the premier college towns in the country. With acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and an unparalleled campus experience, the University of Georgia is providing great students the opportunity to creatively develop their intellect and pursue their passions.
Approximately 35,000 students from all 50 states and 120 countries call UGA home. Georgia’s 26,000 undergraduate students choose from more than 170 different majors and academic programs in 17 colleges and schools. The average class size for an undergraduate course is 38 students per class; first-year English, math, and foreign language classes are capped around 24 students per class.
First-year students are engaged with faculty from the time they set foot on campus. All freshman students participate in the First-Year Odyssey, a discussion-driven seminar course of 15 students led by a seasoned faculty member. Previous seminars have included such diverse topics as Implications of the Human Genome, Bob Dylan, and Chocolate Science.
Creative learning experiences
Students at UGA are challenged by faculty to use their critical-thinking skills and develop creative solutions to some of today’s biggest challenges. The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) provides students the opportunity to do independent research within whatever areas they pursue. In fact, more than 55% of UGA undergraduates have received credit for research by the time they receive their diplomas. Additionally, UGA ensures all of its students engage in hands-on experiences to enhance learning and position them for success after graduation. Through a curriculum requirement, undergraduate students will participate in opportunities such as research, study abroad, service learning, and internships prior to graduation.
Ranking among the top 10 schools in the country for student participation in study abroad, the University of Georgia is committed to creating opportunities for students to take their college experiences beyond our campus. Over 100 travel study programs exist to give UGA undergraduates the chance to learn in all corners of the world. In fact, UGA has its very own campuses in Cortona, Costa Rica, and Oxford. Whether you want to study economics in Beijing, shadow the Cannes Film Festival, experience the ecosystem in the Amazon, or develop your Arabic skills in Morocco, UGA’s Office of International Education can assist you in finding an enriching and memorable travel-study experience.
Contribute beyond the classroom
Get out. Get involved. Get busy. More than 700 student organizations exist at UGA for students to gain experience, develop their leadership style, make a difference in the world, or simply have fun. UGA wants you to become a part of something greater than yourself. You may decide to participate in UGA Miracle, a 24-hour dance marathon that raises over $300,000 annually for children’s health care charities; build a home for Habitat for Humanity; or go on Alternative Spring Break, where students participate in community service for low-resource communities.
In addition to saving the world, you may also decide to join the one-week-per-semester game of Humans vs. Zombies, try your hand at improvisational comedy with Laugh Out Loud, or become an all-star in the UGA Quidditch League. Yes, Quidditch!
The Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities on UGA’s campus has been named the best in the country by Sports Illustrated and boasts four gyms, three pools, a 44-foot rock-climbing wall, eight basketball courts, 12 racquetball courts, and almost 12,000 square feet of weight-training space. GORP, the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program, gives UGA students the chance to experience nature with scheduled hiking, camping, rafting, and scuba trips.
You’ll probably also want to take some time to become a part of the proud tradition of UGA Division I athletics.
While Saturdays in the fall are legendary, our nationally recognized athletic program isn’t just football. In fact, the second-most popular spectator sport at UGA is gymnastics, with our Gym Dawgs drawing huge crowds of supportive fans and pulling in five national championships since 2005. Men’s and women’s tennis and swimming & diving are also big winners and crowd favorites at UGA.
Athens is a lively community that was named one of the best college music towns by Rolling Stone. From ’80s supergroup REM to contemporary acts like DJ Danger Mouse and Lady Antebellum, Athens has been the launching point for numerous successful and influential musicians. Home to the Georgia Museum of Art, the State Botanical Gardens, and countless festivals, the town of Athens is the perfect setting for your college experience.
Points of Distinction
• UGA is a national leader among public universities in the number of major scholarships earned by our students. In the past four years, 49 students were offered Fulbright Scholarships, making UGA one of the top US Fulbright producers.
• UGA and Delta Air Lines have created the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, an annual award that recognizes individuals or groups whose initiatives have promoted peace and cooperation among cultures and nations of the world.
• The University’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication administers the Peabody Awards program. Often cited as the most prestigious award in electronic media, the Peabody Awards recognize excellence, distinguished achievement, and meritorious service by radio and television networks.
• UGA is ranked 20th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 list of the 50 top public colleges and universities in America.
• Kiplinger’s magazine ranks UGA 10th on its list of best values among 100 public
colleges and universities in America.
• UGA is recognized as 17th on the Peace Corps’s 2014 list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the United States.
Location: Athens, Georgia
Founded: January 27, 1785
Campus Size: 759 acres
Total Buildings: 389
Total Enrollment: 34,536
Resident Tuition 2015–2016: $11,622
Non-resident Tuition 2015–2016: $29,832
Typical Room and Board: $9,450
Georgia Resident: 83%
Schools and Colleges
• Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
• Arts and Sciences
• Environment and Design
• Family and Consumer Sciences
• Forestry and Natural Resources
• Graduate School
• Journalism and Mass Communication
• Public Health
• Public and International Affairs
• Social Work
• Veterinary Medicine
Men’s Varsity Sports: 9
Women’s Varsity Sports: 12
Club Sports: 33
Intramural Sports: 22
First-Year Retention: 94%
Total Residence Halls: 22
First-Year On-Campus Requirement: Yes
Registered Student Organizations: 700
Study Abroad Programs: 100
Students Graduating with Study Abroad: 33%
Students Graduating with Research Credit: 55%
Faculty and Class Size
Total Faculty: 2,879
Faculty with Terminal Degree: 97%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Class Size: 38 students