University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

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The birthplace of public higher education in America

The University of Georgia is committed to student excellence through rigorous learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. As the largest public university in the US to require every student to participate in experiential learning before graduation, UGA encourages students to learn new things and experience them too. Experiential learning is one of the many opportunities for students to chase their passions in Athens, Georgia, and can look like anything from conducting undergraduate research through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) to serving the community through the UGA Campus Kitchen. 

These experiences are just a few of the many that contribute to the University’s exceptional retention, graduation, and career placement rates, which are consistently well above the national average—including a 95% first-year retention rate. Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the state's flagship institution and the birthplace of public higher education in America—launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education. With 235 years of leadership in education, it’s no wonder UGA has been one of the nation’s top three producers of Rhodes Scholars over the past two decades and hosts an honors program ranked as one of the top 10 in the country.

When students pass the Arch and join the Bulldog family, they embark on much more than just a path to a degree—they join an expansive network of innovators, creators, and leaders who are making a global impact. By attending the University of Georgia, students choose a group of people, an atmosphere, and an experience that will guide their next steps in life.



Ranked #15 among the “Top Public Universities” in the nation | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked #10 for “Innovation” among large research universities | George W. Bush Institute and Opus Faveo Innovation Development


Ranked #2 in the US for “New Products to Market” | Association of University Technology Managers


Ranked #16 among the “Best Values in Public Colleges” | Kiplinger's Personal Finance


Ranked #6 in the nation for “Study Abroad Participation” | Institute of International Education

University of Georgia in a nutshell

Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America—launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on learning, and extensive outreach. As a “top value” in public higher education and research, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grandest challenges. Located in the Classic City of Athens, approximately 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, the University thrives in a community that combines a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “A highlight of UGA has been the friends I’ve met. When I came to UGA, I didn’t know anyone, and I was far away from family. For me to come here and create a community is an achievement.”

    • Janelle Hampton ’20
  • “My favorite thing to do on campus is stroll the library. I somehow always find myself wandering the stacks in the Main Library or the Science Library, picking out the books that catch my eye and skimming their contents.”

    • Monte Fischer ’20
  • “The best achievement at UGA has been my participation in the dual bachelor’s and master’s in Economics program. The program consists of the first year of the Economics PhD program spread over two years that culminates in a year-long master’s thesis.”

    • Drew Schmitt ’20
  • “A highlight from UGA is my study abroad experience, the Peru Medical Maymester. During this month-long adventure, I stayed with a host family, rotated through local hospitals alongside Peruvian medical students, and learned the basics of medical Spanish.”

    • Sydney Erickson ’20