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University of Georgia
Seal of the University of Georgia
Latin: Universitas Georgiae
Former names
Franklin College
(unofficially 1801-1821)[1]
Motto Latin: Et docere et rerum exquirere causas
Motto in English

Both to teach and to inquire into the nature of things.

'To serve' was later added to the motto without changing the seal, so the university motto in English now is "To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things."
Established January 27, 1785
Type Public flagship university
Land-grant university
Sea-grant university
Endowment US$ 939.0 million (FY 2014) [2]
President Jere W. Morehead
Provost Pamela Whitten [3]
Academic staff
2,879 (August 2014) [4]
Students 35,197 (Fall 2014 )[5]
Undergraduates 26,882 (Fall 2014) [5]
Postgraduates 8,315 (Fall 2014) [5]
Location United States
Campus University town; 759 acres (3.07 km2)
Total: 39,950 acres (161.7 km2)
Newspaper The Red and Black
Colors Red and Black          [6]
Athletics NCAA Division I FBSSEC
Nickname Bulldogs
Mascot Uga (live bulldog)
Hairy Dawg (costumed)
Affiliations University System of Georgia
Old North Campus, University of Georgia
Location Bounded by Broad, Lumpkin, and Jackson Sts USA
Built 1801, 1823, 1858
Architectural style Federal, Classical, Antebellum
Governing body University of Georgia
NRHP Reference # 362629
Added to NRHP 03/16/1972
Ilah Dunlap Little Library, the main library at the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia, founded in 1785, and commonly referred to as UGA or simply Georgia, is an American Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is classified as a "Research University / Very High Research Activity" with a "More Selective" student body by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[10]

Founded in 1785 as the institutions of higher learning and along with the College of William and Mary and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claims the title of the oldest public university in the United States.[11] The university's historic North Campus is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as a designated historic district,[12] and it and the contiguous campus areas include rolling hills and extensive arboreta.

The university offers over 140 degree programs in a wide array of disciplines.[13] Consisting of thirteen libraries spread across multiple campuses, the UGA Libraries contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of the nation's largest map collections. The University of Georgia is one of 126 member institutions that comprise the Association of Research Libraries.[14]

The University of Georgia is organized into seventeen schools and counties is 39,950 acres (161.672 km²).[13]

The University of Georgia also owns a residential and research center in Washington, DC, plus three international residential and research centers located at Oxford University in Oxford, England, at Cortona, Italy, and at Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Student athletics, both varsity and intramural, are an integral part of student and Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, the official marching band of the university, plays at sports and other events.


  • History 1
    • Antebellum history 1.1
    • Civil War era 1.2
    • 20th century 1.3
    • Recent years 1.4
  • Organization and administration 2
  • Campus 3
    • Student facilities 3.1
    • University of Georgia Atlanta and Gwinnett Satellite campuses 3.2
      • University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus 3.2.1
      • UGA Terry College's Atlanta Executive Education Center 3.2.2
    • University of Georgia 4-H Service Centers 3.3
    • Georgia Museum of Art 3.4
    • Georgia Museum of Natural History 3.5
    • Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries 3.6
    • The Georgia Center & Center for Continuing Education 3.7
    • The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 3.8
    • UGA Marine Extension Service & Skidaway Institute of Oceanography 3.9
    • The University of Georgia Observatory 3.10
    • The University of Georgia Golf Course 3.11
    • J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 3.12
  • Academics 4
    • Rankings 4.1
    • Rhodes and Marshall Scholars 4.2
    • Study Abroad Program 4.3
      • Partnership with Oxford University 4.3.1
      • International residential centers 4.3.2
    • UGA Honors Program 4.4
  • Research 5
    • Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences 5.1
    • Institute for Artificial Intelligence 5.2
    • UGA Institute of Bioinformatics 5.3
    • University of Georgia Marine Institute & Skidaway 5.4
    • Coastal Plain Research Arboretum 5.5
    • GRU–UGA medical partnership 5.6
    • UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute 5.7
    • SECU: SEC Academic Initiative 5.8
  • Student life 6
    • Greek life 6.1
    • Student Housing 6.2
    • Reserve Officer Training Corps 6.3
    • Student Government Association 6.4
    • Student media 6.5
  • Sustainability 7
  • Athletics 8
    • 1996 Summer Olympic Games 8.1
  • Traditions 9
    • The Colors 9.1
    • The Mascot 9.2
    • The Chapel Bell 9.3
    • Founders Week 9.4
    • The Georgia Arch 9.5
    • The Fight Song and Alma Mater 9.6
    • Playing "Between the Hedges" and Sanford Stadium 9.7
    • The "Dawg Walk" 9.8
  • Notable alumni 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • Further reading 13
  • External links 14


Antebellum history

University of Georgia Chapel in 1933
forty signers of the United States Constitution

The University of Georgia was incorporated on January 27, 1785, by the [16] The meeting installed its first president, Abraham Baldwin, a native of Connecticut and graduate of Yale University. Baldwin was one of the forty signers of the United States Constitution. Many features on the University of Georgia campus resemble the campus of Yale.

On July 2, 1799, the Senatus Academicus met again in Jackson County. The meeting also established a new president of the university naming Josiah Meigs, another Yale graduate, to the post. The first classes were held in 1801, in what was called the Franklin College, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. The first graduating class graduated on May 31, 1804.[17]

The Senatus Academicus convened for the last time in Dothan, Georgia, from November 3, 1859, through November 5, 1859, after which it was replaced with a Board of Trustees which reported to the Georgia Senate.

Civil War era

A historic image of Phi Kappa Hall

During the Georgia Military College.

20th century

With students limited to white males for the first century of its history, University of Georgia began educating white female students during the summer of 1903. White women were not admitted as full-time undergraduates until 1918. However, at that time only junior college transfers majoring in Home Economics were integrated.[19] Before official admission of white women to the University, several white women were able to complete graduate degrees through credit earned during the summer sessions. The first white woman to earn such a degree was Mary Lyndon Hall.

The school's dean in 1941, Eugene Talmadge in the Cocking affair.[20]

Racial integration was achieved in 1961,[21] with the admission of [23]

Recent years

The east facade of the Hunter-Holmes Academic Building at the University of Georgia

Although the University of Georgia has been a respected academic university for some time, the University of Georgia has seen its academic reputation and enrollment continue to rise markedly since Georgia's

downtown area.[31]

The University of Georgia Chapel
Path on North Campus leading to the Arch and downtown Athens

While university students can enjoy the college town of Athens, they are less than an hour away by automobile from a large metropolitan city – metro Atlanta have experienced considerable growth.

Though there have been many additions, changes, and augmentations, the University of Georgia's campus maintains its historic character. The historical practice has been to divide the 759-acre (3.1 km2) main campus into two sections, North Campus and South Campus. Since 1995, new facilities serving the arts, academics, fitness and student housing have been built on what has come to be known as "East Campus."[32] This area includes new apartment-like dorms called East Campus Village. Adjacent is the newest and fourth dining hall on campus called The Village Summit at Joe Frank Harris Commons. Also on East campus is the Performing and Visual Arts Complex, the Ramsey Center for Physical Activity and the relocated Lamar Dodd School of Art. "West Campus" refers to the area adjacent to the main campus where many of UGA's largest residence halls are located; most freshmen live in one of the high-rise dorms on West Campus.

Tradition maintains that UGA's oldest permanent building, Old College, is modeled on State of Georgia.

The historic landmark and icon of University of Georgia, The Georgia Arch
Brooks Hall, occupied by the Terry College of Business, on the historic North Campus

A notable North Campus fixture is the cast-iron gateway that stands at its main entrance. Known as "The Arch" (but often erroneously pluralized to "The Arches"), the structure was patterned after the The natural history. Holdings date from the 15th century to the present.[64]

The [13]

In 2012, SmartMoney, a publication by the Wall Street Journal named UGA as 4th best salary returns on tuition, topping leading flagship universities such as University of Washington, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan and University of Virginia.[90]

In 2012, Princeton Review ranked the university as 15th best campus food, 10th best college newspaper and 5th best campus health services. The publication also named the university as "Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges" which names UGA as one of the colleges designated as one of the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.[91] In 2012, two UGA pharmacy students were selected for the U.S. Navy's Health Services Collegiate Program Medical Service Corps, a selective program that this year accepted only five recipients from applicants across the country.[92]

UGA's College of Pharmacy was ranked 26th in the nation.[93] As of 2012, UGA's College of Pharmacy boasts the highest composite University of California, San Francisco.

University of Georgia was ranked 66th in 2012 among the Top 300 Colleges and Universities in the World on University Web Ranking published by 4 International Colleges & Universities. The University was also named a top 200 institution by Academic Ranking of World Universities also known as the Shanghai Rankings.[94]

In 2012, American Association of Medical Colleges named UGA ranked 9th in the nation among undergraduate institutions supplying White applicants to medical school, 22nd for most African American applicants to medical school, 31st for most Asian applicants to medical school.[95]

In 2012, the [96]

In 2013, Newsweek publication, The Daily Beast named the university on its "Amazing but Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered but Should" listing.[97]

Rhodes and Marshall Scholars

As of 2012, twenty-three UGA students have been named Rhodes Scholars including Eugene T. Booth and Hervey M. Cleckley.[98] UGA student Deep Shah and alumna Kate Vyborny were elected in 2008, making the University the only public institution with two scholars that year and one of only six universities with multiple scholars.[99] In 2010, Tracy Yang was named a Rhodes Scholar, and in 2012, Juliet Elizabeth Allan received the award, giving UGA four Rhodes Scholarship recipients in six years.[100]

The university holds the record for most Rhodes Scholars in the state of Georgia, topping Morehouse College which have had three, Emory University with seventeen, Mercer University with two, and Berry College and Agnes Scott College who have each had a single scholarship recipient.[101]

In 2012, Matthew Sellers was named a Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarship is one of the most selective scholarships available to postgraduates. He is the fifth UGA student to earn the award in the past decade.[102]

Study Abroad Program

The University of Georgia's Office of International Education offers numerous study abroad destinations for a wide array of majors and areas of study. Destinations include Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Antarctica, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Ireland, Japan, Korea, India, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, New Zealand, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, and Turkey.[103]

Open Door 2012 ranked UGA 12th in the nation for number of students studying abroad, up from UGA's 15th rank the preceding year.[104] UGA now ranks among the top five American universities for the number of students studying abroad, with more than 100 programs in over 50 countries. UGA has faculty study abroad programs on every continent, including Antarctica. Additionally, UGA has signed agreements with several outside American Institute For Foreign Study; GlobaLinks Learning Abroad; the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), Butler University; International Studies Abroad (ISA); The School for Field Studies; the University of New Orleans, Innsbruck International Summer School.[105] Currently, just over 2,000 students, or 6% of the entire campus enrollment (graduate and undergraduate) study abroad in a given year. During the past five years, the number of students participating in study abroad programs has nearly doubled. Approximately 30 percent of the members of recent graduating classes had a study abroad experience.[106]

Partnership with Oxford University

UGA students reside in Trinity College while at Oxford University

The university began its first year-round residential study-abroad program at Oxford University in England, where students and faculty live in a three-story Victorian house located in the heart of the city of Oxford and owned by UGA. Founded in 1987 the UGA at Oxford program began as a summer option and expanded to include spring in 1994. With the purchase of the house in 1999 – evidence of UGA's strong commitment to study abroad – the program became available throughout the academic year.

International residential centers

The University of Georgia owns two other international residential centers as well: one in Costa Rica as one of its "Four Leaves" level institutions operating in the country. Run by the Costa Rican Tourism Board, the CST awards excellence in natural, cultural, and social resource management. To receive level four recognition, UGA Costa Rica scored better than 80 percent in all four categories related to sustainability: impact on the biological/physical surroundings; building and materials management; external client relations and outreach; and socio-economic impact on the local community.[107]

UGA Honors Program

The University of Georgia has a nationally acclaimed honors program.[108] After gaining acceptance to the university, students must apply separately to the Honors Program and demonstrate significant academic achievement to be accepted. Foundation Fellows and the Ramsey Scholars programs are housed within the Honors program. In 2012, the average GPA and SAT of an entering honors freshman was a 4.04 GPA and a 1466 SAT(Critical reading and math sections only).

Through the Honors Program, students are able to participate in early registration for classes and register for special honors only courses. Honors courses are taught by specially selected faculty with an average class size from 17-20 students, with many having significantly fewer students.[108] Those wishing to graduate with High or Highest Honors must complete a capstone experience consisting of graduate courses, a residential college based on the Oxford and Cambridge model. The program allows qualified undergraduates to pursue a curriculum leading to a bachelor's (AB/BS) and a master's (MA/MS) degree in four years. The Honors International Scholars Program (HISP) sets up honors students to study abroad on paid scholarship and internships.[109]


The University of Georgia is classified as a 'Research University/Very High Activity', according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[110] Since 2003, UGA has increased its research spending to transform the university's competitiveness in the global sphere. In 2012, the University announced a new initiative to bolster research spending at the university.[111]

More than 300 different products originating from UGA research are on the market. In 2012 Total Sponsored Awards regarding research totaled $234.88 million. The University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) has over 1000 active licenses with technologies licensed in countries on all continents. UGARF currently holds more than 500 US and foreign patents. UGA ranked 2nd among all universities for most licenses and options executed in FY 2010 marking the fourth consecutive year that UGA has been ranked second. UGA also ranked 15th among all public universities for FY 2010 licensing income and 9th among public universities, and 18th overall, for total licensing revenue over the 3-year period (FY2008-2010) with a total of $61.3MM.[112]

In November 2012, The University of Georgia has been elected to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, recognition of its growing reputation in atmospheric and related science. UGA is the 78th member of UCAR, which was founded in 1960. Universities invited to join UCAR must demonstrate continuing commitment to programs of study and research in atmospheric sciences as well as a commitment to active participation in UCAR activities.

Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences

Named after college newspaper in Georgia and the 10th largest newspaper in the state of Georgia. Students published its first issue in tabloid format on November 24, 1893, from offices in the Academic Building on North Campus. Since then, the newspaper has grown to be widely-read.

It is operationally and financially independent from the university. The paper receives no student activity fees or other funding from UGA. The paper is self-sufficient through the sale of advertising making it one of the few student newspapers to do so.[148]

The newspaper has won numerous awards nationally. In 2012, the Princeton Review named The Red & Black 10th among the nation's best student newspapers.[149]

It has a photos and videos division dubbed R&B-TV. R&B-TV publishes various videos relating to the University of Georgia and the community at large.[150]

Ampersand Magazine Launched in 2011, Ampersand Magazine is a UGA monthly publication catered to Athens residents. The magazine is a subsidized by The Red and Black.[151]

Pre-Med Magazine at UGA PreMed Magazine is a student organization that aims to help [179]

Although Georgia Redcoat Marching Band after touchdowns, field goals, and extra points scored by the football team. The Georgia Redcoat Marching Band is a 375-member marching band; First directed in 1905 by R.E. Haughey, the band has only had seven directors. It is considered by many to be the heart of the Bulldog spirit.

The "Alma Mater" is the official school song of the University of Georgia. The

  • Official website
  • Official Athletics website
  •  "Georgia, University of". The New Student's Reference Work. 1914. 
  • University of Georgia Integration, Civil Rights Digital Library.

External links

  • Boney, F.N. A Pictorial History of the University of Georgia. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 2000
  • Johnson, Amanda Georgia as Colony and State. Atlanta, Georgia: Walter W. Brown Publishing Co., 1938, pp. 187, 247, 376, 429–430, 569–570
  • Thomas Walter Reed, "Uncle Tom" Reed's Memoir of the University of Georgia. Athens, GA: U. of Georgia P, 1974
  • Vince Dooley, History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia. Athens, GA: U. of Georgia P,

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See also

Since 1851, 25 Pulitzer Prize.[186]

The University of Georgia has more than 275,000 living alumni worldwide. Alumni relations are maintained by the UGA Alumni Association. The UGA Alumni Association seeks to supports the academic, research and traditions of UGA's faculty, staff, students and its alumni. The Student Alumni Association is a subsidy within the Alumni association for current students interested in participating in alumni relations and external affairs.

Notable alumni

The Dawg Walk is preceded by two show section shows. The Redcoat Sousaphones perform a warm up concert in the Tate Center assembly area, while the Redcoat Drumline performs a drumshow in the parking lot.

The Dawg Walk is a Saturday football tradition and celebration at University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band. The march is often led by the team's costumed mascot Hairy Dawg.[185]

The "Dawg Walk"

University of Georgia playing "Between the Hedges" is a reference to Sanford Stadium that dates back to the early 1930s. The famous Chinese privet hedges that surround Sanford's playing field were only one foot high when the stadium was dedicated in 1929 and were protected by a wooden fence. Sports writers, referring to an upcoming home game, were said to observe "that the Bulldogs will have their opponent "between the hedges." The phrase was first coined by the Atlanta sportswriter Grantland Rice.[183] Games played there are said to be played "Between the Hedges" due to the privet hedges, which have stood around the field, originally in 1929, but removed in the summer of 1996; new, albeit considerably shorter, hedges were restored in the fall of 1996. The hedges have unofficially been dubbed Hedges II by UGA fans.[184]

A panoramic view from Sanford's upper North Deck during the October 14, 2006 home game against the Vanderbilt Commodores (picture does not show newly constructed additions from 2009 to Tate Student Center)

United States. The 92,746-seat stadium is the seventh largest stadium in the NCAA. The stadium is the 8th largest non-racing stadium in the United States and the 14th largest such stadium in the world. The stadium played host to the Olympic medal competition of men's and women's Olympic football (soccer) at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[181][182]

Playing "Between the Hedges" and Sanford Stadium

Lyrics to the Alma Mater

From the hills of Alma Mater,
Will thy treasure share.
And thy daughters proudly join thee,
Take their rightful place,
Side by side into the future,
Equal dreams embrace.
Through the ages, Alma Mater,
Men will look to thee;
Thou the fairest of the Southland
Georgia's Varsity.
Alma Mater, thee we'll honor,
True and loyal be,
Ever crowned with praise and glory,
Georgia, hail to thee.


The Fight Song and Alma Mater

The Arch has been a site of historic 9/11.

[178] The historic Georgia Arch which sits on the edge of North campus was installed in 1864. It serves as the official icon and a historic landmark for the University. Since the 1900s, tradition has held that students may not pass beneath the Arch until they have received a

The Georgia Arch at the University of Georgia

The Georgia Arch

The Emeriti Scholars, a group of retired faculty members especially known for their teaching abilities and continued involvement in the University's academic life, sponsor the Founders Day Lecture. The lecture is held in the UGA Chapel and has become a Founders Day tradition, drawing alumni, students, faculty, esteemed guests and members of the community.

January 27, 1785 marked the chartering of the University of Georgia. Today, January 27 is commemorated each year to honor UGA's place in the history of American colleges and universities. The tradition began in 2002 and is now celebrated as Founders Week. During Founders Week, a series of celebrations are hosted by various campus departments including the Student Alumni Association and the Student Government Association.

A statue of university founder Abraham Baldwin in front of Old College on North Campus

Founders Week

On Oct. 27, 2007, as tradition warrants, Georgia fans rang the Chapel bell to celebrate the 42-30 win over arch rival, the Florida Gators. The excitement caused the yoke holding the 877 lb. bell to give way, and it fell from the support platform. UGA Physical Plant has returned the bell to its historic post.

[177] The bell is also utilized for University meetings and events, weddings and remembrance ringing. The bell was rung in memory of victims of the [174] Over the years, the Chapel Bell has served as an athletic tradition at the University of Georgia. The ringing of the Chapel Bell after a Georgia victory is a tradition that has endured since the 1890s. In Georgia football's early days, the playing field was located only yards from the Chapel, and first-year students were compelled to ring the bell until midnight in celebration of a Bulldog victory. Today, students, alumni, fans and townspeople still rush to the Chapel to ring the bell after a victory.

The Chapel Bell is a historic monument and long-standing tradition of the University of Georgia. The Chapel Bell is located on the historic North Campus. Built in 1832, when Protestant orthodoxy dominated the campus region, the Chapel was a center of campus activities. A daily religious service, which students were required to attend, were held there, as were assemblies and commencements. The bell was also rung to mark the beginning and the end of class.[176]

The ringing of the Chapel Bell is an iconic tradition held by students and alumni of the University of Georgia

The Chapel Bell

Rose Bowl. Perhaps the most famous Uga was Uga V who made appearances in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Uga V was also featured on the cover of the April 1997 edition of Sports Illustrated.[175]

The origin of the [174]

Uga VI, the official live mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs from 1999 to 2008

The Mascot

The decision to include crimson red is also thought to be a tribute to the state of Georgia and a reminder of the University's flagship status. iron oxides.

[172] Georgia's original colors included

The UGA athletics logo

The Colors


[171].Volleyball and Rhythmic Gymnastics, was the venue for Stegeman Coliseum The University's basketball stadium, [170] The University of Georgia played an instrumental role in

The Olympic flag waves at the 1996 games

1996 Summer Olympic Games

Most recently, many have acclaimed UGA's athletic program for implementing a program that fines student-athletes for unexcused absences in class. And, for the first time in school history, more than 50% of student-athlete GPAs were over 3.0. In addition, many other universities are looking to UGA's plan as a model. As of 2012, UGA's football athlete graduation rate has continued to increase. Roughly 81%, slightly higher than the national average, according to the NCAA. The graduation success rate nationally for football was 70 percent, and for men's basketball was 74 percent.[167]

University of Georgia Ice Hockey

The University also boasts several non-varsity sports, including wrestling,[163] men's lacrosse team has won the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference three times, in 1998, 2007, and 2008, and received an automatic bid to the MCLA national tournament; while the women's team earned an at-large bid to the WDIA National Tournament in 2007.

Stegeman Coliseum, the on-campus basketball venue at UGA, was utilized in the 1996 Summer Olympics

The Bulldogs' most historic rivalry is with the nearby the rivalry one of college football's top 10 rivalries.[162]

Campus venues include the varsity athletic teams participate in the NCAA's Division I FBS as a member of the Southeastern Conference. Since the 1997–1998 season, UGA has seven top ten rankings in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors' Cup, a numerical ranking based on the success of universities in all varsity sports.[161] The University has won national championships in football, women's gymnastics, women's equestrian (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014), baseball, tennis (men's and women's), golf (men's and women's), and women's swimming and diving. The Gym Dogs, the University's women's gymnastics team, have a NCAA-leading 10 national championships in gymnastics, including five consecutive championships from 2005 to 2009.

The 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Hairy Dawg


In the same year, the University has been named by the [160]

In 2013, The University of Georgia hosted the inaugural SEC Symposium in renewable energy, and the participants are the 14 universities of the SEC, as supported by its new academic initiative, SECU.[158]

In 2012, the College of Environmental Design's $10.4 million Visual Arts building became the first UGA building to incorporate a water reclamation system and it became the first UGA building to utilize solar harvesting technology through solar panels.

systems located near the building to filter pollutants from and treat stormwater runoff, a rainwater catchment system for water recycling among other installments. bioretention qualified products, Energy Star Features of the building include; locations on each floor for students to recycle materials, increased levels of fresh air in the building, [157] In 2009, The University of Georgia has earned LEED certification from the

The University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County established a bicycle master plan to improve the mobility of students on campus while remaining environmentally consciousness.[155]

The initiative was a result of a 2009 Report of the Working Group on Sustainability at the University of Georgia and The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) student-led campaign. The Green Initiative Fund modeled their funding campaign after a similar campaign by students at the University of California-Berkeley.[153] As of 2013, the Office of Sustainability has awarded a total of $59,000 to fund 17 student-initiated sustainability projects at UGA The Campus Sustainability Grants Program has helped foster several student initiatives, including water bottle refilling stations in the Zell B. Miller Learning Center, "Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster" residence hall move-out donation program, Tanyard Creek Chew Crew prescribed grazing project for invasive plant removal and Material Reuse Program, which uses salvaged items to construct school and community gardens.[154]

The university has made several advancements in sustainability in the past decade. Under the UGA Facilities Management Division, the Office of Sustainability was initiated in 2010 as part of a strategic directive to enhance conservation of resources and long-term sustainability at the University of Georgia. Through long-term environmental initiatives, the University of Georgia under President Michael F. Adams established the office after support from students and faculty and residents of the Athens area. The Office of Sustainability's mission is to continue to improve environmental sustainability in many different areas on campus.

In 2007, Odum School of Ecology became the first-stand alone college or school within a university dedicated to the study of ecology and environmental science. The school was named after UGA professor and ecologist, Eugene Odum.

The first stand alone school dedicated to the study of ecology, Odum School of Ecology, was named in honor of UGA biologist, Eugene Odum
The College of Environment and Design building at the University of Georgia is a LEED certified structure that features 72 solar panels and water reclamation technology



The Red & Black

[147]." WUGA-FM radio is the third most listened to station in Athens market out of 18 stations reported. It is the most listened to station for people with managerial, administrative or professional occupations.omni-directional pattern WUGA-FM broadcasts with 6000 watts in an "[146] WUGA-FM Radio

The station broadcasts Northland Communications' systems in Pickens and Oconee counties in South Carolina. At the beginning of October 2012, the station became available to DirecTV viewers in and around metro Atlanta.

WGTA is a Braselton. The station transmits its digital signal on UHF TV channel 24, and uses virtual channel 32.1. It is owned and operated by the University of Georgia.

WUGA logo


Student media

[145] University of Georgia's Student Government Association (SGA) serves the campus community by addressing student concerns, promoting understanding within the college community, and administering all matters which are delegated to the student government by the university President. SGA executives make up the

Student Government Association

The Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Georgia offers training in the military sciences to students who desire to perform military service after they graduate. The Departments of the Army, and the Air Force each maintain an ROTC detachment on campus and each individual department has a full staff of military personnel.[144]

[144] The UGA ROTC "Bulldog Battalion" (Army) and UGA AFROTC "Flying Bulldogs" (Air Force) offers commissions for the

The University of Georgia Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is the official officer training and commissioning program at the University of Georgia. Officially founded in 1801, it is one of the oldest such programs in the nation.

Reserve Officer Training Corps

Housing at the University of Georgia is managed by the Department of University Housing. On campus housing for undergraduate students is divided into seven communities, and for graduate students into three communities.

Student Housing

Fraternities Sororities

In 2005 the University announced that five fraternities on Lumpkin Street would need to be relocated by June 2008. The school plans to build academic buildings on the house sites, which the University owns and the fraternities lease. UGA offered to relocate the Lumpkin fraternities and two others to River Road (a former site of several fraternities who were moved out in the 1990s), located on East Campus. Kappa Alpha Order and Chi Phi did not take up the offer and decided to move off campus. Kappa Alpha Order moved to Hancock Street while Chi Phi built a house on Milledge Avenue. In October 2008, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Tau Epsilon Phi and Sigma Nu broke ground for the new Greek Park located on River Road. The four new houses were completed in August 2009 for fall rush. Sigma Chi, having signed a renewable 40-year land lease with the University in 1996,[142] continued to maintain their house next to the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. However, in fall of 2012, Sigma Chi's housing lease was up for negotiation with UGA administration. The fraternity's property was to be relocated off-campus to accommodate new academic buildings for the Terry College of Business.[143] Construction of the new Business Learning Center began its planning phase in early 2013. Ground will be broken in December 2013.

In the fall semester of 1997, six young ladies at the University of Georgia; Irene Chien, Young Jeon, Juliette Taylor, Jessica Yoo, Suzanne Yoo, and Jasmine Yu, realized the need for Asian unity and a stronger voice in the campus community. They decided to start an Georgia Tech followed suit with the establishment of a chapter of Alpha Sigma Rho.

The first Greek letter fraternity to charter at the university was Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 1865, and the first sorority was Phi Mu in 1921. There are 17 sororities from the Panhellenic Council and 26 IFC fraternities, as well as 8 NPHC fraternities and sororities. Students with Greek affiliation made up 23 percent of the undergraduate student body as of 2007, including 21% of the males and 24% of the females.[140]

The University of Georgia maintains one of Palladia and Gridiron. A group unique to UGA is the men's secret society known as the Order of the Greek Horsemen which annually inducts five fraternity men, all leaders of the Greek system. Its purpose and function remains a closely guarded secret. The Panhellenic sororities also have a secret society known as Trust of the Pearl, which inducts five accomplished sorority women each spring.

Phi Kappa Hall

Greek life

The University of Georgia has registered nearly 700 student organizations, cultural groups, intramural sport teams, religious groups, volunteer and community service programs and philanthropic groups run by both graduate and democratic and republican student groups, Arch Society, student philanthropies such as UGA Heros,[137] UGA Habitat for Humanity, UGA Miracle and UGA Relay for Life.[138] In 2013, UGA was recognized by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The 2013 designation marked the 7th consecutive year UGA was named on the honor roll.[139]

Majority ethnic composition of undergraduate student body[134]
Student Body U.S. Census[135]
White (non-Hispanic) 74% 63%
African American 7% 13.1%
Asian American 8% 5.1%
Hispanic American (of any race) 5% 16.9%
International students 1% (N/A)

Student life

In 2013, the University of Georgia participated in the SEC Symposium in UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute. The topic of the Symposium was titled, the "Impact of the Southeast in the World's Renewable Energy Future."[133]

The University of Georgia is a member of the SEC Academic Consortium. Now renamed the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University and other SEC institutions, the SECU formed its mission to serve as a means to bolster collaborative academic endeavors of Southeastern Conference universities. Its goals include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty, students and its universities and advancing the academic reputation of SEC universities.[131][132]

SECU: SEC Academic Initiative

The 2013 [129]

The Bioenergy Systems Research Institute conducts research in bioenergy that recognize the entire lifecycle and environmental impact of biomass production, harvesting, transport, treatment, conversion, and recycling.[127] In 2013, the Institute received a $20,000,000 from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Golden Field Office (GFO).[128] The Institute was established to help bolster the University's research expenditure in environmental science.

UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute

The 56-acre Health Sciences Campus has an extensive landscaped green space, more than 400 trees and several historic buildings. The nearly 63,000 square-feet of building space on the new Health Sciences Campus include classrooms, rooms for small group and clinical skills teaching, lab space for gross anatomy, pathology and histology, a medical library, and faculty offices. The Medical Partnership administration is housed in Winnie Davis Hall which was built in 1902.[126]

The GRU-UGA Medical Partnership combines the significant instructional and research resources of UGA, the state's flagship land-grant, sea-grant

In 2010, the University of Georgia partnered with research universities.

United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, is presented a statue by UGA President Michael F. Adams after a ceremony for the transition of the U.S. Naval Supply Corps School base back to the University of Georgia.

GRU–UGA medical partnership

The arboretum contains pine woods, a native azalea collection, and approximately 280 taxa of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.[121] It is one of several institutions active in efforts to conserve the endangered Torreya taxifolia.[123] The arboretum director is John M. Ruter, professor of horticulture at the university's Tifton campus.[124]

The arboretum was established in 1987, with plant development and selection starting in 1991.[122] It consists of stream-side forest and wetland, and is dedicated to coastal plain.[121]

[121])) is an arboretum in 2 (38 acres (150,000 mCoastal Plain Research Arboretum The

Coastal Plain Research Arboretum

The realignment was part of an effort to streamline research and educational goals of both institutions. [120] In 2012, UGA acquired the

It also provides access and facilities for graduate and undergraduate classes to experience field research. [119]

University of Georgia dormitories on Sapelo Island

University of Georgia Marine Institute & Skidaway

The Institute grants Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in bioinformatics as well as a graduate certificate in bioinformatics.[117] In 2012, IOB Director Jessica Kissinger and IOB and Mathematics assistant professor Juan B. Gutierrez joined a collaborative effort on a Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).[118]

Founded in fall 2002,[115] the key mission of UGA's Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB) include facilitating interactions and research collaborations between experimental biologists, -omics technologists and computational/mathematical scientists to tackle complex biological problems.[116] The Institute is also responsible for supporting campus-wide bioinformatics research at UGA. Institute members conduct bioinformatics research in a wide range of areas, ranging from structural genomics and bioinformatics, plant genomics, microbial genomics, biomedical and cancer bioinformatics and computational and statistical sciences for bioinformatics.

UGA Institute of Bioinformatics

The institute houses two degree programs, the Master of Science program in Artificial Intelligence and the bachelor's degree program in American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

The Institute for Artificial Intelligence is an interdepartmental research and instructional center within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Georgia.

Institute for Artificial Intelligence

U.S. News & World Report" cited the university as the No. 11 ranked "Up-and-Coming School" in the National University category tied with the University of Southern California and ahead of Emory University due to the university's great progress in the recent years.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked 9th in the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of colleges of veterinary medicine.[89]

The [88]

The School of Environment and Design was named the No. 1 Landscape Architecture program for undergraduates in the nation, as well as No. 3 for post-graduate studies in the list of top 15 Landscape Architecture Schools for 2006.[86][87]

In 2011, the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business insurance and real estate programs were ranked respectively 2nd and 4th in the nation. The management information systems program was ranked 10th, while accounting program was ranked 16th in the nation. The general undergraduate program was ranked 28th, and graduate program was ranked 57th, of all of the nation's business schools. Terry's accounting program (MAcc) was ranked 11th in the nation by Public Accounting Report. The undergraduate accounting program was ranked 11th by Public Accounting Report. Businessweek named Terry's executive MBA program 14th in the nation.[85]

UGA's Public Affairs program was ranked 4th in the nation, while the Public Management Administration program was ranked second. UGA's biological engineering program was ranked 11th in the nation. UGA's theoretical chemistry program was also ranked 15th in the nation.[84]

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the university's undergraduate program as 62nd overall among national universities and 20th overall among public national universities.[83]


University rankings
ARWU[75] 54-67
Forbes[76] 90
U.S. News & World Report[77] 62
Washington Monthly[78] 63[79]
ARWU[80] 101-150
QS[81] 411-420
Times[82] 276-300


Founded in 1982, the Fanning Institute is named for Vice President and Professor Emeritus J.W. Fanning, who many consider to be the "father of leadership" in Georgia. The Fanning Institute's mission is to develop leadership skills for citizens of all ages from all walks of life in all communities, enabling citizens to realize their full leadership potential, to recognize their responsibility as community, youth and organizational leaders, and to identify, address, and meet current and future challenges. The J.W. Fanning Institute provides training in four categories: adult leadership development, youth leadership development, nonprofit and organizational development, and conflict resolution.[73] The Fanning Institute is partnered with the Athens Area Community Foundation and The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation.[74]

J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Originally developed in 1968, the course operates under the Division of Auxiliary Services. The University of Georgia is the only institution of higher education that owns and operates its own Augusta, Georgia.

The University of Georgia Golf Course

[71] In 2013, UGA and [70] The University of Georgia Observatory is located on top of the Physics Building on the UGA campus. The observatory hosts colloquia, seminars, research groups, and open houses in addition to being utilized in undergraduate and graduate courses. The observatory is also the home of the Center for Simulational Physics, the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center and the MRI Physics Lab.

The University of Georgia Observatory

Savannah State University.[69]

The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (UGA MAREX) consists of several educational outreach facilities in the state of Georgia, including one on the Skidaway Marine Science Campus. The Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) operates a small public saltwater aquarium of local marine fish and invertebrates, which is visited by 18,000 schoolchildren per year. There is also a small research facility for shellfish aquaculture.

UGA Marine Extension Service & Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

nature trails, and four major facilities including a tropical conservatory.

A fountain in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The Center for Continuing Education hosts a wide variety of summer camps and summer courses for K-12 students.[67]

The Georgia Center, the University of Georgia's Conference Center and Hotel is located on South Campus. The Georgia Center includes 200 hotel rooms including suites, four onsite dining options, banquet areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, a fitness center, and a computer lab. The Georgia Center is open to all visitors to Athens and UGA. The Center houses the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education which offers continuing education courses for professionals and adults seeking non-degree continued education. Programs include LEED certification training, Six Sigma education for a biopharmaceutical company, project management for life science professionals at various companies within Georgia's Innovation Crescent and for the U.S. Army and professional Interpreter and training in the education setting for bilingual community liaisons in four Georgia school systems.

The Georgia Center & Center for Continuing Education

The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Grady School of Journalism from panel of distinguished television scholars, critics, and media professionals. The award ceremony is held every year in New York in late spring.[66]


The $46 million libraries building, named in honor of Sen. Richard Russell, who spent a half-century in public service, houses the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. UGA has partnered with the University of Georgia School of Law. The Alexander Campbell King Law Library is located on North Campus.

A monument on Broad St.

Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

The Georgia Museum of Natural History provides Joshua Laerm Academic Support Awards annually.[63] The awards are named after Dr. Joshua Laerm a professor at the University of Georgia who died in 1997.

The Georgia Museum of Natural History has one of the most extensive natural history collections in Georgia. The museum is used for internships, research and courses for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.

Georgia Museum of Natural History The

Georgia Museum of Art

The University of Georgia operates five environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.[62] The 4-H centers also operate several summer camps for young people. The total usage of the 4-H facilities in FY 2001 was 95,995 people, of this total 59,180 elementary, middle and high school students participated in 4-H-sponsored events or activities. Many of the other user groups are related to various University of Georgia, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, Board of Regents and other educational conferences throughout the year.

University of Georgia 4-H Service Centers

The Terry College of Business owns and operates an Executive MBA campus in Buckhead, Atlanta called the Terry Executive Education Center. The Executive and Professional MBA Programs are offered at the center in addition to non-degree programs such as the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) course. The center also acts as a focal point and meeting place for Terry students, alumni, faculty and staff to interact with Atlanta's business community. The center features tiered executive classrooms, conference rooms, break-out meeting spaces and interview suites. Also included is office space for faculty and staff, additional private offices, as well as the college's Executives-in-Residence.

The Atlanta Executive Education Center in Buckhead, Atlanta

UGA Terry College's Atlanta Executive Education Center

The University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus occupies 60,000 square feet of the Intellicenter, a new high-performance building with energy-efficient design and state of the art classroom technology. The new location enabled UGA to expand its graduate degree programs offered in Gwinnett County, Georgia and enhancing professional training programs provided through the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The new campus is located in the Intellicenter Building just off I-85 and near the intersection of Old Peachtree NW and Sever Road.

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus

University of Georgia Atlanta and Gwinnett Satellite campuses

On the inside is a technological space that includes two dozen classrooms capable of seating 2,400 students and equipped with the latest technology. The building serves as an expansion of UGA library services, with a completely electronic library, 276,000 sq ft (25,600 m2). of actual floor space. The center houses Advanced Learning Labs dedicated to instruction in electronic research sources, information literacy skills, software applications, and faculty development, as well as faculty rest areas and meeting spaces.[59] The learning center also includes an art gallery by Venezuelan-born painter Patricia Van Dalen.[60]

Located at the heart of the UGA campus, it houses both classroom space and library space in close proximity. [58] The $43.6 million

The Zell B. Miller Student Learning Center and the adjacent memorial garden

Zell B. Miller Learning Center

Lamar Dodd School of Art Building Construction on the $39.2 million, 171,000 sq ft (15,900 m2) Lamar Dodd School of Art was underway through spring 2008. The site is just south of the existing Performing and Visual Arts Complex on East Campus. In 2012, the College of Environmental Design's $10.4 million Visual Arts building became the first UGA building to incorporate a water reclamation system and it became the first UGA building to utilize solar harvesting technology. The building is LEED certified.

Included in the new student center is: an 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) multi-purpose space on the fifth floor, a dining room, meeting rooms, and lounge seating on the fourth floor, a food court, retail space, Print & Copy Services, a large lounge area, gaming area, and open performance space on the third floor. The new food court is operated by UGA Food Services. It includes Hotei's, a hibachi style grill, Red Clay Cafe @ Tate, and Barberitos. Some of the amenities, such as the Bulldog Cafe and the Tate Theatre, will remain in the old Tate Center. The total cost of the new expansion is approximately $58.2 million.[56] The building is LEED certified. Construction on the $13.5 million, 500-space Tate Student Center parking deck was underway through May 2009.[57]

Tate Student Center & the Tate II Expansion On Thursday, April 19, 2007, ground was officially broken for the $52 million Tate Student Center Expansion and Renovation project.[55] A multi-level parking deck began the first phase of the construction on which the new Student Center was built. Tate II officially opened its doors on June 1, 2009.

Students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences may apply for a space at the FRC during the spring semester of every year. Members are admitted by a committee of current students on the basis of their interest in and commitment to participating in the community of a residential college. A faculty family also lives in Rutherford Hall in the apartment located on the first floor. The faculty family regularly hosts students in their apartment for special events. The residence family works together with the Senior Dean to develop programs and activities for the students involved in the FRC.

Franklin Residential College Franklin Residential College(FRC)[53] is a residential college, based on the Oxford and Cambridge model. It is a collaboration of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the University Housing office, and the Vice President of Instruction. It was founded in 2000.[54] The home of the college is Rutherford Hall, which was built in the late 1930s.

This $40 million structure was named by Sports Illustrated as the best recreational sports facility in the country for the year 1997.[51] Men's Fitness named UGA as one of the 25 fittest colleges in America.[52]

Ramsey Student Center The Ramsey Student Center is the student recreational and athletic facility located on East Campus at the University of Georgia. The Ramsey Center is one of the largest student athletic recreation facilities in the United States. It was built and named in honor of Bernard and Eugenia Ramsey. The campus's eight-acre Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities has 2 gyms, 3 pools (one Olympic-sized, a 17-foot (5.2 m) diving well, and a lap pool), a 1/8 mile indoor suspended rubberized track, a 44 feet (13 m)-high climbing wall, 14-foot (4.3 m) outdoor bouldering wall, 10 racquetball courts, 2 squash courts, bicycle repair stands, 8 full-length basketball courts, and 19,000 square feet (1,770 m2) of weight-training space.[50]

A University of Georgia welcome sign

Student facilities

Starting 2013 construction will be underway to develop a new research science park. Unofficially named the Riverbend Research Village, the science park will occupy a 100-acre site south of the Athens Perimeter and west of College Station Road, on both sides of the Oconee River.[49]

In 2011, the University of Georgia acquired the former Athens Regional Medical Center would be utilized as teaching hospitals and residency sites for the Medical Partnership students.[46] The College of Public Health's administrative offices are housed in Rhodes Hall, which was built in 1906. Six of the College's seven units are now located on the Health Sciences Campus, including the Institute of Gerontology in Hudson Hall, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in B.S. Miller Hall,[47] and Departments of Health Policy and Management and Health Promotion and Behavior in Wright Hall.[48]

Adjacent to the campus is the "west campus" area. This extends from the corner of Britain Avenue and Lumpkin Street in the south to Waddell and Wray streets in the north. It is bordered along the east by Lumpkin Street and on the west by Church Street south of Baxter Street and Florida Avenue to the north. Located on the south end are several dormitories including the Russell Hall. Also located here are Legion Field and Pool, which are recreational facilities.

Dividing North and South Campus is the "central campus" area, home of the University Bookstore, Tate Student Center, and Miller Learning Center, as well as Georgia Museum of Art and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. A new facility for the art school opened its doors in the Fall of 2008. This new state-of-the-art facility replaced the elder that was placed on North Campus.

The steps lining The Arch are noticeably worn due to students avoiding walking under The Arch. [44].sterile Another legend claims that should you walk through The Arch as a freshman, you will become [43]


The University is composed of seventeen schools and colleges, and although some divisions use "college" and some use "school", the title does not indicate any distinction between the seventeen colleges and schools that constitute the University:

The dean.

Organization and administration

[27] The University has significantly expanded its program offerings in the recent years. In 2001, two new colleges were created at the University of Georgia, the

The national college rankings place UGA among the top 20 of all public universities in America and a top 10 best value.[25] UGA is designated as both a Delta Prize for Global Understanding, which recognizes individuals or groups whose initiatives promote peace and cooperation among cultures and nations. UGA has an extensive network of student activities that center around academic, religious, social, political and fraternal organizations.

Park Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus
University of Georgia students sitting in front of Old College

In 2011-2012, the University of Georgia was one of only four institutions in the nation with the maximum of four Goldwater Scholars; one of only two universities with three Udall Scholars, and one of only four universities with at least five National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

In 2003, UGA was the only public university in North America with winners of the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholarships in the same year.[13]

The average GPA and SAT of an entering honors freshman was a 4.04 GPA and a 1466 SAT score for critical reading and math. [24]

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