Reaching New Heights

Exploratory Center

Exploratory Center

The University of Georgia opened the Exploratory Center for Student Advising to provide strategic academic advising to all students with unspecified majors and those with intended-business or intended-journalism majors. Longer appointments and assignments that generate student reflection are some of the features that make advising in the Exploratory Center unique. The 14 specially trained advisors in the center serve more than 3,000 students, helping them create action plans that align their learning experiences with their career goals. 

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Olympic Coverage

Olympic Coverage

Nine students from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication traveled to Rio de Janeiro to report on the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games for the Associated Press. These students received full press credentials and produced multimedia content for global AP distribution. To support the students’ coverage, two Grady College professors, Vicki Michaelis, director of Grady Sports, and Mark Johnson, head of the college's visual journalism program, helped to supervise and edit the students' work in Rio.

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Science Learning Center

Science Learning Center

The University of Georgia opened the Science Learning Center, a new instructional facility that is transforming undergraduate science education on our campus. The state-of-the-art building includes technology-enhanced classrooms and laboratories that promote the highest levels of student learning and collaboration.

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First-Year Class

First-Year Class

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Georgia welcomed the most academically talented class in the institution’s history. The more than 5,400 first-year students entered the nation’s first state-chartered university with an average high school grade point average of 3.98 and an average SAT score of 1302. This year’s incoming class also is the most diverse on record.

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Global education

Global education

University of Georgia students have opportunities to complete courses, internships, and service projects in countries across the globe. Spanning the seven continents, UGA’s more than 100 faculty-led study abroad programs expose students to experiential learning in a variety of disciplines.

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UGA in DC

UGA in DC

President Morehead and other University of Georgia leaders traveled to Washington, DC to visit with alumni and friends. Throughout the event, the alumni passion for the University was evident. UGA alumni play a critical role in advancing this institution, and it is clear that the spirit of the Bulldog family remains strong in our nation’s capital.

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Experience UGA

Experience UGA

The University of Georgia and the Clarke County School District have launched Experience UGA, a partnership that seeks to bring each of the 13,000 Clarke County students to UGA’s campus every year. Through a variety of field trips, students participate in hands-on, curricular-based learning activities.

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Class Size Initiative

Class Size Initiative

The University of Georgia has completed a major hiring initiative to reduce class sizes, create new course sections, and increase students’ interaction with faculty. UGA’s $4.4 million investment has resulted in more than 50 new hires and created more than 300 additional course sections, many with fewer than 20 students, across 81 majors. By reducing the number of large class sections and increasing personalized attention in critical instruction areas, the University is further improving student learning and success.

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Expanding Informatics

Expanding Informatics

The University of Georgia is strengthening its instruction and research in informatics, a rapidly growing field that harnesses massive data sets to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. Eight new faculty members recently joined UGA following the completion of the Presidential Informatics Hiring Initiative, bringing the total number of informatics faculty to more than 160 across campus. In addition, the University is launching the Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education, which will house undergraduate and graduate programs and promote collaboration among faculty.

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

The University of Georgia is the largest public university in the nation to ensure that all undergraduate students engage in experiential learning prior to graduation. Through internships, research, service-learning, study abroad, and other forms of hands-on learning, UGA students apply content from their coursework to pressing issues outside of the classroom, connect with faculty and professional mentors, enhance their problem solving and critical thinking skills, and prepare for graduate school and career opportunities.

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$2.99M NSF grant to fund graduate student’s training

$2.99M NSF grant to fund graduate student’s training

The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Georgia a five-year, $2.99 million grant to develop an interdisciplinary graduate training program in disease ecology.  As a part of the new NSF Research Traineeship initiative, this program will provide students with skills to solve complex problems in a field of increasing importance. Vanessa Ezenwa, an associate professor in the Odum School of Ecology and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s infectious diseases department, will lead the new program.

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Archway Partnership

Archway Partnership

The Archway Partnership, a unit of the Office of Public Service and Outreach, was launched in 2005 to extend access to higher education resources across the state and address critical community-identified needs. In its first 10 years, Archway has served 11 Georgia communities through collaborations with UGA's 17 colleges and schools and other higher education institutions. Archway provides direct access for faculty and students to experience the opportunities and challenges facing communities in Georgia.

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Committed to Georgia

Guided by our land-grant mission, the University of Georgia maintains an unwavering commitment to the state we proudly call home. For the past four years, Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and I have embarked on an annual farm tour to learn about current issues facing the agriculture community and to understand the ways in which the University can further its support of the state’s leading industry.

We were pleased to be joined on this year’s farm tour by a number of outstanding agriculture supporters: state Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman John Wilkinson, state House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England, state House of Representatives Agriculture Chairman Tom McCall, and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue. We visited several sites in middle and south Georgia, including locations where UGA researchers have ongoing studies and where high-value cultivars developed by UGA scientists are being marketed and reproduced.

Throughout the tour, I was reminded of the strength of the University’s enduring partnership with farmers and industry leaders around the state. Agriculture in Georgia is thriving, and UGA is committed to promoting its success through continued scholarship, education, and outreach.

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