Reaching New Heights

Commit to Georgia

The University of Georgia has launched the Commit to Georgia campaign, a $1.2 billion fundraising initiative. A commitment to students is at the center of this major fundraising effort, beginning with eliminating financial barriers through scholarship support. The Commit to Georgia campaign also will create more opportunities for hands-on learning and mentorship. In addition, the campaign will help faculty and staff address some of the toughest issues facing our state and the world.

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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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Science Learning Center

In fall 2016, 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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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. Since its inception, the Archway Partnership has served a dozen 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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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, study abroad, service-learning, and other opportunities, 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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Outstanding Outcomes

The University of Georgia's efforts to support student success have resulted in record-setting outcomes. In 2016, UGA's four-year graduation rate climbed three points to 66 percent, a historic high and yet another strong signal of the University’s upward trajectory. The six-year graduation rate remained at a record level of 85 percent. The University also maintained its record-high first-year retention rate of 95 percent, placing the institution among the top universities in the nation on this measure.

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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

University of Georgia students have opportunities to complete courses, internships, and service projects in countries around 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. More than 2,000 UGA students study abroad each year, making the institution a national leader. The Institute for International Education's Open Doors report ranked UGA No. 13 for the number of students earning academic credit abroad.

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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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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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Surging Support for UGA

When the University launched the public phase of the campaign last fall, we called on our alumni and friends to help us expand the impact of this great University on the world. They are answering that call with extraordinary generosity and support, and I am deeply grateful.

In the first year of the public phase of the Commit to Georgia campaign, UGA donors set a new record in fundraising, contributing $227.8 million in new gifts and pledges. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year that UGA donors have set a new record in fundraising and the first time in the University’s long history that the annual total has surpassed $200 million. The unprecedented total represents a 24 percent increase over last year’s record of $183.8 million and nearly doubles the amount raised in FY13.


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