Reaching New Heights

Record-setting First-year Class

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Georgia welcomed the most academically talented class in the institution’s history. The approximately 5,750 first-year students in the Class of 2022 have an average weighted high school GPA of 4.04, an average ACT score of 30, and an average SAT score of 1365.

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Double Dawgs Program

The Double Dawgs program offers structured pathways for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within five years. Dual degrees earned through the Double Dawgs program can be within one department or discipline (e.g., Accounting BBA and Accounting MAcc) or across departments, schools, and colleges (e.g., Electrical Engineering BSEE and Business Administration MBA). By helping students develop advanced skills and knowledge in just five years, the Double Dawgs program lowers the overall cost of education while giving UGA students a competitive advantage in the job market and in the workplace after graduation.

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Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program

Part of the $1.2 billion Commit to Georgia campaign, the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program was launched in 2017 to create 400-600 endowed, need-based scholarships for UGA students from low-income backgrounds. Alumni and friends have responded with great enthusiasm, establishing more than 270 Georgia Commitment Scholarships in less than two years, helping to remove financial barriers and create pathways to futures that would otherwise be unreachable.

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Fostering Student Success

Measures of student success at the University of Georgia are at all-time highs, and ongoing enhancements to the learning environment aim to lift retention and graduation rates to even higher levels in the coming years. The retention rate—an indicator of student success and satisfaction that quantifies the percentage of incoming students who return for their sophomore year—now stands at 96 percent, a record that exceeds the 95 percent average retention rate for UGA’s highly selective aspirational institutions. UGA’s 96 percent freshman retention rate also exceeds the 90 percent average for UGA’s peer institutions and the 88 percent Southeastern Conference average.

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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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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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Investing in the Student Experience

The University of Georgia has launched a new presidential hiring initiative to continue to enhance the learning environment for students. This latest hiring effort—called Investing in the Student Experience—will recruit exceptional faculty members in academic disciplines with majors that are seeing dramatic growth in student demand. Additional academic advisors also will be hired to support undergraduate students pursuing degrees in these high-demand areas.

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Community Partnerships

The University of Georgia remains focused on supporting the local Athens community. To kick off the fall semester, UGA undergraduates took part in the Athens-Clarke County Welcome Back Initiative and the sixth annual Dawg Day of Service. UGA also recently joined the statewide Great Promise Partnership Program, which will connect at-risk local youth to part-time jobs on campus, and is expanding internship opportunities to Athens-Clarke County students for work-based learning in areas that fit students’ academic and professional aspirations.

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Business Learning Community

The University of Georgia’s Business Learning Community continues to grow, providing state-of-the-art facilities to prepare the next generation of business leaders. The first two phases, including Correll Hall, Amos Hall, Benson Hall, and Moore-Rooker Hall, are now open. The final phase, which will include Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall, will be ready for classes in fall 2019.

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Center for Molecular Medicine

In fall 2017, the University of Georgia dedicated a new home for the Center for Molecular Medicine to expand the center’s vital human health research. The new facility is located next to UGA’s renowned Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, encouraging enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists. The building provides space for up to 10 teams of faculty focused on human disease models, stem cells and regenerative medicine, and vaccine development and therapeutics.

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Career Outcomes for UGA Students

University of Georgia students are finding professional success after graduation. Of the students who graduated in the Class of 2017, 96 percent were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation. UGA’s career outcomes rate is 11 percent higher than the national average. Unparalleled educational opportunities, outstanding mentoring from faculty, and expert help from the UGA Career Center are among the many reasons for our students’ success.

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Economic Impact

UGA’s teaching, research, and service activities generate $5.7 billion in economic impact across Georgia each year. In the last year alone, UGA’s Small Business Development Center provided nearly 3,700 small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs with advice and expertise and helped them launch nearly 350 new businesses. In addition, discoveries by UGA scientists have resulted in more than 675 new products in the marketplace to date, including crop varieties, vaccines, and software.

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CyberArch Program

The University of Georgia is extending its cybersecurity expertise across the state to help businesses and communities safeguard against potentially devastating cyberattacks. The CyberArch program, which builds on existing Public Service and Outreach programs related to cybersecurity, is being piloted in two of Georgia’s communities—Hart County and Griffin/Spalding County. With a nationally recognized faculty and an extensive statewide network, UGA is uniquely positioned to help individuals, businesses, and local governments identify ways to protect their critical data and infrastructure.

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Positive Research Momentum

Graphs depicting increases in research awards, expenditures, endowed faculty, and total R&D over the past five years.

Expanding the research enterprise is a top priority for the University of Georgia, and over the past five years, strategic investments in this facet of our mission have produced remarkable growth. Annual research and development expenditures--a key measure of productivity--crossed the $450 million threshold for the second consecutive year in FY18, representing a nearly 30 percent increase since FY13. As the University continues to invest in infrastructure and faculty to support our research mission, our ability to make a positive difference will grow in return.

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