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 more than 150 pathways for students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within five years. Dual degrees earned through the 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 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 300 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. For example, the four-year completion rate is now a record 68 percent, and 75 percent of UGA students earn their degrees in four years plus one semester. The six-year completion rate is a record 86 percent. These numbers put UGA within one point of the average completion rates at our highly selective aspirational institutions and well above the average rates at peer and SEC institutions.

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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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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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Investing in the Student Experience

The University recently completed a presidential hiring initiative known as Investing in the Student Experience to help us enhance the learning environment and meet the needs of students in emerging areas of high demand. Targeted hires of tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and advisors are helping to provide active and engaged instruction and mentoring to students in growing fields such as computer science, engineering, finance, and statistics.

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Community Partnerships

The University of Georgia has partnered with the Clarke County School District to launch Georgia Possible, a new three-year pilot program focused on leadership development and college readiness for CCSD high school students. The program was inspired by a series of meetings held with Athens-Clarke County community members and is being spearheaded by a team of faculty from CCSD, UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, and the Office of the President.

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Spotlight on the Arts and a2ru

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Today marks the opening of the University of Georgia's seventh annual Spotlight on the Arts festival--a celebration of visual, literary, and performing arts on our campus. Between now and November 11, members of the University community and the public are invited to experience more than 100 events and exhibitions featuring the talents of UGA faculty and students as well as performers and scholars from around the world.

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