Reaching New Heights

First-Year Class

For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Georgia welcomed the most academically talented class in the institution’s history. With more than 5,800 first-year students, the Class of 2021 entered the nation’s first state-chartered university with an average high school grade point average of 4.0 and an average ACT score of 30.

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Double Dawgs Program

The Double Dawgs program was introduced in February 2017 to create structured pathways for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within five years. The dual degrees offered through the Double Dawgs program can be within one department or discipline (e.g., Accounting BBA and Accounting MAcc) or across departments, schools, or colleges (e.g., Electrical Engineering BSEE and Business Administration MBA). By helping UGA students develop advanced skills and knowledge in just five years, the Double Dawgs program lowers the overall cost of education while giving our students a competitive advantage in the job market and in the workplace after graduation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Holiday Greetings

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As we conclude another successful calendar year at the University of Georgia, I would like to take a moment to thank you—our outstanding faculty, staff, and students—for all that we have achieved in 2017. Last January, we embraced three strategic priorities to expand the impact of this great University on the world: 1) to increase scholarship support for students; 2) to further enhance our learning environment; and 3) to solve the grand challenges of our time. There is great momentum surrounding these priorities, and the earliest signs of progress are beginning to show—from establishing nearly 170 Georgia Commitment need-based scholarships, to launching the new Double Dawgs program, to extending our cybersecurity expertise to help businesses and communities across the state.


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