Reaching New Heights

Outstanding First-Year Class

A record 29,300 students applied for admission to UGA for fall 2019. The 5,500 students enrolled in the Class of 2023 are committed to academic excellence. They bring an average high school GPA above 4.0 and a record average of nine AP/IB courses. Standardized test scores of incoming students continue to place UGA among the nation’s most selective public universities, with the Class of 2023 earning an average SAT score of 1359 and a record average ACT score of 31.

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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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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. 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. UGA also is home to Language Flagship programs in Portuguese and Russian.

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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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Career Outcomes for UGA Students

University of Georgia students are finding professional success after graduation. Of the students who graduated in the Class of 2018, 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 $6.3 billion in economic impact across Georgia each year. In the past five years, UGA’s 17 Small Business Development Center offices across the state helped create 1,763 new small businesses supporting 13,126 new jobs in Georgia. In addition, discoveries by UGA scientists have resulted in more than 725 new products in the marketplace to date, including crop varieties, vaccines, and software. UGA now ranks no. 1 in the nation for bringing research-based products to market.

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Interdisciplinary STEM Research Facility

The University of Georgia is constructing a new interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and math (I-STEM) research facility that will promote creative, interdisciplinary approaches to research, leading to new products and services that improve lives in Georgia and beyond. The first phase is a 100,000-square-foot building with four stories of laboratory and support space for chemistry and engineering. A second phase is now in the planning and design stage. The I-STEM research facility represents the future of research and education in the STEM fields at UGA.

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Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program

Part of the Commit to Georgia campaign, the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program was launched in 2017 to create endowed, need-based scholarships for UGA students from low-income backgrounds. Alumni and friends have responded with great enthusiasm, establishing more than 450 Georgia Commitment Scholarships to date, helping to remove financial barriers and create pathways to futures that would otherwise be unreachable.

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Business Learning Community

The University of Georgia’s Business Learning Community provides state-of-the-art facilities to prepare the next generation of business leaders. The final phase, which includes Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall, M. Douglas Ivester Hall, and Coca-Cola Plaza, opened for classes in fall 2019. Among its many amenities, the Business Learning Community includes a behavioral lab, a capital markets lab, and a music business lab for instructional and research use.

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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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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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Advancing UGA’s Great Commitments

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At the University of Georgia, initiatives underway to advance our Great Commitments of Healthier People, A More Secure Future, and Stronger Communities. Last year, I charged a working group--comprised of faculty, staff, and students and chaired by our Vice President for Public Service and Outreach--with developing programs to further engage the campus community in the grand challenges of our time. The group submitted its final report last fall, and their ideas are already making a difference.


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