Expanding Experiential Learning The new Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI), implemented last fall, is a perfect example of the kind of innovative steps UGA is taking to promote a higher quality of learning for students. Through the ELI, beginning with the Class of 2020, every undergraduate student will participate in hands-on learning prior to graduation. UGA offers more than 1,200 unique experiential learning opportunities, ranging from internships and undergraduate research to service-learning courses and study abroad programs—all of which have been evaluated by faculty members for academic rigor. These experiences yield tremendous educational benefits for students, helping them to build enduring relationships with faculty and professional mentors as well as to develop valuable skills that support their academic and career aspirations. With the launch of this pioneering initiative, UGA became the largest research university in the nation to provide all of its undergraduate students with an experiential learning opportunity.