Located in Carrollton, Georgia, the University of West Georgia is a comprehensive, public university and a charter member of the University System of Georgia. Established in 1906 as the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School, by 1957 the school had grown into a four-year college and in 1996, achieved university status. Today, the University of West Georgia is the seventh largest public university in the state and is one of only eight Georgia institutions of higher learning which qualify for doctoral university status, according to The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which awarded the University of West Georgia with the classification of Doctoral Research University R3. Ranked among the nation’s best by US News & World Report for its online bachelor’s, information technology, nursing, education, and MBA programs, the University of Georgia operates multiple instructional sites and has a strong virtual presence.
Academic ProgramsThe University of West Georgia’s mission is “to enable students, faculty, and staff to realize their full potential through academic engagement, supportive services, professional development, and a caring, student-centered community.” The University’s mission statement continues, “[The University of West Georgia] is committed to academic excellence and to community engagement, offering high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and community programs on-campus, off-campus, and online.”
More than 85 fields of study are available at the University of West Georgia, including bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates. The University is made up of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Education, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Social Sciences, the Richards College of Business, and the Tanner Health System School of Nursing. The University of West Georgia’s most popular undergraduate programs have included Psychology, Mass Communications, Criminology, Biology, and Management. The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Student LifeThe University of West Georgia has a total enrollment figure of more than 12,000, including over 10,000 undergraduates. Representatives from nearly all 50 states in the Union as well as 75 foreign countries make up the University’s student body and the female to male ratio is approximately 65% to 35%, respectively. All freshmen are required to live on campus in one of the University’s residence halls and housing is guaranteed to freshmen. Returning students have the option of living either on or off campus.
More than 160 student organizations and clubs are recognized by the University of West Georgia, including departmental, honorary, professional, political, recreational, international and cultural, religious, social, and special interest groups. These and more provide students with ample opportunity to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting and build lasting connections with their fellow students. As an NCAA Division II school, The University of West Georgia sponsors over a dozen intercollegiate athletic teams which compete in the Gulf South Conference.