Associated Colleges of the South

ACS-UGA Partnership

In 2007, the University of Georgia entered into a collaborative partnership with the Associated Colleges of the South. The partnership aims to increase enrollment in UGA graduate programs among students from ACS schools. It also provides opportunities for faculty at the various institutions to participate in collaborative research as well as for postdoctoral students from UGA to teach at ACS colleges. Learn more about the partnership.

Upcoming Events

Fall Campus Visit – Prospective students are invited to come to campus to learn more about the many opportunities for graduate education at UGA. The event features a campus tour, an opportunity to meet with a representative from your department of interest, and a panel discussion with current UGA graduate students. The details and registration information for the fall 2014 Campus Visit will be announced soon.

Webinar – Can’t come to campus? Learn more about graduate programs at UGA, with information tailored to ACS students, by participating in a live webinar hosted by the ACS Student Liaison. The webinar also features a live question and answer session with current UGA graduate students who are alumni of ACS colleges. This event is held each fall. The details and registration information will be announced soon.

Accepted Students Event – Each spring students from ACS schools who have been accepted into one of UGA’s graduate programs are invited to attend a special event to celebrate this achievement and to help them to prepare for enrollment at UGA. The event features opportunities to interact with faculty and current students in your department, a campus tour, and an information session on what to do as you prepare to enroll. The 2014 Accepted Student Day will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The details and registration information will be announced soon.

Meet us near YOU! - The ACS Student Liaison and other UGA representatives regularly visit ACS schools.

What is the Associated Colleges of the South?

Associated Colleges of the South

The Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) is a consortium of sixteen small, highly regarded liberal arts colleges located in twelve states across the southeast. The consortium was formed in 1991 to strengthen academic programs, affect administrative efficiencies, and offer other services to students, faculty, and staff that would be difficult for individual institutions to provide on their own.

The ACS focuses on five major areas:

  • Undergraduate Research – For example, the ACS hosts symposia on particular topics (e.g. Latin American Studies) at which undergraduates can present their research.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies – Some of the most active collaborations are in the areas of Gender Studies, Chinese Studies, and Environmental/Sustainability Studies.
  • Learning-Based Pedagogy – The ACS offers grants and workshops for faculty members to enhance their teaching techniques.
  • Blended Learning – The ACS facilitates joint courses across campuses that make use of both online instruction and in-class instruction.
  • Engaged Learning – The ACS and its member institutions emphasize experiential learning through field education, service learning, and study abroad. The ACS also coordinates several joint international programs.

The member institutions of the ACS include: Birmingham Southern College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Centre College, Davidson College, Furman University, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Morehouse College, Rhodes College, Rollins College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Southwestern University, Spelman College, Trinity University, University of Richmond, and Washington and Lee University.

Questions? Please contact the ACS Student Liaison at We look forward to hearing from you!


Meet your ACS Student Liaison!

Nicole Fraise, M.Ed.

Nicole Fraise is first-year graduate student in Spanish Literature at UGA. She graduated with an M.S. in Education from Iowa State University in 2013. She is also an alumna of Spelman College, where she earned a B.A. in Spanish in 2011. In February 2014, Nicole became the new ACS Student Liaison working at the UGA Graduate School. As the ACS Student Liaison, Nicole is available as a dedicated contact person at the Graduate School for students or alumni from ACS schools who are interested in graduate education at UGA in order to help them navigate the application and enrollment processes. As the ACS Student Liaison, Nicole not only works to serve prospective students, but currently enrolled students that have graduated from ACS schools as they matriculate through UGA.

Please email Nicole at with any questions or just to say welcome aboard!

Partnership Profiles

Outstanding Student

Lauren Collier

ACS Outstanding Student, Lauren Collier

“The more I have experienced and studied other sectors of higher education, the more I value my undergraduate liberal arts experience,” says Ph.D. student Lauren Collier. An alumna of Birmingham-Southern College, Lauren is using her undergraduate experience at an ACS school to shape her dissertation research at UGA. >> Read More

Postdoctoral Fellow

Drew Swanson

ACS Postdoctoral Fellow, Drew Swanson

“Environmental history is the ideal way for me to combine my experience working in nature with my passion for trying to make sense of the past,” says Drew Swanson, who received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Georgia in 2010. Drew is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental History at Millsaps College, in Jackson, Mississippi. >> Read More

Collaborative Researchers

ACS Collaborative Researchers

“Science is collaboration. Collaborative research not only brings together multiple individuals to answer research questions efficiently and more completely, but working with groups of people and sharing ideas and perspectives can be more enjoyable and rewarding than working alone,” says Dr. Kathryn Sutherland, Associate Professor of Biology at Rollins College.

Faculty, students, and post-doctoral researchers from UGA and Rollins College are working together to investigate the ecology of white pox disease in Caribbean elkhorn coral Acropora palmate. Read more about the research project from some of those involved: Dr. Kathryn Sutherland (Rollins Professor), Dr. Erin Lipp (UGA Professor), and Emily Nys (Rollins Undergraduate).