University of Georgia (UGA): Located northeast of Atlanta in Athens, GA, UGA is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public universities. Kiplinger Magazine ranks UGA 10th in its 2017 list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” edition has UGA ranked 16th among public universities while Forbes lists UGA No. 24 on its list of “Top 25 Public Colleges 2017.”
As a comprehensive land-grant and sea-grant institution, the University of Georgia offers baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, agricultural and environmental sciences, business, ecology, engineering, environmental design, and a four-year medical education program in partnership with Augusta University. UGA offers 25 bachelor’s degrees in 143 major fields, 30 master’s degrees in 135 major fields, the specialist in education degree in 10 major fields, 4 doctoral degrees in 98 major fields; and professional degrees in Law, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine. The University awarded 6,991 bachelor’s degrees, 1,679 master’s degrees and education specialist degrees, 526 doctoral degrees, and 441 professional degrees in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Fall 2016 enrollment was 36,574, which included 27,951 undergraduates, 7,030 graduate students, and 1,593 first professional students. The undergraduate student body consisted of 56.8% female students, 13.6% of whom were underrepresented minority students and 58.2% female graduate students with 13.6% of whom were underrepresented minority. UGA has received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the past four consecutive years (2014-2017).
UGA Research Climate: UGA is classified as a Doctoral University, Highest Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. Sponsored research expenditures have increased by 32% in the past three years. Total research expenditures were $376.5 million in fiscal year 2015-2016 and total sponsored research support was $257 million. Among the UGA faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering (S. Edward Law), National Academy of Inventors (David Chu, Wayne Hanna), National Academy of Sciences (Norman Allinger, Wyatt Anderson, Brent Berlin, Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, Michael Strand), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (Wyatt Anderson, Brent Berlin, Stephen Hubbell, William McFeely, Henry Schaefer III, Susan Wessler).
Last update: October 2017