Georgia politicians saw the need for a college that would provide opportunities for local students and keep those students from moving out of state. They came together and chartered what would later become the University of Georgia, which opened at the turn of the century. The city set aside more than 600 acres of land for the university and constructed a number of new buildings for the handful of students who enrolled. It developed a strong reputation when it admitted female students 1903 and later admitted black students. Some of the buildings on campus today still bare the name of some of its first female graduates. It was also one of the first schools to work with the HOPE scholarship program, which allows residents of Georgia to receive free money for college. The university now owns several satellite campuses devoted to continuing education, business and other studies.
The public management administration and biological engineering programs offered by the University of Georgia rank as some of the best in the nation. The university itself ranks on a national level as well. It appeared at number 62 on the U.S. News and World Report and number 63 on the Washington Monthly lists of best American colleges. Forbes and ARWU also included UG on its list of top colleges in the United States. UG also made the lists of best global schools issued by ARWU, QS and Times.
University of Georgia Accreditation Details
Students looking for information regarding accreditation will find that the University of Georgia holds two types of accreditation. The first is institutional or regional accreditation, which comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Students must attend a university with this type of accreditation to receive financial aid. The second type is something called specialty or program accreditation and applies only to specific programs. The American Psychological Association gave UG accreditation from its counseling, school and clinical psychology doctoral programs. Some of the other organizations that granted program accreditation to the University of Georgia include:
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
National Association of Schools of Music
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Society of American Foresters
National Association of Schools of Dance
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
National Recreation and Park Association
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
American Veterinary Medical Association
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Council on Social Work Education Office of Social work Accreditation
American Society of Landscape Architects
National Association of Schools of Theatre
Council on Education for Public Health
University of Georgia Application Requirements
Each application submitted to the University of Georgia goes to a review board. Members on that board look over each one carefully to ensure that students meet the requirements for admissions and that they have everything the school wants. The three most important things the university looks for is a high standardized test score, a high grade point average and the courses that a student took in the past. Priority is given to those who took college classes or advance placement courses in high school. Students can apply for traditional acceptance or early admissions. Early action notifies students of whether the university accepted them in the late fall of the year before they want to start.
The UG application consists of two different parts. The first part is the basic application that asks background information, including a current address, name, social security number, birth date and high school(s) attended. The second part goes into greater detail about any extracurricular activities the student did, hobbies, grades and volunteer work. Students are also responsible for submitting a high school transcript that shows all grades and courses up through the end of the student’s junior year, an evaluation form completed by a counselor or teacher, an official recommendation form completed by a teacher and an official standardized test score.
Tuition and Financial Aid
An academic year at the University of Georgia consists of a 16 week fall semester and a 16 week spring semester. The cost for a Georgia resident to take a full course load each semester is around $11,600, but the cost for out of state students is closer to $30,000. After factoring in the cost of a dorm room, a meal plan and other expenses, UG estimates that residents will pay around $25,000 a year and that non-residents will pay more than $43,000 a year. The cost changes depending on the type of dorm room and meal plan that a student selects.
The University of Georgia offers more than 30 scholarships for students that range in size from under $1,000 to those that cover the total cost of a student’s tuition. Some of these are merit scholarships that are only available to those who scored above a certain amount on the SAT or ACT and those who have high grade point averages. Other scholarships are open to all students or those who enroll in specific programs. UG requires that all students complete the FAFSA after applying. The university awards need based scholarships on students who need additional financial assistance. Student FAFSA forms will also determine whether students qualify for a work-study program, loans or grants.
More than 80% of students who start classes at UG successfully graduate from the university. The combination of fun activities on classes and unique majors make it easy for students to enjoy themselves and enjoy their studies. Its forestry program is one of the only accredited forestry programs in the state and gives students the chance to study abroad in Canada, South America or parts of Europe. The food science program on campus is just as unique. This program incorporates elements of biology and chemistry in the study of food. Students can even study dairy science or poultry science. Other unique study programs offered by UG include risk management and leadership, family and consumer sciences education, fashion merchandising and avian biology.
The university has a deep commitment to all its students. Each new student works with an adviser to go over all his or her options, including what classes to take, how to choose a minor and whether to do a study abroad program or take on an internship. The University of Georgia is also home to more than 100 clubs and activities that students can join every year, including honors societies, fraternities and sports clubs.