University of Georgia, public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Athens, Georgia, U.S.

The university includes the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; colleges of agricultural and environmental sciences, business, education, environmental design, family and consumer sciences, journalism and mass communications, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine; and schools of forest resources, law, and social work. It offers a full range of undergraduate, master’s, education specialist, professional, and doctoral degree programs, and the law school awards a doctorate in jurisprudence.

The university is the oldest institution of higher education in the state, incorporated in 1785 by the General Assembly of Georgia. The university, then known as Franklin College, did not have a site until 1801; its first class graduated in 1804.

It is also one of the Georgia’s largest public universities. The University’s sixteen colleges and schools offer a wide range of academic programs, such as Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Mass Communication, Education, and Public Health. Twenty-two University of Georgia students have been named Rhodes Scholars; their ranks include American physicist Eugene T. Booth and American psychiatrist Hervey M. Cleckley.

The University of Georgia has almost 600 registered student organizations and offers a variety of athletic programs, including basketball, diving, fencing, and football. Located just 70 miles from Atlanta, Athens is known as one of the best college towns in America. University of Georgia students enjoy the town’s rich culture and history, as well as its thriving music and arts scene.

Admissions Information
University of Georgia admissions officials note that an applicant’s academic record, GPA, and standardized test scores are the most important factors in the admissions process. Other factors include a candidate’s character, application essay, extracurricular activities, recommendations, work experience, talents, and volunteer work.