Enrollment: 36,574
Undergraduate: 76 percent
Highest degree: Doctoral, Professional
President: Jere Morehead
Founded: 1785


Charted by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America. A dedicated community of 36,000 students in 17 schools and colleges, 305,000 alumni, and faculty and staff are committed to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. One of America’s “Public Ivies” and a top 10 best value in public higher education, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges — from combating infectious disease and securing the world’s food supply to advancing economic growth and analyzing the environment.

As Georgia’s flagship institution, the university is recognized for its commitment to student excellence, particularly through an emphasis on rigorous learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, hands-on research, and leadership opportunities. These experiences contribute to the university’s exceptional retention, graduation and career-placement rates. Our students have earned more than 50 Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and other prestigious national academic scholarships over just the past decade.

The University of Georgia’s initiatives extend globally while touching every corner of the state, realizing the university’s land-grant and sea-grant missions. The university’s eight Public Service and Outreach units, which are among the strongest in the nation, help create jobs, develop leaders and address critical challenges. Research, outreach and extension serve as major drivers of economic and workforce development and spark successful partnerships that create new businesses and train the workforce of tomorrow.

The main campus in the Classic City of Athens, approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, is extended by campuses in Gwinnett, Griffin and Tifton, as well as an executive education center in Buckhead.