At the University of West Georgia, we transform lives and change perceptions, constantly challenging ourselves to ask “what if” and refusing to accept that possibilities are limited. We embrace diversity. We value community. We drive growth. We engage – as students, faculty and staff – and work collectively to be the best comprehensive university in America, sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed.
Founded in 1906, UWG grew from a district agricultural and mechanical school to a two-year institution and then a four-year college in 1957. We achieved university status in 1996. Here, students Go West, blazing trails to new possibilities for scholarly achievement, creative expression and service to humanity.
UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is classified as a SACS Level VI University, the highest level possible. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education awarded us the classification of Doctoral Research University R3. Only seven other Georgia institutions of higher learning qualify for doctoral university status. The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four and a half decades.
Amazing things happen when you Go West. Come see for yourself.
At a glance…
- Georgia ranking: The state’s sixth largest public university
- Educational diversity: Six colleges and one school – Arts and Humanities, Honors College, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Mathematics, Nursing, Richards College of Business
- Total enrollment: 13,308 in fall 2016
- Degree programs: 87 fields of study, including bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates
- Economic impact: $518 million as reported by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in
Employment impact: More than 1,800 full and part-time employees and support through spending of more than 5,100 jobs in the west Georgia region
- Geographic reach: Students from 43 states and 74 countries
- Student involvement: More than 150 student organizations
- Accolades and achievements:
- U.S. News & World Report ranked UWG and its online information technology, nursing, education and MBA graduate programs among the nation’s best.
- The University of West Georgia broke ground on renovation and expansion that will transform the university’s 46-year-old biology building into a modern center for collaborative learning and research. The $25-million project will be complete in time for fall 2018 classes.
- The University of West Georgia was named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2017. UWG is one of only two universities nationwide to receive this national recognition from the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) for four consecutive years.
- The University of West Georgia Coed cheerleading squad recently won the program’s 20th and 21st national titles, bringing home first place at UCA Nationals in the Division II All Girls and Coed competitions.