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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and is classified as a 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 seventh largest public university
- Educational Diversity: Seven colleges and one school – Arts and Humanities, Honors College, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Mathematics, Tanner Health System School of Nursing, Richards College of Business, University College
- Total Enrollment: 13,238 in fall 2019
- Degree Programs: 86 fields of study, including bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates
- Student Success: Record incoming average freshman GPA of 3.2 in fall 2019; record 2,697 degrees conferred in FY19; record four-year and five-year institutional graduation rates
- Campaign Funds Raised: $46 million of our goal of $50 million in our first-ever capital campaign
- Economic Impact: Record $604 million - as reported by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 2018
- Employment Impact: UWG supported 5,899 full- and part-time jobs in FY18, up 2 percent over the prior year’s report; off-campus spending generates 2,890 jobs in Carroll Count; with approximately 42,000 jobs in the county, that means 7 percent of the county’s total employment is fueled by UWG students’ spending
- Geographic Reach: Students from 36 states and 69 countries
- Student Involvement: More than 150 student organizations
- Accolades and Achievements:
- Recognized among the nation's top colleges and universities in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report.
- Honored as a Best Regional College for 2019 by the Princeton Review.
- Recognized as one of America's best-fit universities for students by Colleges of Distinction.
- Named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2019. UWG is one of only two universities nationwide to receive this national recognition from the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) for seven consecutive years.
- Expanding the Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative into the west Georgia region.