The Board of Regents approved and established a University of West Georgia off-campus center in Newnan, GA, in August 1988. The University began offering courses in the Georgia Power Company's Shenandoah Environment & Education Center in 1990. In 1998, Coweta County purchased the Shenandoah Center from Georgia Power as a permanent location for the University's exclusive use. In 2009, the Shenandoah Center was presented as a gift from Coweta County to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the University of West Georgia. The UWG Newnan Center is located off of Amlajack Boulevard in the Shenandoah Industrial Park.
In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, UWG offers undergraduate courses in the University's core curriculum at the Newnan Center. Coweta County students account for 40% of the Center's enrollment, while 60% represent more than 50 other Georgia counties. More than 75% of Newnan Center students are undergraduates. Through the ACCEL program, high-performing high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to "Go West Early" and enroll in core classes at the Newnan Center while still in high school.
UWG also offers several graduate degrees in Newnan: Master of Business Administration, Master of Education degrees in Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education, and the Ed. S. in Educational Leadership.