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Commuter Services

International Students

Study Abroad

Residence Halls

Irvin Sullivan Ingram Library 

Weather/Emergency Closings 

Department of Publications & Printing 


Commuter Services

We are a part of the Student Affairs division, in the Office of First YEar Experience. The sole purpose of our services is to serve you, current or future UWG commuter students, so you can make the most of your UWG experience.

If you are commuting to UWG, or are planning to commute, you aren't alone. Commuter students make up about 75 percent of the undergraduate UWG student body (about 35% of the freshman class are commuters). We understand that you don't only have to deal with the daily commute, but often you have to balance home, social and academic responsibilities.

Amenities Commuter Services provides:

Commuter Lounge - The Commuter Lounge is your home away from home. This is a great place to relax, study, and connect with other UWG commuters! In the Commuter Lounge you have access to computers and a printer, comfy couches, television, fridge and microwave area. The Lounge is located in UCC room 311 and is open Monday-Friday in the fall and spring semesters.

Commuter assistants - commuter assistants are here to help you with all of your commuting needs. If you have a question, email commuter@westga.edu, call the commuter lounge at 678-839-530, or stop by the commuter lounge to say hello!

Commuter Student Association - to join email commuter@westga.edu

Great way to get involved!

Commuter Student Association Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Meetings

To reach us, call 678 839 5415, visit our website at www.westga.edu/commuter, or email commuter@westga.edu.

International Students

The International Student Advisor, in International Services and Programs, is a real friend to all international students. If you're from another country, be sure to look her up and get to know her. This office provides assistance and advice about a wide range of concerns and will do everything possible to help international students adjust to their new environment. The office is in 229 Row Hall (678-839-4780), email isp@westga.edu, or visit www.westga.edu/isp.

Study Abroad

Would you like to see the world as part of your education? Then come by the International Programs Office. There are summer, semester and year-long study abroad programs available across all disciplines and all academic classes. A majority of programs are quite economical and well within the student budget. Scholarships received on campus, including the HOPE, may be applied to study abroad costs. STARS and West Georgia Foundation scholarships for study abroad are also available. In addition, many programs have scholarships available for West Georgia students. Experience a global education through West Georgia's International Programs. Come by the office and discover the wide range of programs available. The office is located in 223 Row Hall. (Telephone 678-839-4780, www.westga.edu/isp).

Residence Halls

Housing and Residence Life is responsible for the daily operations, including programming and staffing, for all 10 residential communities. Approximately 2,700 UWG students are living on campus. All freshman students are required to live on campus. Exceptions to the requirement can be requested by married freshmen students or freshmen students who live at home with a parent (at their permanent address) within a 30-mile radius of campus.

Each residential community has a live-in staff member, known as a Resident Director or Residence Life Coordinator who supervises the Resident Assistants (RA) that live in that specific building/area. RAs live on each of the residential floors/areas and serve as a resource for students about campus programming and services. Additionally, RAs provide regular in-hall programming, including opportunities to learn about campus services, to enhance academic performance and social events. Residents can also get involved in their hall's council (similar to Student Government).

The Res Life student handbook contains the residence hall policies and regulations, and can be found by visiting the Housing and Residence Life website at www.westga.edu/housing.

Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library


The Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, a four story building of some 85,000 square feet, provides seating space for 1,000, an electronic classroom, a conference room, small group study rooms, and computers and other equipment for accessing materials retained in print, online, recorded and micro formats. Wireless access to internet resources is available throughout the building. Study tables and casual seating can be rearranged so students can work individually or in small groups. New books, current newspapers, DVDs, and periodicals on display near the Circulation Desk, which also has laptops available for checkout.

Library collections include over 400,000 cataloged volumes, over 1,000,000 microforms, more than 20,000 maps and charts, as well as audiovisual items, archival materials and government documents. The library provides access to some 50,000 print and electronic serials, including magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers, and to an extensive array of online databases and research tools to facilitate access to materials. The library conducts classes and sign-up sessions to help students use information resources, and provides assistance at the reference desk, via telephone, and through 24/7 chat service available through the library web site. Through the library's web-based catalog GIL Express and interlibrary loan system, students can locate and request materials from state, national, and international library collections. UWG students also have borrowing privileges at libraries in the University System.

The Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections area on the third floor of Ingram Library contains information about the history of the university and the geographic area it serves. The Thomas B. Murphy Holocaust Teacher Education Training and Resource Center, on the second floor of Ingram Library, is the only Holocaust center in the United States devoted to teacher training located in a state-supported institution.

Hours are listed on the library website, along with links to information about services and access points for materials available in online formats. The university I.D. card allows students to check out and request materials.

Weather/Emergency Closing

Because of the difficulty of making up lost time, classes or examinations are cancelled only in extreme circumstances. In the event of emergency University closing, announcements will be made over radio stations in Carrollton, Newnan, Bremen, and Douglasville, and radio and television stations in Atlanta.

At times of bad weather or other emergencies, University officials make decisions on whether or not to close the campus based on public safety reports and other considerations. In such cases, the safety and security of the majority of students is a prime consideration. However, we recognize that there may be special circumstances that pertain to individual students that are more serious than those that apply to the majority. So, students are advised to use their best judgment about their safety and that of their families in those situations and to consult with individual faculty members about making up lost time.

Official announcements about class/examination cancellations will be made only by the President and/or the Department of University Communications and Marketing.

The University reserves the right to schedule additional class or examinations sessions should some be cancelled.

Information on cancelled or rescheduled class or examination sessions may also be obtained by calling University Police Weather Hotline, 678-839-6200 (24/7 - please do not call the emergency number); the Department of University Communications and Marketing, 678-839-6464 (daytime only); or visiting the University website: www.westga.edu.

Department of Publications & Printing

The print shop offers low-cost copying and printing for students, faculty, and staff. Located on Pub and Print Drive, off Back Campus Drive behind the Art Annex, the full-service shop offers both color and black and white copies, flyers and posters for your campus event, post card invitations for your senior art show, brochures, business cards, letterhead, envelopes, course packets, multi-part forms, hardback and soft bound book binding, self-mailers, resumes, and more. Design services are available, or you project can be printed from your electronic files. E-mail your PDF to pubprint@westga.edu or bring your material on disk. Staff specialists are available for consultation if you need help with your printing needs. Fax service also available. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 678-839-6483. FAX 678-839-4083.