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 seventh 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: 12,834 in fall 2015 with 13,300 expected in fall 2016
- 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
- Economic impact: $518 million as reported by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 2015
- Employment impact: More than 1,500 full and part-time employees and support through spending of more than 5,100 jobs in the west Georgia region
- Geographic reach: Students from 44 states and 75 countries
- Student involvement: More than 160 student organizations
- S. News and World Report ranked UWG and its online bachelors’, information technology, nursing, education and MBA programs among the nation’s best.
- The University System of Georgia named UWG its Institution of the Year and Dr. Kyle Marrero its President of the Year in 2015. USG presented the university’s Mass Communication program its Teaching Excellence Award in 2016.
- UWG’s football team finished the 2015 season ranked third in the nation, following a final national ranking of sixth in 2014. The university’s baseball and basketball teams earned spots in their respective NCAA Division II tournaments in 2016 and UWG cheerleading won its 19th national title at the United Cheerleading Association Nationals in the Division II coed competition.