When you Go West! you are not only getting a great education, you also join the legacy and history that is the University of West Georgia. The University was constructed on the achievements and hard work of the student and faculty like you. From a small Agricultural and Mechanical School to a University, West Georgia has always moved foreword to better itself for the betterment of its students. The University of West Georgia has been a place where students can express themselves, and transform their lives and perceptions. 

The University of West Georgia started as the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School, in 1906. It became a Junior College in 1934, and then a Senior College in 1957. In 1996 West Georgia College achieved its status as a State University. It started with humble beginnings and has transformed into a place that students and faculty are able to push for new possibilities with scholarly achievements, creative expression, and service to humanity. 

The University History Project's Mission Statement 

Mission: The UWG History Project documents, preserves, and shares the university's past. The project connects former, present, and future students, as well as the broader university and regional community, to the school's rich heritage.

 Vision: We believe that knowledge of the past enriches our community. Our vision is to inspire students, staff, faculty, and alumni to recognize the role they play in shaping UWG's history. Through our experience at West Georgia, we share a common legacy and lifetime connection.

Purpose: The University of West Georgia Office of the Provost and the Center for Public History are excited to present the UWG History Project. This an endeavor dedicated to collecting and preserving UWG’s rich history. The project began Spring 2016 and is guided by Center faculty and staff and executed with the help of public history graduate and undergraduate students working with the Center. As an interdisciplinary venture, the project will facilitate collaboration among various academic departments and between faculty, staff, and students. The University History Project will strengthen UWG’s commitment to community engagement and academic excellence by highlighting the university’s central position in the West Georgia community and emphasizing the unwavering tradition of dedication to student and faculty success. The University History Project includes digital exhibits, walking tours, physical exhibits and campus signage, a university oral history project, public programming, and a formal publication. These various forms offer immersive, interactive, and meaningful experiences for past, present, and future students and faculty, connecting them to the university’s rich history and long standing traditions.