Media and press relations for UWG are handled by the University Communications and Marketing organization. If you need a subject matter expert to source, quote or interview for a media event or news story, UWG has hundreds of subject matter experts on everything from politics, to climate change, history, archeology, anthropology, astronomy and hundreds of other amazing disciplines. As a matter of UWG policy, all media interviews and contacts by the press should be made through UCM and not directly with faculty and staff members.
For any media inquiries, contact our Manager of Media Relations:
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About the University of West Georgia
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 sixth 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, and University College.
- Total Enrollment: Record 13,733 in fall 2018
- Degree Programs: 87 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 2018; record 2,697 degrees conferred in 2018-2019 academic year; record four-year and five-year institutional graduation rates
- Campaign Funds Raised: $40 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 has more than 1,800 full and part-time employees. Through its spending, the university supports 5,350 jobs in the west Georgia region
- Geographic Reach: Students from 38 states and 73 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 six consecutive years.
- Expanding the Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative into the west Georgia region.
Open Records Requests
Georgia is an open records state, which means records of state agencies, including the University of West Georgia, are subject to public disclosure.
Please click the following link for information on the Georgia Open Records Act (PDF).
As allowed by state law, the Office of Legal Affairs is the designated, central open records office for the University of West Georgia. The associate vice president for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment serves as the University's custodian of records. The open records officer is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act and coordinating the University’s response to open records requests, subpoenas, and requests for production of documents.
The University requires all written record requests be made upon the duly appointed open records officer. The three-day response period begins when the officer receives the written request.
All written requests containing personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers, date of birth, etc., shall be sent by mail or fax.
For more information, visit UWG’s Office of Legal Affairs.
Business, Research, and Community Resources at UWG
Take advantage of what the University of West Georgia has to offer. UWG boasts a faculty and staff with expertise in over 200 disciplines. The University seeks to develop and grow solid ties with the business, media, academic, and community organizations throughout the West Georgia and state region as well as nationally and globally.