Message from the President

Hello, and welcome to the University of West Georgia! My name is Dr. Kyle Marrero, and I’m honored to serve as president of this fine institution. I want to be the first one to tell you that the University of West Georgia is a university like no other. At UWG, we transform lives and change perceptions, constantly challenging ourselves to ask “what if” and “why not.” We refuse 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.

As we enter what will surely be another auspicious year, here are the five things I want you to know about the University of West Georgia:

1. UWG is driven by student success.

With cutting-edge, experiential academic programs, students at UWG are challenged to acquire knowledge and skills outside the traditional academic setting. We provide opportunities for hands-on experience like internships, externships, co-ops, practicums, researching, volunteering and job-shadowing that give our students the edge when applying for jobs or post-baccalaureate degrees. In addition, our LEAP West! project’s primary goal is explaining, promoting and advocating for a broad-based, high-quality education as a foundation for entering the world of work, play and civic responsibility. Our goal in time is an education revolution, as a result of which undergraduate education will be an engaging, compelling and comprehensive preparation for a truly meaningful and successful life in the real world.

2. UWG is accessible.

With our main campus in Carrollton, Georgia, just an hour west of Atlanta, and beautiful locations at UWG Newnan and UWG Douglasville. We also offer some of the most robust online programming in the nation, with online doctoral degrees in the College of Education and Tanner Health System School of Nursing ranked in the top 10 nationwide. We offer more than 30 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels and serve as leaders in the state of Georgia in hybrid in-class and online offerings that offer our students unparalleled flexibility in both undergraduate and graduate degree attainment. And we’re proud to work with partners like Georgia Highlands College and West Georgia Technical College to ensure every student who meets our academic qualifications has access to join the Pack.

3. UWG is vibrant.

Our 645-acre campus in the Georgia pines is home to some of the best friends you’ll ever have. We enroll students from 38 states and 73 countries, excluding Georgia and the United States. The communities we serve offer students, faculty and staff the best of both worlds, boasting top-tier recreational amenities to keep their citizens healthy, active and engaged in small-town settings. We field 13 intercollegiate athletics teams and offer more than 150 student organizations so you’re sure to find your place at UWG. From academic honors societies to fraternities and sororities and the Student Government Association, there’s always something going on out West.

4. UWG is affordable.

Our goal is for students to graduate from our dynamic programs with little to no student loan debt thanks to a wealth of merit- and need-based scholarships available. We are state leaders in our commitment to efficiency and affordability here at UWG. I’m humbled and honored to serve as chair on the committee conducting the University System of Georgia’s Comprehensive Administrative Review, in which we have strived to address the challenge of how to provide quality higher education learning experience in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. The administrative review will result in enhanced affordability and access for our students, strengthening the core academic enterprise and improving student support services system-wide.

5. Finally, and most importantly, UWG is transformative.

Our students’ lives are fundamentally changed after attending the University of West Georgia. Nearly half of our students are the first in their family to attend college, so they make academic contributions that will last for generations. Our students discover new genes. They perform on Broadway. They serve as ambassadors to foreign nations. They close $3 million in real-estate deals four years after graduating. We’re the third-largest producer of teachers in Georgia, and 100 percent of our Tanner Health System School of Nursing students have a job after graduation. Students who earn graduate degrees at UWG have access to some of the most rigorous, robust academic programming in the nation, ranked in the top third for online graduate education by U.S. News & World Report.

As we begin 2019 and all the possibilities a new year holds, we remain committed to showing our progress and success through these five key characteristics. We hope you’ll join us in that commitment to make this year the most rewarding and transformative UWG has ever seen!

Go West, and Go Wolves!