The University of Georgia
At its founding in 1785, The University of Georgia (UGA) made history as the first public, state-supported university in America, and the University of Georgia is known for its vibrant student community. UGA is a four-year, coeducational, public research university located in Athens, Georgia and is only a 60 miles from the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta Georgia.
UGA was the first institution to have its own Odum School of Ecology and environmental sciences and was the only public university in America with two Rhodes Scholars in 2008. More than 300 different products originating from university research are currently on the market and the school holds more than 500 patents. Also UGA’s college town of Athens was rated among the best sports towns in the country by ESPN, and the highly ranked Georgia Bulldogs sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I SEC Conference. The University of Georgia provides a rich and diverse environment for learning, both in and outside of the classroom.
There are more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including nearly 60 Greek chapters. Other interesting facts are that some 223 students represent 51 different countries and 330 students come from homes where English is not the native language, and over 1400 UGA students identify themselves as non-Caucasian. More than 300 first-year students began their studies in the Freshman College Summer Experience Program.UGA also offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to new UGA graduate students, current UGA graduate and undergraduate students, UGA and Athens community members, and students from overseas who are seeking a summer-only English program.