The University of Georgia (commonly referred to as UGA or simply Georgia) is a large public, land grant, sea grant, flagship research university located in Athens, Georgia in the United States. Founded in 1785, it is the oldest and largest of the state's institutions of higher learning and is one of multiple schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States. The University of Georgia is a part of the University System of Georgia.
The University of Georgia offers one-hundred-and-forty different degree programs in a wide array of disciplines. Ranked among the nation’s best research libraries; consisting of thirteen libraries spread across multiple campuses, UGA Libraries contains a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. UGA Libraries is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.
The university is organized into eighteen schools and colleges. The University has three campuses: the largest in the main campus in Athens, Georgia and two others in Tifton, Georgia and Griffin, Georgia. UGA also has satellite campuses located in Atlanta, Georgia and Lawrenceville, Georgia. The main campus occupies 389 buildings on 759 acres. Total acreage in 30 Georgia counties amounts to 39,950 acres. UGA also owns three international residential and research centers located in Oxford, England and Cortona, Italy and Monteverde, Costa Rica. UGA Costa Rica, the largest center, is used as a site for research, study abroad, symposia, and ecotourism.
University of Georgia's reputation is well-regarded globally. In its 2011 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate program 56th among national universities, while ranking the business, education, journalism, law, and public affairs graduate programs as high as 4th and all in the top 50. U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “Best Colleges” edition has UGA ranked 21st among public universities, and Kiplinger's Magazine ranks UGA 6th in its 2012 list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”. UGA's Public Affairs program was ranked 4th in the nation. UGA's biological engineering program was ranked 11th in the nation. UGA's pharmacy program was ranked 26th in the nation. As of 2012, UGA's College of Pharmacy boasts the highest composite NAPLEX pass rate of any pharmacy school in Georgia and higher than the number one ranked University of California, San Francisco. The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked 9th in the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of colleges of veterinary medicine. U.S. News & World Report" cited the university as the No. 11 ranked "Up-and-Coming School" in the National University category tied with the University of Southern California and ahead of Emory University due to the university's great progress in the recent years.
The university has also been recognized as one of the Public Ivies. The university also made the list of "Top 10 Public Ivy League Schools."
The School of Environment and Design was named the No. 1 Landscape Architecture program for undergraduates in the nation, as well as No. 3 for post-graduate studies in the list of top 15 Landscape Architecture Schools for 2006. Internationally, Georgia was ranked 386th in the 2011 QS World University Rankings. American Association of Medical Colleges named UGA as ranked 7th in the nation for the number of White applicants to medical school, 17th for most African American applicants to medical school, 36th for most Asian applicants to medical school. UGA's pre-medical program is consistently ranked one of the best in the nation. In 2012, SmartMoney named UGA as 4th best salary returns on tuition, topping leading flagship universities such as University of Washington, University of Illinois, UC-Berkley, University of Michigan and University of Virginia.
UGA student athletes compete intercollegiately as the Bulldogs. As a member of the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs have won thirty-seven national championships and 130 conference championships. Twenty-seven athletes, one coach and one administrator with ties to UGA participated in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Apart from academics, research, and athletics, UGA is also well known for its main campus in the acclaimed college town of Athens, with dominant architectural themes of Federal—the older buildings—and Classical and Antebellum style. Situated on a 759-acre (3.07 km2) main campus, UGA has a workforce of more than 9,800, an annual budget of about $1.32 billion, and a physical plant valued at some $500 million, making it one of the largest employers in Georgia and a major contributor to the state's economic and cultural vitality. Athens is home to many popular music artists including the American rock band R.E.M. and Widespread Panic. Every summer since 1996 the city has hosted AthFest, a non-profit music and arts festival in the downtown area.
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