The University of West Georgia is a public university in Carrolton, GA, a town located 45 miles from Atlanta. UWG was founded in 1906 and is situated on a 645 acre rural campus. UWG originally began as a mechanical and agricultural school and was known as the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School. The Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School changed its name to West Georgia College in 1933, when it became a two year college, and in 1957 it became a four year academic institution. UWG is currently a charter member of the University System of Georgia and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additional accreditation has also been given to some of UWG’s degree programs.
Over 11,000 students are enrolled at UWG, and academic programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. UWG’s 106 academic programs include 55 bachelors, 36 masters and specialist, and 3 doctoral degrees and 12 certificate programs. UWG’s programs have a liberal arts foundation and provide knowledge that is needed to foster the intellectual growth of students, which will enable them to become socially and personally responsible members of society. UWG has a learning environment that consists of close student & faculty that enhances students learning experiences. UWG offers an online program to students that require a flexible schedule, and who are not able to attend UWG classes that are held in the traditional classroom environment. UWG also has an off campus division, UWG-Newman, that offers core classes, two undergraduate degree programs and four master degree programs.
UGW’s schools include the Richards College of Business, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Social Sciences, the School of Nursing, the College of Education and the Honors College. The psychology program at UWG has a humanistic and transpersonal focus, and in addition to being offered at UWG, this type of program is only offered by one other public university in the country.
UWG is home to the Advanced Academy of Georgia, which is an early college entrance residential program that was established in 1995 and has an enrollment of approximately 100 students. The Advanced Academy typically accepts students during their junior and senior years of high school, and in the past has also accepted extremely gifted younger students. Students enrolled in the Advanced Academy can pursue the discipline of their choice, as long as it meets the credit requirements for graduation from their high school. Each 3-4 credit hour class taken at UWG is considered a full high school credit unit, which makes it possible for students to receive a full year of high school credit in one semester at UWG.
UWG has academic centers and academic support services that are available to enhance students learning experiences and to help them reach their educational goals. The academic centers at UWG are:
- Center for Public History
- Center for Economic Education
- Child Development Center
- Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center
- Evaluation Center
- Small Business Development Center
- Thomas B. Murphy Holocaust Teacher Training & Resource Center
- Academic advising
- Counseling and Career Development Center
- EXCEL Center
- Multicultural Achievement Program
- The Writing Center
- Teaching Materials Center
The average tuition for in-state residents per semester is $7,932 for undergraduate students, and for graduate students it is $2,912 for 9 credit hours. For non-resident undergraduate students, tuition is $14,070 per semester, and for graduate students, it is $7,934 for 9 credit hours. Financial aid is available to qualified students.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,917
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