The mission of the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Its motto, "to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things," reflects the University's integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the state's and nation's intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage.

The University of Georgia shares with the other research universities of the University System of Georgia the following core characteristics:
  • a statewide responsibility and commitment to excellence and academic achievements having national and international recognition;
  • a commitment to excellence in a teaching/learning environment dedicated to serve a diverse and well-prepared student body, to promote high levels of student achievement, and to provide appropriate academic support services;
  • a commitment to excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors that are focused on organized programs to create, maintain, and apply new knowledge and theories; that promote instructional quality and effectiveness; and that enhance institutionally relevant faculty qualifications;
  • a commitment to excellence in public service, economic development, and technical assistance activities designed to address the strategic needs of the state of Georgia along with a comprehensive offering of continuing education designed to meet the needs of Georgia's citizens in life-long learning and professional education;
  • a wide range of academic and professional programming at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels.
Quick facts:
Founded: January 27, 1785, by the Georgia General Assembly. UGA is the first state-chartered university in America.
Location: Athens, Georgia (Clarke County), about 60 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Main campus: 388 buildings on 615 acres.
Total acreage in 30 Georgia counties: 39,000 acres

Work Force
(As of October 2009)
Faculty (instr./rsrch/pub. svc): 2,890
Admin./other professional: 3,926
Tech./clerical/crafts/maint.: 3,237
Total: 10,053
Annual Budget (FY 2009): $1.22 billion (29.5% provided by the state of Georgia)

Income (FY 2009): $173.4 million
Expend. (FY 2009): $349.4 million
Intellectual Property Income (FY 2009): $30.5 million

Schools and Colleges
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forest Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the MCG/UGA Medical Partnership

Ranked among top third of nation’s best research libraries. Total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections.

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