Birthplace of public higher education
herTy fieLD The birthplace of Georgia’s athletic juggernaut is today one of the most picturesque places on the UGA campus. In 1892, Georgia fielded its first football team. That squad — and the teams that followed — called Herty Field home. Located behind the UGA Chapel, that’s where the century-old tradition of ringing the Chapel Bell (right) through the night following victories was born.
The University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in the United States. UGA was the first state-chartered university in the entire nation. On Jan. 27, 1785, the Georgia State Legislature drafted the papers to create the University of Georgia. UGA was created two years before the Constitution was signed and four years before George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the U.S. For more than two centuries, Georgia has been a leader in higher education. Most recently, UGA has been ranked among the top-25 public universities in the nation during each of the past nine years.
caMPus connecTion The University of Georgia campus has grown from a small series of buildings on North Campus to a 615-acre masterpiece that is generally regarded as one of the most efficient and picturesque in the nation.
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