University of Georgia Birthplace Of The U.S. System Of Public Higher Education On January 27, 1785 – just two years after the Revolutionary War and still four years before George Washington’s inauguration as our first President – the Georgia Legislature adopted the charter that created the University of Georgia, making UGA the oldest chartered state university in the nation. Two men who were early leaders of UGA also signed the U.S. Constitution. Abraham Baldwin, who wrote UGA’s charter and was the institution’s first president, and William Few, a member of the Board of Trustees, signed the Constitution on Georgia’s behalf in 1787.
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• UGA was 21st in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 list of the 50 top public universities in America. The rankings are based on such factors as academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity and financial resources. • Kiplinger’s magazine ranks UGA 4th on its list of best values among 100 public colleges and universities in America. Schools on the list—chosen on the basis of academic quality, cost and financial aid—are places that “combine outstanding economic value with a firstclass education,” according to the magazine. • The University libraries, with more than 4 million volumes, are ranked among the nation’s best 113 research libraries in ratings compiled by the Association of Research Libraries. The libraries contain one of the largest map collections in the United States; the main library houses the original Constitution of the Confederate States of America. • The Wall Street Journal included UGA among 16 “Hot Schools” that are drawing increased attention from students and families because of cost, safety and academic quality advantages. • The Financial Times ranks the Terry College Executive • UGA’s graduate program in landscape architecture is MBA program 22nd in the United States and 59th in ranked 3rd in the country and the undergraduate the world. The program’s “Career Progress,” which program is 4th in rankings compiled by Design Intelcalculates graduates’ advancement in seniority and ligence. The programs are in the College of Environthe size of the company they work for now versus ment and Design. the period before they entered the EMBA program, is • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Terry College of ranked third highest nationally and 13th in the world. Business’s MBA program 49th among more than 500 accredited MBA programs in the country. The rankings • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Terry College graduate program in accounting 22nd in a reputational are based on reputation, student selectivity, placement survey. In the annual Survey of Accounting Professors success, faculty resources and research activity. by Public Accounting Report, the college’s Tull School • A 2007 Wall Street Journal ranking of MBA programs of Accounting bachelor’s program was ranked 10th, based on opinions and survey responses of corporate the master’s program was ranked 11th and the Ph.D. recruiters rates the Terry College 34th in the counprogram was ranked 21st. try among schools with regional recruiting patterns. • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Terry graduate Among all U.S. public business schools, the Terry program in management information systems 15th. College ranks 23rd. 202
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• In U.S. News & World Report rankings of undergraduate “Best Business Programs,” the Terry College is tied for 30th among all schools and 18th among public institutions. Other undergraduate rankings include: insurance program, 2nd; real estate program, 3rd; management information systems program, 9th; and accounting program, 18th. • Business Week ranks the Terry College’s undergraduate program 44th among the best business programs in the country, and 15th among public business schools. • The graduate program in UGA’s School of Social Work is tied for 28th in the nation, and is tied for 3rd in the South, in rankings by U.S. News & World Report. • The graduate program in public relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication ranked fourth among the nation’s top journalism schools in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The Grady College graduate program in advertising ranked 5th, and the graduate program in radio/television ranked 12th.
• UGA students annually receive some of the most prestigious scholarships awarded to American undergraduates. • In 2007, UGA was the only public university to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship, giving UGA a total of 21 Rhodes Scholars in its history. • In the 2007-08 academic year, UGA was the only public university in the country with winners of Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarships. Other scholarships UGA students have received in recent years include the Marshall (4), Mellon (4) and GatesCambridge (4). • UGA ranks 5th among the top 20 research universities in the number of students studying abroad. Nearly 30 percent of UGA undergraduates are involved in some form of international education each year. Many participate in nearly 170 study abroad and student exchange programs UGA conducts in more than 60 countries. UGA is 2nd in the number of students who travel on short-term study abroad. • Nine active, retired or deceased University faculty members have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors an American scientist can attain. • Ten active, retired or deceased faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most distinguished learned societies.