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The University of West Georgia challenges students to embrace intellectual and cultural diversity through...

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

At the University of West Georgia, students and faculty alike transform lives and change perceptions, constantly challenging themselves to ask “what if” and refusing to accept that possibilities are limited. The University embraces diversity. It values community. It drives growth. The entire community engages and works collectively to be the best comprehensive university in America, sought after as the best place to work, learn, and succeed.


Founded in 1906, UWG grew from a district agricultural and mechanical school to a two-year institution. It then became a four-year college in 1957, ultimately achieving university status in 1996. At UWG, students Go West, blazing trails to new possibilities for scholarly achievement, creative expression, and service to humanity. As the 6th largest public university in Georgia, the university’s student population in the Fall of 2016 was comprised of 13,308 students from 43 states and 74 countries. It offers 87 fields of study, including bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates. UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is classified as a SACS Level VI University, the highest level possible. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education awarded the university the classification of Doctoral Research University R3. Only seven other Georgia institutions of higher learning qualify for doctoral university status.

 Amazing things happen to students who Go West.

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
11,155 undergraduate students
81% of undergrad students are full time
36% male — 64% female
27% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
424 full-time faculty
289 part-time faculty
21 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
74% of first year students live on campus
29% of all students live on campus

School Location

Named a City of Excellence in Georgia and listed as one of the 50 Best Small Southern Towns, Carrollton is the cultural, educational, health care, and commercial center for the west Georgia region. The city’s population of about 20,000 embraces UWG students, faculty, and staff, welcoming the diversity that the university contributes to life in Carroll County. Shops, galleries, and restaurants line the downtown square; dining experiences range from Southern to gourmet and international cuisine; movies, dancing, theatrical productions are close within reach; and recreational activities abound through an award-winning parks and recreation program that features 33,421 acres of recreational parks and facilities.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


72% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


41.21% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 38%
White 49%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


The University of West Georgia, competing within the Gulf South Conference of the NCAA Division II, offers the following team sports:

Women: Softball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball
Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, and Golf

UWG Athletics has a rich history of championship success. Over the past 42 years, UWG has earned two national championships, six regional championships, and 20 NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference Championships. The 2015-16 athletic year was a step forward for West Georgia, as the Wolves won the Super Region 2 Championship and the Gulf South Conference Championship in football, and men’s basketball won the GSC tournament in March to become conference champions for the first time since 2002. For football, the yeae marked back-to-back region championships as well as the first GSC title since the 2000 season (fourth in school history!). Further, in spring 2017, UWG had two Seniors drafted into the NFL—more than any other university in Georgia.

With a total of 17 national titles, the UWG Cheerleading Squads have taken over competitive cheerleading. The Coed squad returned to the top of the podium this past January, becoming the UCA National Champions and winning their 10th title since 2002. The All-Girl Squad has won three of the last four UCA titles and six since 2005. This title came after their first year competing in a Division I classification.

The UWG mascot, “Wolfie,”  is undeniably the athletics teams’ biggest fan and has caused an uproar in West Georgia’s athletics! He supports all the teams at the university including baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and softball games. While getting the crowd pumped for our games, fans always enjoy watching Wolfie dance, play, and kid with the supporters of UWG. Wolfie’s favorite quotes is: “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” Wolfie firmly believes in becoming one with the wolf pack, so to feel more like a part of the football family, Wolfie dons the teams’ jerseys every year!

Other Information

The institutional mission and daily operation of the University of West Georgia are guided by a set of values that support its vision to be the best place to work, learn, and succeed.

The value of achievement is evident in UWG’s commitment to the academic and social success of students, staff, and faculty.  The value of caring is evident in the institution’s consistent concern and regard for its students, staff, and faculty as well as the larger communities in which they live and serve.

The value of collaboration is evident in UWG’s commitment to shared governance, teamwork, and cooperative spirits that shape the interactions between students, staff, and faculty, and the communities they serve.

The value of inclusiveness is evident in the commitment to celebrating diversity and creating a welcoming campus that is emotionally and physically safe for all.

The value of innovation is evident in its commitment to fostering a learning atmosphere in which new methods and ideas are respected and rewarded.

The value of integrity is evident in the university’s commitment to rigorous ethical standards within the classroom, in interpersonal conduct, and in service to the community.

The value of sustainability is evident in the school-wide obligation to maintaining ecological balance. The staff at UWG plan their operations in the best interest for future generations, aiming to create the same or better quality of opportunities for success available.

The value of wisdom is evident in the university’s commitment to teaching and learning, emphasizing knowledge for the purpose of positively transforming the lives of employees and students as well as improving the world in which they live.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts: Art, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Global Studies, History, International Economic Affairs, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art Bachelor of Music: Composition, Music Teacher Education, Performance, Performance with Emphasis in Jazz Studies, Performance with Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy Bachelor of Science: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Geology, Mass Communications, Mathematics, Organizational Leadership, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Management Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education (P-5), Physical Education (P-12), Special Education and Teaching – General Curriculum (P-12), Speech-Language Pathology (P-12) Bachelor of Science in Nursing Master of Arts: Criminology, English, History, Psychology, Sociology Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education (Biology, Broad Field Science, Business Education, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science), Special Education Master of Business Administration Master of Education: Business Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Media (Instructional Technology, Media Specialist), Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling), Reading Instruction, Secondary Education (Biology, Broad Field Science, Earth Science, English, History, Mathematics), Special Education and Teaching – General Curriculum, Speech-Language Pathology Master of Music: Music Education, Performance Master of Professional Accounting Master of Public Administration Master of Science: Applied Computer Science, Biology, Mathematics Master of Science in Nursing Specialist in Education: Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Media (Instructional Technology, Media Specialist), Professional Counseling, Special Education Doctor of Education: Professional Counseling and Supervision, School Improvement Ed.D. in Nursing Education Ph.D. in Psychology: Consciousness and Society Post-Master’s Certificate: Nursing Health Systems Leadership, Nursing Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: European Union Studies, Museum Studies, Nonprofit Management and Community Development, Public Management, Data Analysis and Evaluation Methods, Geographic Information Systems, Integrative Health Studies, Public History Non-Degree Initial Certification Programs in Education: Art (P-12), Early Childhood Education (P-5), French (P-12), Media Specialist (P-12), Music (P-12), Spanish (P-12) Non-Degree Add-On Certification Programs and Endorsements in Education: Educational Leadership (Tier 1, Performance-Based), Instructional Technology, K-5 Mathematics Endorsement, K-5 Science Endorsement, Media Specialist, Reading Endorsement

More Distinctions

  • Georgia ranking: The state’s sixth largest public university

  • Educational diversity: Six colleges and one school – Arts and Humanities, Honors College, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Mathematics, Nursing, Richards College of Business

  • Economic impact: $518 million as reported by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 2015

  • Employment impact: More than 1,800 full and part-time employees and support through spending of more than 5,100 jobs in the west Georgia region

  • Geographic reach: Students from 43 states and 74 countries

  • Student involvement: More than 150 student organizations

  • The University of West Georgia broke ground on renovation and expansion that will transform the university’s 46-year-old biology building into a modern center for collaborative learning and research. The $25-million project will be complete in time for fall 2018 classes.

  • The University of West Georgia was named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2017. UWG is one of only two universities nationwide to receive this national recognition from the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) for four consecutive years.

  • The University of West Georgia Coed cheerleading squad recently won the program’s 20th and 21st national titles, bringing home first place at UCA Nationals in the Division II All Girls and Coed competitions.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UWG and its online information technology, nursing, education, and MBA graduate programs among the nation’s best.

Undergraduate Research

The University of West Georgia’s Office of Undergraduate Research was established to facilitate collaboration between faculty mentors and student researchers; coordinate university-wide research events, such as Research Day and Big Night; assist students in their preparation and travel to research conferences; and encourage new initiatives to create, enhance, and expand undergraduate research opportunities for all West Georgia students. Faculty-directed undergraduate research complements classroom learning through learning by doing, providing an additional educational opportunity that transforms students into scholars. Undergraduate research experience is invaluable and provides UWG scholars a multitude of opportunities both during and beyond their undergraduate career.

Further, UWG Honors College students are required to participate in undergraduate research as criteria to graduate with an Honors College Distinction. Students can meet this criteria by sharing their scholarly work with others in the form of an oral presentation, poster presentation, or a formal paper. There are many venues for students to present their work both on campus at departmental conferences or symposiums as well as off campus at regional, national, or international conferences. Students may also publish their research in a journal in their discipline. UWG is dedicated to facilitating undergraduate student involvement in scholarly research across all academic fields.

Ignite Program

The UWG Ignite Program is a summer bridge program designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to be successful in college but have not yet met the university’s admissions requirements. These students begin classes in the summer and gain access to the campus resources and services that serve as support for their transition to the university. The Ignite program runs over the course of five weeks from late June to late July. As part of the Ignite program, students live on campus, take two courses, and participate in engaging activities that promote student success. In the following fall semester, they are required to register for UWG 1101 (first-year seminar) and English Composition I, as well as English Composition II in the spring semester.


As a part of the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) educational initiative from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, UWG’s LEAP West! has a goal of creating professionally versatile and successful students who are capable of navigating real-world problems. LEAP West! encourages and supports collaboration among colleges and departments to develop university-wide initiatives such as revisions to first-year seminars and learning communities, strengthening student participation in major and minor programs, revising capstone seminars, creating guided pathways within academic programs, and increasing the number of experiential learning opportunities for students.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

The Center for Teaching and Learning

UWG’s Center for Teaching and Learning actively encourages and supports faculty to enhance student success in their courses and beyond. By helping faculty to implement high-impact practices and active learning strategies, the CTL helps ensure that all students can engage in deep and meaningful learning.

First-Year Seminars

With 28 FYS sections in Fall 2017 (and a plan to expand the number of sections in Fall 2018), UWG’s first-year seminars involve a dynamic collaboration between faculty and professional staff from the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Division. The seminars each have a unique academic focus, but the broader goals of the seminar are consistent across each section:1) Introduce first-year students to the importance of lifelong, active learning and the value of intellectual inquiry; and 2) Provide first-year students with an opportunity for meaningful dialogue with faculty as a way to develop mentoring relationships and foster positive faculty-student interactions throughout their college careers. First-year seminars have been identified as a high-impact practice aligned with the LEAP / AAC&U initiatives.

Writing-Intensive Courses

Writing-intensive courses have been an institutional focus for UWG for many years. Students can elect to receive a writing-intensive DSW (Discipline Specific Writing) certificate as part of their major, indicating their intention to grow as communicators. As required in multiple core areas, students fulfill UWG’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) through courses that focus on improving student writing.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 81 261 412 188 92 88 29 1151

Learning Communities

UWG offers both Learning Communities and Living-Learning Communities. A Learning Community is a small group of students who take their classes together during their first year. Learning Communities offer a “small college” environment within the larger campus. Some of these classes consist exclusively of students within the same Learning Community. The set of Learning Community courses center on a common theme, such as film, creative writing, the environment, or science-based careers in either the health professions or engineering. Some advantages of joining a Learning Community include exploring one’s academic and career options, developing leadership skills, connecting with a faculty or staff member in an area of interest, finding one’s passion in life, and building friendships that last a lifetime.

Living-learning communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are a great example of UWG’s commitment to scholarly achievement, creative expression, and service to humanity. These communities also help students make their mark in their own way. LLCs at UWG are specialized living environments for small groups of residential students. LLCs center on a specific theme while integrating related academic courses, custom programming, and staff mentoring. Research indicates that students who participate in LLCs earn better grades and are more satisfied with the overall college experience than other students. Participating in an LLC at UWG counts as a New Student (First-Year Experience) program, but there are also programs for all academic classifications—not just freshmen!

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Career Services

The mission of Career Services at the University of West Georgia is to provide students with the comprehensive resources needed to attain their professional career goals. Through collaboration with campus, employer, and community partnerships, they  help students and alumni by facilitating career development through career counseling, student employment, experiential learning, and the job search process. The staff aim to educate and empower students to be proactive in their lifetime academic and career success.

Professional Educator Development

To achieve its mission, UWG Career Services works cooperatively with campus partners, employers, and community members.  One example of these cooperative efforts includes a collaboration with the UWG College of Education to present a day of professional development for students in the third block of their education major. Recently, the program included two former Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists. These exemplary teachers each gave motivational speeches about the importance of teaching, connecting with students and their parents, and the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom. Students also learned about various applications and programs they can use in their teaching. And, in a discussion panel with school-system human resource experts, students learned about the hiring process for their individual school systems as well as what helps candidates stand out. The event stood as a great opportunity for students to ask questions and network with valuable experts.

Careers in Science

Career Services collaborates with the UWG College of Science and Mathematics (COSM) to host a two-day STEM Wolf Tour.  Portions of this program include networking opportunities and a visit from two major local employers. Recently, Tanner Health System and Southwire hosted students for a tour to showcase some of the “out of the box” careers available to STEM students. Partnering with COSM and the UWG Management Club, Career Services also sponsored three industry nights: Healthcare, Logistics/Management, and STEM. Each event included an industry panel of experts to talk about the state of each industry, skills and education needed, career paths, and opportunities available. There was also a networking time for students and industry guests.

Internships and Externships

The Student Externship Program (SEP) offered by Career Services is a career-exploration program that allows students wanting to get an insider’s view of a chosen career field to be matched with UWG alumni and other professionals for an externship during Spring Break. This opportunity allows the extern to gain a better understanding of their industries’ most valued skills, knowledge, and capabilities for their professional success. Career Services also hosts four career fairs during the year: Accounting and Finance, Graduate and Professional School, College of Education, and Career and Internship Expo. These fairs give students the opportunity to network with organizations looking to hire for internships and full-time positions as well as research graduate programs at various schools from around the country.



7,974 Total Applicants
4,712 Total Admissions
2,434 Total Freshmen Enrollment

59.09% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Jun 1
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 520
SAT Math 430 500
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 18 22
ACT Math 17 21
ACT English 18 22
ACT Writing    

Application Information

The mission of UWG’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is to enroll a diverse and qualified body of students through intentional and caring service, effective communications, and successful recruitment techniques, promoting a transformational experience and student fit within the University. To determine eligibility for admittance, applicants must submit official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a non-refundable application fee. Students who attend high school outside of the United States must submit their high school transcript for foreign credential evaluation. All required documents to determine eligibility must be received in the Office of Admissions no later than the established term application and document deadline date. It can take 1-2 weeks for the office to receive submitted documents, and so it is recommended that students send all required missing documents/supplemental items at least one month before the application deadline.


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $5,226 $18,444
Fees $1,962 $1,962
Total $7,188 $20,406
Room and Board (on campus) $9,652 $9,652
Room Only $5,300 $5,300
Board Only $4,352 $4,352
Estimated Total On Campus $16,840 $30,058


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 Final

$8,591 First year students
$4,965 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 Final

47.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
55% of financial need students that had need fully met

$4,965 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,058 Average need-based loan

Financial Aid Information

The UWG Department of Financial Aid is the primary institutional unit that assists students in financing their educational expenses through a variety of federal, state, and institutional loans, grants, scholarships, and work programs. In fall 2016, 86% of UWG undergraduates received some type of financial aid with the number of HOPE grant recipients growing 38% since fall 2013! In conjunction with the UWG Enrollment Services Center, UWG Financial Aid works directly with applicants for student aid, with their parents or sponsors, and with secondary school personnel in providing information and assistance to current and prospective recipients of aid. This is accomplished by collaborating with numerous offices and organizations on and off campus; offering programs such as College Goal Georgia and FAFSA Nights to help current students, potential students, and high school seniors complete the FAFSA; providing information to incoming students at Orientation regarding Financial Aid policies and their personal financial aid files; and attending Preview Days to help answer questions that future students and their families may have about Financial Aid. Students may visit the UWG Scholarship Search website to search for and apply for scholarships offered through UWG. Although anyone is welcome to search scholarship opportunities through this site, in order to apply for scholarships at UWG, students need to have been admitted through the Admissions Office as an incoming freshman/transfer student or be an enrolled current student. In addition, each department within UWG keeps a list of scholarships they offer.