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The University of Georgia is the country’s oldest state-chartered university. The Georgia General Assembly set aside 40,000 acres of state land in 1784, dedicated to the idea of building a state-supported institution of higher learning. On January 27, 1785, an act of the General Assembly brought that idea into reality, incorporating the University of Georgia. The charter was drafted by Abraham Baldwin, first president of UGA. It would be several years later, in 1801, before the Board of Trustees selected a land site--633 acres in northeast Georgia, on the Ocoee River. Construction began on the first building, Franklin College, and, in 1804, the second president, Josiah Meigs, presided over the first graduating class.

There are currently 13 colleges and schools on the UGA campus, and they were established as follows: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 1801; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1859; School of Law, 1859; College of Pharmacy, 1903; D. B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, 1906; College of Education, 1908; Graduate School, 1910; C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, 1912; Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1915; College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1933; College of Veterinary Medicine, 1946; School of Social Work, 1964; School of Environmental Design, 1969; and the Division of General Extension, which is now the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 1947. Today, the main campus is comprised of 313 buildings, set on 605 acres of land. Throughout its Athens-Clarke County location, the University covers 4,308 acres, and, statewide, owns 43,261 acres.

In addition to the many academic opportunities, students will find a vast array of activities and organizations to become involved with, if they so choose. Encouraging an active lifestyle, there are a number of intramural sports, club sports, and fitness activities available to students, including access to the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activity. There are playing fields, tennis courts, and running trails. Clubs are offered to suit every interest, from sports to academic to entertainment. The fraternity an sorority system is strong at UGA, offering interested students the opportunity to become involved with a tight-knit “family” away from home. Students can get involved with the day-to-day workings of the University through the Student Government Association. The city of Athens is very welcoming of its students, and many stores, restaurants, and entertainment establishments will give discounts to those presenting a UGA identification card.

For more information on the University of Georgia, contact their offices at (706) 542-2112.