The University of West Georgia (UWG) was founded in 1906. This public institution can be found on a rural campus of 645 acres in Carrollton, Georgia. Carrollton is located 50 miles west of Atlanta. It was listed as one of the best regional universities in the south in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
Class sizes are relatively small at the University of West Georgia, with the highest percentage of classes consisting of 20-49 students. The class size with the next highest percentage contains less than 20 students and a smaller percentage of classes offered have more than 50 students attending.
This institution offers undergraduate and graduate level coursework. The colleges and schools offered include the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Social Sciences, the College of Education, the Richards College of Business, the School of Nursing, the Honors College and the Graduate School.
The graduate level programs offered include graduate education and three doctoral programs. Out of all the programs offered the most popular majors include: business, management, and marketing; education; social sciences; health professions; and psychology. The nursing program was ranked in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges under best grad school programs. The business school, the education school, public affairs, and the speech-language pathology program were also recognized, but not ranked.
University of West Georgia students can take online courses through the eCore program. This program allows students to take most of their first two years of undergraduate courses completely online. Students can also take various upper division undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses online. In the 2009-2010 school year there were 311 distance education courses available. Through combinations of these courses, there are seven degrees which can be awarded solely through online coursework.
The Honors College offers all of the undergraduate degree programs at a more challenging level. Students enrolled in this program benefit from the honors activities, honors courses, and honors residence hall. Students in this program usually take two to three Honors courses each year and the rest of their courses are at the normal undergraduate level. Graduating from the Honors College requires that students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2, complete a minimum of 10 Honors courses, and complete an Honors Thesis.
The Advanced Academy of Georgia allows high school students with high academic ability to take college credit courses while in high school. Students usually apply to this program during their sophomore or junior year in high school. This program allows these students to take classes taught by the university professors at the university. Students will receive high school and university credit for all of the courses they take.
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Students applying for undergraduate admissions can fill out an application online or print out the application and mail it to the Office of Admissions. These students must also pay a nonrefundable application fee, send official high school transcripts and/or college transcripts, and send SAT or ACT scores. Students who wish to receive In-State tuition must send proof of Lawful Presence in the US.
Transfer students with less than 30 semester hours must send their SAT or ACT scores, whereas students with more than 30 semester hours must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all courses transferable to UWG. Students can visit UWG’s transfer course equivalency site in order to estimate which courses will be transferable.
International students are not able to complete their application online, instead they must complete the entire International Application. The International Application can be found online and printed from the student’s personal computer. International students must submit an application, a nonrefundable application fee, official SAT or ACT scores, and official high school and/or college transcripts. For students whose native language is not English they must take either the IELTS or the TOEFL and submit their scores. These students must also complete a financial affidavit in order to prove financial accountability for the first year’s expenses. Also international students must take a full course load each semester in order to maintain their F-1 Visa.
Students applying for graduate admissions must complete the online application for graduate admissions along with a nonrefundable application fee. Each academic department has different requirements for admissions. All students applying for graduate admissions must have their official transcripts sent from all previously attended institutions. Students interested in applying to a graduate program can find a list of requirements on the UWG official website.
The scholarship opportunities available for incoming freshman include: the Foundation Scholarships, the Presidential Academic Scholarships, the Emerging Leader Awards, the Betty Reynolds Cobb Scholarship, the James Emory Boyd Scholarship, the Terry Kapetanakos Memorial Scholarship, the Mary Ann Leathers Memorial Scholarship, the Phil McDowell Scholarship, the Jennifer Lynn Olson Memorial Scholarship, the Holland Scholarship, the Goizueta Scholarship, the Art Scholarships, the Friends of Theatre New Talent Award, and the Encore Theatre Company Theatre Achievement Scholarships.
International students are not eligible for any financial aid. However they may be eligible for several academic department scholarships after taking courses at UWG.
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Since this is a public institution, out-of-state students are charged higher tuition and fees in comparison to in-state students. Consequently, most of the students enrolled at this institution are from the state, more specifically West Georgia.
Most students live off-campus but a smaller percentage of students do live on-campus. All freshmen are required to live on campus for the first two semesters or until they have completed 30 credit hours. Also all freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan. All rooms provide local telephone services, basic cable television, and direct Internet access. Consumption of alcohol is permitted on campus for all students who are of legal age.
A small percentage of students are members of a sorority or a fraternity at the University of West Georgia. All of these organizations have different requirements in which members must maintain. However all students must be enrolled full-time during the new member period.
The National Pan-Hellenic active sororities offered from this organization include: Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta, and Alpha Kappa Alpha.
There are also several National Pan-Hellenic active fraternities offered and these include: Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma.
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities offered include: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, and Sigma Kappa.
The Council National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Fraternities offered include: Alpha Tau Omega, Chi Phi, Delta Chi, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, PiKappaAlpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu, and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
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The athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference. Their sports teams are known as the wolves. The men’s athletic teams include baseball, football, basketball, cross country, and golf. Women are able to compete on the following athletic teams: basketball, golf, cross country, softball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
- The University of West Georgia. 2011. UWG. 3 June 2011 <http://www.westga.edu/>.
- West Georgia Athletics. 2011. WG Athletics. 3 June 2011 <http://www.uwgsports.com/>.