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University of West Georgia: Degree Programs and School Information

Learn about the University of West Georgia. Read about its admissions, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia is located on a 645-acre campus in Carrollton, GA. The school enrolls about 11,000 students each year. The university's history dates back to 1906, when the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School was established to serve 13- to 21-year-old students.


In 2012, the University of West Georgia (UWG) offered a total of 55 bachelor's, 36 master's and specialist, three doctoral and 12 certificate programs. At the undergraduate level, the school offers bachelor's degree programs in areas like criminology, economics, biology and computer science. Graduate degrees are offered in areas such as business, education and public administration.

The university also offers students the opportunity to complete Web-based programs. These programs include a Bachelor of Science in Criminology, an 18-month MBA program, a doctoral program in education and four certificate programs.

Available special-learning opportunities include ROTC training, study abroad programs and teacher certification programs. The school also offers an Honors College that enables high school juniors and seniors to complete their high school graduation requirements while living and studying on the UWG campus.


The university requires that prospective students complete a college-preparatory high school curriculum before applying. First-time freshmen applicants must supply official transcripts for all previous coursework and official ACT or SAT scores. Applications may be submitted online.

In the fall of 2011, roughly 2,000 freshmen began their studies at UWG. In that year, about 82% of all undergraduates attended classes on a full-time basis, 61% were female, and 84% were 24 years of age or younger.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of the 2011-2012 school year, tuition at UWG was around $2,426 per semester for students who were Georgia residents and $8,564 per semester for non-residents. Students living on campus were expected to spend about $7,354 on room and board in the same period. Books and supplies were estimated to cost about $1,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year.

UWG participates in Title IV funding programs and also offers UWG, departmental, freshmen and privately funded scholarships. The average grant or scholarship aid awarded to undergraduate recipients during the 2010-2011 school year was $7,040.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Town, distant*
Student Body Around 10,029 undergraduate and 1,617 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing 10 residential facilities are available**
Schools and Programs Eight schools and colleges; roughly 106 undergraduate and graduate degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: elementary education and teaching (190)
Master's: general business administration and management (87)
Doctoral: education (13)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
12% in four years
37% in six years
40% in eight years*
Admission Rate 55% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates Undergraduates who began in Fall 2010:
74% (full-time students)
57% (part-time students)*
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 25% of admitted students scored 1070 or above on the critical reading and math test in 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date June 1 for fall semester**
Undergraduate Tuition $5,645 per year for GA residents and $15,226 per year for non-residents (full-time tuition and fees as of 2011-2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Freshmen Receiving It) In 2010-2011 for full-time beginning undergraduate students:
Federal grants (50%)
State and local grants (58%)
Institutional scholarships (5%)
Federal loans (59%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 92% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of West Georgia.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Mandeville Hall - Front Campus Drive, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118
  • Phone: (678) 839-5600
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