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University of West Georgia

Seal of University of West Georgia
Motto Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment
Established 1906[1]
Type Public
Endowment $15,177,178[2]
President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna
Students 11,252[3]
Undergraduates 9,230[3]
Postgraduates 2,022[3]
Location Carrollton, Georgia, USA
33°34′18″N 85°06′53″W / 33.57167°N 85.11472°W / 33.57167; -85.11472
Campus Rural 644 acres (2.61 km2)
Former names Fourth District A&M School,
West Georgia College,
State University of West Georgia
Colors Red and Blue         
Nickname Wolves
Mascot “Wolfie”
Athletics NCAA Division II
Affiliations Gulf South Conference

The University of West Georgia, or UWG, is a comprehensive, residential University located in Carrollton, Georgia, approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of Atlanta, Georgia. The University is built on a 645 acre (2 km²) campus including a recent land gift of 246 acres (1 km²) from the city of Carrollton in 2003.[4] Off-campus classes are available in Dalton, Newnan, Georgia Highlands College in Rome, and at several other community locations throughout the state. For the past six years, the University has been named as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review.[5]



The University of West Georgia was originally founded as the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School in Carrollton, Georgia in 1906 with the first class of 108 students entering in 1908.[1] In 1933 the school's name was changed to West Georgia College and it became a two-year institution. West Georgia became a four-year institution in 1957.[1]


The University offers numerous programs of study at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Graduate levels through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Richards College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Nursing, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. In addition, the university is one of few in the United States to hold a residential, early entrance to college opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, the Advanced Academy of Georgia. Advanced Academy students take college courses and reside on campus under the supervision of a professional residential staff.


Psychology program

The University is unique in that it is one of only two public universities in the United States offering a psychology program with a humanistic and transpersonal focus. In 1967 Mike Arons, a student of Abraham Maslow, Paul Ricoeur, and Jim Klee, became chair of the West Georgia psychology department. Jim Thomas, then on the psychology faculty at West Georgia, and others had asked Abraham Maslow to recommend someone to them to initiate a humanistic emphasis there, and Arons was Maslow's recommendation.[6]

Student life

Students have access to more than 99 student organizations covering academics, cultural/international, departmental/educational, professional and honor groups, politics, science, religion, service, recreation and sports, and social fraternities and sororities.

UWG's marching band is known as "The Sound that Lights the South" and consists of over 140 members. Led by Dr. Douglas Overmier since 2003, it is known for its high energy and athleticism. Each performance finishes with the band dancing to the final number.

The pedestrian campus also includes a library with 561,900 volumes, a gym, computer labs, tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, a nature trail, a quarter-mile (400 m) running track, and basketball courts.

The University also operates noncommercial radio station WUWG FM 90.7 MHz. It has been on the air since 1973 (as WWGC until 2001), serving all of Carrollton and Carroll County as well as the student body of the university. Originally a diverse college radio station, it is now a listener-supported public radio affiliate of Georgia Public Broadcasting, simulcasting the GPB Radio network at most times.

The world's only hand-painted replica of the Bayeux Tapestry is located at the University of West Georgia by the Art Department. It is displayed in the third floor atrium of the Humanities building. This replica was donated to the university by the city of Bayeux, France in 1997.

Greek Village

Acting as a small community within the larger UWG community, the newly opened Greek Village features 18 houses ranging in size, complete with a living/chapter room, kitchen, laundry facilities, a mix of single and double bedrooms and semi-private bathrooms. Also included within the village are outdoor green spaces, adequate parking, a commons building and soon an outdoor basketball and volleyball court.

The effort to create such a facility allows for the university to not only expand its housing offerings, but also attract new students to UWG, making it more of a destination university. Students who are involved in campus life tend to be more successful academically and, with the creation of the Greek Village, this trend will strengthen even more. Additionally, within the Greek system at UWG, there are three different governing councils: Panhellenic, Interfraternity and National Pan-Hellenic. In creating the Greek Village, it became possible for these different groups to share a space together for the first time.


The athletics program fields men's intercollegiate teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and golf and women's teams in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. All intercollegiate sports are affiliated with NCAA Division II of the as a member of a member of the Gulf South Conference. In 2006, amid the Native American mascot controversy, the UWG changed its athletic nickname from the "Braves" to the "Wolves."

Athletic achievements

  • Co-ed Cheerleading holds eight consecutive NCAA Division II titles 2002-2009.[citation needed]
  • All-female Cheerleading has earned four NCAA Division II National Championships in 2004,2006, 2007, and 2008.[citation needed]

New football stadium

In 2003, the University of West Georgia acquired 250 acres from the city of Carrollton for the purpose of creating a stadium and athletic complex for the ever-growing sports program. Such a facility would serve a dual role: give UWG sport teams a facility that they could use and help aid the university in its quest to continue to attract additional students. The funding for this venture was made possible through private donations and increased student fees approved by the Student Government Association.

During the summer of 2008, construction began on this facility and, in the fall of 2009, the University Stadium opened to much excitement and jubilation from students, faculty, alumni and local residents in the West Georgia community. The stadium seats roughly 9,000, providing ample space for any sporting or other entertainment event. Additionally, the new athletic complex includes a stadium and practice field for the Wolves’ soccer program, a new softball stadium and a women’s field house with locker-room facilities for both women’s sports.

The Coliseum

Opened in 2009, the 6,700-seat Coliseum is the new home of Wolves basketball and volleyball. This $30 million venue is the largest in the Gulf South Conference one of the finer arenas in all of Division II athletics.

The concourse level of the facility includes a two-story lobby that offers an area for event pre-function gatherings. The concourse level also features concession stands and restrooms.

The lower level of the facility houses the floor of the arena, spacious locker rooms for the men and women basketball teams, the volleyball team, visiting teams, and referees. Additionally, this level includes a trainer’s facility. The Coliseum has a maple wood floor surrounded by seating and a four-sided, state-of-the-art video scoreboard suspended over center court.

The upper level includes three large skyboxes for UWG officials, boosters, and friends to gather during events.

The Coliseum hosts UWG commencement ceremonies, concerts, and other various events. The Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA and AAAA Boys and Girls Basketball quarterfinal round of the playoffs are also held at this facility. [2]

Notable alumni and faculty


Politics and society


  • David Bottoms MA '73 - Author of several volumes of poetry and two novels. Former poet laureate of Georgia. Inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. [17]

External links


  1. ^ a b c "UWG: History of UWG". University of West Georgia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  2. ^ " America's Best Colleges 2008: University of West Georgia: At a glance". US News and Report. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  3. ^ a b c "Semester Enrollment Report" (PDF). Office of Research and Policy Analysis. University System of Georgia. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Carrollton grants land to UWG". UWG News Item. University Communications & Marketing. 2003-09-17. Retrieved 1/2/2009. 
  5. ^ "UWG Named as a Best Southeastern College". UWG. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 1/2/2009. 
  6. ^ "History". UWG Department of Psychology. Retrieved 1/2/2009. 
  7. ^ " 1982 Playoffs". Retrieved 1/2/2009. 
  8. ^ "NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. Retrieved 1/6/2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Players who Played for State University of West Georgia -". 2008-10-30. Retrieved 1/2/2009. 
  10. ^ " - Brandon Jamison". Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 1/2/2009. 
  11. ^ "Playing Footsie" Retrieved on 2009-3-3.
  12. ^ "Gingrich comes home to UWG for TV special", The Campus Chronicle 39 (1): 2, 08/16/2006, 
  13. ^ "Regents' Awards for Excellence in Education 2007"Retrieved on 2009-3-2.
  14. ^ "Julian Stanley, Pioneer in Gifted Education", Retrieved on 2009-3-2.
  15. ^ "Richard H. Glanton Esq." Retrieved on 2009-3-2.
  16. ^ "Terry Kay"Retrieved on 2009-3-2.
  17. ^ [1]


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