University of West Georgia

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University of West Georgia
Former names
Fourth District A&M School,
West Georgia College,
State University of West Georgia
Motto Go West
Established 1906 (1906)[1]
Type Public
Endowment $20,494,835[2]
President Kyle Marrero
Students 11,769[3]
Undergraduates 9,963[3]
Postgraduates 1,806[3]
Location Carrollton, Georgia, U.S.
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Campus Rural 644 acres (2.61 km2)
Colors Red and Blue[4]
Athletics NCAA Division IIGSC
Nickname Wolves
Mascot Wolfie
Affiliations University System of Georgia

The University of West Georgia is a comprehensive doctoral-granting university in Carrollton, Georgia, approximately 45 miles (80 km) west of Atlanta, Georgia. The University is built on 645 acres (2 km²) including a recent land gift of 246 acres (1 km²) from the city of Carrollton in 2003.[5] Off-campus classes are available in Dalton, Newnan, Georgia Highlands College in Rome, and at several other community locations throughout the state. It has an enrollment of about 11,700 students. For the past ten years, the University has been repeatedly named as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review.[6][7]


In 1933 the school's name (Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School) was changed to West Georgia College and it became a two-year institution. West Georgia became a four-year institution in 1957.[1]

James E. Boyd became the President of West Georgia College in 1961 after William H. Row (who had held the position a mere nine months) died due to a heart attack.[8][9] Boyd is most known for peacefully integrating the campus (without waiting for a court order) in 1963 by inviting a young black woman, Lillian Williams, to attend the college; she would eventually earn two degrees in education and earn the college's highest honor, the Founder’s Award, in 1985.[8][9][10]

In May 1964, Boyd invited Robert F. Kennedy to the dedication of the campus chapel as the Kennedy Chapel, as U.S. President John F. Kennedy's death had occurred in November 1963. Robert would promote the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was being debated in the United States Senate.[8][11]

Boyd dramatically expanded the college during his tenure in both headcount and academic diversity. In sheer numbers, there were 1089 students upon his arrival and 5503 students with his departure.[10][12] In 1959, there were two degrees and five programs available; in 1969-70 there were seven degrees and 45 programs. There were 94 graduate students in 1961 and 741 in 1969, due to the first master's programs being offered in 1967.[9][10]

In 1969 alone, 80 new faculty members were hired, a number larger than the total number of faculty members a decade prior.[10] Several new buildings, including but not limited to nine residence halls and five academic buildings, were constructed. Policy changes occurred as well: in 1966, the curfew for junior and senior women was abolished, and fraternities and sororities were allowed on campus.[10] In 1970, Boyd was named Georgia's first vice chancellor for academic development, effective once his successor was found, which occurred in 1971; it was Emory graduate Ward Pafford.[13]


The University offers numerous programs of study at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Graduate levels through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the Richards College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Nursing, and the Honors College. 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 unusual 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.[14]

Starting in the fall of 2011 the department offers a Ph.D. in psychology. The Ph.D., “Psychology: Consciousness and Society,” was approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in February 2011.

The school's existing Psy.D. doctoral program in psychology (Individual, Organizational and Community Transformation), which began offering classes in the fall of 2007, has been phased out.[15]

The psychology department has the most diverse student base within the University of West Georgia, with many of the doctoral students coming from Ivy League and other first-tier universities, and with many of the students either international or having had experience living abroad.[16]

Student life

Students have access 160 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. It is known for its high energy and athleticism. Each performance finishes with the band dancing to the final number. The Jazz Percussion Group has also performed throughout Europe and the United States as well as jazz festivals and state conferences. The JPG has brought numerous honors to the university since their beginning in 2003.

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, a climbing wall, 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.

In the fall of 2009 the university did a soft launch The WOLF Internet Radio. The station officially debuted in April 2010, after two months of limited programming from its studio in the basement of the Anthropology Building. The station's motto is "For students by students." Two grants from the Technology Fee Committee, totaling about $72,600, kick-started the station.

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. Greek Village has also recently added a pavilion, which includes a basketball court, a volleyball court, and a fireplace with grills.

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. 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.

Student demographics

The University of West Georgia has published a "Fact Book" containing statistical data, trend analyses, and interpretative highlights on a wide variety of topics concerning the university since 1980-1981. All editions of the UWG Fact Book are housed in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Additionally, all Fact Books from 1991-1992 to the present are available online.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]


West Georgia Wolves logo.

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, tennis, track 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."[24]

Notable alumni and faculty



Politics and society


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