02 Sep About the University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia had its humble beginnings as an agricultural and mechanical school in 1906. Located in Carrollton, the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School was opened in response to calls for realistic education aimed at rural youth aged 13 to 21 years old. The school was set-up on the site of the former Bonner Plantation and, in 1908, 110 students enrolled.
In 1933, there were seven of the A&M schools that had abandoned their missions which led to the abolishment of the remaining schools. In spite of the change, the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School became West Georgia College later that same year. It was a two-year institution of higher learning.
It then evolved into a four-year institution in 1957 when there were 589 students that were enrolled. By the 1970s, there were more than 6,000 students. And, in just seven years after it received the status of University, enrollment went up to 10,000.
Today, there are more than 100 programs that are offered at the University. These programs are through the College of Social Sciences, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Education, the School of Nursing and the Richards College of Business. The University of West Georgia Graduate School offers Master’s and several degrees with the education and psychology department offering doctorates.
There are also courses available for those students who are in remote areas. These are through the Distance Learning Program. This program conducts online and videoconferencing classes.
Also, it is the only university in the State of Georgia to offer an Honors College. The exceptional high school juniors and seniors are allowed, by the Advanced Academy of Georgia, to live and study on campus while they are completing their high school graduation requirements.
With the help of the West Georgia Foundation, as well as, programs such as the Annual Fund, that benefits advanced technology, scholarships, faculty development, and more, the University of WG continues to grow and make educational progress.
The University of West Georgia follows the semester-based curriculum calendar system. The school also allows students to choose from about 59 majors. Among the most popular concentrations are Management, Education, Psychology, Nursing and Business.
At the University of WG, students have options for part-time on-campus employment. This allows students to be able to cover some of their expenses. The school also helps students in evaluating their options for careers and finding full-time employment after they graduate.
The University also offers housing on-campus. The University of West Georgia’s dormitory capacity can accommodate up to 3,100 students. With affordable room prices, the dormitory provides a reasonable option for on-campus housing.
There are also army ROTC programs available. The commissioning programs of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps imply elective classes along with the required college curriculum. It also provides possible funding for tuition with an obligation to serve after graduation. However, ROTC program does not commit students to serve unless they have received funding, scholarships of other financial grants.
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