​UGA Student Handbook


Academic Information​

The Student Handbook is published by the Division of Student Affairs. Since the programs and services described herein are subject to continuous review and evaluation, this document is intended for informational use only. Any portion of this handbook in conflict with the policies of the Board of Regents shall be null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

For information about individual courses and majors, please visit the school or college websites below.

​Undergraduate Admissions

Location: 120 South Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602

The Undergraduate Admissions Office processes and reviews applications for undergraduate first-year and transfer admission. Readmission of former UGA undergraduate students is accomplished through the Office of the Registrar. Admissions counselors and Georgia Recruitment Team members conduct weekday information sessions for prospective students and families. Orientation and initial advising and registration programs for first-year and transfer students are also coordinated by this office. Additionally, the offices of Admissions and Student Financial Aid provide links to the majority of merit scholarship programs for all new undergraduate students. Admissions office personnel are available to discuss general transfer credit issues with currently enrolled students.

​Graduate Admissions

Location: 210 S. Jackson Street, Room 110, Athens, GA 30602-1777

Graduate Admission to the University of Georgia is a collaborative process involving the Graduate School and the graduate faculty of the University. Each department has a designated graduate coordinator who serves as a liaison between the department and the Graduate School and who provides detailed information about program entry requirements, resources, and special opportunities.

Persons seeking admission must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or its international equivalent, prior to the expected semester of enrollment. 

Application for admission to the Graduate School must be submitted using the electronic online application on the Graduate School website.  Graduate Admissions administers the admissions process for graduate study at UGA.


Associate Vice President for Instruction and Registrar:
Fiona Liken
Location: 105 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building
Student Support Services Center: 706-542-4040
Veterans Educational Benefits: 706-542-1842

The Office of the Registrar is at the nexus of academic affairs, student affairs, and the finance division. It has interactions and business function relations with a broad range of offices across campus. The office staff works with students, faculty, staff, the administration, and a variety of off-campus constituents. Responsibilities range from providing verification of enrollment to insurance providers to providing support to the University Council. However, at the core of these responsibilities is maintaining accurate records of the academic progress and accomplishments of the University’s students while maintaining the privacy and security of those records.

The Office of the Registrar’s Student Support Services Center provides assistance to students with name and address changes, enrollment certifications, registration, schedule adjustments after the drop/add period, and transcript requests. Student Support Services representatives will respond to all in-person, telephone, and emailed inquiries regarding student-related information as allowed by University, state, or federal policies.  This office also certifies veterans and qualified dependents for educational benefits.

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the permanent academic records of students. This office processes student record changes, grade changes, transcript requests, graduation rosters, and diplomas.  This office is also responsible for curriculum management, including the automated course approval process (CAPA), the online course catalog UGA Bulletin, academic approval of study abroad and field study courses, and staff support for the University Curriculum Committee and Educational Affairs Committee. The office also administers the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program, the Double Dawgs program, and also provides support for Banner (the student information system), Athena, and DegreeWorks, as well course and classroom scheduling.

Academic Advising Services, Office of

Location: New College

The Office of Academic Advising Services supports our staff and faculty across campus to provide the highest quality of academic advising to University of Georgia students.

Academic advising is required for all University of Georgia students prior to registering for classes each semester. Academic advisors are assigned based on your current major. If you are undecided or exploring major options, or you are intended-business or intended-journalism, you will be advised in the Exploratory Center. If you have declared a major in one of the academic schools and colleges, you will be advised through the advising office for that school or college.

Academic advisors help undergraduate students understand the options and opportunities for academic programs of study, degree requirements, academic resources, and course selection. Academic advisors engage students in meaningful relationships designed to support and encourage a challenging and successful undergraduate education.

Office of Student Financial Aid

Location: 220 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) is a unit under the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. We are committed to taking a proactive role in supporting the recruitment, retention, and academic success of students at the University of Georgia.

OSFA provides a variety of information, services and resources prospective and current students and their parents need to understand the financial aid process and to secure funds for financing a UGA education. Our website describes available federal, state, institutional and private sources of student assistance, application procedures, eligibility criteria, recipient selection criteria and criteria to determine award amounts, methods of disbursement, terms and conditions of loans, employment opportunities, student rights and responsibilities, and satisfactory academic progress standards.

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Dean: Samuel L. Pardue
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs: Josef M. Broder
Location: 102 Conner Hall

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers students the opportunity to study applied and basic sciences in 21 majors, 18 minors, and 8 certificate programs. Programs of study include biological science, applied biotechnology, agribusiness, communications, food science, and education as well as a number of programs in the animal and plant sciences. Many of our programs offer pre-professional tracks in pre-health, pre-vet, and pre-law.

Graduates from the college find excellent employment opportunities in both agricultural and non-agricultural industries and in education, sales and marketing, and research laboratories; and they hold positions in local, state and federal governments. Many challenging and rewarding careers exist in the food and fiber industries, those businesses and agencies that support our quality of life and the protection of our environment.

​Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Dean: Alan Dorsey 
Location: Old College

Founded in 1801, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest college within the University. Its objective is to offer a liberal education, providing background in all basic academic disciplines and fields of human knowledge. The faculty strives to develop students’ resourcefulness, enabling them to approach problems intelligently and adapt to changing conditions. The college also offers students an opportunity to concentrate in fields of study that form a foundation for various professional pursuits.

Through its 28 departments, two schools, five degree programs, and Interdisciplinary Studies major, the Franklin College offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (AB), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMUS), and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BSCHEM).

​Terry College of Business

Dean: Benjamin C. Ayers
Location: B200 Amos Hall

At the undergraduate level, the Terry College of Business offers two degree programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree. Students pursuing the BBA degree can major in accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, real estate or risk management and insurance. Students who major in economics can elect to complete either the business-focused BBA degree or the liberal arts-focused AB degree. Any student admitted to the BBA program may also apply to the international business co-major. Additionally, the College offers certificate programs in actuarial science, entrepreneurship, fintech, leadership, legal studies, and music business. Dual Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programs are offered in Accounting (BBA/MAcc) and Economics (AB/MA).

Visit the website for a full list of degrees offered.

College of Education

Dean: Denise A. Spangler
Location: G-3 Aderhold Hall
Office of Student Services: 122 Aderhold Hall, 706-542-1717

The Mary Frances Early College of Education is one of the largest and most diverse colleges of education in the nation, and it consistently ranks among the top tier of public and private institutions. The College offers degrees that lead to careers in teaching, educational leadership, psychology, counseling and human development, exercise science, sports medicine and allied health professions, sport management, communication sciences, workforce development, and technology. As one of the most comprehensive colleges of education in the nation, students can earn teaching and administrative certification in 38 fields, and endorsements in 5 fields.

College of Environment and Design

Dean: Sonia Hirt
Location: 285 S. Jackson St.

The College of Environment + Design provides nationally-accredited, inventive, and demanding programs in landscape architecture (BLA & MLA), historic preservation (MHP and graduate certificate program), environmental planning & design (MEPD), and environmental ethics (certificate program). At CED, you will cultivate not only the skills needed to work as a professional designer and practitioner, but the individual passions you have to make a difference in your world.

We challenge you to explore your unique, individual interests and creatively problem-solve contemporary issues, working with faculty to solve community issues in design charrettes. We will also help you to inteact and connect with clients, community organizations, and planning agencies.CED can connect you with a large and accomplished alumni network for growth and opportunities. You will network with and learn from our visiting professors, professionals, and lecturers, who are renowned designers in a broad range of career options.

Odum School of Ecology

Dean: John L. Gittleman 
Location: 140 E. Green St.

The Odum School of Ecology is devoted to understanding the fundamental ecological processes that shape the world, inspiring and training future generations, and creating science-based solutions to environmental problems. The world’s first school committed solely to the study of ecology, its roots date back to the 1950s when namesake and founder Eugene P. Odum began his groundbreaking ecosystem ecology research at UGA. Areas of expertise include aquatic ecology, conservation ecology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary ecology, infectious disease ecology and movement ecology.

The Odum School offers three graduate and two undergraduate degree programs in ecology and conservation, as well as certificate programs in conservation and sustainability, study abroad programs, research and internship experiences, and service-learning courses.

College of Engineering

Dean: Donald J. Leo
Location: Driftmier Engineering Center

The College of Engineering offers both Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemical and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering.

Innovatively organized to capture the convergence of engineering with the arts, sciences and humanities, the college employs the principles of entrepreneurship, globalism and lifelong learning. It creates an environment that reaches beyond traditional discipline-based teaching, research and outreach. Academic programs are designed to graduate engineers who interweave technical excellence, innovative curiosity and humanistic consciousness into the practice and profession of serving society’s needs. 

The use-inspired research paradigm prepares them for careers devoted to the integration of discoveries from multiple disciplines. These open pathways in the distinct setting of the University of Georgia provide a unique opportunity for a broad educational experience to match the complexity of today’s world.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dean: Linda Kirk Fox
Location: 224 Dawson Hall

Undergraduate Office: Student Success and Advising Center
Location: 112 Dawson Hall

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) is focused on the science of helping individuals live well. FACS offers 11 majors that provide our 1,700 undergraduates the skills and knowledge needed for a variety of careers, including those in service-related professions, educational settings, business or industry, design firms, consumer analytics, entrepreneurship, communications, consumer education, and health-related professions such as medicine, nursing, physician assistant, dentistry, and more.

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Dean: Dale Greene
Location: 180 E Green Street

The Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, established in 1906, is the oldest existing school of forestry and natural resources in the southern United States. Its educational mission is to prepare the diversity of professionals needed to ensure that society's demands for wood, clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and conservation of forest flora and fauna are met in perpetuity. Graduates of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources are prepared for careers in aquaculture, consulting forestry, environmental education, fisheries biology, hydrology, forest  management, forest land appraisal, geographic information systems, public land management, outdoor recreation planning, restoration ecology, soil conservation, aquatic toxicology, urban forestry, water resource planning, water quality analysis, wetland ecology, wildlife biology, and wildlife conservation.

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Dean: Charles N. Davis
Location: Journalism Building

Office of Undergraduate Services:
Location: 312 Journalism Building

Its focus on providing the highest possible quality of education drives the success of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Its three departments – journalism, advertising and public relations, and entertainment & media studies – offer four majors. The Grady College prepares the next generation of communication leaders and is committed to emphasizing education rather than simply providing training.

School of Law

Dean: Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge
Location: Harold Hirsch Hall

Georgia Law has a clear mission: to provide first-rate legal training, to foster world-class ideas, and to serve our state and nation – all at a good value to our students.

Students interested in Georgia Law should pursue an undergraduate curriculum that develops analytical and logical reasoning abilities, strong written and oral communication skills, and meaningful leadership opportunities.  We also advise students to meet with one of UGA’s pre-law advisors early during their undergraduate careers, and to visit the Law School Admissions office located in Hirsch Hall on North Campus. 

College of Pharmacy

Dean: Kelly M. Smith
Location: Robert C. Wilson Pharmacy Building

The College of Pharmacy provides for the comprehensive academic needs of the profession of pharmacy. The college's Doctor of Pharmacy degree program prepares students for the practice of pharmacy and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Its Bachelor of Science program is an interdisciplinary program representing all facets of the drug discovery and drug development processes. The college's graduate program prepares individuals for professional specialization and careers in teaching and research. The postgraduate educational needs of the profession are met through the college's continuing education doctor of pharmacy programs. Faculty research supports all of these programs and contributes to the advancement of the body of pharmaceutical knowledge.

College of Public Health

Dean: Marsha Davis
Location: 105 Rhodes Hall, Health Sciences Campus

The College of Public Health serves the needs of local, state, national, and international populations to advance quality of life and wellness for the people of Georgia, the United States, and the world through innovative research, exemplary education, and engaged service. The College will endeavor to meet needs by promoting excellence in performance among students, faculty, and staff.

School of Public and International Affairs

Dean: Matthew Auer
Location: Candler Hall

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) remains focused on advancing the public interest by preparing scholars and practitioners for careers in public service. SPIA is home to a vibrant community of scholars committed to teaching students and informing public policy through research.

SPIA’s two principal missions are to prepare young men and women to pursue careers in public service – in Georgia, in the nation, and in the world – and to produce high quality research that will be used by all levels of government to inform public policy decisions.

School of Social Work

Dean: Anna Scheyett
Location: School of Social Work Building, 279 Williams Street

The School of Social Work has been preparing students for challenging and rewarding careers in social work for more than four decades. The School of Social Work offers four degree programs. In addition, graduate students may earn certificates in marriage and family therapy, nonprofit organizations, and gerontology.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Dean: Lisa K. Nolan
Location: Veterinary Medicine Building
706-542-3461 or 706-542-5728

The mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine is to promote the art and science of veterinary medicine by acquiring, applying, and disseminating scientific advances that help diagnose and treat disease and maintain the health of animals and humans.

The four-year curriculum leads to a DVM degree. Seven academic departments are dedicated to teaching, service, and research, while the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provides hands-on clinical experience. Graduate programs and post-graduate clinical training are also offered. Although two years of undergraduate work are a minimum requirement for admission to the DVM program, the student should pursue a well-rounded undergraduate degree program. The requirements for admission to the college are based on the premise that the training program of a veterinarian is a continuous one, shared by both the undergraduate college and the veterinary medical college.

Students interested in the DVM program should visit the college’s website or request further information from the Office for Academic Affairs of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Aerospace Studies Department (Air Force ROTC)

Flight Commander, Recruiting: Captain Joseph Fraser
Location: Hardman Hall

Air Force ROTC offers undergraduate and graduate students a course of study designed to complement their academic major while providing a pathway toward a commission in the United States Air Force. Students in any major are eligible to enroll during any semester. Varying scholarship types range from two to three years and provide tuition payments, book money, and spending money up to $500 per month. A commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force is tendered upon satisfactory completion of degree and AFROTC requirements.

Office of Global Engagement

Director of Global Engagement: Yana Cornish
Location: Global Engagement Building, 1324 South Lumpkin Street

Each year, nearly 2,500 UGA students study abroad for a semester or summer term, via a wide variety of programs, including UGA residential centers, faculty-led programs, UGA exchange programs, independent study/research/internship experiences, as well as non-UGA Study Away programs.

UGA Study Away programs are open to all UGA students in good academic standing, as well as all majors.  Programs are often taught in English or provide an opportunity for studying another language in 60+ countries. All students pay in-state tuition/fees for UGA programs abroad.  Plus, HOPE/Zell and other eligible financial aid will apply toward the cost of studying abroad, and other scholarships are available from the Office of Global Engagement, UGA departments and colleges, as well as national scholarship competitions.

See Upcoming Education Abroad Events, including Education Abroad 101 Sessions

Explore Study Abroad Scholarships

Subscribe to SISA-L Students Interested in Study Abroad Listserv

Military Science Department (Army ROTC)

Location: Military Science, Baldwin Street

Army ROTC classes teach leadership, time management, and adventure training. Lower level Military Science classes are two-hour elective classes that will count toward any major.

First and second year students can try Army ROTC for the first two years without any military obligation. Classes meet twice a week and are listed in the Schedule of Classes. They include classes on leadership, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, and rappelling.

The Graduate School

Interim Dean: Ron Walcott
Location: 210 S. Jackson Street, Room 110

The Graduate School administers the graduate programs in all schools and colleges of the University. Nearly 250 graduate degrees, including the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, Specialist in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Sciences, and Professional Masters as well as certificate programs, are offered at the University of Georgia. By offering professional development programs and funding opportunities, the Graduate School enhances learning environments and inspires scholarly endeavors.

Persons seeking admission must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association or its international equivalent.  Application for admission to the Graduate School must be submitted using the electronic online application on the Graduate School website.  Graduate Admissions administers the admissions process for graduate study at UGA.

Office of the Vice President for Instruction

Vice President for Instruction: Rahul Shrivastav
Location: New College

The primary mission of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction is to improve student learning at UGA. This is accomplished through the units that report to this office, as well as teaching initiatives undertaken directly with schools, colleges, and individual faculty members.

The Honors Program

Director: David S. Williams
Location: Moore College

The Honors Program provides participants with special Honors classes in the core curriculum, in addition to Honors sections in a variety of majors; the opportunity to design and pursue independent interdisciplinary majors; more intensive versions of courses required for departmental majors; and Honors undergraduate research opportunities with faculty supervision culminating in an Honors thesis or project. In addition to individualized advising throughout their education, the program provides students with special support for graduate and professional school application, as well as national fellowship and scholarship competitions.

Division of Academic Enhancement

Director: Chase Hagood
Location: Milledge Hall

The Division of Academic Enhancement promotes retention, progression, and graduation by assisting students in developing the life-skills necessary to achieve academic excellence. The extensive array of academic support services and courses offered by the Division provide students with the necessary tools for academic success. The Division’s mission to students enables the University to meet the Board of Regents’ goal of increased retention and graduation rates. 

The Division also directs the Freshman College Summer Experience (FCSE).  FCSE is the university’s version of “Academic Boot Camp.” This four-week residential program provides first-year students with an opportunity to emerge from the program confident in their ability to successfully navigate the University campus and to meet the academic challenges that lie ahead during their first year at UGA.

University Experiential Learning

Director: Andrew Potter
Location: 114 New College

The Office of University Experiential Learning ensures access to over 2,000 challenging and engaging experiential programs including Internships, Undergraduate Research, Study Away, Leadership, and Service-Learning among others. At UGA, Experiential Learning is designed to deliver impact – for our communities, and above all, for our students. Experiential Learning at the University of Georgia empowers every student to apply their learning in real-world contexts, equipping them with the competencies and expanded perspectives to thrive in the emerging, dynamic global society– that’s why it’s a (required) part of every UGA degree.

Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Location: 1197 South Lumpkin Street

The Georgia Center provides continuing education programs as well as hotel and conference facilities for adults, students, and organizations. Non-credit Professional and Personal Development (PPD) courses are offered online, in classrooms on the Athens and metro Atlanta campuses, and throughout Georgia. The UGA Hotel and Conference Center features 25 meeting rooms, 200 guest rooms and luxury suites, and 4 onsite dining options.

Washington Semester Program

Location: 102 Memorial Hall

Each fall and spring semester, up to thirty-two University of Georgia students have the unique opportunity to live, work and study in Washington, DC through the Washington Semester Program. The program is open to undergraduate students in all colleges and schools at UGA.