UGA Student Affairs inspires students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character so they will create thriving communities.


UGA student members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council volunteer at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

Building the UGA Community

The history of the University of Georgia consists of enduring triumphs and continuing challenges. The history of black students, faculty and staff at the university is a living example of such triumphs. The courage, vision and commitment of individuals such as Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes, Mary Frances Early and numerous others is a testament to how challenges can be overcome.

Today, students, faculty, staff and alumni carry forward the legacy formed by these individuals by achieving excellence and building community.

The Division of Student Affairs is home to Multicultural Services and Programs. Several black affinity student organizations, including the UGA student chapter of the NAACP and the Black Theatrical Ensemble, are advised out of MSP.

“These student organizations carry their missions forward in terms of bringing forth their culture and their unique perspectives on the University of Georgia campus,” said Wilson.

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86% of UGA students finished within six years - graduating students with fireworks at Commencement

UGA students graduate in record time

An expanded slate of programs at the University of Georgia tailored to the needs and ambitions of students is helping them earn their degrees in record time.

The university’s four-year completion rate has moved up 2 percentage points to reach a record 68 percent, and 75 percent of UGA students earn their degrees in four years plus one semester. For comparison, the average four-year graduation rate at UGA’s highly selective aspirational institutions is 69 percent, while the average four-year graduation rates for peer and SEC institutions are 53 percent and 49 percent, respectively.

The university’s six-year completion rate moved up 1 percentage point to reach a record 86 percent, which is just 1 percentage point shy of the 87 percent six-year completion rate for the university’s aspirational institutions. UGA’s 86 percent six-year completion rate exceeds the 76 percent average for UGA’s peer institutions as well as the 72 percent average for Southeastern Conference institutions.

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Five finalists for Miss UGA 2019

Briana Hayes crowned Miss University of Georgia 2019

Briana Hayes, a second-year health promotion student from Baxley, was crowned Miss University of Georgia 2019 at the annual scholarship competition held Jan. 12 in the UGA Fine Arts Auditorium. A 2017 graduate of Appling County High School, she is the daughter of James and Danita Hayes.

Hayes holds a number of leadership roles in the UGA community. She is a Student Government Association senator, a Presidential Leadership scholar and a member of the Dean William Tate Honor Society. An Honors student, Hayes volunteers in the after-school program at Thomas Lay Park in Athens.

“Taking my first walk as Miss University of Georgia felt surreal.” Hayes said. “In that moment, I thought of where I came from. I grew up in Baxley, a small town in rural Georgia, and now in front of me was the opportunity to represent the flagship institution of the state. I am so grateful for the compassionate community I grew up in, and I am humbled to attend such an astounding university.”

“During my reign, I look forward to expanding my platform, ‘Creating Believers,’ as I work to inspire today’s youth to find their purpose and give back to their communities,” she said.

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flawless Joint Commission reaccreditations for the University Health Center