University of West Georgia

University of West Georgia Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Carrollton, GA, the University of West Georgia is a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is the University of West Georgia the School for You?

The University of West Georgia (UWG) campus is located in Carrollton, GA, less than an hour's drive from Atlanta. UWG offers bachelor's degree programs, as well as master's, specialist, professional and doctorate level programs. Certificates are also available in 12 areas of study, and online study provides flexibility to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Read on to find out if the University of West Georgia is the school that you're looking for.

Pros

  • Regionally ranked
  • Room and board is $1,851 below the national average

Cons

  • Student-to-faculty ratio is four points above the national average
  • Graduation rate is 25 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Total cost is $2,037 higher than the national average for comparable schools

About University of West Georgia

UWG was founded in 1906 as a mainly mechanical and agricultural school. Currently, there are more than 11,500 students enrolled at the University of West Georgia in undergraduate and graduate programs.

UWG offers 93 academic programs, including four doctorate programs, eight certificate programs, 31 specialist and master's programs and 50 bachelor's degree programs. In addition to colleges of arts and humanities, math and science, education, business, social sciences and nursing, UWG offers an honors program along with a complete honors curriculum. If you're a remote student, distance and online learning will be available to you.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost to attend UWG in the 2012-2013 school year was $19,897, including all tuition, fees, living expenses and supplies costs. This is higher than the average for 4-year, public universities, which College Board reported was $17,860 for the 2012-2013 school year. However, the average room and board costs alone at UWG were $7,354 in that year, according to the NCES, which is less than the national average of $9,205.

U.S. News and World Report states that the school's regional ranking in the South was #89 in 2014. While the national average student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1, NCES estimates that in 2012 it was 19:1 at the University of West Georgia. Additionally, while the average 4-year graduation rate is about 40%, it was 15% for students at UWG who started their studies in 2006, according to the NCES.

Getting In & Financial Aid at University of West Georgia

Applying to UWG can be done online, or you can request an application from the Office of Admissions. If you're submitting the online application, a $40 processing fee will be charged to you. The application is often only the start, as several of the specific colleges and departments have their own requirements for admission aside from general university admission requirements. As an undergraduate applicant, you must submit your official transcripts from high school as well as your SAT and/or ACT scores.

UWG offers its students both state and federal funding. Loans are available, as well as work-study options, grants and scholarships. Grants include the LEAP, Smart Grant, ACG, Federal SEOG and the Pell. Options for loans include subsidized and unsubsidized loans along with Federal Perkins Loans, PLUS loans and more. Once you've been admitted to the university, you should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and ask that the final results be forwarded to the University of West Georgia 's Department of Financial Aid.

Different colleges and departments may have different funding options available to you. For example, the Honors College encourages those with outstanding credentials to apply for Presidential Scholarships. The Department of Art also offers first-year students enrolled in the arts a chance at some scholarship money. These are just a few options for you to consider as a first-year student.

Application and Tuition Information
Regular Application Deadline (2013) June 1***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2012) April 1***
Admission Notification Date (2013) Rolling notifications begin June 1***
Application Fee (2013) $40***
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 56%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $5,740 (in-state)
$15,561 (out-of-state)**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $9,228***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 23%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $18,539***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009-2010) 8.3%**

Student Life at University of West Georgia

UWG has a vibrant student population with a number of students living on campus and 153 organizations and clubs, according to U.S. News and World Report. These include everything from religious to science to drama clubs. There's a café, a food court and dining hall as well as a central Campus Center, a 13,000-square-foot athletic facility and a climbing wall clocking in at 50-ft tall. The University of West Georgia is an NCAA Division II school with a plethora of athletic programs.

As a student, UWG will provide you with an academic advisement program by pairing up you with an advisor. Your advisor will help you to create and follow specific plans for getting a solid education and eventually a career. The Student Development Center at UWG will also offer you personal support and counseling. The center's counselors can help with everything from substance abuse and eating disorders to study skills and career options.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural setting/Large town***
Student Population (2012) $11,769**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 39:61**
% of Full Time Students (2012) 82%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 98%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 71% (full-time), 31% (part-time)**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 28%****
Number of Libraries One*
Extracurricular Activities 153 clubs and organizations****

Article Sources: *University of West Georgia, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of West Georgia, Office of Admissions, Mandeville Hall, Front Campus Drive, Carrollton, GA, 30118
  • Phone: (678) 839 5600