In the quaint little town of Athens, the University of Georgia is the main focus. It is as if the city was built around the college in order to serve the students, staff, alumni, and visitors with shopping, dining, and a fabulous night life. With a student body totaling near 35,000, there is never a dull moment in College Town! The mascot is Uga and has been since 1956. All English bulldogs come from the same lineage and owner, Sonny Seiler. Currently on Uga IX which will be shown during the first season game in 2012!
Claiming to be the oldest public university in the United States, the Georgia Bulldogs are one of many schools who think they own this title. The University of Georgia had plans in the works in 1785 by the General Assembly who wanted to put it on 40,000 acres of land. In 1799, the decision was made to open a the university although by this time, most of the 40,000 acres had been sold to raise money to start the school. On the edge of the Oconee River in Athens, a plot of land measuring 633 acres was chosen as the spot to build the campus. At first only men were allowed to attend the college full time while women could take a few classes. Eventually, in 1918, women were allowed to attend Georgia as full time undergraduates. Years later, Georgia moved forward with the admittance of African American Students in 1961. The student body is what it is today because of the Hope Scholarship. This scholarship allows in state students to attend the college tuition free as long as a 3.0 grade point average is maintained. The Hope Scholarship gives opportunities for students to attend a top ranking university and helps in the growth of the UGA's academic and athletic programs.
There are sixteen colleges and schools at the University of Georgia. These schools and colleges include: the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Terry College of Business, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology, the School of Social Work, the College of Education, the School of Public and International Affairs, the College of Environment and Design, the College of Public Health, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, the Daniel B. Warnell school of Forestry and Natural Resources, the School of Law, the Graduate School, and the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Since the University of Georgia is part of the American Association of Universities, the school must be a force in the world of research. On and off campus there are quite a few centers for research. For Example, the Zell B. Miller Learning Center which houses huge technologically advanced classrooms and an electronic library. Other centers are the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences, the Artificial Intelligence Center, the University of Georgia Marine Institute, and the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum.
Not only do student have ample opportunities to study on campus and at the numerous research centers, there are also excellent Study Abroad Programs. The University of Georgia owns residential centers in Oxford, England, Cortona, Italy, and San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica. There are also programs in over 50 different countries and because of this, the school ranks in the top ten in the nation for number of students in a study abroad program! On average, 2000 students participate in some type of study abroad program in a school year.
Georgia is a huge force in the world of the Southeastern Conference with their varsity sports winning 38 national championships and 135 Southeastern Conference championships. The Bulldogs, or Dawgs, participate in Division I-A of the NCAA in nineteen sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, and track. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. The baseball team was started in 1886 and since has won several Southeastern Conference titles. The Baseball rivalry with Georgia tech is very strong. It is known to bring out fans in numbers close to 30,000! The women's basketball team has brought many honors, including having two Olympians and sixteen WNBA players as part of their former Lady Dogs! Most notable of the athletic programs is the football team. Playing their home games in Sanford Stadium in front of thousands of loyal and devoted fans, the Georgia Bulldogs rarely disappoint their followers! Their most dated rivalry is between them and Auburn University, which goes back to 1892! They also has strong and fierce rivalries against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Florida Gators, the Tennessee Volunteers, and the Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina. The game between the Bulldogs and Gators is known as the World's Largest Cocktail Party and is always played Jacksonville, Florida. The rivalry against the University of South Carolina dates back to 1894 and the team has played against one another sixty-two times. At both games, the tailgates are in full effect with all the food, fun, and festivities you could possibly think of! Since these schools are southern to the core, there is a certain dress code for attending the football games. Normally, girls will wear cute red and black sundresses or gameday dresses accompanied by cute flats, sandals, or a recent trend, cowboy boots! At SidelineSweetie.com, we have you covered for your entire football season attire. Check out Judith March, Ellen & Ollie, Shaye Blue, Karlie, or Joy Joy for up to date looks that will have you perfectly dressed for these southern Georgia tailgates. Slap a "Go Dawgs" sticker on your chest and you are ready to go!
There have been many notable alumni that went on to pursue incredible athletic careers. Football players such as Herschel Walker, Hines Ward, Mohamed Massaquoi, Champ Bailey, and Dick Conn have all gone on to have successful careers in the National Football League.