Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on learning and extensive outreach. A top value in public higher education and research, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges. Located in the Classic City of Athens approximately 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, the university thrives in a culture-rich college town. When students pass the Arch and join the Bulldog family, they embark on much more than just a path to a degree they also join an expansive network of innovators creators and leaders.