The University of Georgia, also referred to as UGA or simply Georgia, is a public flagship research university with its main campus in Athens, Georgia. Founded in 1785, it is one of the oldest public universities in the United States.
The Center for Measuring University Performance ranks the University of Georgia among the top research universities in the nation and the university is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a Research I university (having highest extensive research activity).
It also classifies the student body as "more selective," its most selective admissions category, while the ACT Assessment Student Report places UGA student admissions in the "highly selective" category, the highest category.
Incoming students include those from nearly every state and 47 countries around the world. The university is ranked as one of the ‘’Best National Universities for Undergraduate Teaching’’ (tied with such universities as Harvard and Columbia), tied for 13th overall among all public national universities in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings, and is a Kiplinger's and Princeton Review top ten in value.