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University System of Georgia Facts

The Board of Regents

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was created in 1931 as a part of a reorganization of Georgia’s state government. With this act, public higher education in Georgia was unified for the first time under a single governing and management authority. The governor appoints members of the Board to a seven year term and regents may be reappointed to subsequent terms by a sitting governor. Regents donate their time and expertise to serve the state through their governance of the University System of Georgia – the position is a voluntary one without financial remuneration. Today the Board of Regents is composed of 19 members, five of whom are appointed from the state-at-large, and one from each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. The Board elects a chancellor who serves as its chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer of the University System. The Board oversees the 31 colleges and universities that comprise the University System of Georgia and has oversight of the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.

The System

The University System of Georgia, a part of the community in each of Georgia’s 159 counties, provides services across the state. The University System is composed of 31 higher education institutions including 4 research universities, 4 comprehensive universities, 10 state universities and 13 state colleges. The Georgia Public Library System, encompassing approximately 389 facilities in 61 library systems throughout Georgia, is also part of the University System. Additionally, the University System includes the Georgia Archives which identifies, collects, manages, preserves, publicizes, and provides access to records and information of Georgia and its people.

Degrees, Majors and Rankings

System institutions conferred a total of 58,069 degrees in Fiscal Year 2013 consisting of 35,155 bachelor’s, 10,873 master’s and 1,413 doctorate degrees.

The majority of baccalaureate-level degrees in the USG are awarded in the fields of business, education and nursing.

Georgia is one of only three states with two or more institutions ranked among the top 20 national public colleges and universities in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings. Georgia Tech is ranked No. 7 on the list and the University of Georgia at No. 20.


The University System of Georgia enrolled approximately 312,936 students for the Fall of 2014.

Economic Impact, Employment and Budget

A recent economic impact study, conducted by UGA’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, revealed that in Fiscal Year 2012 the University System of Georgia’s economic impact on the State recorded a 7.4 percent increase from fiscal year 2011 to 2012. In cash, that is a jump of $980 million, from $13.2 billion to a new high of $14.1 billion of direct and indirect spending fueling the regions served by the System’s 31 colleges and universities.

The FY 2012 study found that Georgia’s public university system generated nearly 139,263 full- and part-time jobs, or 3.6 percent of all the jobs in Georgia. The bottom line is that one job out of every 28 in the State of Georgia is due to the University System. The University System employs 45,432 faculty and staff.

The System has an annual budget of $7.5 billion for fiscal year 2014. Of this budget, $1.88 billion is a “lump sum” appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly as part of the annual fiscal year state budget. Regents allocate state funds to institutions.

The University System owns 3,415 buildings with 88.4 million gross square feet valued at $13.64 billion (replacement value).

Board Officers

Hank M. Huckaby - Chancellor
Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs - Secretary to the Board
John Brown - Treasurer

Further Information

Board of Regents
University System of Georgia
270 Washington Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Tel.: 404-962-3050