How was UGA founded?
The University of Georgia did not begin to hold classes until 1801. The reason for this is suitable land had to be found on which to plant the University. John Milledge donated the land, around 600 acres, on which the University and the city of Athens now sit. In 1804 under the tutelage of Josiah Meigs the first class of students graduated from the University of Georgia or Franklin College as it was then known.
Since the first classes in 1801 the University of Georgia has expanded. There have been 16 schools and colleges added to University outside of the original Franklin College. The University of Georgia's main campus is situated on 762 acres in Athens, Georgia. As the flagship instution for the state of Georgia it has been a leader in Georgia since its founding. As it enters its 231st year of existence it continues to be a leader.
As Larry Munson famed announcer of the University of Georgia once said, "There is no tradition more worth of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty, as the University of Georgia."
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