A University of Georgia degree is closer than you think.

University of Georgia Griffin was originally established as Georgia Experiment Station in 1888 and has played an integral role in the development of modern agriculture. While the campus is mostly known for its groundbreaking advancements in agricultural and environmental sciences, UGA-Griffin began offering degree completion programs in 2005. Students at UGA-Griffin enjoy low student-to-faculty ratios, and many students are able to take advantage of on-campus work and directed research opportunities so that they can gain real-world work experience while earning their University of Georgia degree.

UGA-Griffin is also host to the Office of Continuing Education which provides innovative lifelong learning opportunities through its programs. Additionally, Continuing Ed offers youth and community outreach programs, as well as conference space for other meetings and special events.

Contact us for more information about academic programs or for other general inquiries.

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Preview Day

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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Preview Day at UGA-Griffin June 24, 2017

Preview Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017

We invite prospective students and their families to learn more about what the University of Georgia Griffin campus has to offer.  This event begins at 9:30am and information sessions will be targeted for current high school and college students as well as those seeking graduate degrees.  Attendees will have the opportunity to explore academic majors, meet current students and instructors, learn more about financial aid and scholarships and discover what student organizations and services are available at the UGA Griffin campus.

Register for Preview Day

Psych Day at UGA-Griffin: Healthy U

Conferences and Symposiums
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Healthy U at UGA-Griffin Campus March 30, 2017 at 9am

This professional learning conference presented by Psych Day at UGA, Project AWARE, and the Spalding Collaborative will be held on Thursday, March 30th, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  The conference is free and open to the public and features sessions that focus on the theme “Maintaining Good Mental and Physical Health throughout Your Lifetime.”  Session topics include Narcissism and Culture, Trauma 101, the Dark Side of Social Media, Child Advocacy, and many more.  For more information on the “Healthy U” conference, contact Faye Chatman at fchatman@uga.edu or 770-229-3016. More information and conference registration.

Native prairie grasses bred as colorful landscape plants, wildlife habitats

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Carol Robacker and Melanie Harrison with bluestem grasses

Landscapers can soon add a bit of Georgia’s historical Piedmont and native prairies to their designs thanks to the creation of three new little bluestem perennial grasses, released through a University of Georgia and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnership.

Little bluestem grasses are native to North America and are a major component of the tallgrass prairie. They typically produce green to blue-green foliage. With names that conjure up thoughts of the ‘70s, the new little bluestem varieties are much more colorful than their traditional parents. ‘Cinnamon Girl’ has a red-burgundy glow, ‘Seasons in the Sun’ has a lavender glow and ‘Good Vibrations’ is a mix of colors: red-purple with green-yellow foliage.

The idea to breed the colorful grasses came from USDA scientist Melanie Harrison. Harrison curates more than 500 different species of grasses and safely cold stores them in the USDA Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit facility on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. Most of these grasses will never be grown in home landscapes, but their genes may be used to breed specific characteristics into new grass varieties.

Looking at little bluestems day after day, Harrison began to notice ornamental characteristics.

“My job is to conserve close to 500 different species of grasses, so there’s a lot of variety,” she said. “I thought they were pretty, but I’m not a plant breeder, so I asked Carol (Robacker) what she thought.”

New UGA facility in Griffin will help launch new food products

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
University leadership, state and local officials prepare to cut ribbon in front of FoodPIC building

University of Georgia scientists are now better equipped to help businesses launch new food products with the opening of the Food Technology Center, locally known as the FoodPIC building, on the UGA Griffin campus. The facility houses the university’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization, or FoodPIC, Center.

The $7.4 million project was funded through $3.5 million from the state of Georgia and additional funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority and the University of Georgia.

The state-of-the-art 14,500-square-foot facility was dedicated on Jan. 30 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Speakers at the ceremony included Board of Regents Chairman Dr. C. Thomas Hopkins Jr., state Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin), Chairman of the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority Board Charles Copeland, Dean and Director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Sam Pardue, and Pike County STEM Academy student Nikki Dodson, along with UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

“The Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center is an outstanding example of the University of Georgia using its resources to help strengthen our state’s economy,” Morehead said. “We are grateful for the support we have received for the new Food Technology Center, and we are excited to expand the reach of FoodPIC within the global food industry.”

UGA to offer high school students paid research internships this summer through Young Scholars Programs

Posted on
Monday, January 9, 2017
A student participant of the Young Scholars Program uses a microscope in a lab at UGA's main campus

The University of Georgia is looking for high school students, ages 16 and older, who are looking for hands-on research experience. The UGA Young Scholars Program (YSP) is a paid, six-week summer research internship in agricultural, food and environmental sciences.

Organized by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, selected students work 30 hours a week on the UGA Athens, Griffin or Tifton Campus and are actively engaged in research.

The online application for the program closes Tuesday, Jan. 31, and in-person interviews for finalists will follow. Selected interns will be notified by April 1, and the program will run from June 5 to July 14.

Alexandria Maddox, now a first-year student at UGA studying biological science, participated in the program and conducted research under Associate Professor Kerry Oliver in the UGA entomology department. She plans to attend medical school and become a gynecologist.

“This was the opportunity of a lifetime,” Maddox said. “I didn’t know that even the smallest things on earth can have such a large effect on our environment. Biology is an amazing subject.”

Young Scholars averages about 75 internship slots each summer.

The program began on the UGA Griffin Campus in 1989 and was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college.

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