The University of Georgia is committed to serving rural Georgia. As a land-grant and sea-grant institution, UGA can be found in every county and municipality in the state. Faculty, staff and students are supporting job creation, developing youth and adult leaders, protecting our natural resources, delivering health and wellness recommendations, advocating to policymakers and cultivating growth in Georgia’s largest industries, including agriculture and tourism.

Our missions of teaching, research and outreach work together to address critical challenges and create a more prosperous Georgia. Programs and units are working together across campus and around the state to promote healthy families, farms, communities and economies.

During the 2020 Fiscal Year, UGA made a $6.5 billion impact on the state of Georgia and contributed $216.72 million to the state’s agriculture economy.

Find out more about UGA’s engagement in rural communities

UGA’s Public Service and Outreach works alongside multiple UGA academic partners, including the Colleges of Public Health, Engineering and Environment and Design to help improve health care services, address infrastructure issues and fortify local economies in Georgia’s rural communities. UGA has one of the most robust PSO divisions in the country, with more than 500 faculty and staff working across the state to revitalize downtowns, strengthen government service, create leadership pipelines, protect the coastal ecosystems and help build local work forces to serve local businesses.

See our agricultural research and development in action

World-renowned faculty in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) are conducting revolutionary research to promote the sustainability and profitability of farmers and ensure the safety of our food and fiber supply. Collaborative teams work to address smart water use, crop production, pest and disease management and other prominent challenges facing the industry at agricultural Research and Education Centers. UGA Cooperative Extension extends this knowledge and other programs to citizens through its county delivery system. Since agents and staff are a part of their communities, they understand local needs and can determine how best to respond. Extension also offers a wide spectrum of information for citizens of all ages on growing and preparing food safely, environmental resources, chronic disease prevention, financial literacy and much more.

Professor Emilie Smith assists 4H students with STEM experiments at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville, Ga.

Learn about our commitment to rural students.

Our commitment to supporting rural communities includes serving students of all ages. Campus leaders are actively working to increase rural student enrollment at UGA, and programs such as ALL Georgia are designed specifically to help these students feel at home after arriving on campus. Through our experiential learning initiatives, UGA students have access to unique opportunities, including: sponsored internship programs in state and federal government offices; internship and job opportunities offered through business partners, research labs, public service and outreach units, UGA Extension and partner organizations; and more. Additionally, the Georgia 4-H youth development program provides more than 242,000 children with hands-on learning opportunities like environmental education, summer camp and other leadership experiences through positive adult mentors. The majority of participants currently come from small cities, towns and rural non-farms.

UGA’s Impact in Your Area

The University of Georgia has a $6.5B economic impact on the state of Georgia. Find out how we’re making a difference in your local community.

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$823.4 million

impact on the state through university outreach

500

Public Service & Outreach faculty work throughout the state

100%

of counties have Cooperative Extension support

5.7M 

personal contacts made by UGA Extension in 2019