Augusta University

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Augusta University
Former names
Academy of Richmond County (1785–1925)
Junior College of Augusta (1925–1958)
Augusta College (1958–1996)
Augusta State University (1996–2013)
Medical Academy of Georgia (1828–1829)
Medical Institute of the State of Georgia (1829–1833)
Medical College of Georgia (1833–1873; 1950–2011)
Medical Department of the University of Georgia (1873–1933)
University of Georgia School of Medicine (1933–1950)
Georgia Health Sciences University (2011–2013)[1]
Georgia Regents University (2013–2015)
TypePublic research university
EstablishedDecember 20, 1828; 195 years ago (December 20, 1828)[2][3]
Parent institution
University System of Georgia
Academic affiliations
Endowment$364.8 million[5][6]
PresidentBrooks Keel
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students9,813 (Fall 2022)[7]
Postgraduates2,376 (Fall 2022)
1,324 (Fall 2021)
Location, ,
United States
CampusMidsize city[9], 670 acres (2.7 km2)[8]
Other campuses
NewspaperThe Bell Ringer
ColorsBlue and grey[10]
Sporting affiliations
MascotAugustus the Jaguar[12]

Augusta University (AU) is a public research university and academic medical center in Augusta, Georgia. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite medical campuses in Savannah, Albany, Rome, and Athens. It employs over 15,000 people, has more than 56,000 alumni,[13] and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Augusta University Health System includes the 478-bed Augusta University Medical Center, the 154-bed Children's Hospital of Georgia,[14] and more than 80 outpatient clinics.


See History of Augusta University


Augusta University's main campus in Augusta, Georgia, encompasses more than 200 acres and has four local campuses. It is made up of the former campuses between Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, with additions from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.[15]

Health Sciences[edit]

The medical college of the university, its oldest and founding college, began as the Medical Academy of Georgia in 1828, moving into the now historic Old Medical College Building in 1835. The present Health Sciences campus was formed in 1913 as the college moved to the Newton building and expanded from there, with the Dugas Building in 1937 marking the earliest building currently on the campus. The first clinical facility opened as the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital in 1956.[16]

The Health Sciences Building hosts a variety of departments and classes.

Located in Augusta's Medical District, the Health Sciences campus features all medical programs of the university, as well as the Health Sciences Building, Interdisciplinary Research Building, Wellness Center, Cancer Center, Medical College of Georgia, The Dental College of Georgia, and the College of Science and Mathematics.

The Health Sciences campus also contains the Augusta University Medical Center, the Children's Hospital of Georgia, and Augusta University's two residence halls, Oak Hall and Elm Hall, which opened in Fall 2016.


Augusta University Summerville campus

The Summerville campus was originally used as a United States Army arsenal, established in downtown Augusta in 1816 and relocated to the campus in 1827. By the turn of the twentieth century, the arsenal's prominence waned, beginning with the Spanish–American War in that the arsenal produced manufacturing equipment, seacoast targets, and was a repair station. In World War I, the station repaired rifles and small arms, but produced ordnance material and fire control operations for World War II.[17]

In 1955, the arsenal was closed, and two years later the land was given to the local Board of Education, which used it to open the Junior College of Augusta. In 1958, the name changed to Augusta College, and in 1996 to Augusta State University.

Historic Benet House

Located on Walton Way, the Summerville campus houses many of the undergraduate programs and the Jaguar Student Activities Center. The Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, the History Walk, the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, The Honors Program, and the Maxwell Alumni House are all found on this campus. In addition, the James M. Hull College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, and Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are located here.

The Hull College of Business is primarily located in Allgood Hall on the Summerville campus.

The campus was formerly well known for the Arsenal Oak, a tree that contained wood believed to be 250–400 years old, until it was cut down in June 2004 because of disease.[18] A dedication ceremony of the replanting of the new Arsenal Oak took place on Friday, April 29, 2016, on the front lawn of the Benét House.[19] The descendant was grown from an acorn of the original Arsenal Oak.[20]

Forest Hills[edit]

A par 3 hole at Forest Hills

Then-Augusta State University opened a second campus in 1991 for athletics, complete with a 3,800-seat arena—Christenberry Fieldhouse, named in 2003—and softball and baseball fields.[17] The J. Fleming Norvell Golf House was added in 2007 with an adjacent driving range, putting green, and chipping area.[21]

The campus contains Forest Hills Golf Club, home of the men's and women's golf teams and a public course available for play, and the 500-bed University Village student housing.

The Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation[edit]

The former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame riverfront property in Downtown Augusta has been developed to house the Augusta University Cyber Institute[22] and the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center which opened in July 2018.[23] The Riverfront Campus was named in honor of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal who was on hand for the opening ceremony of the Hull-McKnight Building on the campus. The building is also the home of the university's newest School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.[24] A second cyber building will open in December 2018 with potential plans to expand more on the property.


Augusta University has three satellite campuses for medical student clinical study, in Albany, Rome, and Savannah.[citation needed]


UGA–MCG medical partnership[edit]

The College of Nursing has a satellite campus in Athens. AU's Medical College of Georgia (MCG) operates a partnership with the University of Georgia on the University of Georgia's new Health Sciences Campus, also in Athens.

In 2010, MCG partnered with the University of Georgia (UGA) to create the UGA-MCG Medical Partnership. The Medical Partnership combines the experience of one of the nation's first medical schools with the resources of one of the nation's most comprehensive leading nationally ranked research universities. The result is an education that allows medical students to reach their full potential in a unique and stimulating learning environment. [25]

To accommodate its new Health Sciences Campus, in 2011 the University of Georgia acquired the 58-acre former U.S. Navy Supply Corps School which had extensive landscaped green spaces, more than 400 trees, and several historic buildings located on the hospital and medical office corridor of Prince Avenue near downtown Athens. After renovations and additions, in July 2012, the UGA-MCG Medical Partnership moved to the new University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus.

ECRH–AU medical partnership[edit]

East Central Regional Hospital, with two locations in Augusta and Gracewood, was taken over by Augusta University for administrative purposes in 2009 after it was considered for closure. The hospital specializes in behavioral health and mental disabilities. The university's College of Nursing is now actively involved in daily hospital activities including hiring nurses for the hospital, partnering with other institutions to educate students in masters in nursing programs regarding mental healthcare, and utilizing a Dedicated Education Unit to help guide undergraduate nursing students in patient care.[26]

US Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Eisenhower–AU Cyber Institute partnership[edit]

Fort Eisenhower is home to the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence and the US Army Cyber Command. The partnership will strengthen the relationship between AU and ARCYBER by assisting soldiers transferring their training to the private sector as well as by sharing resources.[27] The ribbon-cutting and opening ceremony of Augusta University's Cyber Institute took place in University Hall on the Summerville campus on Friday, September 16, 2016.[28]

East Georgia State College Augusta[edit]

In 2013, East Georgia State College (EGSC), a University System of Georgia institution based in the rural city of Swainsboro, began a collaboration with AU to serve Augusta-area students who do not meet AU's freshman admission requirements. Students enrolled in the program are enrolled as EGSC students and attend classes on the Summerville Campus. After completing 30 semester hours of college level coursework and attaining a minimum GPA of 2.3, students can then elect to transfer into a bachelor's program at AU. This collaboration is modeled after EGSC's long-standing collaboration with Georgia Southern University and replaces the former "University College" program.[29]

Medical illustration program[edit]

Augusta University is one of five accredited programs[30] offering a Masters of Science in Medical Illustration in North America in the college of Allied Health Science. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).[citation needed]


Augusta athletic teams are the Jaguars. The university is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) since the 1991–92 academic year; except in women's and men's golf, which those sports compete in the NCAA Division I level as an affiliate member of the Southland Conference.

Augusta competes in 13 intercollegiate varsity sports:[31] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis & track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.


The men's golf program captured the school's first NCAA Division I Men's Golf National Championship on June 6, 2010, in Ooltewah, Tennessee, when the Jaguars defeated Oklahoma State University. The Jags then became the first Division I men's golf program in 27 years to repeat as National Champions on June 5, 2011, when they defeated the University of Georgia at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.[32]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Notable alumni and faculty of Augusta University's predecessor institutions include:

See also[edit]


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  19. ^ "Augusta University dedicates new Arsenal Oak Friday". JagWire.
  20. ^ "New Arsenal Oak takes root on Summerville Campus". JagWire.
  21. ^ "ASU Press Release". Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  22. ^ "Augusta University Cyber Institute".
  23. ^ "Work starts on Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center prior to Monday groundbreaking".
  24. ^ "Governor breaks ground on cyber center addition". January 4, 2018.
  25. ^ "UGA-GHSU Partnership". UGA-GHSU Partnership. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  26. ^ "East Central Regional Hospital and Georgia Health Sciences University Partnership". Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  27. ^ "Cyber Center at Fort Gordon and Augusta University Collaborate on Cyber Security". April 15, 2016.
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  29. ^ "EGSC-A Frequently Asked Questions". Augusta University. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
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  31. ^ "AU Athletics". Augusta Athletics. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
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  33. ^ "Kearney Named Distinguished Alumna at Augusta University | National Institute of Nursing Research". National Institute of Nursing Research. May 11, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
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  36. ^ "Department of Physics and Astronomy: Simona E. Hunyadi Murph, Adjunct Professor". University of Georgia.
  37. ^ "Augusta University Alumni". Archived from the original on January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  38. ^ David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  39. ^ "Patrick Reed". Augusta University.

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