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Griffin Campus: Profile & History

Quick Facts

Founded

  • First established as the Georgia Experiment Station in 1888 as a result of the federal Hatch Act.
  • Early research focused on fertilizers and soil erosion.
  • The deep farrow method of planting winter oats, pioneered here around 1900.
  • The first formulated feed diets for dairy and beef cattle in Georgia were discovered in Griffin in the early 1900s.
  • Numerous crop varieties have been bred by Griffin scientists including Empire cotton, released in 1942, which had a major impact on cotton growers in the state.

Location

  • Located 40 miles south of Atlanta, the UGA Griffin Campus lies in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest growing areas.
  • Just 30 miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport, the campus is easily accessible by visitors across the nation and the world.

Size

  • The main campus contains 123 acres
  • Also included is the 60–acre Research and Education Garden off Ellis Road.
  • Four outlying research farms, the Dempsey Farm, the Westbrook, the 204-acre Bledsoe and 80-acre Beckham Farm complete the campus properties.

Student Enrollment

  • Undergraduate: 18 students (Fall 2010)

Academic Offerings

  • Biological Science leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree
  • Environmental Resource Science leading to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences degree
  • Agribusiness leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree
  • Food Industry Marketing and Administration leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree
  • Master of Agricultural Leadership Degree Program

Student Enrichment

  • Young Scholars