The College of Family and Consumer Sciences has been catching attention with impressive rankings that put our college among the nation’s elite. Here are just a few of the reasons why we’re proud.

Academics

  • We are the seventh largest college at the University of Georgia.
  • We have 99 professors and lecturers.
  • There have been eleven endowed professorships in the college bestowed on exceptional faculty in the college.
  • Investopedia ranks our program as one of the best in the nation for Financial Planning.
  • The Institute on Human Development and Disability's Disability Studies Certificate Program was ranked #17 of the Top 20 Best Deals for Disability Studies by Great College Deals in 2016.
  • We offer 12 Double Dawgs dual degree programs in a variety of disciplines.

Industry Collaborations and Support

  • UGA Extension has worked with the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia to provide estate planning education through their pre-retirement seminars offered throughout the state each year.
  • The Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics has formed partnerships with the following:  The Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation, Georgia United Credit Union, Northwestern Mutual, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, DataPoints and many more.  

Scholarships and Awards

  • 43 scholarships were given to 133 recipients totaling $174,524.
  • 13 international study awards were given to 28 students totaling $31,400.

Student Life

  • 215 undergraduates were on the Dean’s List (semester GPA 3.5 or higher) in Spring 2017.
  • 63 undergraduates were Presidential Scholars (semester GPA 4.0) in Spring 2017.
  • 40% of the 2016-2017 graduating class graduated with honors.
  • 17 students graduated as Summa Cum Laude (overall GPA 3.9 or higher) in 2016-2017.
  • 1 student was a First Honor Graduate (overall GPA 4.0) in 2016-2017.
  • Our freshmen are in the Top 10% of their high school class.
  • We are one of the most wired and best technology supported colleges at UGA with 18 audio-visual classrooms, 3 computer labs, 2 CAD labs, wēpa printing services, and the One Button Studio.
  • FACS has study abroad programs on three continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe) and Central America.

Graduate Education

  • 90 students (64%) have paid Graduate Assistantships.
  • More than 30 FACS graduate students were awarded travel stipends for professional conferences this year.

Research

  • 29 students were funded in 2016-2017 to conduct undergraduate research with a faculty mentor.
  • Our research aims to positively impact human health and well-being throughout all stages of the lifecycle.
  • Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors is a partner in the new national public-private consortium known as Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA).

Helping Georgians

  • The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) offers communities assistance in addressing their housing and neighborhood revitalization needs.
  • Health Education through Extension Leadership (HEEL) delivers programs through the 163 county offices and reaches nearly 160,000 adults and youth across Georgia.
  • The ASPIRE Clinic offers an array of services to the public that include individual, couple, and family therapy, financial counseling and education, home environment and design, nutrition counseling and education, and legal problem solving.
  • Testing of textiles and physical properties help manufacturers maximize performance, whether it be medical bandages, furniture, or carpets.
  • Proof-of-concept partnering of FACS research with startup companies brings new bio-based products to the market.
  • Destination Dawgs provides youth with intellectual disabilities with an opportunity to prepare for a career and independent living by attending UGA courses, gaining valuable job skills through work-based experiential learning, and building a social network by participating in on-campus events and student activities.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assisted 920 Georgians in filing $11,256,954 in total state and federal tax refunds, saving them $225,000 in tax preparation fees.
  • The UGA Extension Radon Education Program provides information about the dangers of radon in air and water along with test kits for sale.
  • UGA Extension provides resources and information to help people become informed buyers through online home buyer education.
  • Project F.R.E.E. offers evidence-informed programs to improve couple and co-parenting functioning, increase economic stability, and create positive and stable homes with couples, single parents and foster caregivers.
  • Better Brains for Babies provides education and resources on early brain development for families, child care providers, and others who care for children.
  • The Child Development Lab provides developmentally appropriate programs on a full-day basis for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years of both University and community families.  

Alumni

  •  The annual Chilly Dawg 5K fun run/walk has raised $30,000 to support student-focused enrichment opportunities.
  • 7 FACS alumni were named Bulldog 100 in 2015.
  • 1 FACS alumnus was named to the 2017 class of 40 under 40