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Advanced Academy of Georgia records

Identifier: UA-0005-46

Scope and Contents

The Advanced Academy of Georgia records contain correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles and clippings, surveys, reports, applications, pamphlets, advertisements, manuals, yearbooks, plans, proposals, and financial statements, photographs, negatives, slides, computer disks, VHS tapes, posters, and a scrapbook related to the creation, operations, and upkeep of the Advanced Academy of Georgia Early Entrance Program at the University of West Georgia 1995 to 2016. Subjects covered include Academy student activities, faculty planning, scholarship and grant funding for students, Academy events and programs, residence life, and student accomplishments before and after graduation.


  • 1995-2016

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights held by the University of West Georgia.

Biographical / Historical

The Advanced Academy of Georgia was an Early-Entrance-to-College Program at the University of West Georgia that admitted high school students predominantly in their Junior and Senior years. The program allowed students to gain concurrent high school and college credit while living full-time on campus.

The Advanced Academy began as the brainchild of Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, President of West Georgia College, in late 1994. It opened for the 1995-1996 academic year under the administration of Dr. Donald Wagner, the first Dean of the Honors College. In the first year of the program, there were 21 students enrolled. Dr. Sethna often participated in the Academy's various activities while also serving as President of the University. At the time of its inception, the Advanced Academy was one of only 10 programs in the country to allow early admittance to a university/college with the students living fulltime on campus.

The Academy was one of several programs within the UWG Honors College. Therefore, students enrolled in the Academy were automatically enrolled in the Honors College and were required to take honors classes and fulfill other Honors College requirements.

Advanced Academy students were, for the majority of the program's tenure, housed in Gunn Hall on the southeast edge of campus. Events for Academy students, such as cookouts, sporting events (the yearly decathlon), dances, and socials, were held at Gunn Hall and at the Honors House. In Gunn Hall, students resided separated by gender and supervised by Honors College faculty and staff as well as student employees who also provided residential services.

The students who attended the Advanced Academy often received financial assistance through grants and scholarships. Originally, tuition for the majority of students was funded through Pell Grants offered by the State. However, in 2002, the State of Georgia rescinded these grants for Advanced Academy students, whereupon funding had to be obtained from other sources. Honors College faculty members, including Kate Theobald, Laura Lamb, Pat Hughes, and Donald Wagner, worked to obtain a large majority of the funding needed to cover the tuition of Academy Students who lost their Pell Grants. In later years, more consistent funding was obtained through the HOPE-ACCEL program.

The Advanced Academy accepted its final class of students in the 2015-2016 academic year. This last class graduated in 2017, whereupon the program came to an official end.


8.37 Linear feet (13 Boxes, 2 Cassette Boxes, 1 OV Flat Box, 2 OV Folders)




This collection contains materials related to the Advanced Academy of Georgia Early Entrance Program at the University of West Georgia. Records include lists of students, surveys of students and faculty associated with the Advanced Academy, financial dcuments discussing funding and scholarships, yearbooks created for each Advanced Academy school year, and photographs of individual students and student activities. This collection contains materials from the initiation of the Advanced Academy in 1995 until its end in 2016.


Arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the Honors College, July 21, 2021.

Guide to the Advanced Academy of Georgia Records
Avery Stanley and Catherine Hendricks
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States