The University of Georgia is pretty integral to the Peach State’s identity. Sure, you’ve got small pockets of Georgia Tech fans, and even Georgia Southern fans, all over the state, but there’s nothing like a Saturday in Athens. Red and black are practically a state uniform, and there are tons of UGA fans and alumni spread all over the state. But not many people know just how historic of an institution the University of Georgia is. The University was the first state-chartered college in America, and arguably the first public college in America. The original charter for the University was granted by the state in 1785. It’s often called the “birthplace of the American system of higher education.”

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