Augusta State University was a public university located in Augusta, Georgia, United States. On August 10, 2012, Augusta State merged with Georgia Health Sciences University to form Georgia Regents University, which would later be known as Augusta University.
Augusta State University was founded as the Academy of Richmond County in 1783 as a high school. It opened in 1785 and offered collegiate-level classes from its earliest days, and its classes were overseen by the Georgia state legislature. Graduates were accepted into colleges as sophomores or juniors. Operation of the academy was overseen by a board of trustees until 1909, when control was passed to the Augusta Board of Education. The college-level classes continued to be overseen by a committee of the state legislature. As enrollment increased, land for a new building was purchased. In 1925, prior to completion of the new building, the Junior College of Augusta was established. In 1957, the junior college separated from the academy and moved to its present location on Walton Way.
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Augusta State was organized into six undergraduate colleges: Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, James M. Hull College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the College of Nursing. Students could earn associate, bachelor, master, and specialist degrees in over 100 programs of study as well as a paralegal certificate and a cooperative doctorate. There was an Honors Program as well as a Cooperative Education program in which students alternated between classroom enrollment and real-life work experience in their field of study. Students also had opportunities for internships and study abroad programs.
Augusta State's athletic programs competed at the Division II level in the Peach Belt Conference of the NCAA, except for the men's and women's golf programs, both of which were Division I Independents.
The Jaguars' men's golf team won its first national title in 2010, knocking off perennial power Oklahoma State in the championship match at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. They defended their title in 2011 at Oklahoma State's home course, Karsten Creek, defeating the top-ranked Cowboys in the national semifinals and then Georgia in the final round of match play to reclaim the championship. The Jaguars became the first men's golf team to win consecutive national titles since Houston in 1984–85. They won five Big South Conference championships: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991 under coach Ernie Lanford.
Reese Library, the information center of Augusta State, provided a wide variety of services for students. Thousands of journals, newspaper articles and books were available in electronic full-text through GALILEO, an initiative of the University System of Georgia. In support of student learning and research there was a collection of more than 503,000 print and online books, plus an extensive collection of government publications, special collections and archives of materials relating to Georgia Regents and the greater Augusta area, over 500 print periodicals and more than 30,000 online journal titles.