The City of Dahlonega, the county seat of Lumpkin County, is located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, approximately 70 miles north of Atlanta. The population of Dahlonega is estimated to be 5,000. Dahlonega was incorporated December 21, 1833 and was the site of the first major gold rush in the United States. A U.S. Branch Mint minted Half Eagle, Quarter Eagle, the Gold Dollar (72,529) and the Three Dollar Gold here between 1838 and 1861. The University of North Georgia, founded in 1873 in the abandoned Mint Building, was the first state-supported college in Georgia to grant a degree to a woman and is now one of six senior military colleges in the U.S. with a expanding undergraduate and graduate programs.
University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia is part of the University System of Georgia and is designated as a State Leadership Institution and The Military College of Georgia. With more than 18,000 students, the University of North Georgia is one of the state's largest public universities. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate degrees to professional doctoral programs.
Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, UNG comprises five campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. The University of North Georgia was formed through the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College, two of the top-performing schools in the University System of Georgia, in January 2013.