Pillars of Student Success

Pillars of Student Success - Engagement, Intellect, Character

What are the Pillars of Student Success?

To focus our efforts on enhancing the learning environment and supporting student success, UGA Student Affairs adopted the Pillars of Student Success. The three Pillars of Student Success—Engagement, Intellect, and Character—and their associated learning priorities serve as UGA’s explicit commitment to our students. We commit to providing and supporting experiences that facilitate learning in the areas of EngagementIntellect, and Character.


  • Civic Engagement – Individual and collective action designed to make a difference in our communities
  • Teamwork – Working effectively with others toward a shared goal
  • Inclusion – Examining and challenging behaviors that prevent full and equal participation of all people


  • Critical Thinking – Logical and reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do
  • Application of Knowledge – Meaningful use of ideas, experiences, and knowledge
  • Communication – Effective exchange of information in a variety of contexts


  • Ethical Reasoning – Examining coexisting personal and community values to guide our actions
  • Self-Identity – Understanding intersections of our identities, values, and abilities
  • Well-Being – Optimizing multiple dimensions of wellness to live a satisfying and productive life

Pillars of Student Success Experiences

Pillars of Student Success
Learning Experiences

Pillars of Student Success
PRIME Experiences