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Augusta University: FAQs

To help ease the transition from Georgia Regents University to Augusta University, a site has been created at au.gru.edu that will serve as a landing page for all communications regarding the changeover.

Please frequent this site often to make sure you have the latest information about this process. Here is a list of the most recently added FAQs:

Why was this name chosen?

Augusta University has always been a much-loved name choice for our institution, and selecting it is recognition of the critical partnership that exists between our institution and our local community. The energy and enthusiasm generated by this partnership will be instrumental as we build our reputation as a national leader in teaching, research, health care and service.

When does the name take effect?

When the Board of Regents said the change is “effective immediately,” they authorized us to immediately begin working on an implementation plan. After thoughtful discussion and careful planning to ensure a smooth transition, an official date will be announced that will likely be some months from now.

What do we call ourselves in the meantime?

We will be GRU until the effective date of the name change. In some areas, external rules direct our actions, but in other areas, we can begin to gradually transition to the new name, and we will communicate these decisions on the website au.gru.edu, which we encourage you to check often.

How does this impact our reputation nationally?

Dr. Keel and his administration understand that the enhancement of our reputation is a critical issue, and that questions and confusion, particularly from individuals outside Augusta, will need to be addressed. Whether we are called GRU or Augusta University, it is the stories about the great students we attract, the discoveries our researchers make, the exceptional teaching of our faculty, the compassionate healing done by our health care professionals and the service we provide to this great community that are at the heart of our story.

What do we do about logos and email signatures?

While we appreciate the enthusiasm so many have exhibited about the change to Augusta University, we would ask that individuals not create their own logos or signatures in the interim period. For the time being, please use “Georgia Regents University, soon to be Augusta University” in your email signatures and similar applications and use current GRU and GRHealth logos when needed until provided new ones.

Will we have the option of having dual diplomas?

That is one of the questions leaders will address. With previous name changes, students have been given the option to select a commemorative diploma in addition to their actual diploma. We expect to be able to do the same with this name change.

2 Comments

  • I am a graduate of The Ohio State University and have practiced in the Atlanta Metro area for over 35 years. Since I graduated from OSU they have also changed the name of the school but people around the world still know the school and its reputation as a great institution of higher learning. Without at least the name Georgia in its title people are not going to instantly recognize the institution in Augusta. As a matter of fact I recently took in a partner from your institution and he tells me all of this name changing is not well liked by faculty and students.

  • The name change is rediculous. Same mentality that changed it to Georgia Regents University. Apparently history and state pride means nothing and a medical center that only recognizes a local community or a political group within the state seems to be more important than a medical center that is part of a state university that historically represented all of the people of Georgia and not just a narrow minded few. Remember that all of the people of Georgia have contributed to its national reputation.