Honors student Lucas Llanso Puente, a 2010 graduate with a B.B.A. in finance and A.B. in international affairs with a minor in Spanish, has a bright future. He has published research about American trade with Nicaragua, and he has worked as an intern at the U.S. embassy in Nicaragua. He was on UGA’s model United Nations team and he holds leadership positions with the Roosevelt Institution, a student-run think tank. He worked in Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama and worked with the finance team at the North Carolina State Ports Authority on an activity based costing project and compiling an audit of their financially material assets. He says he was born to be a Dawg.

Undergraduate Programs

Why SPIA? SPIA students are among the best and brightest in the country. In recent years, we have had winners of Rhodes Scholarships, Truman Scholarships, and numerous other notable awards that recognize the achievements of our students.

By The Numbers


Since 1851, 25 governors of Georgia have been graduates of the University of Georgia, including the former governor, Sonny Perdue. Perdue is the fifth consecutive state chief executive, and the seventh of the last nine governors, to hold a UGA degree. Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, are graduates as are U.S. Reps.  John Barrow, Paul Broun, Jr., Tom Graves, John (Jack) Kingston, Austin Scott, and Rob Woodall.