The University of Georgia, founded in 1785, and commonly referred to as UGA or simply Georgia, is an American public land-grant and sea grant research university. Its primary location is a 759acres campus in the college town of Athens, Georgia, approximately an hour's drive from Atlanta, Georgia. It is considered the State of Georgia's flagship university. The university is ranked 20th overall among all public national universities in the current U.S. News & World Report rankings, and consistently ranks as high as 101st among all the top international universities in the world. While having high overall ratings, Georgia ranks in the top 10 for evaluations in several fields of study. The university is a part of the University System of Georgia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is classified as a "Research University / Very High Research Activity" with a "More Selective" student body by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.Founded in 1785 as the United States' first state-chartered university, it is the oldest and largest of Georgia's institutions of higher learning and along with the College of William and Mary and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claims the title of the oldest public university in the United States. The university's historic North Campus is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as a designated historic district, and it and the contiguous campus areas include rolling hills and extensive arboreta.