Rankin M. Smith, Sr. Student-Athlete Academic Center

Rankin SmithOpened in the Fall of 2002, the Rankin M. Smith, Sr. Student-Athlete Academic Center provides the space and cutting-edge resources for all of UGA’s 500-plus student-athletes to achieve their academic goals.

Built at a cost of $7 million, the center bears the name of the late Rankin M. Smith, Sr., a UGA alumnus and former owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.  The Smith family gave a generous gift of $3.5 million toward the center’s construction.

The 31,000 square foot building contains a 55-seat “smart” classroom, computer lab with 60 desktop stations, writing lab, group and individual study rooms.

15 Rutherford Street
Athens, GA 30602
Ph: (706) 542-8388
Fax: (706) 542-8404


Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 am – 10 pm
  • Friday: 7 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 5 pm – 10 pm

Inclement Weather Policy:

The Rankin Smith Center adheres to UGA’s decision to stay open or close during inclement weather.

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