The University of Göttingen (German: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, GAU), known informally as Georgia Augusta, is a comprehensive research university in the city of Göttingen, Germany.
Founded in 1734 by George II, King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover and starting classes in 1737, the university is the oldest in the state of Lower Saxony, and also the biggest in student enrollment, which stands at around 26.000. The university is highly renowned both in Germany and abroad and has shaped Göttingen into a university city with a high student and faculty population.
The University of Göttingen is one of the highest-ranked universities in Germany. It is associated with 46 Nobel laureates.