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Georgia College

Milledgeville, Georgia

As Georgia’s public liberal arts university, Georgia College offers students the educational experience expected at private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Our students learn to be analytical, thoughtful and incisive; these skills prove to serve them throughout their careers and lives. Georgia College is a perfect choice for motivated, service-minded students who seek an engaging campus community, which offers educational experiences that extend far beyond the traditional classroom into the community to provide intellectual, professional and personal growth.

 

Student Profile

Student Profile: 6,772 (61.28% female and 38.7% male), 5,927 undergraduates; 32 states (including Washington, D.C.); 16.6% minority, 2.1% international.

Faculty Profile

305 full-time faculty. 17:1 student/faculty ratio.

Residence Life

Mildly residential: 30% of students live on campus.

School Location

Milledgeville, GA—Located in the center of the state. It is about 30 miles northeast of Macon and 90 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Athletics

NCAA Division II, Peach Belt Conference, 11 varsity sports (5 men’s: basketball, golf, cross-country, tennis; 6 women’s: basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball), 5 club sports and 16 intramurals.

Other Information

Georgia College was founded in 1889. Today, it is Georgia’s public liberal arts university.

Academic Programs

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, Environmental Science, French, History, Liberal Studies, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, Political Science, Psychology, Rhetoric, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Accounting, Economics, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Hospitality/Tourism Management, Marketing, Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Special Education, Athletic Training, Community Health, Exercise Science, Nursing, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Pre-professional programs: Dentistry, Engineering, Forestry, Health Information Management,  Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Veterinary Medicine.

More Distinctions

  • Named a Best Southeastern school by The Princeton Review. 

  • Named a best regional university in the South by U.S. News & World Report. 

  • One of five universities in the country to receive the 2014 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. This award is presented by The Washington Center and the New York Life Foundation and recognizes institutions for their dedication to civic engagement through mutually transformational partnerships that address public concern at any level – from local to global. 

  • One of only two public colleges and universities in the state of Georgia to be named a 2014-2015 College of Distinction.

Overview

Georgia College not only strives to educate its students, it also wants to inspire them to be great leaders and great thinkers…


Future leaders of the Free World.
  • Service Learning helps students benefit others by applying classroom knowledge to real world experiences in the non-profit sector with a particular interest in the student’s major. The “Communicating Common Ground” program is one such opportunity that pairs faculty and college-level communication students with elementary and secondary students to implement projects that foster respect for diversity and combat prejudice in communities across America.
  • The GIVE (Georgia College Involved in Volunteer Efforts) Center is a community service organization created to empower students to make a difference in the community. GIVE’s mission is to promote, encourage, support, develop, and facilitate meaningful learning experiences for the campus and community through service. GIVE participates in teaching, mentoring, volunteer coaching, advocacy, blood drives, meals on wheels and more.
  • Studying abroad enables students to increase knowledge of a foreign language, provides the opportunity to gain insight into and appreciation for the cultures and institutions of other peoples, facilitates the development of relevant career skills, and contributes to personal maturity, a sense of independence, self-knowledge, and confidence. Georgia College offers Maymester and Summer study programs in which students travel together, taught by USG faculty, for three to five weeks. The programs combine classroom instruction with field trips and independent travel opportunities. During Semester and Academic-Year study programs abroad Georgia College students exchange places with those at partner universities in Australia, England, Germany, etc.  As a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), GC&SU provides similar exchange opportunities in more than 33 countries.  The School for International Training (SIT) offers focused programs of study in 50 locations around the world.
  • Internships offer paid and unpaid practical work experience directly related to a student’s major. The University’s career center provides a wealth of information on internships and the internship application process. Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) is a pilot program that involves leaders in a variety of business and professional fields from around the state in partnership with Georgia College for a comprehensive mentoring program for selected college students. The program will work in conjunction with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and will match students with many of Georgia’s top leaders in business, politics, education, health care and other fields.

The Office of Experiential Learning sponsors three opportunities to encourage the extension of student research beyond the classroom, as well as provide experiences which promote discipline specific professional development during a student’s collegiate career. The v Student Government Association provides $12,500 annually to support student travel to present papers at professional conferences. The Interdisciplinary Research Conference provides the Georgia College community an opportunity to hear papers presented by outstanding students from disciplines throughout the campus. The annual publication The Corinthian provides a valuable publishing opportunity for students.

Overview

Faculty at Georgia College teach as if the world depended on it. Students learn in small classes and have the opportunity to know their professors who are friendly and approachable…


  • Georgia College’s mission depends on recruiting faculty members committed to providing students with a liberal arts education and engaging in active scholarship in a strongly student-centered environment. Faculty at Georgia College consider teaching a calling.
  • The faculty of Georgia College have attended many of the most prominent graduate schools in the United States. They have received many awards including the AERA/Dissertation Award in Early Childhood Education, Fulbright Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, International Publishing Awards, Palmes Academiques, and the Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Faculty have received grants from the Alltel Corp., the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, CNN Newsource, Eisenhower Higher Education Grant, E.J. Grassman Trust, Georgia Humanities Council, Microsoft Corp., Northrup Grumman Corp., Engelhard Corp., Theile Corp., American Dialect Society, Knight Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation.
  • The first-year experience is a comprehensive program of events, programs and activities that assist students in becoming familiar with Georgia College and in developing the necessary college success skills to thrive in Georgia College’s liberal arts environment. This program links first-year students with the institution, the faculty, and other students.
  • The Georgia College Honors and Scholars Program is an integrated program of learning that presents challenging opportunities for students with proven academic strength. The program promotes student interaction with faculty through small group discussion, supervised projects, internships, interdisciplinary studies, and service learning. This format is designed to facilitate closer student-faculty relationships than most classroom settings permit. Through scholars’ capstone experiences such as a senior thesis, a creative project, or an internship, the Honors and Scholars Program extends study into the student’s academic major.

Academic Programs/Majors:
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, Environmental Science, French, History, Liberal Studies, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, Political Science, Psychology, Rhetoric, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Accounting, Economics, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Hospitality/Tourism Management, Marketing, Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Special Education, Athletic Training, Community Health, Exercise Science, Nursing, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Pre-professional programs: Dentistry, Engineering, Forestry, Health Information Management,  Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Veterinary Medicine.

Overview

Georgia College is located in historic Milledgeville, the former capital of Georgia. Just steps off the main campus is the downtown area, a thriving hub of activity with specialty shops and restaurants. The campus is located just 30 miles east of Macon and 90 miles southeast of Atlanta…


  • Academic Organizations/honoraries provide out-of-class experience with faculty, staff, and students with similar interests. Examples include: Mathematics, History, and Chemistry clubs, Concert and Jazz Band and many more. Georgia College’s campus is alive with Greek life, intramural and club sports, campus and community activities, and honor and academic societies. In fact, there are nearly 100 registered clubs and activities at Georgia College.
  • Activity and Service Organizations: Having fun, helping others, and learning lessons of time management, organization, motivation, and cooperation are among the benefits of participation in activity and service clubs. Examples of organizations include Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Environmental Science Club. Sports Clubs include Archery, Bobcat Frisbee, Bowling, Fencing, and Men’s Soccer Club, as well as Dance Team. Georgia College houses Fraternities and Sororities designed to foster social development, academic, excellence, and life-long ties. University Media Organizations include the campus newspaper the Colonnade, the campus radio station WGUR, and the campus cable station Bobcat Media Productions. Other organizations consist of honor societies, religious organizations, and residence hall groups.
  • Intramural sports activities offer students and staff the opportunity to participate in various structured individual and team sports ranging from recreational to competitive. The intramurals offered include: bowling, basketball, soccer, volleyball, frisbee, flag football, racquetball, paint-ball, billiards, softball, tennis, kickball, golf and more.
  • Venture Out is a program devoted to providing outdoor experiences for students. The program provides a variety of seminars and hosts trips designed to introduce novices to the great outdoors as well as challenge those more experienced. Some of these include instruction in the fundamentals of camping, introduction to the climbing wall, backpacking, rafting and rock climbing.

Overview

Students will be exposed to experiences both inside and outside the classroom, which will exercise and liberate their minds, preparing them for success after graduation…


Georgia College believes each student has the potential to do great things. With resources like The Career Service Center, which provides career support services for students by the time students graduate they will have what it takes to be great leaders.

The Center for Student Success has as its foundation a strong commitment to the retention of Georgia College students through first-year programs, each of which seek to establish a solid base of academic success skills. Focus is directed to academic advisement at Georgia College that is a faculty-based system that assures each student contact with a faculty member who can guide a student’s course selection and assist in career preparation.

Admission Application Deadline

  • More than 70 percent of GC students receive some form of financial assistance.
  • Early Action (Fall Admission only): Students will submit their completed application package no later than November 1. Notification of admission will be mailed early December.
  • Scholarship Consideration: Students whose files are completed by February 1 will be considered for Georgia College scholarships and awards.  Notification of scholarship/awards will be mailed by mid-February.
  • Regular Admission: Students will submit their completed application package no later than April 1.  Notification of admission will be made on a rolling basis subject to space availability

Financial Aid

In 2011-2012, total in-state cost is $11,854 ($4,172 tuition), total out-of-state cost is $21,392. This includes Room and Board. Fees for the academic school year for full-time students are $936. The estimated amount spent on books and supplies is $1300 per year.

Each year over 80% of the students receive some sort of financial aid.

Scholarships: Merit based awards

TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIPS: This scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship GC offers to entering freshmen.  This scholarship includes:

  • $6,000 per year, divided between fall and spring semesters (four year renewable award)
  • One-time study-abroad Scholarship
  • Acceptance to the Honor’s Program
  • Housing accommodations in the Honor’s Wing of one of the residence halls

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is another prestigious scholarship Georgia College offers to entering freshman.  The scholarship includes:

  • $4,000 per year, divided between fall and spring semesters (four year renewable award)
  • One-time study-abroad scholarship
  • Acceptance to the Honor’s Program
  • Housing accommodations in the Honor’s Wing of one of the residence halls

VERA LUCILLE VINCENT SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship was established by Vera Lucille Vincent to promote the study of Liberal Arts and to reward academic excellence. The scholarship is available to freshmen of superior talent and promise who have an SAT score of 1200 and a cumulative GPA on all High School Preparatory course work of at least 3.6. Vincent Scholars must declare an approved major in the Liberal Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences and complete the B.A. degree in one of these areas. The scholarship provides up to $3,000 per year for four years.

DEAN’S MERIT SCHOLARSHIP:

  • One-time award of in varying amounts ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 divided between fall and spring semesters
  • Acceptance to the Honor’s Program
  • Housing accommodations in the Honor’s Wing of one of the residence halls

GOIZUETA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP:

  • Be accepted for admission to Georgia College
  • Complete the 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (The 2012-2013 FAFSA will not be available until after January 1, 2012. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing time by the U.S. Department of Education)
  • Have a 3.0 or higher academic high school or college grade point average
  • Have financial need as determined by the GC Office of Financial Aid beyond the assistance of other scholarships received
  • Have immediate family/legal guardian currently residing in the United States
  • Preference will be given to students of Hispanic/Latino origin

MAX NOAH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP: Georgia College awards this scholarship to new students to promote excellence in music performance at the university. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average on a scale of 4.0. Finalist must have an audition or interview with the Georgia College Department of Music.

CHEMISTY RESEARCH AND TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP:

  • Four-year renewable scholarships awarded each year
  • Beginning freshmen enrolled in Chemistry Freshmen Seminar course
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Demonstrate the necessary determination to complete a B.S. degree in Chemistry at Georgia College
  • Applicants reviewed for recommendation by Chemistry Department Chair
  • Applications will be available at approximately mid-term of each Fall semester by Chemistry Freshmen Seminar instructor with a deadline to be communicated at that time

Georgia’s HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships: The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships are Georgia’s unique programs that reward students’ hard work with financial assistance in a degree program at Georgia College.

Grants: Federal aid where there is no obligation for future payment. Federal Pell Grants & Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants: for undergraduates with exceptional financial need – that is, students with the lowest EFCs – and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

Student Employment

Employment opportunities for students.

Endowment

$18,280,363