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Georgia College, Georgia's designated public liberal arts university, combines the educational experience expected at...

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. Georgia College 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

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,935 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
1% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
337 full-time faculty
99 part-time faculty
17 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
98% of first year students live on campus
36% of all students live on campus

School Location

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

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

85.92% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

60.36% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 5%
White 84%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


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

  • 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.

  • Selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

Georgia College not only strives to educate its students; it also inspires them to be great leaders and thinkers…

Educating Future Leaders

ENGAGE, the Georgia College Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), guides community-based, engaged learning (C-bEL) experiences that connect students with the liberal arts and the wider community. Through this focus, Georgia College develops diverse collaborations between community and campus organizations by constructing experiences for students to synthesize knowledge, skills and dispositions in community settings. The university also weaves engaged learning into every aspect of the students’ experience. Georgia College is an authentic partner with the local and global community. This allows students to have hands-on experience working with the community in various ways.

Volunteer Efforts

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.

Study Abroad

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. Georgia College offers many study abroad programs throughout the year in which students travel together and are 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), Georgia College 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.

Undergraduate Research

The annual Student Research Conference provides the Georgia College community an opportunity to hear papers presented by outstanding students from disciplines throughout campus. The annual publication “The Corinthian” provides a valuable publishing opportunity for students.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X

At Georgia College, students can work side-by-side with educators in more than 40 majors from the liberal arts to business, from health sciences to education and pre-professional programs. Georgia College classes are purposely small to foster a learning environment where students interact directly with each other and faculty. Georgia College students prefer to learn through discovery, critical analysis, and hands-on experiences.

Passionate Professors

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 considers 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 Scholarships, 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.

First-Year Experience

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 the liberal arts environment. This program links first-year students with the institution, faculty, and other students.

Honors Program

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.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 171 228 416 176 57 60 0 1108

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.

Extracurricular Activities

Academic Organizations/honoraries provide out-of-class experience for 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 200 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 Bobcat Frisbee, Bowling, Fencing, and Dance Team. Georgia College houses fraternities and sororities designed to foster social development, academic, excellence, and lifelong 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: basketball, flag football, dodgeball, soccer, softball, and ultimate Frisbee. Club Sport teams are student-run teams that compete with other universities.  Teams include, in part, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, ultimate, dance team, and wakeboard.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

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


Internships offer paid and unpaid practical work experience that is directly related to a student’s major. The university’s Career Center provides a wealth of information on internships and the internship application process. Students in the Leadership Certificate Program examine the principles and practices of effective leadership and complete a leadership practicum project with a partnering university or community organization. In the Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Program, business and nonprofit leaders mentor students. GEM students also take part in leadership and professional development opportunities offered throughout the year.

Student Success

The Center for Student Success has a foundation of 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, with a faculty-based system that assures each student is in contact with a faculty member who can guide their course selection and assist in career preparation.

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


Admissions Fall 2015

3,968 Total Applicants
3,002 Total Admissions
1,475 Total Freshmen Enrollment

75.66% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Application closing date (fall): Friday, April 1, 2016
Priority date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
First generation
Level of applicant’s interest

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
State residency

Class rank
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 620
SAT Math 520 610
SAT Writing 510 600
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 27
ACT Math 21 26
ACT English 22 28
ACT Writing    

Admission Application Deadline

  • Early Action (Fall Admission only): Students will submit their completed application package no later than Nov. 1. Notification of admission will be mailed early December.
  • 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


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,180 $25,528
Fees $1,990 $1,990
Total $9,170 $27,518
Room and Board (on campus) $11,612 $11,612
Room Only $6,124 $6,124
Board Only $5,488 $5,488
Estimated Total On Campus $20,782 $39,130


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015

$9,835 First year students
$9,755 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

27.79% on average, the percentage of need that was met
0% of financial need students that had need fully met

$4,477 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,194 Average need-based loan

Scholarships: Merit based awards

Most scholarships available to entering freshmen are offered to students who are selected to participate in the annual Presidential Scholarship Competition (PSC). The competition for freshmen is held each year on a Friday in late November or early December.  For more competition information, visit our website.

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


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.

Additionally, the GCSU Foundation awards more than $1,000,000 annually from private donations to needy and deserving students. These awards are determined on various criteria such as: academic major, geography, leadership characteristics, musical and artistic abilities and demonstrated financial need.

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