Georgia College
"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

Student Profile: 6,772 (61.28% female and 38.7% male), 5,927 undergraduates; 32 states (including Washington, D.C.); 17.3 % minority, 2.1% international.

Faculty Profile

305 full-time faculty. 17.5:1 student/faculty ratio.

Residence Life

Mildly residential: 36% of undergraduates 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.


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. 

  • 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 and Georgia College is an authentic partner with the local and global community. This allows our students to have hands-on experience working with the community in various ways.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 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 non-profit leaders – many of who are members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, mentor students.  GEM students also take part in leadership and professional development opportunities offered throughout the year.
  • 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.


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 to pre-professional programs. Georgia College classes are purposely small – to foster a learning environment where students interact directly with each other and faculty. Our students prefer to learn through discovery, critical analysis and hands on experience.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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 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 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: basketball, flag football, dodge ball, soccer, softball and ultimate Frisbee. Club Sport teams are student-run teams that compete with other universities. These teams include, in part, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, ultimate, dance team and wakeboard.


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 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 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 at Georgia College 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.

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

Financial Aid

In 2015-2016, total in-state cost is $13,450 ($4,585 tuition), total out-of-state cost is $23,853. This includes Room and Board. Fees for the academic school year for full-time students are $995. The estimated amount spent on books and supplies is $1,500 per year. For more information, visit

Each year more than 80% of our students receive some sort of financial aid.

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.

Student Employment

Employment opportunities for students.