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Georgia Gwinnett College
"Georgia Gwinnett College is a premiere, public, four-year liberal arts college that reimagines higher...

Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Georgia Gwinnett College doesn’t believe in preserving the status quo. It believes that every student should have and take advantage of any and every opportunity to succeed. No other college is blazing trails, raising standards, and revolutionizing the college experience like Georgia Gwinnett. A GGC education challenges, supports, and connects students.


In only six years, GGC grew from 118 students to over 9,500. Located only 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, the campus that was once 260 acres of rolling terrain has become a bustling metropolitan college environment. From the exciting new Student Center to the dramatic Library and Learning Center, all of GGC’s facilities are comfortable, modern, and functional. Because the school is consistently expanding, students become part of the GGC’s exciting growth process.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
10,828 undergraduate students
70% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female
10% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
393 full-time faculty
192 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

Located just 30 miles northeast of Atlanta in Lawrenceville, GGC is in the heart of Gwinnett County, only about 10 minutes off I-85. The campus offers easy access to Atlanta, Lake Lanier, and Athens, and the mountains of northern Georgia are only a short drive away.

Retention Fall 2014

68% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

27% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Black or African American 31%
White 38%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


GGC offers an integrated athletics program, including intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports. The Grizzly Athletics kicked off its historic inaugural season with the fall 2012 semester as member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Intercollegiate Sports: Men’s baseball, Men’s soccer, Men’s tennis, Women’s soccer, Women’s softball, Women’s tennis

Mascot: The Grizzly
Colors: Green and Gray

Other Information

Georgia Gwinnett College was founded in 2005 as the first public, four-year liberal arts college to be founded in the 21st century.

Academic Programs

Choose among more than 40 concentrations across 12 majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Early Childhood Education, English, Exercise Science, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Special Education

More Distinctions

  • According to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), GGC students place the college among the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide for student/faculty interaction outside of the classroom, the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide for active and collaborative learning, the top 10 percent for supportive campus environment, and the top 10 percent for academic challenge.

At Georgia Gwinnett, the college experience is tailored to the individual student, providing a private-school experience for a public-school investment.

Liberal Arts for a Rigorous Job Market

Georgia Gwinnett isn’t the typical college. Its student engagement is dynamically changing the way people think about education. The “real world” is looking for skilled, well-rounded graduates who can succeed in today’s challenging workplace. That’s why at GGC, students are immersed in active learning environments that are designed to provide global perspectives and generate marketable graduates who are empowered for success.

Every Opportunity to Grow

At GGC, students are actively encouraged to spend their colleges careers taking full advantage of the many opportunities Georgia Gwinnett has to offer. From study abroad programs and internships to community service projects and student organizations,, GGC offers a rich variety of activities that develop students’ character and scholarship alike. Faculty seek to apply their coursework to the world beyond campus, from class group projects for charities to student-driven undergraduate research projects.

Meaningful Faculty Relationships

The student/faculty relationships at GGC are truly special. GGC faculty are specifically hired for both their teaching skills and their dedication to student mentorship. Two members of GGC’s faculty both won the highest teaching award within the University System of Georgia, having been nominated by their own grateful students. This remarkable distinction for such a young institution is indicative of the quality of GGC’s faculty.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Georgia Gwinnett’s faculty care about their students. Faculty often enjoy lunch with students in the dining hall or involve themselves in impromptu study groups for students looking for help. They provide cell phone numbers so that students may reach them for questions and advice at any time of day. According to the 2011 National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), GGC ranks in the nation’s top 10 percent of colleges for student/faculty interaction outside of the classroom.

Hands-On Learning

At GGC, students and faculty engage in collaborative group activities and active, hands-on learning. Every classroom is wired with “smart” capabilities, providing access to modern instructional technologies that support active learning and keep students connected. Students can study with laptops, iPads, or iPod Touches; text questions or quiz answers to their professors; and even download recorded lectures. GGC’s style is not all about lectures and tests; it’s about giving students the tools they need to succeed in the real world.

Student Activities

With facilities designed to provide comfortable areas for student interaction, the GGC campus is alive with excitement and enthusiasm. Thanks to the school’s full, integrated athletics program, as well as more than 85 active student organizations, there is always something new and interesting happening on campus. In fact, GGC students ranked the college in the nation’s top 10 percent of supportive campus environments (NSSE 2011).

Comfortable Housing

Residential life is a cut above the rest. Community bathrooms and bunk-beds are not anywhere to be seen on GGC’s campus. Instead, the college offers private rooms and baths. On-campus residents also have access to flat-screen televisions, well-equipped kitchenettes, study rooms, and on-lite laundromats.

Life Off Campus

Students yearning for urban adventures can enjoy the exciting nightlife, entertainment, and major-league sports of downtown Atlanta. Closer to campus is the Gwinnett Arena, at which major concerts are held, as well as the cozy, small town of Lawrenceville. The Mall of Georgia is practically next door, and the mountains are a short drive away.

Academic Support

Georgia Gwinnett arms students with an unstoppable support system, for GGC was specifically designed to help students succeed. Personal faculty mentorship keeps students on track. Additionally, professors often contact students who miss class to see whether they need help catching up. Many programs also support students of all academic levels with services such as free tutoring.

Holding Its Own

GGC’s innovative approach to higher education is working. Its first-year retention rates greatly surpass other Georgia state colleges. Furthermore, such high rates are impressively unusual for minority students. Nothing affirms Georgia Gwinnett more than its dramatic growth. Opening its doors to 118 students in 2006, it now enrolls over 9,500.


GGC accepts online applications all year round, and the process is simple. Just be sure to submit the following:

Complete an electronic application at First-time users must create an account. Don’t worry – it’s secure and convenient. Students will receive a username and PIN for checking application status. If unable to complete the electronic application, contact the Admissions Office at 678-407-5313.

Freshmen or students with fewer than 30 transfer hours, must request that their most recently-attended high school submit an official transcript. If you have attended college (as a transfer or HOPE-ACCEL student), you must request official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. They must be sent directly to GGC.

Affordability and Financial Aid
GGC’s affordable tuition is currently less than $1,700 for full-time students. In addition, there is a full suite of financial aid services to help offset out-of-pocket expenses. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 678-407-5701.

Visit for access to the GGC Immunization Form – it must be completed and signed by a physician. For details on the specific immunizations required, consult the admissions website.

Application Fee
A required $20 fee must be submitted electronically with the application. The mailing address for submission of all documents is:

Georgia Gwinnett College
Office of Admissions
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $3,548 $13,244
Fees $1,804 $1,804
Total $5,352 $15,048
Room and Board (on campus) $11,094 $11,094
Room Only $8,230 $8,230
Board Only $2,864 $2,864
Estimated Total On Campus $16,446 $26,142


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

84% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
44% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$4,772 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,044 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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