Founded in 1889 as a women’s college, Georgia College & State University is Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university. Nestled in historic Milledgeville, Georgia, the university provides students a practical education combined with real-world experience and experiential learning. Georgia College fosters students’ collegiate and professional growth in a close-knit, 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
With over 46 undergraduate programs, 150+ student organizations, and 34 graduate programs to choose from, students are encouraged to participate in intellectual and culturally vibrant activities. As a historic teaching and nursing college, Georgia College & State University consistently ranks among the best programs for both teaching and nursing undergraduate and graduate programs. Combined with affordable tuition, Georgia College is a top pick for students looking for dedicated faculty and staff, diverse academic programs, and a supportive student environment.
Get to know Georgia College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
- Gender & Sexuality Center
As part of Georgia College’s mission to provide a strong liberal arts education, the GC Journeys Program inspires students to think critically and develop skills required by employers today. Students will participate in five transformative experiences that allow them to “gain authentic experiences, solve problems, become a leader, participate in real-world settings, and put ideas into action.”
The core transformative experiences include The First-Year Experience, Career Planning Milestones, and Capstone Courses. Students can then choose two experiences from five additional opportunities: Intensive Leadership Experiences, Mentored Undergraduate Research, Community-Based Engage Learning, Internships, and Study Abroad programs. Each of these programs create leaders who think critically, act ethically, and hold knowledge of global issues and perspectives.
Undergraduate research at Georgia College is spearheaded by MURACE, The Office of Mentored Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors. Students of all disciplines have access to participate in MURACE and can present the efforts of their labor at such conferences as the GC Student Research Conference, COPLAC Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference, NCUR Conference, and the Georgia Undergraduate Research Collective (GURC) Conference.
For its exceptional focus on undergraduate research, Georgia College received the 2020 campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). By engaging in student research, Georgia College students will “acquire a spirit of inquiry and creativity, grow intellectually, and develop leadership abilities.”
STUDY ABROAD | GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Georgia College & State University offers summer, semester, and academic year-long study opportunities in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe. In addition, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Health Sciences have specifically tailored programs in additional regions. Study Abroad is facilitated by The International Education Center and allows Georgia College students to participate in study, exchange, and internship programs abroad.
THE GIVE CENTER | SERVICE-LEARNING
Volunteerism is integral to the spirit of liberal arts and the formation of conscientious citizens. At Georgia College, this endeavor is championed by The GIVE Center to give students the opportunity to collaborate with other students and serve the local community. The center offers over 90 student-led programs and events where students can help animals, children, the environment and sustainability, social issues, the elderly, and much more.
The Bridge Scholars Program (BSP) is for first-year students who would benefit from transitional support from high school to college. Students selected to participate, following the admissions process, partake in an intense five-week program during the summer after high school. The program is designed to boost freshman success with exclusive services and training to those entering their college journey. Students in the BSP are a part of a residential learning community and have access to peer mentoring, tutoring, other workshops, and community service projects.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 83%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
A liberal arts education at Georgia College is rooted in exploring various subjects within a field of study. The purpose is not only to teach a discipline to students, but to teach each student how to learn, think critically, and strive for a lifelong passion for learning. In addition to academic excellence, a liberal arts education values leadership, service, practice at applying concepts to a real-world environment, and teaching ethical standards.
LEARNING CULTURE | THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE
Each first-year student is introduced to Georgia College’s theme of “Reason, Respect, and Responsibility” before entering the institution. As part of the university’s liberal arts mission, students participate in events and activities over a 12-month period to familiarize themselves with necessary college skills, the faculty and staff themselves, and everything else they need to thrive.
Faculty participate in an active community of research at Georgia College. Research labs include the Social Emotional Development Laboratory, Behavioral Neuroscience, Behavioral Pharmacology, Memory Lab, and more.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDY
Programs for students at Georgia College include online degree programs, dual enrollment, double majoring, student exchange programs, an honors program, internships, study abroad, a professional studies program, and summer classes. Georgia College can award certificates as well as bachelor’s, some master’s, and two doctorate degrees.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
Georgia College is proud to have a Cultural Center where #UMATTER. The center works to build an inclusive community and provides a safe space where students can come for resources, study, converse, and build relationships with others. Student organizations that utilize the center are the Black Student Alliance, Latino Student Association and the L.I.F.E mentorship program (Leaders Igniting the Fundamentals of Excellence). There are also opportunities for students to connect through book clubs, cultural heritage programming, L.I.F.E. sessions and socials, meeting spaces, resource and printing stations, and social events that are hosted at the center. Georgia College also has a vibrant LGBTQ+ community who organize events and opportunities for learning on campus including drag shows and the annual Lavender Graduation.
HONORS AND ACADEMIC COMMUNITIES
The John E. Sallstrom Honors College is meant for students who crave intellectual challenge and rigorous courses. The college offers some core curriculum classes, seminars, book discussions, and other events both academic and cultural. Honor students also have access to Bell Hall, an Honors-only residence. The hall also features classrooms, study rooms, and a common room.
Free services to all Georgia College students also include access to the Learning Center. Located in the Library, the Learning Center offers drop-in tutoring for most subjects and various college skill workshops. Through the center, students also have access to supplemental instruction, a math lab with attendees, and peer-assisted study sessions (PASS, PASS+).
OPTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL LIVING
Required to live on campus, first-year students can choose between traditional dormitories on Main campus or The Village Apartments on West campus. The traditional dorms are in close proximity to Milledgeville’s downtown and the majority of Georgia College’s facilities. Some dorms are restricted to freshmen only, and all dorms are coeducational. The Village Apartments are near to Main campus shuttle services, the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC), the West Campus Garden, and the Georgia College athletic field and complexes.
Georgia College is set in historic Milledgeville, Georgia. Once the capitol, Milledgeville’s animated downtown and scenic outdoor areas are a major attraction for the college and local community. Farmer’s markets, locally owned shops and restaurants, and Lake Sinclair altogether form the laid-back vibe of Milledgeville.
Georgia College athletics compete in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports and the Peach Belt Conference.
Men’s varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and tennis
Women’s varsity sports: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball
Their mascot is the Bobcat, and school colors are blue and green. Intramurals at Georgia College include E-sports, flag football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and more.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 100%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for international students
To continue students’ academic success into their professional career, Georgia College offers career development through the Career Center and Career Planning Milestones. The center facilitates career fairs, meet-ups, workshops, campus interviews, and one-on-one appointments. In a personal meeting, Career Center staff help students with career exploration, internship and job searches, graduate school applications, and interviewing skills. Career Planning Milestones assist students with their professional development from the start of their first year. The milestones begin with self-awareness and career exploration and eventually progress into practical résumé and curriculum vitae writing, professional networking, and interview skills.
At Georgia College, the path to leadership takes many directions. The Leadership Academy, Emerging Leaders Program, and other leadership programs provide students with the opportunity to forge connections, serve the public good, and make positive change in their environment.
CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Anyone can be admitted to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Georgia College. There are no educational prerequisites, and neither transcripts nor entrance exams are required. The school offers children’s programs and summer camps, professional development classes and certificates, training, enrichment courses, and conference services.
Georgia College admits both graduate and undergraduate students. For undergraduate admissions, students will need to apply to the university either online or through a paper form. An application fee, transcripts, a response to two essay questions, and either SAT or ACT scores are required to apply. Letters of recommendation and a resume of high school extracurriculars are recommended but not required. Some exceptions to these rules apply to certain students, like dual-enrolled students. See a full explanation of requirements and admissions materials here.
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $7,508
Tuition (out-of-state): $26,688
To cover their college education, students can receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, employment opportunities, and student loans. To apply for financial aid at Georgia College, students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about financial aid at Georgia College, see here.