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Georgia Gwinnett College
"Georgia Gwinnett College is a premiere 21st Century public, four-year, liberal arts college reimagining...

Georgia Gwinnett College

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Georgia Gwinnett College doesn’t believe in preserving the status quo. It believes that every student should have every opportunity to succeed. No other college is blazing trails, raising standards, and revolutionizing the college experience like Georgia Gwinnett, where education is a journey that challenges, supports, and connects students. Welcome to the game-changing future of education.


In only 11 years, GGC has grown from 118 students to nearly 12,000. What was once 260 acres of rolling terrain has become a bustling metropolitan college campus, located only 35 miles northeast of Atlanta. From the exciting new Student Center and dramatic Library and Learning Center to the spacious residence halls, all of GGC’s facilities are comfortable, modern, and functional. And, with a successful intercollegiate athletics program, another academic building in the works, and ever-expanding programs, students are part of the college’s exciting growth process.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
11,468 undergraduate students
68% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
1% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
460 full-time faculty
213 part-time faculty
18 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. The mountains of northern Georgia are a short drive away.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences  
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Learning Communities X
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Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning  
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

66% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

21% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 18%
Black or African American 32%
White 32%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


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

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 in the United States 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

  • GGC was deemed “most effective and efficient college” in the state’s university system by its chancellor.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked GGC #1 Most Ethnically Diverse Southern Regional College, #2 Lowest Graduate Debt of Southern Regional Colleges, and #10 Top Public School – Southern Region (2017).

Georgia Gwinnett isn’t the typical college, which is due in large part to its student engagement. 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 an active learning environment that is designed to provide global perspectives and to generate marketable citizen-graduates who are empowered for success.

Hands-on Learning

At GGC, students are actively encouraged by faculty mentors to take full advantage of the many opportunities offered during their college career. Loaded with study abroad programs, internships, community service projects, athletics, and student organizations, GGC offers a rich variety of activities that develop the whole person. The faculty also seek ways to engage students in applying their course work to the world beyond campus, organizing things like group projects for charities and student-driven undergraduate research projects.

At Georgia Gwinnett, each individual student enjoys a tailored college experience that is guided by personal attention and mentorship. They enjoy a private-school experience for a public-school investment.

Activities Offered

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Student government X
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Television station X

Meaningful Faculty Relationships

The student/faculty relationships at GGC are truly special. GGC faculty are specifically hired for their teaching skills and dedication to student mentorship. Students have nominated their professors for the highest teaching award within the University System of Georgia, which has been granted to GGC faculty five times in the past seven years. This is a truly remarkable distinction for such a young institution, indicative of the quality of its faculty.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Georgia Gwinnett’s faculty care about students. One can see faculty enjoying lunch with students in the dining hall or involved in impromptu study groups in one of the college’s many spacious gathering areas. They willingly provide their cell phone numbers so that students may reach them after hours for questions and advice.

A Step Above the Rest

At GGC, students and faculty engage in collaborative group activities and active, hands-on learning experiences. Every classroom is wired with “smart” capabilities, providing modern instructional technologies to support active learning and keep students connected. Whether by laptop or tablet, students can study organic chemistry, text questions or quiz answers to their professors, or even download a lecture the same day they heard it in person. GGC’s style is not all about lectures and tests; rather, it’s about giving students the tools to succeed in the real world.

Student Activities

With facilities designed to provide comfortable gathering and study areas that encourage student interaction, the GGC campus is alive with excitement and enthusiasm. Where else will students say they enjoy hanging out and studying in the library? And thanks to a full, integrated athletics program and more than 120 active student organizations, there is always something new and interesting happening on campus.

Living on campus

Residential life is a cut above the rest. Instead of typical community bathrooms and bunk beds, GGC affords its students private rooms with bathrooms that are only shared between two students. Additionally, students have the luxury of living rooms with 46-in flat-screens, well-equipped kitchenettes, study rooms, and on-site laundry with email notifications.

Life beyond campus

Students yearning for an urban adventure can enjoy the exciting nightlife, entertainment, and major league sports of downtown Atlanta. Closer to campus, however, is the small-town atmosphere of Lawrenceville, which is made up of bustling commercial districts that blend the past with the present. 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. While no college can guarantee student success, GGC is specifically designed to help students succeed. Personal faculty mentorship keeps students on track, and professors contact students who miss class to see if they need help. Many programs, including free tutoring, have been developed to support students regardless of their academic level.

Holding Its Own

GGC’s innovative approach to higher education is working. Its first-year retention rates greatly surpass other Georgia state colleges and are comparable to state universities. Such rates are unusually high for minority students.

Nothing affirms Georgia Gwinnett more than its dramatic growth. Having opened its doors to 118 students in 2006, it now serves nearly 12,000 students only 11 years later.


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $3,920 $14,634
Fees $1,704 $1,704
Total $5,624 $16,338
Room and Board (on campus) $11,450 $11,450
Room Only $8,320 $8,320
Board Only $3,130 $3,130
Estimated Total On Campus $17,074 $27,788


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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