Piedmont College was founded in 1897 to do one thing: provide a rock-solid academic experience for students who want to enrich their lives with the best foundation in the liberal arts. Today, students who come to Piedmont from across Georgia and from around the world continue to find an educational opportunity that is second to none in the Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences. The campuses have grown, too, with more than $120 million invested in recent years for new academic buildings, residence halls, and athletic facilities.
Piedmont provides small classes and personal attention to maximize success in the classroom, all without breaking the bank. Piedmont is one of the most affordable private colleges in the Southeast, but doesn’t stop there; each year, the college provides more than $10 million of in-house scholarships and grants on top of what students can receive from other financial aid sources.
Piedmont is an independent, comprehensive, co-educational liberal arts college. The College is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Students will find an inclusive spirit and supportive environment for all.
Get to know Piedmont College
Both inside and outside the classroom, Piedmont students get to create their own academic experience. Co-curricular projects, travel study, internships, and independent research help them gain the skills needed for a wide variety of careers.
The Compass program is a distinctive graduation requirement at Piedmont that encourages students to step out of the classroom and engage with the wider community. Students design their own projects that promote six “Compass Points,” including Creativity & Innovation, Social Ethics, Leadership, Vocation, Cultural Awareness, and Service-Learning. The experiences gained through Compass projects are included in each student’s official transcripts, making it easier for future graduate programs or employers to judge the value of their co-curricular efforts.
TRAVEL THE WORLD
Travel Study is a valuable way for Piedmont students to learn about life in different parts of the world. Travel Study classes are conducted during the summer semester, usually preceded by classroom courses. Recent trips have included studies in Italy, England, France, Japan, Germany, and Chile.
For a longer study experience, students can enroll for a full semester overseas, paying the same tuition, room, and board as if they were attending the Demorest campus. Currently, full-semester studies are available at the University of Nottingham in England and at the University of Paderborn in Germany.
NETWORKING FOR THE FUTURE
Internships play an important role in higher education, and Piedmont works with students to secure internships with businesses and organizations at the state, national, and international level. Piedmont students have recently completed internships in Europe with international companies including Marriott, Avon, and Pfizer.
Student research is an important part of the liberal arts program at Piedmont College, and each year, students join faculty members in collaborative research that is eventually presented at state and national conferences. With the benefit of small classes, professors are able to mentor students in research and take active roles in assisting them with presentations. These independent research projects provide opportunities for undergraduates that are often found only in master-level programs.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 0%
Black or African American: 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
Two or more races: 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 14%
“Piedmont is like a second family to me. I love how close the students are to their professors and coaches. Having this support system has been a vital part of my college experience.” – Tabea Soelter ‘19, Hamburg, Germany
Piedmont’s liberal arts curriculum provides students with a broad knowledge of the natural and social sciences, history, art, and literature alongside their chosen majors. At each step in their education, students are guided by professors—not teaching assistants—to ensure that they benefit from not only each professor’s knowledge, but also their experience.
Students love to learn at Piedmont because professors love to teach at Piedmont. Small classes and a student-to-faculty ratio of just 14-to-1 allow professors to devote valuable one-on-one time with every student. The Piedmont faculty develop innovative academic programs that give their students an edge in the competition for employment. In recent years, the college has added new programs to meet the needs of such growing fields as Forensic Science; Athletic Training; Exercise and Sport Science; Healthcare Administration; and Applied Health Science. A new program in Cardiovascular Technology is the first of its kind in Georgia.
Piedmont is one of five Georgia colleges and universities to be selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, NJ. It was recognized for its graduate programs that place students with STEM-field backgrounds as effective and inspiring grade school science and math teachers in high-need districts. Piedmont has a dual-degree program in engineering physics with Georgia Tech that allows graduates to earn degrees from both institutions. The college has also developed off-campus programs to make master’s and specialist degrees in education accessible to teachers across the state.
Piedmont and Mercer Law School recently launched a partnership that gives students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s of arts (BA) and juris doctor (JD) degrees in six years. The traditional path to earning a JD degree requires four years of undergraduate education and three years of law school, so this 3 + 3 accelerated JD program helps qualified students reduce education costs and launch their legal career sooner.
Piedmont College is a primary source of art, music, theatre, and athletic events for much of the northeast Georgia community. Students have the opportunity to show what they have learned through the production of high-quality fine arts programs, such as the annual Service of Lessons and Carols, Great Composers concert series, and plays ranging from children’s theatre to Shakespeare.
The Student Commons, which opened in 2015, provides a new hub for the Demorest campus to bring together students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. This 58,000-square-foot student center includes the college’s dining hall, bookstore, fitness center, climbing wall, and intramural gymnasium—all under one roof.
Recently, the college built the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art and the three-story Smith-Williams Art Studios. These remarkable facilities provide space for visiting artists of all media not only to display their work, but also to demonstrate their methods for large groups. The Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications is another facility on campus that brings students and the community together for theatre events all year round. This building is also home to the Mass Communications Department, which includes a newsroom and editing suites at which students media students can be found at all hours.
The Demorest, Georgia, campus is in Habersham County and located 25 miles north of Gainesville, Georgia; 80 miles north of Atlanta; and 80 miles southwest of Greenville, South Carolina. The Athens, Georgia, campus is in Clarke County, located 47 miles south of Demorest and 70 miles east of Atlanta.
Piedmont fields teams in men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, cycling, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track & field; men’s baseball; and women’s softball and volleyball. The college is a member of NCAA Division III, USA South Conference. The school mascot is the Lion, and the colors are green and gold. [Piedmont Athletics]
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 90%
“Piedmont College is a challenging school, but in a good way. It made me prepared for the real world. The professors here are really amazing. And there are so many opportunities at Piedmont to get involved. Now, I have a job in the medical field and am making a great path for myself.” – Katie Woodward ’18, Toccoa, Georgia
EVOLVING WITH THE CHANGING WORLD
Students are at the heart of everything at Piedmont College. Piedmont’s focus on the liberal arts began with its founding in 1897. Since that time, the college has expanded its mission so that it may now include schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences. Within the more than 50 undergraduate majors offered, the college continues to provide students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts tradition. Teaching students to think for themselves, with special emphasis on developing critical thinking skills, is key to each student’s success.
STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
Recognizing that success is defined in many ways, Piedmont opened a new Student Success Center to bring career and personal counseling to one central location on campus. The Success Center also provides tutoring services for academic support in all areas. Tutors are selected by department chairs, trained in the art of tutoring, and monitored to provide the individualized attention students need in order to achieve their personal best.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 430 | 75th Percentile: 550
25th Percentile: 430 | 75th Percentile: 540
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 24
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $9,400