Georgia College & State University is a public liberal arts institution of higher education located in Milledgeville, Georgia. Approximately 6,000 students attend its many undergraduate and graduate programs, coming from over eighteen states and forty-two countries. The school was chartered in 1889 as a vocational school known as the Georgia Normal and Industrial College. The primary demographic of students were women preparing for careers in the field of education. The core mission of Georgia College is dedicated to providing in the classroom excellence, a commitment to public service, continuing education, improving quality of life through education and training future educators, and a commitment to scholarly research.
The Georgia College is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and was named as the Georgia State “Public Liberal Arts University” in 1996 by the Board of Regents. The school has three locations, and available academic programs vary for each satellite campus, which are located in Macon and Warner Robins. Georgia College places emphasis on individualized attention to student education, and boasts a student teacher ratio of seventeen to one. They have a student retention rate of over eighty-four percent, which is relatively high. Incoming freshmen have the third highest SAT scores of all the Georgia public schools, and it has been ranked by Kiplinger.com as one of the top one-hundred schools overall for “Best Value in Public Colleges.”
Georgia College and State University has three online degree granting programs. They offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN Program), the Georgia WebMBA, and the Master of Music Therapy. Individual courses are not available through distance learning technologies, students at the University must attend their classes on campus. GCSU’s many programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Health Sciences. Popular majors are Business, Marketing, Education, Health Professions, Psychology, English, History, and the Social Sciences. The school also offers a wide variety of pre-professional programs, preparing students for career tracks in the following areas: Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Forestry and Natural Resources, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physical Assistant, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Graduate programs are offered in several areas, including History, Biology, English, Creative Writing, Music Education, Public Administration, Management Information Systems, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Special Education, and many more.
Full time undergraduate tuition for Georgia State residents is $4,113 and $16,449 for out of state residents. Undergraduates may also pay per credit hour for part time attendance, in which case in state students pay $190 per unit, and out of state residents pay $758. Full time graduate tuition is estimated at $3,942 for Georgia residents, and $15,768 for all others. Part time graduate students pay $219 for in state, and $876 for out of state tuition per academic hour. Students have access to many programs through the financial aid office to assist them in their pursuit of higher education. Federal and state grants and loans, as well as employment and scholarship opportunities are available. The College also offers the HOPE Scholarship to accepted students who qualify.