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Georgia College & State University

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About Georgia College & State University

Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, residential learning communities, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

Public liberal arts colleges and universities differ from other colleges and universities in the public sector in size, scope, and emphasis on student centered education. They do not attempt to be all things to all people, but rather focus their efforts on providing a liberal education. They offer the intimacy and intellectual atmosphere of private liberal arts colleges but do not abandon the public mandate to meet the economic workforce needs of the state. Public liberal arts universities are moderate size (less than 5,000 full-time equivalent students) and focus on exemplary undergraduate teaching and student learning.

Undergraduate programs are diverse, but the majority of degrees are awarded in the fields of arts and sciences. When professional undergraduate programs are offered, they include a heavy liberal arts foundation. The limited number of graduate programs offered at the Master's level are similarly built upon a strong liberal arts undergraduate preparation and are tied to the market economy of the state.

The Distinguishing Characteristics
of a Public Liberal Arts University

Emphasis on providing the quality, values, and virtues of a private liberal arts colleges at a lower and more reasonable cost

A highly selected undergraduate student body with a selected number of graduate programs

A strong emphasis on transformative, active learning experiences in and out of the classroom

A focus on student outcomes, with particular attention to the development of:

  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)

  • Critical and analytical thinking skills

  • A broad understanding of global issues

  • An appreciation for diversity

  • An ability to integrate information across disciplines

  • Application of knowledge

  • A foundation for making moral and ethical decisions

  • Civic responsibility

A commitment to creating an intimate learning environment characterized by high quality student/faculty interactions through

  • Small classes

  • Innovative pedagogy

  • Internships and service learning experiences

  • International study experiences

  • Faculty/student collaboration on scholarly/research projects

  • Lectures, concerts, art shows, field experiences

  • Senior culminating experiences

A rich culture of traditions and rituals that link students with the university beyond graduation.

A commitment to meeting the needs of the state by producing graduates who can take their place within the workplace as leaders and thinkers.

  • Accessibility through affordability

  • Limited number of professional and graduate master's level programs built on a liberal arts foundation

Campus information


On Campus


Courses available 28

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 3 Education and Teaching 13 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 5


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