Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College was founded in 1906 as the Second District A&M School, when area native Captain Tift donated 315 acres of land for the buildings. The original structures were devoted to the study of home economics and agriculture, and consisted of two dorms, a single academic building, and a dining hall. Today, the school is part of the University System of Georgia and students can choose from among 15 two-year technical degrees, 19 one-year certificate programs, or 40 different college transfer programs. One of the most all-around popular programs offered by the school is the Golf Turf Management Program, in which Tiger Woods was enrolled. Students at ABAC live on campus in a special housing complex designed to foster camaraderie and fellowship. The complex features mainly four-bedroom, two-bath apartments with a central kitchen and living area, with Resident Advisors supervising the facilities. Popular student programs and associations include the athletics department, the literary magazine, “Pegasus,” and the college newspaper, “The Stallion.”
The following schools are located within the ABAC campus:
- Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Human Sciences
- Liberal Arts
- Nursing & Health Sciences
- Science & Mathematics
- Stafford School of Business
The school provides a diverse range of associate degrees and current popular programs and degrees include the recently-added Rural Studies four-year degree, the bachelor’s in Turfgrass and Golf Course Management and Diversified Agriculture, and two-year programs in Criminal Justice, Wildlife, and Forestry.
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In order to enroll at ABAC, prospective students must submit a complete Online Admissions Application, a $20 Application Fee, Required Admissions Documents, a Certificate of Immunization, a Freshman Housing Exemption Form for freshmen not desiring to live on campus, and schedule a Placement Test. Required Admissions Documents vary by student and program type, but may include high school or college transcripts, GED/SAT/ACT/TEFL scores, and a Letter of Good Standing from your home institution. Student profiles are varied at ABAC, and may include current high school students (at least 16 years of age), senior citizens, workers seeking further training, transfer students, or adults hoping to return to continue their education.
Financial aid applicants are encouraged to apply early, as aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Among the types of financial aid offered by ABAC are loans, grants, Federal Work-Study, and a few scholarships.
The Federal Family Education Loan Program, also known as a Stafford Loan, may be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need (subsidized), or students not demonstrating financial need (unsubsidized).
Federal Parent Loans are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students attending school at least half-time.
Federal Perkins Loans are available to students with exceptional financial need.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on demonstrated student need, and are available for less-than-full-time students.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are for students with demonstrated financial need, and often overlap with students who receive Federal Pell Grants.
HOPE Grants are available for students who are residents of Georgia and help pay for courses that can be applied towards the student’s certificate.
Federal Work-Study programs help undergraduate and graduate students finance their education by working for the educational institution, in particular in the fields of community service or an area related to the student’s major field of study. Students may work a maximum of 15 hours per week, and off- and on-campus placements are available.
Hope Scholarships are available for students with grade point averages of above 3.0, even if they are not enrolled full-time.
ABAC Institutional Scholarships are available through the generosity of alumni and supporters of the college, and are awarded based on financial need, academic performance, and majors.
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Among the sports offered at Abraham Baldwin are men’s and women’s tennis, men’s baseball and golf, and women’s soccer and softball. Golf matches often take place at the nearby Forest Lakes Golf Club, while the other Golden Stallions and Fillies sports are housed in first-rate, on-campus facilities. Two gyms, a golf driving range and putting green, volleyball courts, a rodeo arena, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, weight room, 12 lighted tennis courts, a half-mile walking track and multi-purpose athletic field, a fast-pitch softball field, and a baseball field are all part of the unparalleled athletic division of the college. Fishing in Lake Baldwin, though not technically a sport, is another well-loved school past time. The school proudly counts five national championships among its athletic honors and achievements
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