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2400 Gillionville Rd
Albany, GA 31707-3098
p. 229-317-6000
w. www.darton.edu

Darton State College

Darton State College Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)

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Academics

Darton College is a member of the University System of Georgia, located in Albany, Georgia. It historically has operated as a two-year college, serving students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions and those who wish to begin their careers after earning an associate’s degree, however, in May 2011 it was given permission by the University System of Georgia to offer bachelor degrees in nursing.

Total enrollment is approximately 5,000. The majority of students are women, and 48 percent are minorities. Students are primarily from southwestern Georgia, but 15 states and 19 countries are represented in the student body.

The college offers over 50 majors in fields leading to transfer to four-year schools and more than 20 two-year career degree programs. Numerous online degrees are offered, as are certificate programs.

Darton is designated as southwest Georgia’s education center for nursing and allied health education.As previously mentioned, it now offers the bachelor of science in nursing degree. The allied health programs include cardiovascular technology, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical service, health information technology, human services technology, medical laboratory technology, nursing paramedic-RN bridge, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, psychiatric technology, and respiratory care.

A few of the other associate degrees offered are accounting, business computer systems, governmental services, histologic technology, management paralegal studies, psychiatric technology and human services technology.

To receive an associate’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of academic work, with at least 18 hours in residence at Darton and meet a competency in fitness/wellness requirement unless exempted by a specific program requirement. Under a Georgia law, students must also pass courses or an exam in United States and Georgia history and the United States Constitution.

The college follows the six-area core curriculum proscribed by the University of Georgia System to enhance transferability within the system. Students pursuing transfer associate degrees take 60 semester hours in the core curriculum. Nine hours must be taken in essential English and math skills, and four hours are chosen from computer science, communications and speaking, ethics, foreign languages, leadership development, science and society, financial planning and investment management, mythology, or global issues; students also take six hours in humanities or fine arts, 11 hours in science, mathematics and technology, and 12 hours in social science. Courses may also be taken in array of fields of emphasis in arts and sciences.

Academic support includes labs for coaching in writing, math and foreign languages, and peer-tutoring centers in other disciplines. Darton is designed a Military-Friendly College and the Darton College Military Resource Center services active, reserve and National Guard personnel and future students and veterans.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Prospective students may apply online via the college’s website, darton.edu, paper applications may be requested and then mailed or students may also apply in person at the Admissions Center in the Administration Building on Gillionville Road in Albany.

SAT or ACT scores are not required, however, students may become exempt from placement testing with a score of 430 in critical reading and 400 in math on the SAT or 17 on both the english and math ACT, provided the tests were taken within the previous five years.

International students must present a high school transcript and transcripts from all previously attended colleges. TOEFL scores are required if English is not your second language and if the language of all instruction throughout secondary school was not in English. International students must also present a copy of their passport, visa form I-94 and other immigration documents if currently in the United States.

Financial Aid

In addition to Pell Grants and other federal financial aid, Darton participates in the state of Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship Program. Students who have earned HOPE scholar status in high school or in college may receive substantial aid.

On campus, the Dean’s Scholar Award covers tuition and mandatory fees for the fall and spring semesters for incoming freshmen who have a college preparatory diploma, a combined 1,000 SAT score or 22 on the ACT, a 3.0 high school GPA and show evidence of school and community involvement.

Division scholarships are awarded by faculty in each division for promising students. Other scholarships include the half-tuition Madge Holm Memorial Human Services Technology Scholarship, the Darton College Memorial Scholarships for sophomores, the Grace Edmond Memorial Scholarship for students who work on publications, and Dr. Jerry A. Walton Memorial Scholarship for students in teacher education.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5247th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Campus housing is available in an all-suites complex, Darton Commons, and in a new complex, Darton Village South.

The Darton student center offers an indoor climbing wall, bowling alley and racquetball courts. The Adventure Based Leadership Education Center offers programs in team-building and leadership development on an outdoor challenge course.

More than 30 clubs are in operation, engaging in a range of activities such as outdoor adventures, sports and fitness, music, debate, religious affiliations and community service. The student newspaper, the Cavalier Attitude, is published monthly in print and operates a frequently updated website.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

Darton is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Darton Cavaliers compete in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Intercollegiate men’s teams are fielded in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and swimming and diving.

Programs of intramural, extramural and recreational sports and leagues are offered through the Office of Student Life.

Facilities include the 100,000-square-foot Darton College Physical Education complex, with an indoor pool, aerobics and dance studio, 3,000-seat Cavalier Arena, fitness center, eighth-mile indoor walking track, a recreational gym, classrooms, lounge areas and locker rooms, as well as a multipurpose room in the student center and outdoor intramural fields.

Local Community

Albany, with a population of about 77,434, is the county seat of Dougherty County, population 95,000. It has been called the “Quail Hunting Capital of the World” and the “Pecan Capital of the World.” Located on the Flint River, it is about 190 miles south of Atlanta and about 90 miles north of Tallahassee, Florida. Median household income in 2000 was $28,639 compared to $41,994 nationally. About 33 percent of residents were white, 64.8 percent black or African-American, 0.6 percent Asian and 1.2 percent Hispanic or Latino, according to the 2000 Census.

Major employers include Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Procter & Gamble, Albany State University, Miller Brewing, and Teleperformance, a call center and customer service company. Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is a significant nearby military installation. A regional carrier for Delta Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, provides air service and Albany Transit provides intracity bus service.

The Albany Museum of Art is noted for its collection of African and African-American art.

Information Summary

Ranks 89th in Georgia and 2645th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 171st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.03
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 414 0.53
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 13 0.02
Forcible Rape 37 0.05
Robbery 176 0.22
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,332 1.70
Larceny 3,174 4.05
Vehicle theft 213 0.27

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Albany, GA 31707-3098
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population41,502 (36,552 urban / 4,950 rural)
Households16,955 (2.44 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,539
Families11,647 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1302

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1838th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,077 $2,077 $7,857
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,164 $1,164 $1,164
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $87 $87 $327
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,956 $14,956 $20,736
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $12,695 $12,695 $18,475
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,605 $5,605 $11,385

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,040 $3,170 $3,040 $3,170 $8,542 $8,810
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,270(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,100 $8,900
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,094(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,600 $7,090
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,094(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,094(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity457
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,720
Board Fee$3,520

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 10 270 20 10 6 544 6 871
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 1 2
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 2 3
Business/Commerce, General 3 1 5 9
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 2 4 6
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 1 1 4 6
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 12 14
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 2 1 1 10 14
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 7 8
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 10 1 16 27
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 4 11 15
Histologic Technician 1 4 3 2 13 23
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 13 16
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 103 7 5 2 189 3 313
Management Information Systems, General 6 4 10
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 2 3
Occupational Therapist Assistant 10 21 31
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 5 5
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 4 22 26
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 1 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 93 7 1 3 173 3 286
Religious/Sacred Music
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7 1 14 23
Social Work 5 17 22
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3621st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,444 ($46,135 male / $46,968 female)
Number of FT Faculty 129 (47 male / 82 female)
Number of PT Faculty 257
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,130,762
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