Gainesville State College was founded in 1976. It is located in Oakwood, Georgia and is a public institution of higher education that serves the surrounding population. Gainesville State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It has two campuses: the Gainesville location and the Oconee campus.
Gainesville State College offers an array of degree programs under the associate of arts including an AA in communication, journalism and media studies. Students interested in humanities can choose to pursue an AA in English or foreign languages, or an AA in art, music or theatre. There is even a Bachelor of Fine Arts offered in design and technology for theatre. Discussed below are departments that work jointly to ensure the academic sucess of Gainesville State’s student body.
Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center provides general advisement to students regarding course selection, completion of degree requirements, graduation requirements, major selection, and guidance in the realm of transfering opportunities.
Academic Computing Tutoring and Testing Center
This center provides testing services for students including the college entrance exam taken by students upon admission. This is also where students can seek help in reinforcing basic skills such as math, reading, and writing. Students can also visit the Center in order to gain valuable input on class essays or additional support during final and midterm exams.
School of Business, Education, Health, and Wellness
This academic division offers the following business degrees: An Associate of Arts in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management, an Associate of Science Transfer in Business and Marketing Education and an Associate of Applied Science in Vocational Technical Cooperative. There are also paralegal programs including a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and a paralegal studies certificate.
In the education sector one can find degrees in early childhood care and education, middle grades and secondary, art and music education. There is a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Care and Education as well as an associate’s degree. Similarly there is an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. There is also an Associate of Science Middle Grades Education degree offered, as well as an Associate of Science Secondary in Art and Music Education.
Under the health and wellness division there is an Associate of Science in Health and Physical Education, an Associate of Science in Exercise Science, and an Associate of Science in Sports Management.
Center for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning offers workshops, programs, and conferences to develop the skills of the teachers and staff of the university. Its aim is to encourage professional development among instructors at Gainesville State College.
Continuing Education Division
This division offers lifelong learning opportunities, professional development, and general non-credit courses to faculty, staff, students, and the community overall. Students can take courses in recreational sports, hobbies and crafts, writing, personal development, or computer training if so desired.
Institute for Global Initiatives
There is a focus on intercultural and international education, which can be seen in the rhetoric sweeping the nation. As we become more and more interconnected, it is becoming more necessary to offer programs that teach students about their roles as global citizens and the responsibility that comes with being interconnected to the world around you. In an effort to build cultural competence and raise awareness of global issues, the Institute for Global Initiatives was founded. As an example of fostering a relationship with the international community, Gainesville hosts Fulbright scholars from around the world and coordinates foreign film festivals. As a direct result of its mission, this center also supports study abroad, “internationalization” of the curriculum, and the creation and development of courses that help students better understand the global community that they are inevitably a part of.
Learning Support Department
This department provides additional academic support certain students may need in various subject areas such as English and math. Much like developmental or remedial courses, this department ensures that students are college level ready prior to enrolling those students undergoing support in more advanced courses.
School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
This academic division offers many AS degrees in a variety of subjects, including agriculture, nursing and forestry resources. AS degrees are also offered in computer science and mathematics. The only bachelor’s degree offered is in Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis.
School of Social Sciences
Human Services Delivery and Administration also has a bachelor’s degree in this department. There are also AA degrees in psychology, anthropology, history, and an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice.
Through the University Center, students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting or Marketing for example. Students can even receive ESOL endorsement, and an Associate of Science in Nursing is also available.
Gainesville State is launching a program that will give students the ability to rent textbooks offline. This program is scheduled to begin in fall 2011 and should help alleviate some of the financial pains accrued during the semester, beginning with the obligatory wallet emptying trip to the bookstore.
Gainesville State also has many study abroad options including destinations such as London, Germany, Morocco, Belize, China and Costa Rica, which students can explore for a semester or longer. This directly satisfies the missions and goals mentioned in the Institute for Global Initiatives.
Students who are seeking admission as incoming freshmen must submit a copy of their official high school transcript or must submit the results of their GED. Students are also required to take the COMPASS test to determine whether or not the have the necessary math, reading, and writing skills needed to place directly into college level courses.
There is also a GPA requirement based on the type of diploma a prospective freshman was awarded in high school. Those with a college prep diploma are expected to have at least a 2.0 GPA to be considered for admission. Those who graduated with a tech prep diploma must have at least a 2.2 GPA. If students have taken the SAT or ACT they are required to present those scores. A score of 480 on SAT English and 460 on Math will exempt a student from having to take the placement assessment. In regard to the ACT, a score of 21 in English and 19 in math will allow the student to skip the assessment test as well.
Admissions requirements are set to change by the fall 2011 semester. Starting in the fall, students will be required to submit ACT or SAT scores in order to be considered for admission. In terms of high school admission requirements, students must have also have completed: 3 units of science, 4 units of math, 4 units of English, 3 units of social sciences, and 2 years of a foreign language to qualify for admission.
Transfer applicants are required to submit copies of their official transcripts from all previous universities attended in order to be considered for admission. Transfer students that may have been under academic dismissal or suspension are required to to “serve a one-semester suspension before” they can qualify for admission at Gainesville State College.
International Students must complete an application. Also they must submit a bank statement regarding their ability to pay for tuition and other fees for one year, a copy of their official high school transcripts, and passing scores on the TOEFL.
Gainseville State college provides scholarship opportunities for its students. The scholarship is available online and is based on both financial and merit based criteria.
To be considered for a scholarship, you must also submit the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In order to determine if you are eligible for any federal loans, grants, or possible federal Work Study, you must submit the FAFSA. Once you have submitted it , information regarding eligibility for various federal awards will be sent to Gainseville College. Through this process, Gainesville College will be able to present an award letter to the prospective student , assuming her or she is eligible to receive financial aid from the federal government. If he or she is not, the student might still be eligible for scholarship funding through the college itself.
Additionally, it may be a good idea to consider funding from a private institution such as a bank or credit union. Although Gainesville College’s fees and tuition are affordable, going to college can still be a financial burden. Students should also explore private scholarship options which can be found online by simply searching for scholarships through one of the many search engines available.
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There are no resident halls on campus, but students can experience college social life through the myriad of activities available. The Gainesville campus offers the Anime Club, Chemistry Club, Geeks United and the Student for Environmental Awareness group, for example. The Oconee campus offers the Multicultural Student Association, the Running Club, and The Voice (a student newspaper club) for student participation. And of course there is the Student Government Association.
The college also offers counseling and wellness services to its students.
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Intramurals sports include flag football and basketball on the Oconee campus.