North Georgia College & State University, also known as NGCSU, is a four-year public university located in Dahlonega, Georgia in Lumpkin County. It was originally established as an agricultural branch of the University of Georgia in 1873. After a few name and status changes, the school received the designation of state university in 1996. NGCSU became the second oldest co-educational institution in the state. It is renowned for its ROTC and is designated as ‘The Military College of Georgia’ and ‘The Leadership Institution of Georgia’.
North Georgia College & State University offers a variety of strong liberal arts programs with pre-professional, professional, graduate, and doctoral programs. The University is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also holds accreditations from other agencies such as the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
North Georgia offers more than 50 majors to prepare students for almost any career. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks North Georgia among the top public universities in the South. It offers a variety of degrees, diplomas and certificates through the following academic divisions: Mike Cottrell School of Business, School of Education, School of Arts & Letters, and School of Science and Health Professions.
The Continuing Education Center at North Georgia retorts to the community’s needs and interests by extending institutional educational services. It offers non-credit programs, shares professional knowledge, and works as a partner with community leaders in the educational efforts. The Center also synchronizes the use of facilities and services by groups. It organizes short courses and seminars on a regular basis. Some of the programs are offered year-round, while others have a seasonal demand.
Students seeking admission to North Georgia College & State University must follow some criteria laid down by the institute. All applicants must be 16 years of age at the time of application, and must have graduated from an accredited high school or a high school approved by the university. Freshman students must send their completed application form, along with official transcripts and ACT/SAT score to NGCS. Students seeking a transfer to the NGCSU must send their official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.
International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Interested applicants must submit their completed online application along with the required transcripts. Students whose native language is not English must provide a proof of proficiency in the language by taking the TOEFL or IELTS test.
North Georgia College & State University believes in providing equal educational opportunity to all students. Hence, it provides financial assistance through different types of financial aid programs, such as loans, grants, scholarships, veteran benefits and more. All applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Grants and scholarships are considered financial gifts that do not require any repayment. Some of the different types of grants and scholarships are the Hope scholarship, Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, ROTC Grant, Smart Grant, ACG Grant, NGCSU scholarships, private scholarships, and the nursing scholarship program.
Loans are the type of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. NGCS also offers student employment programs through which the college helps students take up part-time jobs to enable them to pay for college. Veteran benefits are also offered for veterans and their family members to help them pursue higher education.
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Students enjoy an amazing campus experience at North Georgia College & State University. The Student Government Association (SGA) acts as the voice of the student body and it works to address the various student concerns. There are several registered clubs and organizations on the campus. Students can either join a club or start a new one. Some of the registered on-campus organizations are Alpha Phi Omega, American Marketing Association, Blue Ridge Rifles, Color Guard, Dance Team, Equestrian Club, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Habitat for Humanity, and International Students Association.
Greek life also has a strong presence on the campus. Students can join the various fraternities and sororities such as Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Nu Fraternity, and Sigma Omega.
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The Saint is the student-operated publication of North Georgia College & State University.
The Career Center at North Georgia assists the students and alumni with the career development process, including self-assessment, career exploration and preparation, and career decision-making. The staff advocates a four-year approach to career planning, starting with discovering each student’s values, skills and interests during the freshman year.
The Counseling and Student Development Center offers a variety of services to students. The services include mental health assessments, psychotherapy, screenings and educational seminars. All these services and programs are provided free of cost and are confidential. The classroom and hall programs can be customized to suit any mental health or substance abuse related topic.
The academic advisement at NGCS is a process-focused and interactive professional relationship between advisor and advisee. The program is regarded as process-focused because it involves the developmental phase of career exploration of the advisee, followed by a course of action that includes knowledge, timeliness, discovery, and accuracy on the part of both advisor and advisee.
North Georgia offers housing facilities to the students. There are several residence halls available, such as North Georgia Suites, Donovan Hall, Lewis Hall, Lewis Annex, and Owen Hall. Each of these residence halls is well equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students. Dining facilities are also offered for students, faculty and staff through the various dining outlets located on the campus.
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North Georgia’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as basketball, baseball, volleyball, golf, tennis, and soccer. The sports teams compete in NCAA Division II within the Peach Belt Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed Saints and Lady Saints. Their colors are Blue and White.
Students at NGCSU are also encouraged to participate in the various club and intramural sports offered at the college. The club sports include cycling club, rugby union, and ultimate frisbee. The intramural sports program provides students with the opportunity to play sports recreationally. The intramural sports include flag football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, whiffleball, tennis, basketball (team), volleyball (indoor), dodgeball, innertube water polo, basketball, softball, volleyball (sand), and table tennis.
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