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Milledgeville, GA 31061
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Georgia College and State University

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Chartered in 1889 as Georgia Normal and Industrial College; Georgia College & State University (GCSU) is a public liberal arts university located in Milledgeville, Georgia. After a few name and status changes, the institute was finally granted the status of ‘Public Liberal Arts University’ by the Board of Regents in August 1996. GCSU is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Since its inception, the institute has been enriching the lives of students and their local and global communities through teaching, research and service.


This university is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also holds other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, American Music Therapy Association, National Association of Schools of Music, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

As Georgia’s public liberal arts University, the institute offers undergraduate programs of study to the talented and motivated students in a residential college setting. Students can choose from over 40 majors including liberal arts, business, health sciences, education, and pre-professional programs. The institute awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees through the following academic units: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business; the John H. Lounsbury College of Education; and the College of Health Sciences.

The International Education Center at GCSU works with students, faculty, and staff across campus to support international and cross-cultural learning, as well as respect for diversity – one of the four keystones of the Georgia College educational experience. The center also assists the University in producing graduates who are ready to accept responsibilities as citizens of the world.

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Freshman students seeking admission at this school must send the completed application form along with all the official transcripts and SAT/ACT score for the evaluation process. The admissions decisions are taken based on the total student portfolio and verified potential for contribution to the University and possibility for success in the distinctive environment of the community. Students seeking a transfer to the university must send the application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes, letter of recommendation and resume. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission.

Financial Aid

Georgia College & State University offers financial aid to the students through various mediums, such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. Grants and scholarships are gifts that students don’t need to return. Some of the grants and scholarships offered are Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, President’s Scholarship Competition, Distinguished Scholars Award, Parrott’s Pointe Scholarship, Watson-Brown Scholarship, and Goizueta Foundation Scholarship. With the help of federal work-study programs, students can find part-time jobs in their fields of interest to help them meet the college expenses. Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. Some of the loans offered are Federal Direct (Stafford) Loan, Subsidized loan, Unsubsidized loan, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Direct Loan (PLUS) Program.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4235th for the average student loan amount.
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Students enjoy an active and vibrant campus life that is multi-faceted and involves many student organizations and activities. The institute believes that students’ active involvement beyond the classroom is influential to the student learning process. A wide range of campus activities are provided for the students, faculty, and staff. The Student Government Association (SGA) acts like the voice of the students body and serves the community by addressing student issues, promoting understanding within the college community, and governing all matters which are delegated to the student government by the University President.

There are many registered clubs and organizations present on the campus. Students can either join an organization or start a new one. Some of the student organizations are Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA), Global Business Student Leaders Association (GBSLA), American Humanics Student Association (Amer. Humanics), and DM for the Kids.

Greek life also has a strong presence on the campus. The fraternities and sororities are governed by College Panhellenic Council (CPC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Association of Fraternity Advisors, National Panhellenic Conference, and North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Some of the Greek organizations are Alpha Delta Pi (Zeta Iota) (ADPi), Delta Sigma Theta (Nu Tau) (DST), Delta Zeta (Lambda Pi), Alpha Phi Alpha (Mu Gamma) (APhiA), and Kappa Alpha Order (Epsilon Nu) (KA).

Media and Publications:

The Colonnade is the college newspaper that includes news coverage, sports, features, editorial opinion, entertainment and advertising.

WGUR offers live radio broadcast experience for students. Bobcat Media Productions provides students with an opportunity to have their work submitted and broadcasted on the campus television station.

Campus Facilities:

The Career Center collaborates with faculty, campus colleagues, and employers to build a bridge between college and career by providing career development services and programs to students and alumni. These programs and services are designed to encourage students to actively explore, practice and execute career and education decisions as they seek lifetime career satisfaction.

The GIVE Center acts as the volunteerism clearinghouse encouraging students to create a difference by linking them to the various needs of the community. Through this center, Georgia College students, faculty and staff become involved in campus wide, national and international volunteering efforts. It offers volunteer opportunities in the areas of animals, children & youth, disabilities, disasters, education & literacy, elderly, minority issues, office & clerical, patriotic & political, poverty, event planning, religious, and more.

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Georgia College & State University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as golf, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer. The sports teams are nicknamed the Bobcats. The official mascot is Thunder, the cat. Their colors are Blue and Green. They are members of the Peach Belt Conference. The deserving athletes can also apply for the athletic scholarship.

Additional School Information

Disability Services at GCSU is dedicated to the lifelong development of students with documented physical and psychological disabilities. The staff at the Disability Service Center strives hard to create a learning community that embraces and celebrates the diversity of the campus, while being sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Information Summary

Ranks 5th in Georgia and 287th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 262nd 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 2 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 17 0.26

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 22 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 13 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 209 1.16
Larceny 642 3.58
Vehicle theft 20 0.11

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Milledgeville, GA 31061
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population39,231 (24,756 urban / 14,475 rural)
Households14,546 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,531
Families9,690 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1310

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 567th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,800 $6,800 $24,700
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,990 $1,990 $1,990
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $2,013 $2,013 $7,329
FT Graduate Tuition $5,094 $5,094 $18,486
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,990 $1,990 $1,990
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $283 $283 $1,027
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,752 $23,752 $41,652
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,350 $25,350 $43,250
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,416 $14,416 $32,316

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,344 $8,618 $8,344 $8,618 $25,382 $26,082
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,350
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,714 $8,976
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,871 $4,150
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,680 $9,970
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,383 $4,698
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,803 $4,076

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,051 (1,511 male / 2,540 female)
Admitted 2,754 (1,037 male / 1,717 female)
Admission rate 68%
First-time Enrollment 1,392 (542 male / 850 female)
FT Enrollment 1,391 (542 male / 849 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (N/A male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment6,551

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Peach Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

560th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 59%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

368th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 65%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1050 / 1230

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 Capacity2,237
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,426
Board Fee$4,000

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 28 146 53 29 3 1,364 5 1,656
Accounting 6 3 4 45 61
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 37 42
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 13 15
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 6 1 1 60 70
Business Administration and Management, General 6 3 1 116 128
Business/Commerce, General 5 9 4 6 61 1 87
Business/Managerial Economics 14 15
Chemistry, General 10 10
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 6 2 2 73 84
Computer Science 3 8 11
Creative Writing 6 6
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3 6 1 49 59
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 15 16
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 52 55
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 22 1 32 2 57
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 1 8 11
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 4 1 44 53
Environmental Science 15 16
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 16 16
French Language and Literature 1 6 7
Geography 2 2
Health Teacher Education
History, General 3 1 17 22
Information Resources Management 1 1 1 7 10
Journalism 1 1 2 1 54 60
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 4 21 25
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 1 3 5
Library Science, Other 1 13 14
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 5 29 34
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 2 1 64 68
Mathematics, General 1 18 19
Music Teacher Education 2 1 4 7
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 3 5 9
Music, General 1 1 2
Nursing Administration 2 1 3
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 13 13
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4 1 14 19
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 28 32
Psychology, General 6 5 1 82 1 98
Public Administration 1 9 2 1 25 40
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 6 4 1 103 117
Rhetoric and Composition 2 17 19
Secondary Education and Teaching 6 1 1 62 70
Sociology 1 1 8 11
Spanish Language and Literature 2 8 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 13 1 1 40 1 56
Special Education and Teaching, Other 2 10 13
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 1 17 1 27 46
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 2 1 1 6 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1804th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,485 ($69,109 male / $53,643 female)
Number of FT Faculty 310 (138 male / 172 female)
Number of PT Faculty 405
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $6,485,358

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