Founded in 1968 and opened in 1970 as Floyd Junior College; the institute was originally named for Floyd County. The Georgia Board of Regents finally changed the name to Georgia Highlands College on August 1, 2005 to reflect the provincial nature of the population it serves. Since 1970, the College has served Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama as a two year, associate degree-awarding institution of the University System of Georgia. Also referred to as GHC, it now serves more than 5,000 students in the region. Apart from its Floyd Campus, GHC also operates a Cartersville Campus, Douglasville Site, Heritage Hall, and Marietta Site.