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Gordon State College

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Gordon College was founded in 1852 and became part of the University System of Georgia in 1972. It was designated a four-year state college in 2006.


Gordon offers more than 40 associate’s and transfer degree programs, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Mathematics, and Biology. The college boasts a very popular RN to B.S.N. distance learning program in conjunction with the School of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia. The Early Childhood Education degree has received full and unconditional accreditation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Gordon also offers a degree program in Music Education, which is accredited by NASM. The college is continually adding additional bachelor’s degree programs.

The college is divided into five academic divisions: the Division of Business and Social Science, the Division of Humanities, the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Teacher Education. A joint program is available which allows qualified students to transfer to Fort Valley State University as sophomores.

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Unique Programs

GC’s special Learning Support program was designed to help students achieve proficiency in basic areas such as reading, mathematics, and writing. An additional offering is a number of credit and non-credit online courses as well as courses at off-campus locations.

The Honors Program offers exceptional students special benefits that include priority registration, smaller classes, special housing, and free access to on and off-campus artistic and cultural events.

The school provides extra academic and personal help through its Success and Retention Center. Forms of assistance that are provided include free tutoring for writing and math, and free academic or personal skills workshops. The center also has thirty computers that are available for academic use. There is also a special Minority Advising Program that has been designed to help minority students make a smooth transition to college life.


The application process has been simplified through GACollege411, a public web site that helps students plan for and apply to college. Students can apply online or download the college’s paper application. They may also pay the application fee online. Requirements include official academic transcripts, immunization records, and SAT, ACT, or COMPASS placement exam scores. Applicants who do not meet the college’s SAT or ACT score requirements are required to take the computerized COMPASS placement exam for an additional fee.

Early admission applicants, GED applicants, home-schooled students, international students, non-degree students, re-admission applicants, transfer students, and international applicants, as well as applicants to the Nursing and Teacher Education programs, should refer to the college’s website for additional requirements. The preferred deadline to submit all application materials for the fall semester is in early August. After submitting all of their materials, students can check the status of their applications online.

Financial Aid

Financial aid programs that are available include loans, grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and benefits for veterans. There are numerous academic, talent, and athletic scholarships available through the school as well. Applicants may review scholarship information and download applications from the college’s website. All students who wish to be considered for any form of financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. Tuition for out-of-state residents is significantly higher and certain scholarships are only for Georgia residents.

Once a student’s financial aid application has been processed, they can view their financial aid awards online. After enrollment, students should regularly check their Gordon email accounts as that is the Financial Aid Office’s main method of communicating with students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4524th for the average student loan amount.
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Gordon students can choose to commute or live in one of the new or renovated residence halls. A little more than 15% of the students live on campus. All of the residence halls on campus offer air conditioning, fully equipped computer labs, laundry facilities, telephone service, cable television, and Internet access. Most residence halls have shared microwaves while some also have kitchen areas. There is a separate residence hall for honor students. Special Residence Life programs include fun interactive events and living learning communities that allow residents who share educational goals to live and learn together.

All students are provided free wireless Internet access points throughout the campus. Hot spots are located in the public areas of most of its buildings.

Students can also enjoy access to a state of the art aquatic center and fitness center. There is also a game room in the student center. The conveniently located Hightower Library has more than 100,000 print books, nearly 30,000 electronic books, almost 10,000 microfilms and close to 5,000 audio-visual materials, as well as other useful reference materials. The college also offers a wide variety of intramural sports and club activities. There are clubs that are dedicated to shared interests, academic or career goals, religions, and ethnicitys. The school also provides students with a number of free health services that include treatment of minor illnesses and injuries; provision of over-the-counter and prescription medications; and preventative education.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Student athletes at Gordon can also compete in intercollegiate athletic activities that include men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, fast-pitch softball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country, wrestling, swimming, and cheerleading. The college is part of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The athletic teams were formerly known as the Bulldogs, then the Generals, and are now called the Highlanders. Their mascot is called the Highlander as well.

Athletic facilities include an indoor swimming facility, walking trails, a ropes course, basketball courts, a soccer field, tennis courts, and racquetball courts. The college has a diverse intramural sports program, in which all students are encouraged to participate. Team sports include basketball, flag football, volleyball, soccer, and softball. Individual sports include tennis, racquetball, billiards, and table tennis.

Information Summary

Ranks 12th in Georgia and 477th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 400th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.04
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 13 0.28
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 11 0.24

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 31 0.45
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 2 0.03
Robbery 3 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 32 0.47
Larceny 147 2.15
Vehicle theft 6 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Barnesville, GA 30204
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population12,240 (6,499 urban / 5,741 rural)
Households4,343 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,080
Families3,205 (3.07 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1303

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1665th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,334 $2,334 $8,621
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,074 $1,074 $1,074
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $97 $97 $359
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 $17,475 $17,475 $23,762
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,118 $15,118 $21,405
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,758 $10,758 $17,045

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,016 $3,073 $3,016 $3,073 $9,002 $9,207
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,104 $1,125
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,410(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,362(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,810(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,930(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,930(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,981 (1,155 male / 1,826 female)
Admitted 1,350 (555 male / 795 female)
Admission rate 45%
First-time Enrollment 1,148 (467 male / 681 female)
FT Enrollment 1,073 (424 male / 649 female)
PT Enrollment 75 (43 male / 32 female)
Total Enrollment4,187

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

ACT Test Admission

1333rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 52%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1265th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 74%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 480
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 470
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 750 / 950

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 Capacity998
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,006
Board Fee$2,630

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 174 22 8 385 2 609
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 3 13 21
Elementary Education and Teaching 9 3 35 47
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
History, General 2 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 116 14 4 221 1 365
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 44 2 4 113 1 172

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3286th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,675 ($52,192 male / $51,396 female)
Number of FT Faculty 117 (57 male / 60 female)
Number of PT Faculty 220
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $2,379,863

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