Macon State College has experienced one of the highest growth rates in the 35-member University System of Georgia. Enrollment has increased from 3,559 to 6,232 in the last decade making it the largest undergraduate college in Central Georgia. MSC was founded in 1968 and is a public institution located in a suburban setting of over 167 acres. MSC was ranked in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges under Best Regional Colleges (South) and was ranked as a Tier 2 school. It has also been ranked as one of the safest schools in the University System of Georgia. Out-of-state students pay a higher tuition than in-state students. Classes are offered during the day, evening and online at the main campus in Macon and at a distant site in Warner Robins, as well as on the Robins Air Force Base. Since 1970 Macon State has been supporting the Air Force Mission at Robins AFB. Their involvement has helped ensure a higher level of education for the military and civilian workforce at Robins.