Seal of Point University
|Religious affiliation||Christian churches and churches of Christ|
|President||Dean C. Collins|
|Students||1,483 (September 2012)|
|Location||West Point, Georgia, U.S.|
|Campus||Suburban 54 acres (0.219 km2)|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Affiliations||Appalachian Athletic Conference (NAIA)|
Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College) is a private, Christian, liberal arts university in East Point, Georgia, 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Atlanta and in West Point, Georgia, 60 miles (97 km) southwest of Atlanta.
The liberal arts institution was founded in 1937 as Atlanta Christian College, located in the Atlanta suburb of East Point. In 2011, the college announced a name change to Point University. It relocated its main campus to West Point, Georgia in June 2012.
Atlanta Christian College
Atlanta Christian College was founded in 1937 by Judge Thomas Olin Hathcock (1879–1966), who served as a judge in Fulton County, Georgia, from 1914 until 1942. He and his wife, Nora Head Hathcock, were members of the Christian churches and churches of Christ, and the college has continued to maintain its affiliation with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Atlanta Christian College opened in 1937 on its 300 acres (1.2 km2) campus in East Point. The property was originally a farm inherited by Mrs. Hathcock.
Following its founding, Atlanta Christian College devoted attention primarily to the education of ministers, missionaries and other church-related workers. In 1965, the college became an accredited member of the American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC). In 1990, in conjunction with a broadening of the curriculum, the college was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
On February 2, 2011, student leaders and administrators of Atlanta Christian College announced a name change to Point University, which became effective on July 1, 2011. In addition to the name change, the college announced the 2012 relocation of its main campus to West Point, Georgia, an hour southwest of the current campus near Atlanta. The move will position the university to accommodate future growth of its student body, athletic offerings and physical campus, and better position it to draw students from more areas of the Southeast. Adult learning classes will continue to be held at the East Point location, as well as an adult learning program and dual-credit enrollment program for high school students at the current off-site location in Peachtree City. Plans also call for launching a satellite location in Savannah, Georgia, in fall 2011.
In addition to the relocation announcement, the university was accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The university also announced the athletics program would undergo expansion as part of the transition from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) to the NAIA, including the addition of intercollegiate football, softball and cross country beginning in fall 2011. The athletics nickname was also changed from the Chargers to the Skyhawks.
Point University offers degrees in biblical studies, biology, exercise science, business, marketing, accounting, management, child and youth development, counseling and human services, sociology, criminal justice, early childhood education, middle grades education, English, history, humanities, music and psychology. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the associate and baccalaureate degrees. The early childhood education program has earned accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Professional Standards Commission (PSC) of the State of Georgia.
Point University athletic teams are known as the Skyhawks. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis; women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
The university is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I. The Skyhakws (previously known as the Atlanta Christian College Chargers) have won a number of regional and national championships, most recently the 2010 NCCAA Division II national championship in baseball.
- George W. BonDurant (1937–1947)
- Orvel C. Crowder (1947–1955)
- James C. Redmon (1955–1978)
- Paul K. Carrier (1978–1984)
- James C. Donovan (1984–1993)
- R. Edwin Groover (1993–2006)
- Dean C. Collins (2006–present)
Notable students and alumni
- Chris Brink (Class of 2009) – bassist of The Museum
- Joseph Piette (Class of 2010) - International Campus Minister with Christian Missionary Fellowship International.
- Jamie Grace (Class of 2012) – Christian singer-songwriter signed to TobyMac-founded label, Gotee Records.
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- "The NAIA Announces New Members at 70th Annual Convention". NAIA. April 19, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
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- "Institutional Accreditation". U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "Atlanta Christian/Point University Joins AAC". Appalachian Athletic Conference. May 9, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- Point University Official Website
- Point University Official Athletics Website
- Point University Informational Website