South Georgia College

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South Georgia State College
Front gate
Established 1906 (1906)
Type Public
President Dr. Virginia M. Carson
Students 2,214 (2010)
Location Douglas, Georgia, USA
31°29′45″N 82°51′19″W / 31.49583°N 82.85528°W / 31.49583; -82.85528Coordinates: 31°29′45″N 82°51′19″W / 31.49583°N 82.85528°W / 31.49583; -82.85528
Campus 190 acres (77 ha)
Colors Navy and gray         
Nickname SGSC
Mascot Hawk
Eleventh District A & M School-South Georgia College Historic District
Peterson Hall, South Georgia College.jpg
Peterson Hall
Location 100 West College Park Drive, Douglas, Georgia
Area 190 acres (77 ha)
Built 1906
Architectural style International Style, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 10000274[2]
Added to NRHP May 21, 2010
SGC's pergola with Peterson Hall in the background
SGSC's Wellness Center at night
Back entrance of Tiger Village

South Georgia State College is a four-year, state-supported, residential state college located in Douglas, Georgia, United States.

On January 10, 2012, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the merger of South Georgia College with Waycross College by Fall, 2013. Early in the merger process, it was anticipated that both campuses would continue operating.[3] The merger was consummated in January 2013, and the school was renamed South Georgia State College.


Created by an act of the Georgia Legislature on August 18, 1906 as the 11th District A & M School, it became Georgia's first state-supported two-year college in 1927. In 1932 South Georgia State College emerged as one of the original 26 institutions of the University System of Georgia which traces its origins to the chartering of the University of Georgia in 1785. Joseph Meriwether Thrash (1885-1947) joined the faculty in 1907, and later served as the fifth principal of the A & M School. He became the college's first president in 1927.


The Eleventh District A & M School-South Georgia College Historic District was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[2] Some of the contributing buildings and structures are the 1907 semi-circular drive with the surrounding buildings: Peterson Hall, Davis Hall, and Powell Hall that were designed by Haralson Bleckley, who was an Atlanta architect. Other buildings include the IT-Nursing Building, Stubbs Hall, Tanner Hall, and Alumni House.[4]


Holdings in the South Georgia State College William S. Smith Library exceed 100,000 items, including reference books, bound periodicals, government documents, pamphlets, maps and videotapes. The library subscribes to 327 journals and ten newspapers. Back issues are available in a variety of formats: CD-ROM, paper, microfiche and microfilm. GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online, a statewide initiative) links SGSC's library with others in Georgia to offer more than 100 generalized and specialized research databases. The reference area also offers CD-ROM based indexes to general periodicals and newspapers. Computer workstations offer access to the Internet through the campus network. Word-processing software is also available.

Organization and administration[edit]

South Georgia State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates and associate degrees.[citation needed] South Georgia State College is also certified under the National League for Nursing and the Georgia Board of Nursing.[citation needed]

Academic profile[edit]

1:20. About half of all faculty members have Ph.D. degrees or equivalent.[citation needed] There are no graduate assistants teaching classes at South Georgia State College. Students at SGSC go on to four-year institutions as SGSC is a two-year and four-year residential campus.

Student life[edit]

In 2007, the college completed construction of Tiger Village, a modern 250-bed residence hall featuring two-room and four-room suites. In 2010, Tiger Village II opened, a 300-bed residence hall that features two-bedroom apartments. Male students live in Tiger Village I while female students are in Tiger Village II. The college provides 24-hour security and all the amenities for a supportive living and learning environment. Suites in Tiger Village are available for $2,050 per resident per semester. Prices are lower during the shortened summer terms.

All freshman and new campus residents are required to live on campus unless they are either over the age of 21, have earned more than 30 credit hours, are married or are living with parents. Students living on-campus participate in the meal plan, and commuting students may also purchase a meal plan.

South Georgia State College's Financial Aid Office awards over $3 million in assistance every year. Seven out of 10 SGSC students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or through the federal work-study program. South Georgia State College offers several dozen merit-based scholarships through the South Georgia College Foundation. Many scholarships are merit-based, but others are granted depending on a student's financial situation. Applications for scholarships are available in the Office of External Affairs.


SGSC's Tiger softball

Students may participate in nine intercollegiate sports: baseball, softball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming, women's softball, men's basketball, and women's soccer. South Georgia State College is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. SGSC students may also participate in intramural sports: flag football, basketball, softball, and etc. Other activities include tennis, weightlifting, golf, table tennis, billiards, and volleyball. Facilities at SGSC includes a softball field, soccer fields, intramural field, basketball court, Cook stadium/ William A. Crider Sr. field (Baseball), indoor swimming pool, weight room, tennis courts, and a nine hole golf course.


  1. ^ "South Georgia State College". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 25 September 1979. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ Regents OK college mergers. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Last accessed 2012-01-10.
  4. ^ Preston, Jr., Robert (June 18, 2010). "Eleventh District A & M School/South Georgia College Listed in National Register of Historic Places". Press release. South Georgia College. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

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