Georgia College & State University

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Georgia College
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Motto "Georgia's Public Liberal Arts University"
Type Public
Established 1889
Endowment $33,8 million (end of FY 2014)[1]
President Steve Dorman
Administrative staff
393 (fall 2014)[1]
Students 6,230[2]
Undergraduates 5,927[3]
Postgraduates 303[4]
Location Milledgeville, Georgia, United States
Campus Milledgeville
Colors Blue and green
Mascot Bobcat[5]
Affiliations University System of Georgia
Georgia College & State University logo.svg

Georgia College (Georgia College & State University or GCSU) is a public liberal arts university in Milledgeville, Georgia, United States, with approximately 7,000 students. A member of the University System of Georgia, Georgia College was designated Georgia's "Public Liberal Arts University" in 1996 by the Georgia Board of Regents.


Georgia College was chartered in 1889 as Georgia Normal and Industrial College. Its emphasis at the time was largely vocational, and its major task was to prepare young women for teaching or industrial careers. In 1917, in keeping with economic and cultural changes in the state, Georgia Normal and Industrial College was authorized to grant degrees, the first of which was awarded in 1921. In 1922, the institution's name was changed to Georgia State College for Women. The University has been a unit of the University System of Georgia since it was formed in 1932. The name was changed to Women's College of Georgia in 1961, and, when the institution became coeducational in 1967, it became Georgia College at Milledgeville. The name was shortened to Georgia College in 1971.[6] In August 1996, the Board of Regents approved a change of name to Georgia College & State University, and a new mission as Georgia's Public Liberal Arts University. [7]


The central campus comprises about 43.2 acres (174,000 m²) in the center of Milledgeville, near the grounds of the former state capitol. The campus contains buildings of red brick and white Corinthian columns, representative of those constructed during the pre-Civil War Antebellum period, when Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia. Bell Hall and Russell Auditorium are credited to architect J. Reginald MacEachron. Atkinson Hall (1896) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other historic buildings on the campus include Sanford Hall (1938), Russell Auditorium (1926), Ina Dillard Russell Art Museum (the original section of the library) (1932), Chappell Hall (1963) (on the site of an earlier Chappell Hall built in 1907), Parks Hall (1911), Terrell Hall (1908), Maxwell Student Union (1972), Beeson Hall (1937), Porter Hall (1939), Lanier Hall (1926), Ennis Hall (1920), and Herty Hall (1954 and expanded in 1972).[8]

Most of the university's residence halls are located a block from central campus along with the sports complex, called the Centennial Center. The Old Governor's Mansion is also within walking distance of the residence halls and front campus. West Campus, a 500 acre (2 km²) extension two miles (3 km) from the central campus, contains The Village student apartments and athletic fields. In addition, GC operates a large recreational area on Lake Laurel (approximately 15 minutes from the central campus) which is used by students in the university's Environmental Science and Outdoor Education programs.

The university library houses the manuscript collection of author Flannery O'Connor, an alumna of the university, and of U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell, whose career included serving as director of the Peace Corps when the Berlin Wall fell.

Center for Graduate and Professional Learning[edit]

GCSU offers advanced degree programs at its Center for Graduate and Professional Learning in the Thomas Jefferson Building in downtown Macon. The MBA, MPA, and MSA in logistics are offered in Warner Robins ("Robins Center"), on the Air Force base located there.


Official athletics logo

Known as the Georgia College Bobcats, the college is currently a member of NCAA Division II and the Peach Belt Conference. Georgia College currently sponsors varsity teams in baseball, men's and women's basketball, cheerleading, men's and women's cross country, golf, dance team, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and volleyball.

Student life[edit]

Student housing[edit]

Georgia College provides housing for its students. They have the option to reside either in a suite-style residence hall on Central Campus or in an apartment at The Village on West Campus. The residential halls on Central Campus are Bell, Sanford, Parkhurst, Wells, Napier, Foundation and Adams. Students have the option of dining at The Max (main dining hall) as well as Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Subway, Books & Brew Starbucks Café, The Village Market, The Lunch Box, and the GC Food Cart.

Greek life[edit]

Georgia College has a very active Greek system with over 21 sororities and fraternities under various councils.

College Panhellenic Council[edit]

National Pan-Hellenic Council[edit]

Interfraternity Council[edit]

United Greek Council[edit]

Student Government Association[edit]

Georgia College's Student Government Association (SGA) serves the campus community by addressing student concerns, promoting understanding within the college community, and administering all matters which are delegated to the student government by the university president. The responsibility for the governing of the student body is vested in the students themselves. All students are members of the SGA upon their enrollment, and officers and Senators are elected on a yearly basis.

Students and rankings[edit]

According to SAT results listed on, GC students have the third highest average of all public schools in Georgia. As of 2009, GC has been Georgia's top-ranked public master's university in U.S. News and World Report for the past four years. ranks Georgia College in the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. The university boasts a student retention rate of 84%, making it a leader in that category. In 2007, 18 states and 43 nations were represented by its student body. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked GCSU as 30th among regional colleges in the South. The publication also named GCSU as 10th best public school among regional universities.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "IPEDS Data Center". Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
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  5. ^ Archived January 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Our heritage and history". 24 August 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "About Georgia College". 15 July 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Name origins and brief histories of Georgia College buildings Georgia College Buildings

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