Gordon State College

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Coordinates: 33°02′51″N 84°09′05″W / 33.047378°N 84.151339°W / 33.047378; -84.151339

Gordon State College
Gordon State College seal (Georgia).png
Seal of Gordon State College
Former name
Gordon Institute, Gordon Military College
Motto Where students flourish!
Type Public
Established 1852 [The Male and Female Seminary]
Endowment $9.5 million
President Max Burns
Students 3,900
Location Barnesville, Georgia, U.S.
33°02′50.6″N 84°09′04.8″W / 33.047389°N 84.151333°W / 33.047389; -84.151333
Colors Blue, white, and yellow
Nickname Highlanders
Affiliations University System of Georgia
Mascot Highlander
Website www.gordonstate.edu
Gordon State College is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Gordon State
Gordon State
Location in Georgia

Gordon State College is a public college in Barnesville, Georgia. A member of the University System of Georgia, Gordon State's academic year is made up of three 15-week semesters: fall, spring and summer. Fall 2017 enrollment at Gordon State College was 3,900 students. The college campus incorporates 235 acres, which includes academic buildings, residence halls, the student activity and recreation center, an indoor swimming facility, ropes course, walking trail, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields and racquetball courts.


The 19th century[edit]

Gordon State College was founded in 1852 as the Male and Female Seminary, a private school for higher education of boys and girls.[1] Though church-sponsored, it was not a seminary in the usual sense. During the American Civil War, boys were organized into a corps of cadets. Girls continued to attend but were never included in military programs.

In 1872, the school was renamed Gordon Institute to honor Georgia native, governor and former CSA General John B. Gordon, and its scope was extended to the elementary grades.[2] In 1890, J.C. Woodward, who later founded Georgia Military Academy, was hired to start a military program.

The 20th century[edit]

In 1907, the name changed to Gordon College. In 1916 the U.S. Department of War named Gordon College a junior military unit. In 1928, Gordon added the first two years of college to its program. In 1933 the state offered the former Georgia Industrial College campus to Gordon College. The high school and junior college departments moved to the new campus, while the elementary school moved into the former high school building.[2] Gordon College was known as Gordon Military College from the mid-1930s until 1972.[3]

In the 1950s, ownership of the school passed to the city of Barnesville, which consolidated its government-funded public schools for whites in grades 8-12, while continuing to bus black students to racially segregated Lamar County schools. City girls were enrolled as regular students. City boys were permitted to opt out of military participation, but almost all were organized into a corps of cadets under military discipline. Military cadets from other places were permitted to enroll by paying tuition; many attracted by low tuition rates came from Latin America, including Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican migration to New York.[3]

Gordon State experienced financial problems in the 1960s, and in 1970 the trustees approached the state about making the college part of the university system. The secondary school was separated and the cadet corps disbanded, and on July 2, 1972, Gordon Military College officially became part of the University System of Georgia as Gordon Junior College, an associate-level college.[3] In 1986 "junior" was dropped from the school's name.

The 21st century[edit]

In 2006, the school was designated a four-year state college and now offers 10 bachelor's degree programs.[1]

On August 8, 2012, the Board of Regents approved the change of the name of Gordon College to Gordon State College. The action follows the board's approval in 2006 of a change in status for the two-year college in Barnesville to allow it to offer baccalaureate programs within the University System's state college sector.


Gordon State College offers bachelor's degrees and Associate of Arts degrees as well as an Associate of Science degree in nursing.


Gordon State College competes in Region XVII of the Georgia College Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college has teams in women's soccer and softball, men's baseball and basketball.

There are also a variety of intramural sports.

Before the 1980s, the athletic teams at Gordon State were the Bulldogs. Through the mid-1980s, Gordon State's teams were known as the Generals, a nod to General Gordon. The teams are now called the Highlanders.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Gordon College Introduction". stateuniversity.com. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Gordon State College History". gordonstate.edu. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lamar County". georgiaencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 

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