South Georgia State College

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South Georgia State College
Front gate
Type Public
Established 1906 (1906)
President Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers
Students 2,611+
Location Douglas and Waycross, 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
South Georgia State College is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
South Georgia State College
South Georgia State College is located in the US
South Georgia State College
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
NRHP Reference # 10000274[2]
Added to NRHP May 21, 2010

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


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, the Atlanta architect who also designed Georgia's other A & M Schools. Other buildings include the IT-Nursing Building, Stubbs Hall, Tanner Hall, and Alumni House.[3]


William S. Smith Library

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]

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 facilities[edit]

Wellness Center Complex[edit]

SGSC's Wellness Center at night

The Wellness Center Complex features racquetball courts, a free-weight area, an aquatic center, exercise rooms, aerobics, and a gymnasium containing a basketball/volleyball court. The aquatic center features an indoor swimming pool, locker rooms, outdoor patio, and classroom space.


Back entrance of Tiger Village I

Tiger Village I (Currently unused for housing)[edit]

In 2007, the college completed construction of Tiger Village, a 250-bed residence hall featuring two-room and four-room suites.

Tiger Village II (Co-ed)[edit]

In 2010, Tiger Village II opened, a 300-bed residence hall that features two-bedroom apartments.

Shannon Hall[edit]

One of the two older dorm facilities on campus is used to house overflow from Tiger Village I and II.

Floyd Hall (unoccupied)[edit]

One of the two older dorm facilities on campus is used to house overflow from Tiger Village I and II.

Financial Aid[edit]

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 and the James M. Dye Foundation. Many scholarships are merit-based, but others are granted depending on a student's financial situation.


South Georgia State College currently sponsors 9 NJCAA Division I teams: baseball, softball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming, 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 charges a fee to each student that enrolls at the school (called the "Athletic Fee"). The fee is charged every semester along with other academic fees. The athletic fee allows students to use their Student Identification Card for access to all athletic events.

SGSC students may also participate in intramural sports: flag football, basketball, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, and much more. Other activities include tennis, weightlifting, golf, table tennis, billiards, and volleyball.

Main buildings[edit]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

These building and some others are listed as contributing buildings to the Eleventh District A & M School-South Georgia College Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other buildings[edit]

Waycross campus photos[edit]


  1. ^ "South Georgia State College". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 25 September 1979. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ 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 17 August 2015. 

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