Serving Northeast Georgia since 1964, Gainesville State College is a non-residential unit of the University System of Georgia. The Gainesville State College Gainesville Campus, located 45 miles northeast of Atlanta and six miles southwest of downtown Gainesville in Oakwood, is easily accessible from I-985 via Exit 16 (Highway 53). Gainesville is very close to beautiful Lake Lanier, the Appalachian Trail, white water canoeing, and the rich multicultural activities of metropolitan Atlanta. The Gainesville State College Oconee Campus is located at 1201 Bishop Farms Parkway in Watkinsville, Georgia. Students are drawn primarily from the increasingly diverse Northeast Georgia area.
With an enrollment which now exceeds 8,800, Gainesville State College offers courses leading to the Bachelors of Applied Science in Environment and Spatial Analysis, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education for Grades P-5 (Teaching Certification, Bachelor of Science with a Major in Early Childhood Care and Education (Non-Teaching Certification), Bachelor of Applied Science with a Major in Technology Management, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Technology for Theatre, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, in addition to certificate programs in Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems and Personal Fitness Training. Ninety percent of Gainesville State College students are in programs transferable to four-year colleges and universities.
Gainesville State College integrates academic and extra-curricular activities in order to emphasize development of the “whole person”. Gainesville College students can enjoy the “total college experience” by participating in student activities such as: intramurals, clubs and organizations, bands, chorus, publications, cultural affairs programs, fine arts offerings including theatre, extended orientation, and international-intercultural studies programs.
Gainesville State College’s students, faculty and staff benefit from a supportive, generous Foundation and an active Alumni Association. The Foundation generates and administers private financial support for the College, primarily for student scholarships, faculty and staff development, and outreach activities of the College. With more than 85 percent of the College’s alumni living and working in Northeast Georgia, the College is truly an integral part of the community and the community has continually provided generous support for the College’s programs.
This close relationship with the community has strengthened a comprehensive Continuing Education program, which supports professional and avocational interests of area citizens and reflects the lifelong learning philosophy of the institution. North Georgia College and State University offers courses on the Gainesville State College campus through the College’s University Center.