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Georgia Highlands College is a state college of the University System of Georgia, providing a baccalaureate degree in nursing as well as associate degrees in many other areas of concentration. Students commute from more than 10 counties in northwest Georgia to campuses in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville. Founded as Floyd Junior College in 1970, the college has more than doubled its enrollment since 2003, and now serves more than 5,500 academic and continuing education students respectively each year.
The student body is composed of primarily a female population (63 percent), with 37 percent male students. The median student age is 24. As a commuter college, the institution attracts students from all over the region, including those from southeastern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama. But it also boasts an international population from 45 countries. Minorities make up 29 percent of the enrollment. The fulltime student/faculty ration is 22:1.
GHC students are enrolled in 40 transfer and career programs leading to two-year associate degrees, a number in health-care fields. The most popular majors are nursing, business and education. The nursing program expanded in 2006, adding a new cohort in Marietta and enabling the college to graduate 150 license-eligible students each year. In fall 2013, the first cohort of baccalaureate students will enroll, completing their bachelor’s degrees in 2015. GHC also maintains an agreement the University of West Georgia and Kennesaw State University so that students on the Floyd (Rome) and Paulding (Dallas) campuses, respectively, can stay on-site and complete their bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.
Students may participate in a variety of extra-curricular programs, including academic, political and social organizations, student media and athletics. In 2011 the college joined the National Junior College Athletic Association and lunched its inaugural, competitive basketball teams in fall 2012. Baseball and softball will begin competitive play during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Forty-three percent of GHC students transfer to other institutions to continue their education.
As an equal opportunity institution, Georgia Highlands College is committed to recruiting, hiring, training, promoting and educating persons without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. GHC expects successful applicants to share this commitment.