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As the only comprehensive community college in southwest Georgia, Bainbridge State College provides broad program offerings and emphasizes excellence in instruction. The campus is located on 173 acres covered with stately pines and moss-draped oaks. A non-residential, Bainbridge College attracts students from 11 surrounding counties and several states and nations. The student body includes more than 2,600 students, many of who are working adults and first generation college students. Almost half attend full-time. Minority enrollment averages 50 percent, and women comprise about 70 percent of the student population. The average age of the student body is 27.
Students pursue 18 associate of arts degrees designed for transfer to four-year institutions, as well as the associate of science degree in nursing, and 11 associate of applied science degrees in technical education, 14 career certificates, and 31 specialized certificates. In addition, the College offers continuing education courses; cooperative upper division degree programs in business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice, and early childhood education through Albany State University and Georgia Southwestern State University; and distance learning courses.
Bainbridge State College serves its diverse and growing student body through a variety of innovative and diverse instructional methods. Students can attend classes at the main campus, at the Early County Site in Blakely, at off-campus sites, take courses online, and participate in Study Abroad and Honors programs. The working student is accommodated by flexible class scheduling and a fully staffed and equipped award-winning Academic Resource Center at both main campus and Early County that incorporate peer tutorial programs, computer labs, and specialized workshops to help students improve their academic skills.
Student organizations offer extracurricular activities, including the Student Government Association, the Creative Arts Club, BC Student Ambassadors, and the honor societies of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, and Sigma Kappa Delta. Students have the opportunity to engage in community service projects and attend concerts, plays and field days. For the enjoyment of both students and the community, the campus features a greenhouse, swimming pool, tennis complex, outdoor stage, a nature trail with botanical identifications, and is the site of the Southwest Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center.
Bainbridge State College's charter class began in 1973, making it one of the System's youngest institutions.