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Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College
Georgia Perimeter College logo
Established 1964
Type Public
Endowment $1.4 million[1]
President Rob Watts, M. Div (Interim)
Students 21,371 (Fall 2014)[2]
Location Suburban Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Campus Suburban
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Mascot Jaguar

Georgia Perimeter College (formerly DeKalb College) is a two-year associate degree-granting unit of the University System of Georgia. In May 2011, the state Board of Regents approved two bachelor's programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Sign Language Interpreting, a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in partnership with Georgia Southwestern State University. GPC serves metro Atlanta with multiple campus locations and offers more than 40 programs of study, including Nursing, Business Administration, Education, Dental Hygiene, Criminal Justice and Sign Language Interpreting.

On January 6, 2015 it was announced that Georgia Perimeter College would become a part of Georgia State University, becoming one of the largest universities in the United States.[3] The GPC campus' will become a component of the University, still maintaining its own mission, degrees, and admittance requirements, separate from that of the main campus.[4] The consolidation is expected to take a year to complete.[5]


Georgia Perimeter College was founded by the DeKalb County Board of Education as DeKalb College in 1958 and offered its first classes in Clarkston, Georgia, in 1964. Its service area grew as new campuses opened and students came to the college from throughout the metro area. In 1997, DeKalb College was renamed Georgia Perimeter College.


  • Three in DeKalb County:[6]
    • Clarkston Campus (formerly known as "Central Campus"), in an unincorporated area south of Clarkston, is the original campus.
    • Decatur Campus (formerly known as "South Campus"), in an unincorporated area south of Decatur.
    • Dunwoody Campus (formerly known as "North Campus"), City of Dunwoody[7] Dunwoody Campus is home to an observatory that is available for public use.
  • Newton County: Newton Campus, in an unincorporated area, south of I-20 and east of Covington.
  • Fulton County: Alpharetta Center in the City of Alpharetta in north Fulton County.

The Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Gardens include a Native Plant Garden and the Ferns of the World Garden, which contains more species of ferns than any other garden in the United States. Discussions about plants, garden walks and special sales are open to the public.

Academic profile

Georgia Perimeter College is the largest two-year college and the fourth-largest institution in the University System of Georgia, with about 21,371 students enrolled, as of Fall 2014.[8] GPC’s online program is the largest in the state university system, serving over 9,000 students. Georgia Perimeter transfers almost 3,000 students annually to bachelor’s degree programs within the University System of Georgia, accounting for one-fifth of transfers within the system. To allow students to transfer to four-year institutions of their choice, Georgia Perimeter has pioneered a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, signing more than 40 TAG agreements with in-state, out-of-state, public and private four-year colleges and universities.

More than one-third of Georgia Perimeter College’s faculty members have earned their doctorate; this statistic does not include numerous part-time instructors. GPC has had more Governor's Teaching Fellows than any other institution in Georgia: 40 since 1996. More than 46 GPC faculty members have received National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Awards since 2003.

The current interim college president is Rob Watts.

Student life

Georgia Perimeter College’s Fine Arts program presents plays, art exhibits and musical performances that are open to the public. The 2009–2010 season included more than 100 events. The college is also home to the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Academy for Literary Arts & Scholarly Research, which celebrates literature and scholarship and hosts an assortment of visiting writers who engage students, faculty, and staff. The Chattahoochee Review is the nationally recognized literary magazine published by the college. Teresa Weaver of Atlanta Magazine described it as a "fine literary journal".[9] It has received attention as a journal of Southern literature, featuring such writers as James Dickey, but has expanded its scope to include international works.

In early 2010, Georgia Perimeter College opened the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning on its Clarkston Campus. The center works to enhance student learning by providing opportunities for students to apply what they learn into the classroom to real-life situations. Through such activities, they will work to enhance the economic, social and cultural vitality of GPC’s communities, while offering students, faculty, educators and community members the training, tools and support they need to get engaged and make a difference.


The Collegian is the student newspaper of Georgia Perimeter College. The paper is published to over 11,000 people all over the metro Atlanta area. The Collegian covers all five campuses in the areas of Campus News, Campus Life, Academics, Administration, Features and Opinions.


The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Jaguars.

Notable people

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Georgia Perimeter College alumni.

See also

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  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2013 to FY2014" (PDF). National Association of College and Business Officers (NACUBO). p. 22. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
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  3. ^ Davis, Janel (6 January 2015). "GA Perimeter will be "component" of merged GA State, president says". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Davis, Janel (6 January 2015). "GA Perimeter will be "component" of merged GA State, president says". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Davis, Janel (6 January 2015). "GA Perimeter will be "component" of merged GA State, president says". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Campus Websites & Contact Information." Georgia Perimeter College. Accessed October 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "City Limits Map." Citizens for Dunwoody. Accessed October 26, 2008.
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  9. ^ Atlanta Magazine: September 19, 2007-Great authors never really Teresa Weaver

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