Georgia Perimeter College

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Georgia Perimeter College, locally referred to as “Georgia Perimeter” or GPC, is a unit of the University System of Georgia that offers two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor’s degree programs. In May of 2011, Georgia Perimeter launched its first two bachelor’s degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sign Language Interpreting. Altogether, GPC offers over 40 programs at several campuses located in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Programs of study include Nursing, Education, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, and Sign Language Interpreting.

Georgia Perimeter College was established in 1958 as DeKalb College by the Gabe County Board of Education. It opened its doors to the public and started offering courses in Clarkston, Georgia, in 1964. Its reach and influence grew as the college launched new campuses through the Atlanta metro area. The college’s name was changed from DeKalb College to Georgia Perimeter College in 1997.

The mission of Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia, is to provide its students with an exceptional two-year higher education designed to prepare them for entry-level positions in a varity of health service, security and liberal arts career fields or to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university (although Georgia Perimeter now offers bachelor’s degrees). Georgia Perimeter also offers students a large variety of extracurricular activities to ensure students have a fun, enriching, well rounded college experience.

Whether you’re interested in focusing entirely on your education, getting involved in academic clubs, participating in an ethnic organization, or running for student government, Georgia Perimeter college is going to have something tailored to your unique tastes and desires. There are also regular activities, events and forums held on campus to ensure that there is never a dull moment for students.

The school offers an associate’s of art (A.A.) and associate’s of science (A.S.) degree in a variety of subject areas as well as career certification courses and programs designed to prepare students to launch a career in nursing, sign language interpretation, fire management and more.

To apply to Georgia Perimeter you’ll need to have maintained a mininum high school GPA of 2.0, graduated from high school or completed a GED program.

To be considered for financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) you’ll need to complete the FAFSA application which can be accessed online.

General Information

Admission Office

555 North Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA 30021-2361

(678) 891-3250

(888) 696-2780

Fax: (404) 299-4574

Contact: Douglas Ruch

College Registrar
Main Address

555 North Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA 30021-2361

(678) 891-3250

Total undergrads: 22,808

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,630

Degree-seeking undergrads: 21,036


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20
Admissions Policies/Requirements

Admission requirements:

Required for Some: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT

Very important admission factors:

Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA



A note about the college’s admission requirements: Admission based on high school GPA. Any college preparatory curriculum deficiencies must be satisfied by placement testing or substituting college coursework.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,234 $2,322 $2,828 $2,680 -5.23%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $3,234 $3,822 $4,328 $4,180 -3.42%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,954 65%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,714 57% $6,788,332 $3,961
• Federal grants 1,335 44% $5,212,908 $3,905
• Pell grants 1,335 44% $4,832,401 $3,620
• Other federal grants 544 18% $380,507 $699
Local and state government scholarships or grants 621 21% $1,382,941 $2,227
Institutional scholarships or grants 84 3% $192,483 $2,291
Student loan financial aid 615 20% $2,459,648 $3,999
• Federal student loans 607 20% $2,451,476 $4,039
• Other student loans 18 1% $8,172 $454

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1635 18
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7 16
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 7 16
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 186
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 21
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 164
Surgical Technology/technologist 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 6
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1434
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 1434
Library Science 2 2
Library and Archives Assisting 2 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Film Studies A
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management A

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A
Journalism A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science A


Education – General A
Health Teacher Education A
Physical Education A


Engineering – General A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General A
Sign Language Interpretation A,C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Hygiene A
Nursing (RN) A
Predentistry A
Premedicine A
Prepharmacy A


History – General A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A

Library Science

Library Assistance A


Mathematics – General A

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A


Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services

Fire Services Administration A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A

Social Sciences

Anthropology A
Political Science/Government A
Sociology A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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