Gordon State College
Gordon State College is a four-year state college in Barnesville, fifty-five miles south of Atlanta and thirty-five miles northwest of Macon. Part of the University System of Georgia, Gordon offers bachelor and associate degrees in specific areas, prepares students for transfer to other four-year institutions, and provides educational and cultural opportunities for the local community.
In 1852 John B. Gordon, and its scope was extended to the elementary grades. In 1875 Alice Wooten of Monroe County became Gordon Institute's first graduate. Students, faculty, family, and friends attended the first commencement exercises, as did General Gordon, who commented that schools shouldn't be named after living men.
Gordon has ties to both North Georgia College and State University and Woodward Academy in Atlanta through one
Gordon Institute's name officially changed to Gordon College in 1907. In 1916 the U.S. Department of War named Gordon College a junior military unit, and during World War I (1917-18), 450 Gordon alumni served, 160 of them as commissioned officers. Gordon suffered eighteen casualties during World War I.
World War II (1941-45) saw numerous Gordon alumni serving in Europe and in the Pacific. After World War II, Gordon Military College After joining the university system with 425 students and no endowment, Gordon College grew to 3,703 students and an endowment of nearly $7 million by 2007.
In 1986 "junior" was dropped from the school's name. Gordon became a four-year state college in 2007 with the addition of a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, and in 2012 its name changed to Gordon State College.
The student body—more than 5,000 students were enrolled by 2011—comes primarily from Lamar County and the surrounding counties but also draws people from out of state as well as from around the world. Most students begin at Gordon immediately after high school, but a growing percentage of students are older people who have decided to return to school, thereby contributing their wide range of experiences to a diverse student body.
Two of Gordon's strengths are the nursing and prepharmacy programs. In 2002 Gordon College led the state's two-year nursing programs with a 100 percent passing rate on the national licensing exam. Gordon offers a wide variety of associate degree programs as well as several bachelor's degree programs, including biology, education, English, history, mathematics, and nursing.
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