North Georgia College and State University
North Georgia College
The college was established in 1873 largely as a result of the endeavors of William P. Price, a Dahlonega lawyer, Confederate veteran, and former member of the U.S. Congress. David W. Lewis, an agricultural reformer of the Old South and a member of the Congressional Congress, was the first president.
In 2003 NGCSU had an enrollment of approximately 4,500 students, 35 percent of whom lived on campus. Undergraduate degrees are offered in fifty majors, including education, business administration, mathematics and computer science, the sciences, the humanities and fine arts, history, and the social sciences. The institution has always been especially strong in the sciences and has a well-regarded premedical program. NGCSU grants master's degrees in education, physical therapy, community counseling, and nursing, as well as an educational specialist degree. Freshman SAT scores and graduation rates are among the highest in the university system. Named as one of "America's Best College Buys" (1999 and 2000) by John Culler and Sons and listed in Templeton Guide's "Colleges That Encourage Character Development" (2000) because of the leadership program offered in its Corps of Cadets, NGCSU is ranked as the eighteenth safest college campus in the United States by Healy Roman and Associates.
NGCSU classes are offered on several satellite campuses as well. Both nursing and education facilities have offered collaborative courses with overseas institutions via video conferencing. Faculty members have participated in Board of Regents initiatives to create Web-based courses in reading, English as a second language, and French.
Various student organizations, honor societies, military groups, performance and student publication groups, and sororities and fraternities are available for extracurricular activity. Students participate in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division One intercollegiate basketball and tennis teams, as well as in intramural sports.
Rod Andrew Jr., "Martial Spirit, Christian Virtue, and the Lost Cause: Military Education at North Georgia College, 1871-1915," Georgia Historical Quarterly 79 (fall 1996): 486-505.
William P. Roberts, Georgia's Best Kept Secret: A History of North Georgia College (Dahlonega, Ga.: W. P. Roberts and the Alumni Association of North Georgia College, 1998).
William Pittman Roberts, Gainesville
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