Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Enrollment in 2011 was 2,782 students, most of whom were nontraditional (the average student is twenty-seven years old). Of these, 65 percent were women and 92 percent were Georgia residents.
In February 1971, the Atlanta school board authorized the superintendent of the Atlanta Public School System to develop a financial plan for building the new college. In 1973 the Board of Regents authorized the plans and specifications for the first phase of construction, at a projected cost of $2 million. Construction began on the first building in 1973 and was completed in August 1974.
Established as Atlanta Junior College, the school became the thirty-first institution of the University System of Georgia and began classes in September 1974 with an initial enrollment of 504 students. In 1988 the institution's name was changed to Atlanta Metropolitan College, and in 2012 its name changed again, to Atlanta Metropolitan State College.
Programs and Accreditation
In addition to the academic programs, students may participate in approved honorary, professional, and social student clubs and organizations. Among these are the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Students in Free Enterprise, the College Choir, the International Students Organization, and a student newspaper. Atlanta Metropolitan State College also has a strong intercollegiate athletics record, holding multiple championships in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Conference for men's basketball.
DeLise Hopson, Atlanta Metropolitan State College
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