Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton is a residential college offering two- and four-year programs. The college is named after Abraham Baldwin, a Georgia signer of the U.S. Constitution and the first president of the University of Georgia.
The first students attended the institution in 1908,
The fall 2009
ABAC offers six intercollegiate sports programs, including tennis, softball and baseball, golf, and soccer. Other extracurricular interests for the students include a wide-ranging music program with a concert band, jazz band, concert choir, and jazz choir. The college has its own theater troupe, the Baldwin Players. The college also has an award-winning student newspaper, the Stallion; a literary magazine, Pegasus; a student radio station (WPLH); and a television studio.
The college offers bachelor's degrees in several areas, and ABAC students can also transfer without loss of credit to other units of the University System of Georgia. Associate degrees, designed to be completed after two years of study, are offered in the career technological program. Persons who want to upgrade their skills or acquire expertise in a particular area of study can enroll in a one-year certificate program.
In 2008 ABAC was ranked number ten in Washington Monthly magazine's inaugural list of "America's 30 Best Two-Year Institutions." The ranking was based on graduation rates and on a survey of students conducted by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, which measured such factors as teaching quality and student-faculty interaction.
Michael D. Chason, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
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