Middle Georgia State College is a four-year public college located in Macon, Georgia. MGSC was founded in 1968 as a small two-year college in Bibb County with only 1,100 students and it wasn’t until 1997 that the school altered programs and curriculum to fit that of a four-year college. In January 2012, a merger was approved to change the name of the college from Macon State College to Middle Georgia State College. The school is soon hoping to gain university status after a review process. Middle Georgia State College is currently the largest college in Central Georgia and is student enrollment is expected to reach 10,000 by Fall 2020.
Within MGSC, there are five schools that grant bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and certificates: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Information Technology, and School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Programs available at Middle Georgia State College include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Education; English Language and Literature/Letters; Health Professions and Related Programs; History; Liberal Arts and Sciences; General Studies, and Humanities; Mathematics and Statistics; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions. All together there are 33 programs of study that award 18 bachelor’s degrees and associate’s degrees.
Eleven major structures are present on the 419-acre Macon Campus, including: College Station Apartments, Professional Sciences and Conference Centers, Student Life Center, Charles H. Jones Building, Humanities/Social Sciences Building, and Library and Academic Resource Center. MGSC has another location that was opened in 2003, the Warner Robins Campus, in Warner Robins, Georgia. This location features the Thomas Hall Building, Academic Services Building, and Oak Hall, which opened in 2009. The Warner Robins Campus is very close to the Robins Air Force Base where students are able to take classes as well. Enrollment at the Macon Campus is 4,897, enrollment at the Warner Robins Campus is 1,569, and enrollment at the Robins Resident Center is 87.
MGSC has 5,702 undergraduate students and 273 faculty members, forming its student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1. Of all students, 57% study full-time and 43% study part time. About 65% of students are female while the other 35% of students are male. Students at MSC are White (59%), Black (31%), Hispanic (3%), Asian (2%), and multi-racial (5%). The ages of students vary with 57% of students being age 24 or under and 43% of students being age 25 or over. Almost all MSC students are from within the state (95%) while 4% of students are from out-of-state and 1% come from a foreign country.
Middle Georgia State College has invested over $107.5 million in new facilities since 2000. These buildings include the Student Life Center ($8.7 million in 2000), Warner Robins Campus ($5 million in 2003), Charles Jones Building ($17.5 million in 2004), Library Renovation ($5 million in 2005), Professional Sciences Buildings ($25.9 million in 2009), Oak Hall at Warner Robins Campus ($5.2 million in 2009), College Station Apartments ($13 million in 2010), and the Education Building ($24.2 million in 2011).
MGSC is passionate about students participating in life outside of the classroom and has many different organizations for students, including: wellness programs, honor programs, and athletic teams. Special learning opportunities include distance learning, study abroad, evening classes, and teacher certification. Students have access to services such as remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, and employment services. Graduates have additional access to placement services
In-state tuition costs $3,088 and out-of-state tuition costs $9,074. Books and supplies are estimated to cost $1,210. On-campus housing costs $4,750 per year plus an estimated $3,350 in other living costs. Off campus living is estimated to cost $7,950 with $2,500 in other living expenses. Financial aid is available to students who are found to be eligible after completion of the FAFSA form. The process takes four to six weeks so it is important for students to apply before their acceptance process is completed. Note that tuition payment plans are not offered at MGSC.
MGSC accepts 75% of the applicants that enroll at the school, and statistically, 43% of those who are accepted will enroll at Middle Georgia State College. Admission scores and a payment of $20 for the application fee are required for admission and a high school GPA, high school transcript, and completion of a college-preparatory program are recommended. All first-time students will meet with an advisor before registering.
The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 74% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 61%. The overall graduation rate is 13% and the transfer-out rate is 19% for students who began their studies in Fall 2008. The graduation rate by gender is statistically 15% for male students and 12% for female students at MSC.
Middle Georgia State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,452
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