Thomas University, a private, not-for-profit institution, primarily operates as a commuter campus on 74 acres in Thomasville, a small community in South Georgia. Founded in 1950, Thomas University built the institution on the grounds of the former Birdwood Plantation. The manor house, listed on the National Historic Register, has been renamed the Forbes Administration Building and the faculty annex is located in the “original dining room, kitchen, and guest rooms.” Furthermore, several historic structures, like the former Mount Carmel Primitive Baptist Church, have been moved to the campus enhancing the historic value of the campus. The University enrolls just over 1,100 students and Thomas maintains a student:faculty ratio of 8:1 with an average class size of 14.
Thomas University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Individual programs are also accredited, including Education by the Professional Standards Commission of Georgia, the Medical Laboratory Science program in Clinical Laboratory Science by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, select Nursing programs fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the National Leagues for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Rehabilitation Counseling by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, and Social Work by the Council on Social Work Education.
Seventy percent of Thomas University’s programs are offered through online or hybrid formats. Fully-delivered online degrees include:
- Law Enforcement
- Criminal Justice
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Business Administration
- Community Counseling
- Rehabilitation Counseling
Hybrid programs blend online learning with traditional on-campus instruction. Thomas University’s hybrid programs include Bachelor’s, Master’s and Certificate programs, including:
- Social Work
- Community Counseling
- Rehabilitation Counseling
- Regional Studies
In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Biology, and Master of Education programs are not online or hybrid programs, but do offer many online courses. Courses, like those in the Criminal Justice degree are taught by experienced law enforcement practitioners and feature flexible schedules. Other programs, like the 60-semester hour Rehabilitation Counseling program, offers specialization options, including Mental Health Counseling, Addictions and Alcoholism Counseling, and Human Resources and prepares students for the CRC national examination.
Thomas University incorporates a variety of techniques to instruct distance learners. Classes are instructed through asynchronous and synchronous formats. And students interact with professors and other students via platforms, like Blackboard+Learn, Elluminate web-conferencing, and Softchalk interactive tools. In addition, Thomas University encourages the participation in school events and the Criminal Justice Honor Society inducts members via Skype. Moreover, the University realizes that online learning requires motivation and time management. Therefore, Thomas University has developed a Student Online Readiness Tool (SORT) in order for students to assess their ability to succeed through online learning.
Application requirements for Thomas University’s online programs vary by degree level. First-time students will need to submit the application and fee, official high school transcripts or GED equivalent, and SAT/ACT scores. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit the application and fee, along with official college transcripts. Graduate students must submit the application and fee, official transcripts, a personal statement, a detailed resume, three professional academic references, and additional documentation as required per specific degree.
At Thomas University, there is no out-of-state tuition and tuition is based on credit hours.
At least 90% of Thomas University’s students receive some sort of financial aid from federal, state, and/or institutional resources. The following federal financial aid benefits are available to eligible students:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Academic Competitiveness Grant
- SMART Grant
- Federal College Work Study
- Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
- Parent PLUS Loan
- Graduate PLUS Loan
The state of Georgia also offers financial aid to eligible state residents including:
- Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant
- HOPE Scholarship
- Zell Miller Scholarship
In addition, Thomas University issues merit and need-based awards. Graduate Assistantships provide graduate students with reduced tuition benefits. Thomas also supports institutional grants, endowed scholarships, and university scholarships, like the Dean’s Scholarship and the Alumni Scholarship. Multiple program-specific awards are also available to qualifying students. Students may also seek non-university sponsored scholarships and alternative education loans may be accessed through private sources.
Thomas University partners with VA Benefits programs to make school affordable for military personnel and veterans. Benefits include:
- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Chapter 30
- Vocational Rehabilitation, Chapter 31
- Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33
- Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606
- Chapter 1607, Reserve Educational Assistance Program
In addition, Thomas University supports the HERO scholarship which includes aid up to $2,000 available to eligible members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists serving in combat zones, and their spouse/dependents. Thomas also provides the Veteran’s Scholarship on behalf of qualifying military personnel and veterans that served in “one of the U.S. operations in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.”
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:694
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