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Georgia Perimeter College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) is a public, 2-year community college with limited four-year degree program offerings. Founded in 1964 as DeKalb College, GPC now operates five campuses located in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Newton, GA. GPC is the third-largest college in the University System of Georgia, and grants more associate degrees than any college in Georgia. Additionally, international students account for 15% of the school's total student population.


GPC offers 48 programs leading to an associate's degree, one bachelor's degree program and several transfer, career and certificate programs. The bachelor's degree is available in sign language interpretation. Beginning in 2013, the school will also offer a bachelor's degree program in health informatics. In 2012, of all the associate's degree programs, the liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities program had the highest enrollment, with 1,604 students.

Many of the school's courses are available online. Except for highly specialized courses, once a student enrolls, they may attend classes at any of the school's five campuses or online. Study abroad programs are also available to any GPC student in good academic standing. In 2012, the school had a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

A library is located on each of the five campuses. All libraries are open to any GPC student.


Prospective students may apply online for enrollment in classes in the Spring 2013 semester by November 1, 2012. A non-refundable $20.00 application fee and high school transcripts are due at the time of application. Although not required, SAT, ACT, or CLEP scores may be substituted for the college's mandatory placement test. In addition to the above requirements, international students should submit proof of immigrant or non-immigrant status, evidence of English language proficiency, and proof of immunization for admission.

In 2010, GPC accepted 64% of the 12,558 applications it received. At that time, in-state students accounted for 84% of the student population, 56% of all students attend classes on a part-time basis, and 62% of the student population was 24 years old or younger.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The 2011-2012 cost to attend GPC for in-state residents was $2,736 per year and $9,448 for out-of-state students per year. Estimated costs for books and supplies cost at that time was $1500 per year. Online courses cost $99 per credit hour for all students, regardless of residency status.

GPC offers a tuition and fee payment plan. Tuition and fees can be paid through financial aid, by credit card, personal check, in cash, or through third-party sponsor vouchers. Scholarship opportunities are available based upon merit, need, and service.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's degrees**, limited bachelor's degrees*, transfer and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 26,996, all undergraduates**
Student Housing All students live off-campus**
Schools and Programs Five campuses; 48 associate's degree programs, one bachelor's degree program*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associates: liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities (1,604)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 3% in two years
10% in 3 years
14% in four years**
Admission Rate 64% in 2012**
Entering Class Size About 7,409 in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 60% for full-time and 46% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Applications are due November 1, 2012 for Spring 2013 enrollment**
Decision Notification Date Enrollment status can be checked online anytime after application submission*
Tuition (2102-2013) Tuition and fees for in-state students: $2,736// Tuition and fees for out-of-state students: $9,448**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011: Federal grants (66%), state and local grants (14%), institutional scholarship (14%), federal loans (21%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72% in 2011**

Sources: *Georgia Perimeter College, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, Georgia Perimeter College, P.O. Box 89000, Atlanta, GA 30356
  • Phone: (678) 891-3535
  • Website:

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