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Macon State College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Macon State College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Macon State College

What began as a junior college serving 1,100 students in 1968 has grown into one of Central Georgia's largest, 4-year degree-awarding schools. Macon State College focuses its programs on meeting the workforce needs of Georgia residents. Aside from the main campus in Macon, there are sites in Warner Robins, GA, and one on Robins Air Force Base. Macon, GA, is approximately 80 miles southeast of Atlanta.

The school continues to develop its 419-acre main campus to facilitate a changing and growing student body. The school built the Professional Sciences and Conference Center in 2009 to house the School of Business and the School of Information Technology. The center also has a 4,500-square-foot banquet hall for conferences and events. In Fall 2011, the school completed a new education building.


Macon State College offers certificate and associate's and bachelor's degree options. In the 2010-2011 school year, registered nursing was one of the most popular majors for associate's degree candidates, while many bachelor's degree students pursued early childhood education. High school students who are at least 16 years old and have a superb academic record can take Macon State College courses as part of the school's Joint Enrollment program.

The college is comprised of the schools of arts and sciences, business, nursing and health sciences, education and information technology. The School of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor's degrees in traditional subjects, such as English, history and psychology, as well as a variety of associate's degrees. The School of Education began in 2005 as part of an initiative to produce more teachers in Georgia and most recently added a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education program. In 2010, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education granted initial teacher preparation-level accreditation to the School of Education.


Macon State College defers to the guidelines of the University System of Georgia for minimum admission requirements. Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED. Other admission requirements include high school or college transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, as well as a $20 application fee. For Fall 2012 admission, the application deadline was July 16, 2012, but Spring 2013 candidates had until December 7, 2012, to apply. In general, the minimum application deadline for enrollment is 30 days prior to the start of the desired semester. In 2011, Georgia students accounted for 95% of Macon's student population, which consisted of roughly 5,700 students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Macon State College is charged on a per credit hour basis, but there are additional costs, such as recreation and wellness, activity, technology and institution fees. For 2012-2013, in-state students were charged $94.87 per credit hour; out-of-state students were assessed an additional $255.60 per credit hour. Online and eCore courses are charged at a slightly higher rate. Generally, books and supplies amount to $150-$400 a semester.

To help pay these costs, the college administers the Macon State College Foundation Scholarship for prospective and enrolled students who demonstrate academic excellence. Applications must be accompanied by references from educators or counselors familiar with the student's academic potential and progress. Decisions on these scholarships are rendered twice annually, first in April and then June for the upcoming academic year.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate, one but less than two year certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 5,702 in 2011*
Student Housing Traditional, incoming freshmen must live on campus in one of the various 1-bedroom apartments available**
Schools and Programs Five schools; 18 bachelor's degree and 21 associate's degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (206)
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (172)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (students beginning Fall 2003) 1% in 4 years
13% in 6 years
14% in 8 years*
Admission Rate 75% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,777 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time students, 61% for part-time students*
ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT composite scores: 17-22 in 2011*
Application Due Date Applications are due at least 30 days prior to semester start**
Tuition $94.87 per credit hour for in-state students; $350.47 per credit hour for out-of-state students (2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (80%), state and local government grants or scholarships (35%), Pell grants (61%), federal student loans (33%)*
Percent of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Macon State College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Macon State College, 100 College Station Drive, Macon, GA 31206
  • Phone: 478-471-2800
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