Academic Experience

Location
Decatur, GA
Undergrads
9,676
Tuition (in-state)
$8,635 ($2,995)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The program is great. There aren't any required courses that seem odd to be required. The curiculums make sense, though there are a lot of corequisites, especially for science labs and lectures.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The curriculums of the classes are logical and make sense. The registration process is simple, but not always quick, but it's available early enough to make it easy to get the classes desired early.

College Freshman

Academic Experience: This is my first semester at Georgia Perimeter College, so I have not taken any program or had any internship/job opportunities related to my major.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Georgia Perimeter College provides a number of professors for the same subject, allowing students to choose according to their preferences and/or schedule, and the registration process is pretty quick and simple.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: the professors are really interested in the major I'm studying. The work develops your skills.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 209th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 1417th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 1489th
    Best Class Availability
  • 1553rd
    Most Accessible Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

ricky riley
Hometown
atlanta, ga
Major
history
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Georgia Perimeter College offers many courses of study. However, GPC is a two-year school that focuses on bridging students into four-year Georgia universities, and this focus can be a problem. Many artistic individiuals will feel left out because film, studio art, and performing arts majors may not get the experience they plan for.

Also, science, math, and nursing students benefit from scholarships, although there is little to no funding for artistic and creative students. For many students, this bias seems unfair.

Basically, GPC is the thirteenth grade. If you liked high school, you may feel comfortable in this setting. The College has remedial, easy , and difficult classes for all types of learners.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
573
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
545
Full-Time Retention Rate
51%
Part-Time Retention Rate
39%
Transfer-Out Rate
18%
Graduation Rate
8%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
8
Most Popular Majors
  • Dental Hygiene: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Registered Nursing (RN): Unknown
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Class size varies, but most core classes have more than 30 people in them. Most non-core classes are under 30.
Student/Professor Relationships
The professors are all kind, and they care about their students and want them to succeed.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Most classes are graded with a balance between homework, essays, projects, class participation, quizzes and/or exams, and the final. Some classes weigh different assignments more heavily than others depending on the class. For instance, a science class may grade heavily on labs and exams, whereas a history class might grade more on essays.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Small class sizes make it easier for open student and teacher discussions. Lectures are generally interesting as long as students pay attention and stay involved in the topic at hand. Most professors have at least one group assignment to teach students about teamwork and get them to interact with each other more.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Courses usually start out slow, but the pace will pick up as time goes on. Tests are usually major grades, and midterms and finals have the most weight. There is also usually a project about three-quarters of the way through the semester, but generally the workload depends on the instructor.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • GPC has a very nice campus.
  • Student activities for night students are scarce.
Tips to Succeed
  • Come to class
  • Network
  • Study
  • Take good notes in class.
Full-Time Faculty
573
Female Faculty
58%
Male Faculty
42%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 21%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 69%
Unknown: 3%
Average Faculty Salary
$45,401
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 182 responses

  • 28% Applicable to the real world
  • 24% Will advance my career
  • 22% Learned a lot of new things
  • 17% Learned a few new things
  • 6% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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