Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Georgia Perimeter College has four campuses and a learning center located in Decatur, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Clarkston, and Newton, Georgia. Learn about the school's financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at GPC.

Is Georgia Perimeter College the School for You?

Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) has campuses throughout the metro Atlanta area, offering day, evening, weekend, and online options. As a large, public, two-year community college in the University System of Georgia, GPC nearly 50 certificate and associate's degree programs.

Pros

  • Room and board cost is $2,039 lower than the national average
  • Accepts AP, dual, and life experience credit
  • Offers academic, remedial, and career counseling services
  • Decatur campus is located 9.7 miles from downtown Atlanta and 16.4 miles from Hartsfield International Airport

Cons

  • Total cost of attendance is $3,225 higher than the national average for public, two-year schools
  • Graduation rate is 14.3 percentage points lower than the state average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 22:1, which is higher than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

GPC offers Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs that can serve as transfer degrees, should you plan to continue your education in the future at a four-year university. In addition, several career programs are available, leading to AA degrees, AS degrees, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, or certificates; these career training options include dental hygiene, nursing, radiologic technology, fire management, library and information science technology, and sign language interpreting.

Career programs generally require a minimum of 60 credit hours. GPC also partners with local medical schools to offer AS degree programs in dental hygiene, nursing, and radiologic technology. While many programs are available at any of GPC's campuses, not all are, so you should check with the campus location that you plan to attend.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the total cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, and living expenses, was $13,775 for Georgia residents and $19,415 for non-residents during the 2012-13 school year. In 2012-13, the College Board (TCB) reported that the national average cost of attendance for public, two-year schools was $10,550 for in-state students. However, the average cost for off-campus room and board in the area was $5,380, according to NCES's 2012-13 figures, which is $2,039 lower than the national average of $7,419 reported by TCB. NCES also reports that in 2011-12, students received an average of $3,839 in grant or scholarship aid and $4,970 in federal loans, so financial aid may help make GPC a more affordable option for you.

As of 2011, only 2.7% of full-time students had graduated within 100% of normal program time (for instance, within two years for a two-year degree program), which is 14.3 percentage points lower than the Georgia average of 17% reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE). While 9.6% of students had completed their programs within 150% of normal program time, according to CHE's 2010 figures, this rate is still much lower than the U.S. average of 20.4% for schools of this type.

GPC's 2012 student-faculty ratio of 22:1 was higher than the national average of 15:1 reported in NCES's 2010 Digest of Education Statistics. According to NCES, 51% of full-time, beginning students in 2011 returned to GPC in 2012.

Getting In & Financial Aid

As of 2013, the deadline for fall semester admission was July 1. You can also begin during the summer or spring semester; in 2013, the deadline for summer admission was April 1, and applications for spring admission were due November 1. SAT and ACT scores are not required, but you'll need to take a placement test. You'll also need to submit proof of immunization.

According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the average national acceptance rate was 63.8% in 2011. NCES reports that GPC's 2011 acceptance rate was 67%, which is somewhat higher than average. Of the students admitted to GPC in 2011, 65% enrolled in classes.

In order to apply for state and federal financial aid, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, residents of Georgia may be eligible for the HOPE scholarship; the HOPE scholarship requires an additional application form.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-14) Jul 1 for fall semester*
Financial Aid Deadline (2013-14) Jun 1***
Application Fee (2012-13) $20**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 67%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-13) $13,775 (in-state)**
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 17.3%**

Life at Georgia Perimeter College

GPC has no campus housing, and the large student population - nearly 24,000 undergraduates in 2012, according to NCES - either commutes to one of the five sites in the large metro area of Atlanta or attends classes online. Despite being a commuter school, however, GPC hosts more than 114 student clubs and organizations; each campus or learning center offers a number of ways to get involved in student life. The Newton and Decatur campuses have at least 15 clubs each, the Alpharetta site is home to 7 student groups, the Dunwoody location has more than 27 organizations, and Clarkston hosts 50 different student clubs.

GPC offers evening, weekend, and online classes to meet the needs of its student population. Each campus has its own library, and students taking online classes have access to an online library.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large suburb**
Student Population (2012) 23,619 undergraduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 39% to 61%**
% of Full Time Students (2012) 41%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 84%**
% of International Students (2011) 5%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 51% (full-time)**
Campus Housing Available No**
Number of Libraries 6*
Extracurricular Activities Student organizations available at each campus*
Noteworthy Largest associate degree-granting college in the University System of Georgia*

Sources: *Georgia Perimeter College, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***The College Board.

School Contact Information

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