Six GGC student holding up the No. 1 finger

Shown are Georgia Gwinnett College students Ahla Ko, chemistry, Lawrenceville; Jonathan Charles, business, Duluth; Aizaz Shaikh, business, Snellville; Ashley Flagg, business, Snellville; Melissa "Melly" Hiciano, political science, Yonkers, N.Y. and Myra Beamon, political science, Manchester, Conn.

Georgia Gwinnett College was again noted for its ethnic diversity and additionally for its affordability by the U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) annual College Compass rankings of U.S. colleges and universities. The magazine’s 2017 rankings were released yesterday.

GGC is ranked the #10 top public school in the Southern region, placing it in company with several state universities.

For the third consecutive year, GGC was ranked the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college. The college’s student body reflects the rich diversity of Gwinnett County and the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. USN&WR cited GGC’s largest minority as African Americans at 34 percent. The magazine omitted non-resident alien students in this calculation.

For a second consecutive year, Georgia Gwinnett was listed among the top Southern regional colleges for least student debt. For 2017, it is ranked second - an improvement its 2016 fifth place - with 73 percent of graduates having an average debt of $18,612. By comparison, institutions noted for highest student debt have averages approaching $50,000.

“We are delighted to be recognized again for our campus community’s ethnic diversity and our exceptional affordability,” said Dr. Stas Preczewski, president. “These rankings indicate that GGC is succeeding in its game-changing efforts to make an attentive higher education experience accessible to a broad population at an affordable cost.” 

GGC’s tuition is $129 per credit hour and is capped at 15 credit hours, even if a student takes additional courses/credit hours. GGC has raised its tuition only $7 since 2008.

“At less than $6,000 per year for commuters, Georgia Gwinnett offers exceptional value, which is important to our students – 94 percent of whom qualify for federal financial aid,” Preczewski said. 

Prospective students may learn more at GGC’s Oct. 29 Open House. Registration is now open at www.ggc.edu/openhouse. GGC’s 2017 application deadlines are Nov. 1 for spring semester, April 3 for summer semester and May 1 for fall semester. Visit www.ggc.edu/admissions for more information.

USN&WR defines the Southern region as including the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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