GGC Open House slated for October 25

Georgia Gwinnett College will open its campus doors on Saturday, October 25 so that prospective students may visit the 205 acre campus as they begin to make decisions about where they want to attend college. Parents and other interested parties also are invited to attend the Open House to see what Georgia’s newest four-year public college has to offer.

Georgia Gwinnett College will open its campus doors on Saturday, October 25 so that prospective students may visit the 205 acre campus as they begin to make decisions about where they want to attend college. Parents and other interested parties also are invited to attend the Open House to see what Georgia’s newest four-year public college has to offer.

Special sessions will cover topics about the admissions process, financial aid, the extra academic support GGC offers, transferring credits to GGC and the services the college offers to the disabled. There also will be a chance to meet with advisors who can help potential students choose the right majors; and faculty and deans, representing each of GGC’s academic areas of study, also will be available to meet with students who are considering attending Georgia’s "Campus of Tomorrow."

GGC, which first opened its doors in 2005 with less than 120 students and 11 faculty members, has attracted faculty from Harvard University, Emory University, Brenau University, Cairo University, Florida State University, Seattle University and the University of Georgia. Within the next decade, the college expects to have more than 15,000 students on campus.

"Anyone interested in attending Georgia Gwinnett College should visit the campus during one of our Open House events each year," Sha-Ron Jones, GGC director of admissions said. "Visitors will tour the state-of-the-art campus, learn about our majors and hear about the future of GGC and how our campus will expand over the next several years."

Currently, GGC offers majors in biology, business administration, information technology and psychology, but over the next two to four years, major fields of study will include education, nursing, radiology, English, history, mathematics, criminology, political science and exercise science. While here, guests also can see what extra-curricular activities, clubs and organizations are available to future students.

This fall, more than 1,700 students attend GGC – more than double the student population this time last year – and GGC expects 3,000 students on campus next year. Earlier this year, the college was granted “candidacy” by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and full accreditation is expected within the next 18-24 months.

Check-in and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m. and guests will be treated to lunch. Visitors also will hear from GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman who will give them an overview of the college and what the future holds for those who decide to attend the nation’s first four-year institution in the 21st century.

The college is looking to open its first phase of residential housing next fall, and a new library and student center are slated to open sometime during the 2009-10 school year. Within the next five years, additional housing, classrooms, athletic fields and parking facilities will become part of the institution’s campus.

GGC plans to give potential students five opportunities to visit the campus before school starts in next fall. The next Open House will be held November 8.

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