Open House June 21: Public Invited to Free Lunch, Tour and More

Prospective college students who visit Georgia Gwinnett College during its periodic Open House events are often surprised and inspired by what they find at the 205-acre “Campus of Tomorrow,” which just happens to be right in their own backyards. The next Open House, set for Saturday, June 21, is expected to be of interest to local students who graduated from high school in May and are still undecided about what to do with their futures.

Prospective college students who visit Georgia Gwinnett College during its periodic Open House events are often surprised and inspired by what they find at the 205-acre “Campus of Tomorrow,” which just happens to be right in their own backyards. The next Open House, set for Saturday, June 21, is expected to be of interest to local students who graduated from high school in May and are still undecided about what to do with their futures.

“I had a very positive outlook on GGC when I first visited,” says senior marketing major Chad Miller, a native of Dublin, Georgia. “The architecture of Building B was beautiful, and Buildings B and C were both technologically-advanced. Back then there were only about 150 students, but after meeting the faculty and president, I had so much confidence in the school and its future.”

The growth in acreage, students, buildings and staff at GGC has been extraordinary. The college opened its doors in fall 2006 with 11 faculty members and 119 students. This coming fall, there will be more than 100 faculty members and approximately 3,000 students. By the year 2010, some 8,000 students are expected, and by 2015 the headcount jumps to an estimated 15,000.

“We have a lot of fun planning for Open House, because it’s an opportunity to invite the public to our campus,” says GGC Director of Admissions Sha-Ron Jones. “We’re excited about sharing our majors, our student life and our curriculum. We have volunteers from all across campus who get involved to make the event enjoyable and successful.”

Check-in and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 21. Students, parents and friends are invited to meet with faculty and deans representing each of GGC’s academic majors: biology, business administration, information technology and psychology. Visitors can tour the state-of-the-art campus, discuss financial aid and visit booths set up by various student clubs, organizations and services.

Free lunch will be provided by Skip’s of Avondale Estates, and guests will hear from GGC President Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, as well as students, faculty and administrators. Special sessions will cover topics about the admission process, extra academic support, transferring credits to GGC and disability services. There’s even a chance to meet with the advisors who are assigned to GGC students for the purpose of helping them choose the right major.

“We do two open houses in the fall and three in the spring, and the turnouts have been wonderful,” says Jones. “They’re getting bigger and better each time, and we’ve yielded a lot of applications from those who have attended. Visitors are very impressed with everything when they get on campus.”

The campus currently consists of six buildings, including Signature Building B, an innovative, three-story, circular, glass and brick facility that houses the library, administrative offices, lounge style seating, a café and an impressive glass atrium. Building C houses a 300-seat auditorium, while Building A is home to classrooms, computer labs, a bookstore, career services, counseling offices and labs. There is also a Student Services Building, Fitness Center and 737-car parking deck.

“I was not surprised that Gwinnett would be the county to start a school like GGC,” says Miller, vice president of GGC’s Student Government Association. “If any county has the capacity, infrastructure and knowledge base to successfully open the first new four-year college in Georgia in over 100 years, it's Gwinnett County.”

The master plan for GGC includes a new library and learning center, new residence halls, a comprehensive student center, athletic fields, additional classroom buildings, parking facilities and more. GGC has attracted faculty scholars from Harvard University, Central Michigan University, Emory University, University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University, Seattle University, Cairo University, Florida State University, University of Miami and others.

“We’re especially trying to connect with students who have not yet applied to college and are still trying to decide what to do in August,” says Jones. “This Open House is perfect timing for those who graduated from high school in May.” The deadline to apply for admission to GGC is Aug. 1 and fall classes begin Aug. 20.

The public and media are invited to attend the June 21 Open House. To reserve a spot, contact GGC via the Web at www.ggc.edu/OpenHouse, or by phone at 678.407.5313.

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