Character – Georgia Highlands College serves as a point of access to higher education in Northwest Georgia. Founded in 1970 as a two-year institution of the University System of Georgia, the college is non-residential and maintains six sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville. In 2011, the Board of Regents approved a sector change to state college, a designation that means GHC can begin to offer a limited number of baccalaureate degrees. A Bachelor of Science in nursing has been identified as the first such degree. The first class to pursue the BSN will begin classes fall 2013. Other four-year programs that meet the demands of GHC’s service area will be added during the next decade.
Locations – To meet the needs of Northwest Georgia’s growing population, the college has expanded from its original, founding location in Floyd County to five other teaching sites. Health Sciences are housed in a historic building in downtown Rome; Cartersville claims the highest enrollment at a campus opened in 2005 on Route 20; the Marietta site is hosted on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University; Dallas opened on the town square in the fall of 2009 in Winn Building, donated by Paulding County; Douglasville originally utilized space graciously offered by Chapel Hill High School. A new facility opened fall 2010 in Douglasville on Stewart Parkway.
Enrollment – Enrollment for fall 2011 was 5,529 (36 percent men and 64 percent women) from several eastern Alabama counties and 67 counties in Georgia.
Faculty – 133 full-time faculty teach learning support and core courses, supported by nine librarians, plus adjunct faculty.
Transfer programs – The Associate of Arts degree is offered in art, criminal justice, English, foreign languages, history, journalism, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and communications. The Associate of Science degree is offered in agriculture, associated dental sciences, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, economics, general studies, geology, health information management, mathematics, medical technology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, physics, respiratory therapy and teacher education.
Career programs -- The Associate of Science degree is offered in Dental Hygiene, Human Services, and Nursing.
Libraries – The Georgia Highlands College libraries provide collections and services at all campus locations. The collections contain more than 100 print magazines, journals and newspapers and 74,000 printed books at Floyd, Cartersville, and Paulding, and provide access to more than 84,000 additional online books and 37,000 more news and journal subscriptions available from any location with Internet access. Students can also access the collections of other institutions within the University System of Georgia, as well as online video databases. Students in Marietta on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University have access to a GHC librarian in the SPSU library. A librarian is available on an as-needed basis at Douglasville, where students also have access to a full slate of electronic resources and reference services.