Education plays an important role for all looking to establish a successful future. We are fortunate to have a strong educational system both at the primary and secondary levels. Here are some links to schools throughout Alabama and Georgia.
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The history of Columbus State University is closely intertwined with that of Columbus. The idea for a junior college was first proposed by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce in 1949. Efforts by local citizens kept the idea alive by raising money to purchase the college's current site and developing plans for its administration. In 1958, when the law provided for the establishment of junior colleges in Georgia, Columbus State University opened at the renovated Shannon Hosiery Mill. Now, Columbus State is bigger than ever with over 8,000 enrolled.
Known to be the oldest college in the state of Georgia, this university was established in 1801 when a committee of the board of trustees selected a land site. John Milledge, later a governor of the state, purchased and gave to the board of trustees the chosen tract of 633 acres on the banks of the Oconee River in Northeast Georgia. The main campus has 379 buildings on 615 acres. While the total acreage in 30 Georgia counties is 42,010 acres. The University of Georgia has approximately 253,000 living alumni.
Opened in 1831, the University of Alabama was the state's first university. U of A's campus is comprised of brick buildings and tree-lined promenades spread over nearly 1,000 acres in Tuscaloosa. Offering over 200 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs; the University of Alabama is especially well known for its schools of business, communications, and law. The school also has one of the most well known athletic programs in the nation.
Founded in 1856 as a private liberal arts school before converting to a public institution, Auburn University has grown to become one of the largest universities in the South. Located just 50 miles East of Montgomery in the town of Auburn, the university contains 12 schools and colleges within its 1,800-acre campus. Auburn University also operates a separate branch on a 500-acre campus located in Montgomery, AL.
Originally a state teacher's college, Troy has developed into a state university system with campuses in Troy, Dothan, Phenix City, and Montgomery. The main campus of Troy University (the school dropped the "State" from their name in 2005) offers five main colleges: arts and sciences, business, communication & fine arts, education, and health & human services.
Viewed as one of the nation's most historically and socially significant educational institutions, Tuskegee University was established by state legislature in 1880 as a school for the African American population. In the years since, Tuskegee has earned a reputation not only as an outstanding academic university, but also as a highly influential force on the race as a whole. While the primary focus is the development of the African American community, the university is open to all and supports a student body that is racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse. Located in the city of Tuskegee, the university offers 49 degrees from 5 colleges.
Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. An impressive 14:1 student to faculty ratio translates to a unique degree of personal attention for every undergraduate and graduate. The charming 800-acre campus is located just 10 minutes of Downtown Mobile and about one hour from the beaches of the Gulf Coast.
Alabama A&M is a combined professional, vocational, and liberal arts education institution. The university provides undergraduate and graduate degrees to those interested in developing technical, professional, or scholastic skills. The university is divided into six main schools: Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering & Technology, and Graduate Studies. The Alabama A&M campus is located in Normal, and affectionately known as "the Hill".
Chattahoochee Valley Community College provides opportunities for individuals on both sides of the Chattahoochee River. The college has served as a bridge to the future for 35 years, with two equally important commitments. They are committed to preparing students to transfer to four-year colleges by providing a strong foundation, as well as developing the region’s workforce through career fields such as health sciences, business, information technology, and public safety. For those who need the basics, job readiness training and GED preparation are available for free.
Columbus Technical College, founded in 1961, is another college the city of Columbus has to offer. From the beginning, meeting the needs of citizens, business, and industry has been the school's mission. Today, the school has an annual student enrollment of around 6,000 people, with a service area including 6 Georgia counties. Columbus Technical College has around 100 academic programs of study in three main areas: business & general studies, health sciences & nursing, and professional & technical services. With dual enrollment opportunities, online courses, and multiple paths of study, this makes Columbus Tech a great choice!