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South Georgia State College

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South Georgia State College
Front gate
Established1906 (1906)
PresidentIngrid Thompson-Sellers
Location, ,
United States

31°29′45″N 82°51′19″W / 31.49583°N 82.85528°W / 31.49583; -82.85528
Campus190 acres (77 ha)
ColorsNavy and gray         

South Georgia State College is a public college in Douglas and Waycross, Georgia. It is part of the University System of Georgia.


Eleventh District A & M School

On August 18, 1906,[1] the Georgia General Assembly enacted the Perry Act approving the construction of a secondary-level school in each of Georgia's congressional districts. At the time, few rural residents of Georgia received more than an eighth-grade education.[2][3] The Eleventh District A & M School was one of the eleven (later twelve) educational centers created to cater to the predominantly agricultural-based economy in Georgia.[1]

Douglas, the seat of government for Coffee County,[4] was selected as one of the original eleven towns for the location of an A & M school. Its residents collected $55,000 in cash and 30 acres (12 hectares) of land, then valued at $50 per acre (.4 hectares), to be donated towards the construction of the school.[5] Unlike other towns in the Eleventh District, Douglas added free water and electricity for ten years to its bid as an extra incentive.[6] Douglas was a fast-growing town with a population that grew from only 617 in 1900 to 1,600 people in 1907.[7] Construction started the same year[8] and the agriculture school began offering classes in 1908.[7] Charles Wesley Davis, a Tennessee-native, was hired as the first principal with the mandate to develop a comprehensive high school curriculum beyond vocational studies.[9][10]

South Georgia College

The school became Georgia's first state-supported two-year college in 1927. In 1932 South Georgia State College emerged as one of the original 26 institutions of the University System of Georgia. Joseph Meriwether Thrash (1885-1947) joined the faculty in 1907, and later served as the fifth principal of the A & M School. He became the college's first president in 1927.

The other original school, Waycross College, was established by the University System of Georgia as a two-year college in the Ware County-Waycross area by the Board of Regents in December 1970. A site for the College was approved by the Board in February 1973 and the name Waycross Junior College was approved by the Board of Regents in January 1975. The institution opened for classes in September 1976. In June 1987, the name was officially changed to Waycross College. Dr. James Dye was its first president, serving in that capacity until 1996.

In January 2012, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the merger of South Georgia College with Waycross College.[11][12] The new institution was established in January 2013 as South Georgia State College.[13]


Eleventh District A & M School-South Georgia College Historic District
Peterson Hall, South Georgia College.jpg
Peterson Hall
Location100 West College Park Drive, Douglas, Georgia
Area190 acres (77 ha)
ArchitectBleckley, Haralson; Abreu & Robeson
Architectural styleInternational Style, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP reference No.10000274[14]
Added to NRHPMay 21, 2010

The Eleventh District A & M School-South Georgia College Historic District was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[14] Some of the contributing buildings and structures are the 1907 semi-circular drive with the surrounding buildings: Peterson Hall, Davis Hall, and Powell Hall that were designed by Haralson Bleckley, the Atlanta architect who also designed Georgia's other A & M Schools. Other buildings include the IT-Nursing Building, Stubbs Hall, Tanner Hall, and Alumni House.[15]


William S. Smith Library
William S. Smith Library

Holdings in the South Georgia State College William S. Smith Library exceed 100,000 items, including reference books, bound periodicals, government documents, pamphlets, maps and videotapes. The library subscribes to 327 journals and ten newspapers. Back issues are available in a variety of formats: CD-ROM, paper, microfiche and microfilm. GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online, a statewide initiative) links SGSC's library with others in Georgia to offer more than 100 generalized and specialized research databases. The reference area also offers CD-ROM based indexes to general periodicals and newspapers. Computer workstations offer access to the Internet through the campus network. Word-processing software is also available.

Organization and administration

South Georgia State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates and associate degrees.[citation needed] South Georgia State College is also certified under the National League for Nursing and the Georgia Board of Nursing.[citation needed]

Academic profile

About half of all faculty members have Ph.D. degrees or equivalent.[citation needed] There are no graduate assistants teaching classes at South Georgia State College. Students at SGSC go on to four-year institutions as SGSC is a two-year and four-year residential campus.

Student facilities

Wellness Center Complex

SGSC's Wellness Center at night
SGSC's Wellness Center at night

The Wellness Center Complex features racquetball courts, a free-weight area, an aquatic center, exercise rooms, aerobics, and a gymnasium containing a basketball/volleyball court. The aquatic center features an indoor swimming pool, locker rooms, outdoor patio, and classroom space.


Back entrance of Tiger Village I
Back entrance of Tiger Village I

Tiger Village I

In 2007, the college completed construction of Tiger Village, a 250-bed residence hall featuring two-room and four-room suites. It is currently unused for housing.

Tiger Village II

In 2010, the co-ed Tiger Village II opened, a 300-bed residence hall that features two-bedroom apartments.

Shannon Hall

One of the two older dorm facilities on campus is used to house overflow from Tiger Village I and II.

Floyd Hall

One of the two older dorm facilities on campus is used to house overflow from Tiger Village I and II. It is currently unoccupied.

Financial Aid

South Georgia State College's Financial Aid Office awards over $3 million in assistance every year. Seven out of 10 SGSC students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or through the federal work-study program. South Georgia State College offers several dozen merit-based scholarships through the South Georgia College Foundation and the James M. Dye Foundation. Many scholarships are merit-based, but others are granted depending on a student's financial situation.


South Georgia State College currently sponsors 9 NJCAA Division I teams: baseball, softball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming, men's basketball, and women's soccer. South Georgia State College is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association.

SGSC charges a fee to each student that enrolls at the school (called the "Athletic Fee"). The fee is charged every semester along with other academic fees. The athletic fee allows students to use their Student Identification Card for access to all athletic events.

SGSC students may also participate in intramural sports: flag football, basketball, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, and much more. Other activities include tennis, weightlifting, golf, table tennis, billiards, and volleyball.

Main buildings

National Register of Historic Places

These building and some others are listed as contributing buildings to the Eleventh District A & M School-South Georgia College Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other buildings

Waycross campus photos


  1. ^ a b Lott, E. Elizabeth (1981). "South Georgia College: Seventy Five Years of Progress". Occasional Papers from South Georgia (4: Papers Presented Upon the Occasion of the Seventy–Fifth Anniversary of South Georgia College): 2.
  2. ^ Ward, Warren P. (1930). Ward's History of Coffee County. Southern Historical Press (published 2018). pp. 288–89. ISBN 9780893089764.
  3. ^ Bowen, Jim (2008). Bobby Bowden: Memories of a Legend and His Boys from South Georgia College. Cold Tree Press. p. 9. ISBN 9781583852828.
  4. ^ Messick, Denise (March 2010). "Eleventh District A & M School–South Georgia College Historic District" (PDF). Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources. p. 16. Retrieved May 13, 2019 – via National Park Service.
  5. ^ Lane, C. H.; Crosby, D. J. (1916). "The District Agricultural Schools of Georgia" (PDF). Bulletin No. 44. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education. p. 18. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Messick 2010, p. 18
  7. ^ a b Lott 1981, p. 3
  8. ^ Trowell, C. T (1995). Douglas Before Memory 1855–1905: A Study of Everyday Life in a South Georgia Town. Douglas, Georgia. pp. 90–91. OCLC 38600694.
  9. ^ Messick 2010, pp. 6, 18–19
  10. ^ Lott 1981, p. 4
  11. ^ "Regents Approve Campus Consolidation Plan". University System of Georgia. January 10, 2012. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  12. ^ Jones, Walter (August 7, 2012). "Merged Waycross and South Georgia colleges to be called South Georgia State College". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Griffiths, Leann Elizabeth (2014). Douglas. Arcadia Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 9781467111034.
  14. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  15. ^ Preston, Jr., Robert (June 18, 2010). "Eleventh District A & M School/South Georgia College Listed in National Register of Historic Places". Press release. South Georgia College. Retrieved 17 August 2015.[permanent dead link]

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