Community College Experience
Main Campus - Milledgeville
GMC’s 12 campuses are strategically located around the state so your educational journey will be convenient. You will have the ability to tailor your college experience the way you want it. You can participate in student activities for that hometown college feel or run to class between work and other obligations.
The great thing is we have what fits YOU! Our small class sizes will give you the focused attention you deserve. Take advantage of our free tutoring, join a club, or just hang out with other students.
The GMC Advantage!
Smaller College Class Size
At community colleges, you often don’t have to deal with large lecture classes. In fact, at GMC, the school maintains an average 18-to-1 student to instructor ratio. University courses may include classes students attend with hundreds of others in a lecture hall or auditorium. If you want more interaction with your instructor during class, a community college can serve you better.
No SAT or ACT Scores Required for Admissions
Unlike university admissions, which involve high school transcripts, essays, recommendations and ACT or SAT scores, community colleges don’t have the same requirements for their incoming students. If you never took the SAT or ACT or had less-than-ideal scores, consider applying to community college. While you will still have to undergo an assessment after acceptance to the school, you don’t have to do the same level of preparation to apply as you would need when applying to a university.
Unlike universities, which tend to focus only on academic degrees, community colleges allow you to get career-specific certificates in addition to an academic degree. If you want to progress to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree, consider getting your associate degree at community college. An associate degree will transfer readily to most universities, helping you to avoid the need to retake classes because your credits didn’t transfer.
Chance to Explore Different Classes
Due to the low cost per class at two-year colleges, community college students have the chance to explore more classes. By taking a variety of classes, you can better identify what you want to major in when you get to a four-year university. In fact, if you don’t know what you want to concentrate on, you can enroll in our General Studies program. Academic advisers at the school can help you make a choice later in your studies, if you still need assistance with choosing an academic or career course.
Even if you cannot decide between an academic or career path, you can take courses toward either to decide which you want to spend more time working toward. For instance, if you want to go to nursing school, consider taking classes pre-nursing degree to get a head start. If you find you do not enjoy those classes at community college, you will have spent much less money than if you had taken them at a four-year university. Plus, you can switch to another course of study without having to change schools.
Go to School Close to Home
Some people don’t want to leave their high school friends or family immediately after graduating. If you attend a local community college, you can stay at home, saving you money on room and board. Additionally, if you already have a part-time job in your hometown, you can keep it while going to a nearby school.
Easier Transition From High School vs. Going to a University
In high school, you likely experienced the security of living at home and having smaller classes in school. Going to a four-year university changes every aspect of your life, from your daily routines to the class experience. Some people want to spend more time focusing on their academics instead of making major changes in their lives after high school. Community college is a good way to do that.
Because each class has a similar or smaller student-to-instructor ratio as high schools, you can enjoy the same type of interaction with your instructor and fellow peers that you had in high school. At universities with classes that have hundreds of students, you may never get to know your classmates or the instructor.
You don’t have to move out of your home to attend a local community college. In fact, by staying at home, you can continue to use the same study methods you may have perfected during high school. Plus, you may not experience the same distractions at home as what is common on university campuses, such as parties and disruptions to your studying in the dorm.
Reset Your Academic Reputation From High School
Low grades in high school should not keep you from pursuing your higher education aspirations. Community college is a great way to reset your academic reputation. For instance, if you had a low GPA in high school or low SAT scores, you might not qualify immediately to get into the four-year university you want to attend. In fact, a majority of transfer students into universities (54%) came from community colleges.
For transfer applications, universities put less emphasis on high school GPA than on your grades in higher education. Therefore, if you put as much effort as possible into getting the best grades you can get in community college, you can improve your chances of transferring to a four-year university, even if your high school grades were low.
Class Schedule Flexibility
One of the best attributes of community college is the flexibility of class schedules. Not everyone has the luxury or desire to attend college classes full time on a Monday through Friday schedule during the day. In fact, the ability to take night and weekend classes make community college a great choice for those who want to work part-time or full-time during school or have a family to raise.
Some of don’t fit the mold for a tradition college experience and we have to fit our educational goals around a job or caring for loved ones. GMC’s flexible schedule and campus locations will give you the ability to fit it all in.
With 12 campuses strategically located around the state, your GMC educational journey will be convenient. Participate in student activities for that hometown college feel. Our small class sizes will give you the focused attention you deserve.
Why Should You Go to a Community College First?
The transition from high school to living on campus at a four-year university in a town away from home creates a major life upheaval for many young adults. In fact, this transition could impact your mental well-being and academic performance. If you want to make your move into higher education easier, attending community college first may work well for you.
Community colleges cater to making your experience as enjoyable as possible while priming you for success. For instance, you can get academic support services, such as lessons on note-taking, peer tutoring, textbook recording, and accommodations for testing.
Taking two years of classes at a local community college can also save you money on your education, reducing the total amount you take out in student loans and cutting down the amount of time you need to pay them back.
GMC offers free tutoring to all its students. Why not take advantage of the huge savings by attending a GMC campus near you.
Does Community College Look Bad on a Resume?
Though some people feel concerned about putting community college attendance on a resume, most human resources departments don’t care about the specifics of your education as long as you meet the minimum requirements. In fact, if you transfer your community college credits to a four-year university from which you earn a degree, you only have to mention the degree and university that awarded it. Today’s community colleges have more respect for the level of education they provide.
Does Community College Cost Less, and How Much Can You Save Going to Community College?
Attending community college costs much less than going to a four-year university for several reasons. First, since most community colleges don’t have on-campus dorms, you can save on room and board costs, which can add up to thousands a year. For example, going to an in-state public university will cost an average of $14,559 for room and board per year. However, if you live at home and commute to a community college, you won’t have to pay for room and board. There is no residency requirement at GMC.
Another way you can save money by attending a community college is the lower cost of tuition. The rates for two-year colleges depend greatly on the region where you attend school. However, even going to a community college in the priciest states costs much less than going to a four-year university. Overall you can save thousand of dollars per quarter.
While spending less to attend community college, you can still get student loans, scholarships, grants and other financial aid means to help you to pay for the cost. If you need help paying for community college tuition, contact your enrollment coach.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Going to a Community College?
When it comes to choosing your education path, you will find many benefits of attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year university. In fact, the only downside to a community college might be missing the experience of living on campus in a dorm. However, this downside also saves you thousands of dollars in rooming costs compared to four-year universities. Other benefits of community colleges include the following:
Georgia Military College was created in 1879 by act of Georgia General Assembly.
The Old Capitol Building (OCB) served as the seat of government for State of Georgia from 1807-1868, and is now part of the main college facility. The OCB sits at the highest point in Milledgeville, and it symbolizes the rich history and culture of this historic town.
GMC has over 140 years of experience developing servant leaders who leave our institution instilled with our values of Duty, Honor, and Country, and Character Above All!
We’ve been educating bright minds for well over a century. That’s why a degree from GMC means more than just a great education. It means success.