Georgia Perimeter College
3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, GA 30034
Decatur, GA 30034
(678) 891-3535
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

In 1958, Georgia Perimeter College was established as DeKalb College by the citizens of DeKalb County and the DeKalb Board of Education. At the time, it was the only public two-year college in the state of Georgia that was supported and controlled by a local board of education. It wasn’t until the fall of 2011 that the college was re-designated as a state college by the University System of Georgia and was allowed to offer a limited number of four-year degrees. Today the college enrolls nearly 27,000 students in its programs and has received full accreditation as a degree-granting institution. Georgia Perimeter College has five locations in Atlanta and is the largest associate degree-granting college in the University System of Georgia.

Programs Offered

Offering 16 online degrees to distance learners, Georgia Perimeter College Online (GPC Online) is the largest online program in the University System of Georgia. Degrees include bachelor’s in business administration, criminal justice, communications, teacher education, and much more. The Bachelor of Business Administration is available in a three- or four-year track and the teacher education degree has multiple options for concentrated areas of study. Additionally, the school provides many online courses to supplement traditional degree programs. More than 9,000 students are currently enrolled in the online programs offered by GPC Online. The online classroom is experienced through a variety of online tools, including forum discussions, email, and remotely delivered curriculum and tests.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted Georgia Perimeter College accreditation to award degrees.


Freshman applicants seeking admission to Georgia Perimeter College will be considered on the basis of high school transcript showing minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 and completion of necessary college preparatory courses (CPC). Transferring students will be admitted with a GPA of 2.0 on all college course work and if less than 30 credits are being transferred, applicants will need to submit high school transcript as well. All undergraduate applicants are encouraged to include SAT/ACT scores for consideration, though it is not required. International applicants must meet the same standard requirements for undergraduate and transferring admission but additionally, they must demonstrate proficiency in English as a foreign language (if applicable) and show documented proof of financial resources. Additional information regarding admission requirements is listed here.


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