Georgia Perimeter College is a two-year associate degree-granting unit of the University System of Georgia. GPC has multiple campus locations on the north and east side of metro Atlanta.
The instutution was founded by the DeKalb County Board of Education as DeKalb College in 1958 and offered its first classes in Clarkston, Georgia in 1964. It was renamed for Atlanta's Perimeter highway in 1997 to indicate that it no longer served only DeKalb County.
Facts and figures
Georgia Perimeter College was the largest two-year college
and the third-largest institution in the University System of Georgia. Its spring 2004 enrollment
was 20,266. In the Spring of 2007, enrollment had reached over 21,400 people.
On October 1st, 2006, Anthony B. Tricoli assumed his position as President of GPC.
- Three in DeKalb County:
- Clarkston Campus (formerly known as "Central Campus"), Clarkston, GA, is the original campus.
- Decatur Campus (formerly known as "South Campus"), Decatur, GA
- Dunwoody Campus (formerly known as "North Campus"), Dunwoody, GA
- Newton County: Newton Campus
- Alpharetta, GA: Alpharetta Center at GSU
The newest campus is in unincorporated Newton County, east of the city of Covington, and opened in January 2007.
In addition, distance learning courses via the Internet and videotaped course-ware are also available.
The Lawrenceville campus at the Gwinnett University Center closed to all students who are not getting a degree in Nursing in May 2008 when the Center becomes Georgia Gwinnett College.
123 nations are represented at the Clarkston Campus.
As of spring semester 2007, GPC enrollment is approximately 21,000 students.
Famous people who attended DeKalb/Georgia Perimeter
- Ron Blomberg, baseball player and manager
- Shad Gaspard WWE professional wrestler (Former GPC Basketball player 1999-2000)
- Canibus aka Germaine Williams
- Mark David Chapman
- Valentino Achek Deng, the subject of Dave Eggers' novel, What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
- Rozonda Thomas
- Song Wei Tan, rising star - pianist
- MARK KERRIN, Former Director of Security & Personal Bodyguard to ROSA PARKS, a novel and feature titled THE QUIET WARRIOR from THE CHRONICLES OF KERRIN, Bodyguard, Law Enforcer, Intelligence Agent, Surveillance Expert, Pilot, Diver, one of the world most..." documents his life and adventures,Graduated PHI THETA KAPPA-Highest Honors, with an AA & AS degrees from Dekalb Community College South 1981.
- Jonathan Paul Grimes II Olympic silver medalist
- Andrew Robert Horsefield, better known as Andrew Pendelton III, an American Professional Wrestler
The Chattahoochee Review
is the nationally recognized literary magazine published by the college. According to Atlanta Magazine, it is a "fine literary journal".
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