Georgia Perimeter College

3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, GA

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Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) is now Perimeter College at Georgia State University.  Perimeter College is a two-year college in Atlanta, Georgia that offers traditional learning on its four campuses and several learning sites, or non-traditional learning via its online classes or hybrid courses.

GSU's Perimeter College also offers half semester classes, study abroad programs, and dual enrollment programs for high school students. There are many transfer programs available for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree.

PC offers 40 associate degree programs, four career or technical degree programs, and nine dual degree programs in affiliation with DeKalb Tech. Part of the University System of Georgia (USG); PC is the system's largest granter of associate degrees and its third largest institution.  Perimeter College educates more than one-third of all college transfer students in the State of Georgia.


Perimeter College was founded in DeKalb County in association with the DeKalb Board of Education in 1964.


The academic calendar for GSU's Perimeter College follows the semester format with fall, spring and summer semesters. However, PC also offers full term and half term class schedules, along with other flexible learning schedules.

Academic options at Perimeter includes half semester classes, online classes, learning communities, hybrid courses, study abroad programs, traditional on-campus learning, and more.

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year community college, Perimeter's academic and vocational-career units are divided into departments and programs. Academic departments at PC include art, astronomy, biology and sciences, business, engineering, English, mathematics, music, nursing, theatre, and more.

Student Life

There are many student clubs and organizations available for involvement on each of PC's campuses, covering a broad range of interests from academics, to sports, government, culture and the arts. All student groups and activities are organized through the Office of Student Life. The Clarkston Campus offers 36 student clubs and organizations, the Decatur Campus offers 16, the Dunwoody Campus offers 26, and the Newton Campus offers 17.

The Health, Wellness, and Recreation (HWR) Department on each campus offers students facilities, services and activities to help them stay fit and healthy.  Other student services on each campus include tutoring, counseling, career advising, technical services, support for students with disabilities, and more.

GSU's Perimeter College also offers an annual Career Day, which provides students with career sessions and seminars that demonstrate how different academic majors can be applied in many different career fields.


The school colors for Perimeter College (PC) are maroon and gold. Its mascot is the Jaguar.


The Perimeter College "Jaguars" comprises eight athletic teams that compete in intercollegiate sports at the state, regional and national level through the National Junior College Athletic Association. Student-athletes at PC may take classes at any of the six PC campuses in the Atlanta, Georgia region and still participate in their chosen sports. The home field or court for each Perimeter College sport is listed below:

  • Decatur campus (Men and Women's Basketball)
  • Clarkston campus (Women's Soccer)
  • Dunwoody campus (Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis and Women's Tennis)
  • Newton campus (Softball and Baseball)

Perimeter College intercollegiate sports include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis

Satellite Campuses

Georgia State University's Perimeter College (PC) has four primary campuses near Atlanta, Georgia:

  • Clarkston Campus
  • Decatur Campus
  • Dunwoody Campus
  • Newton Campus

PC also has learning centers in the area, which include:

  • Alpharetta Center
  • Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Community Life

Perimeter College fosters civic engagement among its student body through its Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Programs at the Atlanta Center engage students in helping their communities meet education, public safety and human needs, sustainable living and healthy environments.  The Atlanta Center is a service learning and leadership resource for students, faculty and community members.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $2,200-$2,600
    • Out-of-State: $8,300-$9,907
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $91-$110 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $340-$410 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships67%$4,781
Receiving Student Loans27%$4,899
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Georgia Perimeter College may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for Georgia Perimeter College compared to community colleges in Georgia, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 Georgia Perimeter CollegeDeKalb CountyGeorgia
Graduation Rate8.8%-15.2%
Transfer-out Rate14.9%-21.5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Dunwoody Campus

  • Dental Hygienist Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1975)

Campus: Clarkston Campus

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1969)
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Georgia Perimeter College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Security and Protective Services

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