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Personal attention is a Piedmont hallmark
How do you choose a college? Location? Academic excellence? Campus facilities? At Piedmont College we’ve got you covered on all counts, but another factor may be more important than all of these—personal attention.
Does it matter that professors not only know you by name but also know why you are here and where you want to go? We think it does matter—a lot. Which is why, since 1897, Piedmont graduates have found they gain much more than a diploma. They become part of a vibrant learning community made up not of mere acquaintances but of mentors and friends for life.
Start with location: Georgia’s Blue Ridge
If you wanted to pick the perfect college location, you could not do better than northeast Georgia. Piedmont means “foothills,” and that is where we are, in the rolling hills near the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains, famous for their waterfalls, trails, and mountain lakes.
But it is not just for recreation. No matter your major, the mountains form an outdoor classroom for Piedmont students. It is a classroom filled with history, a living lab for the sciences, and a quiet respite for the humanities. Put simply, the mountains are part of who we are.
Fifty miles south of Demorest, our Athens Campus is in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City. Designed for commuting students who want the advantages of a small college in a big-college town, Athens has it all.
Choice of majors
Piedmont is a liberal arts college, which means you will be prepared to go out into the world with a broad knowledge of science, history, art, language, and social sciences, as well as in-depth knowledge of your chosen major. A Piedmont degree means you will gain strong intellectual and practical skills in communication and problem solving, as well as the demonstrated ability to apply that knowledge in a variety of real-world settings.
The College includes four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing and Health Sciences. Even Piedmont’s career-oriented majors are shaped by our liberal arts tradition. Each school encourages students to take a wide variety of courses, and you can build your own major using courses from two or more schools.
Outstanding faculty and academic excellence
At Piedmont all classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, ensuring that you get the benefit not only of their knowledge but also their experience. Piedmont is a college where professors love to teach—and where students come to learn. But don’t take our word for it. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey of regional universities in the South, Piedmont placed in the top three among Georgia’s public and private institutions.
Travel the world
Travel Study is the only way to learn firsthand about life in many parts of the world. Travel Study courses are conducted during the summer at locations across the United States, Europe, and South America. For longer study, Piedmont students can enroll for a full semester at the University of Nottingham in England or the University of Paderborn in Germany.
Vibrant student life and top-flight campus facilities
From NCAA Division III sports to theatre and music ensembles to intramurals and club activities, Piedmont students are engaged in college life on and off campus. And whether you live on campus or commute, Piedmont provides comfortable, modern residence halls and facilities for academics, athletics, and dining. In recent years Piedmont has invested more than $120 million in new and renovated facilities. The Demorest campus includes residence halls housing more than 600 students, including a new village of apartment-style units that opened in 2015. Also new at the Demorest campus is a 58,000-sq. ft. Student Commons, with a dining hall, intramural gymnasium, bookstore, fitness center, and other recreational space. To schedule a visit, go to piedmont.edu/visit.
Financial aid makes it possible
Although Piedmont is one of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, it is also one of the most affordable. We provide more than $10 million in scholarships and grants to our students. Working with federal and state financial aid programs, including Georgia’s HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships, Piedmont helps ensure that no student is barred from attending because of finances.
At A Glance
Founded in 1897, Piedmont is an independent, comprehensive, coeducational liberal arts institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
More than 2,200 students representing some 20 states and six countries
The residential Demorest campus is located in scenic northeast Georgia. The Athens campus is located near downtown Athens, Georgia.
The student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and most professors hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their field.
NCAA Division III, USA South Athletic Conference; men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, cycling, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track; men’s baseball; women’s softball and volleyball (Visit piedmontlions.com.)
More than 96% of students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, or work-study.
Organization and Affiliation
Piedmont is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. The College is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC).
• Applied Health Science
• Art (BFA)—concentrations in:
- Graphic Design
- Two-Dimensional Design
- Three-Dimensional Design
• Arts Administration—concentrations in:
• Art Education
• Art Therapy
• Athletic Training
• Biology—concentrations in:
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
• Biology Education
• Broadfield Science—Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Geology, and Environmental Science
• Broadfield Science Middle Grades Add-On Dual Degree
• Business Administration—concentrations in:
- Data Science
- General Business
• Cardiovascular Technology
• Chemistry Education
• Criminal Justice
• Early Childhood Education
• Educational Studies
• Education—see individual fields
• Engineering Physics Dual Degree with Georgia Institute of Technology
• Engineering Science Dual Degree with
Kennesaw State University
• English—concentrations in:
- Creative Writing
- Literary Studies
• English Education
• English Education—Dual Degree
• Environmental Science
• Exercise and Sport Science
• Forensic Science
• Health Care Administration
• History Education
• History Education—Dual Degree
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• International Studies
• Leadership Studies
• Mass Communications
• Mathematics—Applied Mathematics
• Mathematics Education
• Mathematics Education—Dual Degree
• Middle Grades Education
• Music—concentrations in:
- Church Music
• Musical Theatre
• Nursing (BSN for initial certification)
• Philosophy and Religion
• Physics—Applied Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology—concentrations in:
- General Psychology
• Secondary Education (Broadfield Science, English/Language Arts, History, and Mathematics)—Dual Degree
• Spanish Education
• Sport and Fitness Administration
• Theatre Arts
• Theatre—Design and Technical
• Theatre—Drama Education
• Theatre—Musical Theatre
• Theatre for Youth