Middle Georgia University

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According to the school's website, Middle Georgia State University seeks to "push the boundaries of possibility" via its four core values: stewardship, engagement, adaptability and learning. Tracing its roots back to 1884 with the founding of New Ebenezer College by the New Ebenezer Baptist Association, the university has gone through several iterations to become the institution that it is today. Over the years, the original campus expanded and shifted to accommodate higher educational demand. The school became Middle Georgia University in 2012 when the Board of Regents consolidated Macon State College and Middle Georgia College, thereby unifying five campuses and the academic programs offered by each school. In 2015, the Board of Regents granted permission for the school to offer master's degree programs, and the name of the college officially changed to Middle Georgia State University. The school enrolls nearly 8,000 students each year and offers a faculty-to-student ratio of 12:1.

Middle State Georgia University Accreditation Details

Middle Georgia State University receives its institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. In addition, the university holds the following specialized accreditation:

  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET –- B.S. in Information Technology
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing –- A.S. and B.S. in Nursing
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association –- A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care –- A.S. in Respiratory Therapy
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education –- the School of Education

Middle Georgia State University Application Requirements

College students don't always share the same statistics when it comes to education and experience, which is why Middle Georgia State University offers different methods for applying depending on a student's age and background. There are five categories: first-time college students, transfer students, former students, adult learners and graduate students. First-time freshman who have graduated from high school less than five years ago must submit the following in order to apply:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent certificate
  • Proof of immunization and lawful presence
  • Scores from standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT

Students can start the process online, but official scores and transcripts need to be sent directly to the school's admissions office. Those who fall into one or more of the other application categories should visit the school's website to learn more about the specifics of enrollment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students at Middle Georgia State University will pay reasonable rates since the school is part of the overall University System of Georgia, but those enrolled here have the added advantage of paying even lower costs than the average at other system schools. For example, in-state students at Middle Georgia paid about $1,630 for the fall semester in 2015 while students at other system schools paid an average of about $2,408. Out-of-state students paid $6,023 on average, and non-resident students at other University System of Georgia colleges paid about $8,391.

These rates represent the cost for full-time undergraduates at the university. The school offers a pricing calculator on its tuition page for students who want to estimate the cost of attendance with fees, housing and other non-tuition expenses. Those who need financial assistance will find that help is available through institutional scholarships, federal financial aid, grants, work study opportunities and student employment.

Middle Georgia State also offers a program called "Crusader Cash" exclusively for students without any other financial aid option who are within one semester of graduating. Unique to Georgia, the HOPE Scholarship program, which stands for Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, may be available to select Georgia residents at the school. Interested students should contact the school's financial aid office to find out more about specific scholarship opportunities.

Degrees in Focus: Aviation and Public Safety

At Middle Georgia State University, students can pursue a wide range of academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The school offers traditional on-campus programs as well as online degrees. On the Eastman campus, students who are interested in aviation will find a variety of courses and educational programs designed around this field. In fact, Middle Georgia houses its own School of Aviation, a unique feature among college universities and the only state-funded school of its kind in the state. Under its direction, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science and Management. The department seeks to instill in its graduates:

  • The ability to succeed in the aviation and aerospace industries
  • The ability to seek employment with industry leaders
  • A respect for broad-based education, which includes a blend of liberal arts classes, science courses, technology courses and hands-on training
  • A knowledge of and respect for the ethical considerations within the aviation industry

There are five tracks available for aviation students: Airplane flight, helicopter flight, flight track, logistics management and management. Candidates for the bachelor's program will learn from instructors who have real-world experience within the field of aviation.

While Middle Georgia State may be known for its aviation program, the school is constantly searching for ways to provide better value to its students. As such, the university has added a new program in public safety that begins in fall 2015. The two-year associate program will prepare students to enter law enforcement positions or supplement existing careers, and the program is set up so that all credits transfer to a bachelor's program at the school. This hybrid degree program requires a total of 63 credit hours. Students will finish the initial 33 credit hours in 11 weeks, with 17 hours completed online and 16 completed via face-to-face instruction. After that, the remaining 30 hours are available through online courses.

In total, the university offers 20 bachelor's degrees, 21 associate's degrees, eight 1-year certificates and 12 certificate programs that take less than a year to complete. Students here can pursue a broad range of interests, from English and music to more technical fields like air traffic and information technology. Whether students are looking for traditional degrees or online-only programs, Middle Georgia State University offers plenty of choice and opportunity.