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Who says you need to travel far from home to get the kind of education that will take you places? Gwinnett is home to some great colleges, covering the full spectrum of higher education. The choices are many, from career education and associate degree options, to four-year college programs. From medical and pharmacy post-grad degrees to master”s degree offerings of all sorts.

There”s a world of opportunities right here with these options. Learn more!

Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
A growing need for primary care physicians and other clinicians in Georgia prompted Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, an institution with a 110-year tradition of training osteopathic physicians and other health practitioners, to build a state-of-the-art branch campus in Suwanee in 2005. Today, Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine thrives in this beautiful suburban area of Gwinnett County, located just 27 miles north of Atlanta.

What”s new for fall?
GA-PCOM will operationalize a 25,000 square-foot building at 2601 Northlake Drive adjacent to our Academic building.

The rear facade of the Academic building will be renovated making additional room for new academic and research space.

PCOM will also add an outdoor sports facility on the campus which is an addition to the indoor physical fitness facility.

The dual certified Gwinnett Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Lawrenceville will be fully operational. Three of the residents are DO graduates from GA-PCOM. The focus is the development of full scope Family Medicine Physicians for the region. Family Medicine residency training at GMC will provide graduates with the skills needed to meet the diverse medical needs of the community. From newborn care to geriatrics and including maternity care, the program will focus on developing the competencies needed to deliver patient-centered care while maintaining a cost conscious and community involvement approach to health.

625 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee

Enrollment: 977

GA-PCOM offers degree programs for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences (Master of Science and Certificate of Graduate Study), and Organizational Development and Leadership (MS)

Key dates
Orientation – the week of August 11; first day of school – August 18; and White Coat Ceremony for first year DO and Pharmacy students – date to be announced.


University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
The vision of the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus is to be a highly accessible and vibrant center of advanced learning for non-traditional and working professionals in greater Atlanta and northeast Georgia. The UGA Gwinnett Campus offers a variety of graduate academic programs, non-credit continuing education opportunities, business-oriented training programs, and K-12 technology training initiatives.

What”s new for fall?
The UGA Gwinnett campus is expanding student services for working professionals in the metro-Atlanta region who want to pursue their UGA graduate degree.

UGA Gwinnett will offer more than 20 graduate-level programs in many fields, including education, social work, sports management, business, technology, regulatory affairs, psychology, urban planning, and public administration.

The goal at UGA-Gwinnett Campus is to continue helping working professionals earn their graduate degree while continuing to work full-time or part-time.

2530 Sever Road, Lawrenceville

Enrollment: 600

University of Georgia – Gwinnett Campus offers degrees from the college of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Terry College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Environment and Design, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the School of Social Work. The campus also offers a variety of continuing education courses, certificate programs and customized training solutions.

Key dates
Orientation, Aug. 13; Advisement, Aug. 14; Registration, Aug. 15; classes begin, Aug. 18; Classes end, Dec. 9


Georgia Gwinnett College
Upon opening its doors in 2006, Georgia Gwinnett College had only 100 students. Now, the campus has nearly 10,000 students. GGC was the first four-year college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years, and the first four-year, public college created in the United States in the 21st century. GGC is a member of the University System of Georgia.

What”s new for fall?
The new, $30 million, 91,000-sq. ft. Allied Health and Sciences (AHS) building will open for fall semester. The three-story structure will provide a large variety of facilities for the college, including three physics laboratories, six biology laboratories, seven chemistry laboratories, four anatomy and physiology laboratories, and one lab each for psychology, exercise science, IT systems and digital media. The new nursing program will be supported by a state-of-the-art simulation learning center and a 14-bed patient care/clinical practice laboratory. The AHS will house faculty offices as well as the dean”s offices for the schools of Science and Technology (SST) and Health Sciences (SHS).

SST will introduce a new bachelor degree program in chemistry and SHS will welcome its first students into its bachelor degree program in nursing.

Renovations to Building D will create a convenient “one-stop shop” for students needing a number of services. This includes Admissions, Testing Center, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Accounts, Advising Center, Veterans Affairs, Disability Services, International Services and Public Safety.

Several restaurants will open on campus this fall, including Chic-fil-A, Panda Express, Subway, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels and Jamba Go/Grab-n-Go

1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville

Enrollment:About 10,000

GGC offers majors in biology, business administration, criminal justice/criminology, early childhood education, English, exercise science, history, information technology, mathematics, nursing, political science, psychology, and special education. In addition, the college offers various certificate programs and certifications.

Key dates
Summer commencement, Aug. 5; campus resident move-in day, Aug. 13; March through the Arch, Aug. 14; first day of class, Aug. 18; convocation, Sept. 18; spring application deadline, Nov. 15; winter commencement, Dec. 18


Gwinnett Technical College
Established in 1984, Gwinnett Tech has been providing career-focused education and training for the region for more than 30 years. Programs focus on real-world education for real-world jobs and help you gain the knowledge you need to realize your dreams. Programs are in the fastest growing fields, plus emerging industries and technologies, where employers need a highly skilled workforce and graduates are in demand.

What”s new for fall?
New programs: Starting this fall, Gwinnett Tech will offer new programs in Engineering Technology (degree), Building Maintenance (diploma), Logistics (concentration in Business Management) and Barbering (diploma). All were developed in concert with business and industry – employers are looking to hire in these fields!

New HOPE and financial aid options: New this fall are the Zell Miller Grant, which pays 100% of tuition for diploma and certificate students with a 3.5 GPA or higher and the new low-interest SALT Loan, which includes loan forgiveness for high performing graduates. There”s also new funding from the Strategic Industries Workforce Develop Grant that pays 100% of tuition, fees and books in certain programs, including early education, welding, diesel mechanic, information security, computer programming, web site design, networking specialist, medical assisting, and options in bioscience and imaging.

New campus: Progress continues on a new campus in North Fulton County in Alpharetta at the corner of Georgia 400 and Old Milton Parkway. GTC will initially offer Early Education, Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Business Administrative Technology, Basic Science, Patient Care and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management programs. The campus is expected to open in 2016.

5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville

More than 21,000 annually in college credit, adult education and continuing education courses

Offers more than 145 career-oriented associate degree, diploma and certificates in more than programs, plus adult education, continuing education and customized training.