Georgia Perimeter College

3251 Panthersville Rd
Decatur, GA 30034
Tel: (678)891-2300
21,109 students
Public institution
Georgia Perimeter College, a non-residential institution, serves diverse populations of traditional and nontraditional students in Greater Metropolitan Atlanta. Placing learning first, we provide accessible and affordable high quality undergraduate credit and non-credit programs for students seeking to complete an associate degree, transfer to a senior college or university, prepare for immediate entry into a career, pursue personal goals or enhance current workplace skills. Our curriculum specializes in liberal arts and professional preparation and promotes international and intercultural understanding. We also serve the broader community as an educational, cultural, and economic resource.
School Highlights
Georgia Perimeter College serves 21,109 students (39% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 30:1.
Minority enrollment is 68% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 56%.
Georgia Perimeter College is one of 6 community colleges within DeKalb County, GA.
The nearest community college is Everest Institute-Decatur (4.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 608 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
College Georgia Perimeter College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 608 staff
61 staff
Georgia Perimeter College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 21,109 has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.72 is more than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment 21,109 students 1,315 students
Georgia Perimeter College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 35:1
Georgia Perimeter College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 8,138 students
815 students
Georgia Perimeter College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 12,971 students
1,061 students
Georgia Perimeter College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Georgia Perimeter College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Georgia Perimeter College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Georgia Perimeter College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Georgia Perimeter College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Georgia Perimeter College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Georgia Perimeter College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Georgia Perimeter College Unknown (2007-2013)
% Non Resident races
Georgia Perimeter College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Georgia Perimeter College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.72 0.70
Georgia Perimeter College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,100 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,870 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,100 $5,590
Georgia Perimeter College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,870 $10,086
Georgia Perimeter College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 74%
Georgia Perimeter College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Percent Admitted 51%
Georgia Perimeter College Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Founded by the citizens of DeKalb County and the DeKalb Board of Education under the Junior College Act of 1958, Georgia Perimeter College opened as DeKalb College with its Clarkston Campus in 1964. It was the only public junior college in the state supported and controlled by a local board of education. It was established in order that any resident of the DeKalb School District who held a high school diploma or its equivalent and who desired to seek two years of postsecondary education might have the opportunity to do so. The college's Decatur (formerly known as South) Campus opened in 1972. Also beginning in 1972, students enrolled in DeKalb Area Technical School were able to enroll dually in vocational and collegiate programs, and the college was designated DeKalb Community College. As growth continued both for DeKalb County and the college, the Dunwoody (Formerly North) Campus was added and began operation in 1979. DeKalb College pioneered in Georgia in open-door admissions, personalized approaches to instruction, and community-related curricula and activities. The Decatur Campus is one of the most scenic college campuses in the entire Atlanta area. The campus is surrounded by lush landscaped acres; it even houses its own botanical garden. Several miles of walking trails and tree-lined walkways connect the north and south portions of the campus. On your tour you will find tennis courts, a basketball court and a junior Olympic size swimming pool. The campus boasts ample parking spaces and the lots are all conveniently located. College curricula feature transfer, learning support, career, continuing and distance education programs as well as joint educational offerings with other system institutions and state-supported technical institutes. Associate degrees are awarded to graduates who complete the two-year transfer and career programs. Georgia Perimeter College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees.

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Did You Know?
DeKalb County, GA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.64, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in DeKalb County, GA is Georgia Perimeter College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.