Georgia Perimeter College

3251 Panthersville Rd
Decatur, GA 30034-3832
Tel: (678)891-2300
21,371 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 21,371 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 65% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 52%.
Georgia Perimeter College is one of 6 community colleges within DeKalb County, GA.
The nearest community college is Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service (5.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 609 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
College Georgia Perimeter College (GA) Community College Avg.
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 609 staff
98 staff

Student Body

The student population of 21,371 has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.71 is more than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 21,371 students 2,470 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 35:1
# Full-Time Students 7,987 students
1,092 students
# Part-Time Students 13,384 students
1,393 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
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. 0.71 0.65

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,995 is more than the state average of $2,378. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,635 is more than the state average of $4,300. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,995 $2,378
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,635 $4,300
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 74%
Percent Admitted 51%
Source: 2014 (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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 162 students | 5.60 Mi5141 Snapfinger Woods Dr
    Decatur GA 30035
  • 7,022 students | 7.30 Mi2000 Clayton State Boulevard
    Morrow GA 30260
  • 4,050 students | 7.40 Mi495 N Indian Creek Dr
    Clarkston GA 30021
  • 2,977 students | 7.90 Mi1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
    Atlanta GA 30310
  • 4,282 students | 7.90 Mi1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
    Atlanta GA 30310
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 0.53, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in DeKalb County, GA is Georgia Perimeter College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.