About Bainbridge State College

Welcome to Bainbridge State College

Welcome to our community of learners, and thank you for choosing Bainbridge State College. First opened in 1973 and now located in beautiful state-of-the-art facilities in Bainbridge and Blakely, your community’s college is a place where dreams come true.

Whether you are trying to complete the first two years of another baccalaureate degree, are seeking to improve your job skills and immediately enter or re-enter the workforce, or are simply hoping to expand your horizons through continuing education, Bainbridge State College has an academic program that will fit your needs. Our highly-qualified faculty are here because they enjoy teaching and changing lives, and they will give you the individual attention you need in order to meet your full potential.

Bainbridge State College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and we offer a full array of transfer associate degrees and technical diplomas and certificates. No matter what your academic or career goals might be, you can get there from here.

When you are not in class, you will benefit from beautiful new dining, recreational and wellness spaces in both Bainbridge and Blakely. Additionally, our student services staff members will help you enroll in classes that meet your educational goals. Many of our students receive financial assistance, and our financial aid staff will help you apply for the many grants, scholarships and loans that are available. Finally, you will have lots of chances to get involved and meet new friends in clubs and organizations.

Simply put, if what you are looking for is an opportunity to change your life and access to people who are committed to helping you do it, why would you go anywhere else? Our people are the reason we are the fastest growing college in the University System of Georgia, and we can’t wait to help you achieve your goals for higher education and beyond!

Dr. Richard Carvajal

President, Bainbridge State College

Bainbridge State College Mission Statement

Bainbridge State College, a two-year institution of the University System of Georgia, promotes an accessible, affordable, and excellent education for the diverse population of southwest Georgia and beyond through transfer degrees, technical degrees, diplomas and certificates, continuing education courses, public service opportunities, and collaboration with other educational providers, resulting in lifelong learning, economic development, and graduates empowered for success in a global society.

College Code

The Bainbridge State College Code is 011074. This code is used for financial aid and other records.

College Terms

The academic year is divided into two 15-week semesters, designated as fall and spring. The College also offers accelerated enrollment options in summer and within the semesters. Starting and ending dates for all terms appear in the College calendar and the individual term schedule of classes. Students may enroll at Bainbridge State College during registration times and are encouraged to complete their programs of study in as timely a manner as possible.

Disclaimers and Notifications

Changes in Programs and Catalogs

The statements in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution. Bainbridge State College reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog including, but not limited to, academic requirements for graduation without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. These changes will be made, periodically, to the catalog maintained online. Information on changes is available in the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Academic Affairs. Students are responsible for keeping themselves apprised of current graduation requirements.

Equal Opportunity Statement of Compliance

Bainbridge State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all educational programs and activities including admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other administered programs, including any Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) Title I financed programs. It also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services. Bainbridge State College shall promote the realization of equal opportunity through a positive continuing program of specific practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal opportunity.

This College is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin; with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits the discrimination on the basis of gender; with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The following individual has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating the College’s implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the College’s implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Dr. Lisa Burroughs, Director of Human Resources.

For further information, contact the Office for Civil Rights at 1-800-421-3481 or 202-245-6800 or file an OCR Electronic Complaint Form at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.

History of the College

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia authorized the establishment of a junior college in Decatur County, Georgia, in December, 1970. As required by Board policy, the local community provided and developed the College site and on September 23, 1971, approved a $2 million bond issued to provide funds for the initial physical plant. The State of Georgia continues to operate and maintain the College. In fall, 1998, the College converted from the quarter system to the semester system.

Construction of the first five buildings began in July, 1972. Temporary offices operated in downtown Bainbridge at 215 East Water Street and 122 West Water Street during construction. College staff members occupied the first buildings on August 16, 1973. The charter class of the College began classes on October 1, 1973, the first of more than 6,000 credit students enrolled during the first decade.

The Division of Vocational/Technical Education and the Department of Developmental Studies were added during the academic year 1973-1974. A unique agreement between the Board of Regents and the Georgia Department of Education made the Vocational/Technical programs possible. In September, 1980, these programs occupied a new $1.6 million facility. The name of the division changed to the Division of Technical Studies in November 1990 and to the School of Health Sciences and Professional Studies in 2012.

In June, 1987, the Board of Regents removed the word Junior from the names of all two-year colleges in the University System. That year Bainbridge College became the second College in the country to be designated a Bicentennial Campus by the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U. S. Constitution.

Bainbridge College Early County Center (BCECC), 40 Harold Ragan Dr. in Blakely, became part of the College in July, 2006, expanding the educational offerings in southwest Georgia. Enrollment at BCECC grew dramatically in the first several years, from 211 before it became part of Bainbridge College to 1,200 students taking classes there in fall, 2010. This growth brought about a 14,000-square-foot expansion added to the original 30,000-square-foot facility. Opening in 2010 and built with funds and input from students, the addition includes a 4,640-square-foot instructional area with a state-of-the-art science laboratory, classrooms, and offices; expanded space for the media center; fitness workout room, game room, reading room, and 24-station computer lab; men’s and women’s locker/dressing facilities, offices, and snack area with large windows overlooking the rolling landscape.

Another major building project was completed in 2008 when the College opened the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center and hosted the 10th Annual Georgia Literary Festival as its first big event, attracting more than 3,000 participants. The center houses a conference center with an auditorium, a dining facility, high tech lecture hall, and meeting rooms.

In early 2011, Bainbridge College opened its midtown facility, which houses the Cosmetology program and the Continuing Education Division. In 2012, Adult Education joined the facility, which was named the Shotwell Education Center.

Also in 2011, the Bainbridge campus signature building opened. The $20 million Student Wellness Center, dedicated to student life, was designed with student input and funded by student fees. At 78,000 square feet, the two-story building includes a 2,500-seat capacity gymnasium, exercise equipment in the 4,000-square-foot fitness center with plasma screen televisions, a 120-seat dining room and serving area, the campus bookstore, a 2,000-square-foot game room, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, a second floor walking track that encircles the basketball court, a computer lab, classrooms, and a quiet lounge area overlooking the campus.

The College welcomed President Richard Carvajal in January, 2011, as its fourth president. Under his leadership, the College continues to experience success. More than 4,200 students were enrolled in the 2011-12 academic year, and the College awarded 659 credentials, including 392 diplomas and degrees, in that year. Then on February 13, 2013, Bainbridge College became Bainbridge State College.


Hours of Operation

Generally, Bainbridge State College offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, the hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Some offices are open into the evening or by appointment after 6:00 p.m. Call the respective office (see Information Directory) for information or appointments. Evening, off-campus, and weekend classes are held according to published schedules. Library hours are posted each semester.

Location and Directions

Location and Service Area

Georgia map

Located in Southwest Georgia, Bainbridge State College sits on 173 acres just inside the city limits of Bainbridge, Georgia, on U.S. Highway 84E (2500 E. Shotwell St). In addition to maintaining a balance between agricultural and industrial economies, the Bainbridge region offers many recreational attractions, including excellent hunting and fishing, an outstanding YMCA, an award-winning community theatre, and numerous tennis courts and boating facilities.

Bainbridge is about 40 miles from Tallahassee, Florida; 60 miles from Dothan, Alabama; 60 miles from Albany, Georgia; and 80 miles from Valdosta, Georgia. The Early County Center is located in Blakely, Georgia (40 Harold Ragan Drive). It is approximately 40 miles from Bainbridge, Georgia; 80 miles from Tallahassee, FL; 30 miles from Dothan, Alabama; 50 miles from Albany, Georgia; and 120 miles from Valdosta, Georgia.

The campus physical environment is one of rustic beauty, accentuated by stately pine and moss-draped oak trees. A nearby lake further enhances the natural environment and beauty. Because Bainbridge State College has no residence facilities, students commute from the nearby towns of Attapulgus, Blakely, Brinson, Camilla, Cairo, Climax, Colquitt, Donalsonville, Iron City, Pelham, Thomasville, and Whigham. Some students also come from neighboring Florida and Alabama communities.

 

Directions to the Main Campus (Bainbridge, GA) From Tallahassee, FL

  1. Take US 27 North to Georgia (approximately 40 miles).
  2. Take the US 84 East/GA 38 East ramp (0.2 miles).
  3. Merge onto US 84 East/GA 38 East/Wiregrass Georgia Pkwy (1.6 miles).
  4. Keep right at the fork to continue on US 84 East/GA 38 East/Wiregrass Georgia Pkwy (0.5 miles).
  5. Arrive at 2500 E Shotwell Street, on right.

From Dothan, AL

  1. Take US 84 East to Georgia (approximately 50 miles).
  2. Take the US 84 East/GA 38 East/GA 1 South/US 27 South ramp (0.3 miles).
  3. Merge onto US 84 East/GA 38 East/Wiregrass Georgia Pkwy (4.7 miles).
  4. Keep right at the fork to continue on US 84 East/GA 38 East/Wiregrass Georgia Pkwy (0.5 miles).
  5. Arrive at 2500 E Shotwell Street, on right.

From Albany, GA

  1. Take GA 91 South to GA 37/Camilla Hwy (approximately 20 miles).
  2. Turn slight left onto GA 37/Camilla Hwy (1.6 miles).
  3. Turn slight right onto CR 58/S Turkey Road (2.3 miles).
  4. Turn right onto River Road (8.6 miles).
  5. Turn slight right onto GA 97 (19.4 miles).
  6. Turn left onto Whigham Dairy Road (1.7 miles).
  7. Turn left onto E Shotwell Street/US 84 East (0.2 miles).
  8. Arrive at 2500 E Shotwell Street, on right.

From Valdosta, GA

  1. Take US 84 West /GA 38 West to Bainbridge (approximately 80 miles).
  2. Arrive at 2500 E Shotwell Street, on left.

From Blakely, GA

  1. Take US 27 South to Bainbridge (approximately 40 miles).
  2. US-27 South becomes US 84 East/GA 38 East/Wiregrass Georgia Pkwy (2 miles).
  3. Keep right at the fork to continue on US 84 East/GA 38 East/Wiregrass Georgia (0.5 miles).
  4. Arrive at 2500 E Shotwell Street, on right.

Directions to Bainbridge State College Early County Center (Blakely, GA) From Bainbridge, GA

  1. Take US 27 North to Blakely (approximately 40 miles).
  2. US 27 North becomes S Main Street/US 27 BR (1.6 miles).
  3. Arrive at 40 Harold Ragan Drive, on right.

From Tallahassee, FL

  1. Take US 27 North to Blakely (approximately 80 miles).
  2. US 27 North becomes S Main Street/US 27 BR (1.6 miles).
  3. Arrive at 40 Harold Ragan Drive, on right.

From Dothan, AL

  1. Take AL 52/Columbia Hwy to Georgia (approximately 17 miles).
  2. AL 52 becomes GA 62/Columbia Hwy (11.1 miles).
  3. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd/GA 62 Bypass (2.8 miles).
  4. Turn left onto N Main Street/US 27 BR (1.2 miles).
  5. Arrive at 40 Harold Ragan Drive, on left.

From Albany, GA

  1. Take W Gordon Avenue/GA 91 South (approximately 5 miles).
  2. Turn right onto Leary Road/GA 62 (18.3 miles).
  3. Turn left onto Mercer Avenue/GA 62 (12.9 miles).
  4. Turn left onto Highland Avenue North/GA 62 (0.7 miles).
  5. Turn slight right onto Blakely Road SW/GA 62 (11.9 miles).
  6. Turn right onto GA 62 Bypass/Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (1.2 miles).
  7. Turn right on US 27 North (1.3 miles).
  8. US 27 North becomes S Main Street/US 27 BR (1.6 miles).
  9. Arrive at 40 Harold Ragan Drive, on right.

From Valdosta, GA

  1. Take US 84 West (approximately 40 miles).
  2. Merge onto US 19 North/GA 300 North/Georgia-Florida Pkwy (32.6 miles).
  3. Turn left onto GA 37/E Broad Street/Camilla Hwy (10.5 miles).
  4. Keep left at the work to continue on GA 37/Camilla Hwy (8.9 miles).
  5. Turn left onto GA 216/Blakely Hwy (16.1 miles).
  6. Turn slight right onto Highland Avenue South/GA 216/GA 45/Joe Bryan Hwy (0.4 miles).
  7. Turn right onto GA 62 Bypass/Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (1.2 miles).
  8. Turn right on US 27 North (1.3 miles).
  9. US 27 North becomes S Main Street/US 27 BR (1.6 miles).
  10. Arrive at 40 Harold Ragan Drive, on right.