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Higher Education Offers Advancement

In a region noted for progress, Gainesville-Hall County is served directly by three outstanding institutions of higher learning with countless others within an hour's drive.

Founded in 1878, Brenau University is a private, not-for-profit nationally prominent comprehensive institution of higher education that enrolls students in graduate and undergraduate studies on campuses and online. Gainesville, Georgia-based Brenau includes the residential Women’s College. Brenau University offers doctorates in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy, a terminal M.F.A. in interior design, specialist in education, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees as well as professional certifications. The Women’s College boasts 14 nationally competitive intercollegiate Golden Tigers sports teams, national honor societies and national sororities with dedicated residential facilities on campus. Brenau possesses an extensive and distinctive permanent collection of art and presents year-round programming that includes art exhibitions, lectures, debates and literary readings, and theatrical and musical performances.

The University of North Georgia was formed through the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College, two of the top-performing schools in the University System of Georgia, in January 2013. Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, UNG comprises four campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. One of only six senior military colleges in the nation, the University of North Georgia is designated as a State Leadership Institution and as The Military College of Georgia. With about 15,000 students, the University of North Georgia is the state's seventh-largest public university. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificates and associate degrees to professional doctoral programs.

Lanier Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, offers technical certificates, diplomas, and two-year degrees to over 6,000 students every year. In addition the college also serves over 15,000 students in Economic Development Programs and Adult Education to total over 20,000 citizens that receive workforce development services each year. The college has five campuses located throughout Northeast Georgia and is the foremost provider of workforce development services in the area. The main campus in Oakwood is host to Georgia's Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, offering customized training using the latest in advanced and automated manufacturing technology. The college also offers GED and ESL training and testing through its Adult Education department, which helps thousands of students acquire high school diplomas every year.

Interactive College of Technology in Gainesville has served the community for 12 years offering diplomas in Business Information Management, Automated Office Systems, Accounting, and an Associate of Science degree in Office Technology.  The college celebrates 30 years of educating students in the occupational arena as well as providing English as a Second Language diplomas to students from over 100 different countries.  Most recently, the college developed GED course work to aid in students successfully earning their GED.

Higher Education Institutions Nearby

Within an hour's drive of Greater Hall County, students and adults have a number of public and private colleges and universities they may choose from:

Gainesville-Hall County Area Colleges and Universities
Brenau University,
Universith of North Georgia,
Lanier Technical College,
Interactive College of Technology,

In Atlanta
Atlanta University Center,
Emory University,
Georgia State University,
Georgia Tech,

In Northeast Georgia
University of Georgia,
University of North Georgia,
Truett-McConnell College,
Piedmont College,
Southern Polytechnic University,

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