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Douglasville is home to several colleges and universities including West Georgia Technical College, University of West Georgia, Georgia Highlands College, Mercer University and Strayer University. Additionally, Douglasville’s location within Metro Atlanta offers a wealth of excellent higher education opportunities for first time students and those seeking continuing education. From some of the nation’s premier academic institutions such as Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, to some of the finest historic African American colleges such as Morehouse and Spelman, Douglasville is just a short commute to these outstanding universities and colleges.

Metro Atlanta is home to 43 colleges and universities and nine technical colleges. Its four year institutions enroll over 216,000 students, and the region ranks sixth nationally in the number of bachelors degrees granted.

Distance from Douglasville to Select Georgia Universities
Travel Time from Douglasville*
Emory University
31 minutes
Georgia Highlands College
Georgia State University
19 minutes
Georgia Institute of Technology
21 minutes
Mercer University (satellite campus)
Morehouse College
17 minutes
Spelman College
16 minutes
University of Georgia
1 hour and 36 minutes
University of West Georgia
34 minutes
West Georgia Technical College
*Source: Google 2009

College and Career Institute (CCI) which is part of the Douglas County School System.

Mission Statement: The goal of the Douglas County College and Career Institute (CCI) is the establishment of a student-centered collaborative educational effort among members of the Douglas County School System (DCSS), West Georgia Technical College (WGTC), and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. The career academy shall be organized as a joint venture between the high schools in Douglas County and West Georgia Technical College. The goal of this joint venture is to integrate core academics and advanced career/technical education programs thereby encouraging high school students to achieve at a high level and to seamlessly begin to pursue post-secondary studies.

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Georgia Highlands College

Mission Statement: The mission of Georgia Highlands College, a state college of the University System of Georgia, is to provide access to excellent educational opportunities for the intellectual, cultural and physical development of a diverse population through pre-baccalaureate associate degree transfer programs, career associate degree programs, and targeted baccalaureate degree programs that meet the economic development needs of the region.

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The ITT Technical Institutes are a leading private college system focused on technology-oriented programs of study. There are over 130 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states. The ITT Technical Institutes predominantly offer career-focused, degree programs to approximately 80,000 students. The ITT Technical Institutes have been actively involved in the higher education community in the United States since 1969.

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Mercer University

Mission Statement:Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral-level degrees. While offering a breadth of programs found at much larger universities, Mercer maintains an intimate, student-focused culture more characteristic of smaller liberal arts colleges. Mercer’s uniqueness is found in the way the University integrates five defining components of its mission: Liberal Learning, Professional Knowledge, Discovery, Service to Humankind, and Community.

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Strayer University

Strayer University’s Douglasville Campus is conveniently located 20 minutes west of downtown Atlanta off of the Chapel Hill Road Exit on I-20. Undergraduate and graduate programs in high-demand fields such as accounting, business, education, health services administration, information systems, and public administration are available at this campus.

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West Georgia Technical College

Mission Statement: The mission of West Georgia Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is to lead economic and workforce development by offering learning opportunities through quality services and educational programs using traditional and distance learning delivery methods. These opportunities focus on the development of academic and technical competence; critical thinking skills; social, personal, and intellectual values; work ethic traits; and an understanding of society. West Georgia Technical College services--including associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs, adult education, continuing education, and customized corporate training--meet the workforce needs of citizens, communities, businesses, and industries of the West Georgia service area.

Financial Aid

In addition to the Pell Grant and HOPE Scholarship, Georgia residents who are attending a Georgia technical college to earn a certificate or diploma are eligible for HOPE Grant assistance regardless of high school graduation date or grade point average. The HOPE Grant covers tuition, approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $100 per quarter.

Full-time enrollment is not required. Students are not required to maintain a "B" average but must make satisfactory academic progress per school policy.

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University of West Georgia- Graduate Program

The University of West Georgia has restructured its operation of graduate education in order to better serve you. As of July 1st, the University has moved to a decentralized model for the administration of graduate education. Individual colleges will now personally handle all inquiries and procedures related to graduate programs.

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