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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.

Brenau University, is a private institution based in downtown Gainesville that offers undergraduate and graduate programs that attract students from, Georgia, other states and abroad. Founded in 1878, Brenau provides a unique curriculum that blends professional preparation and with the breadth of liberal arts education. The heart of Brenau is its residential Women's College. The university also offers coeducational programs in Gainesville, at other regional campuses around Georgia and online. The Brenau complex in Gainesville also includes Brenau Academy, a grades 9-12 residential and commuter girl's school that offers a unique program for students to receive a two-year college degree with their high school diplomas.

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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