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LaGrange College

LaGrange College is a private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college. Located in the city of LaGrange, it is the oldest private college in Georgia.

The history of LaGrange College is closely associated with the history of the City of LaGrange and Troup County. When the vast tract of land lying between the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers was secured by the Indian Springs Treaty of 1825 and was opened for settlement in 1827, one of the five counties formed on the western border of the state was named Troup in honor of Governor George Michael Troup.

An act was passed by the Georgia Legislature on December 24, 1827, providing for the selection of a county seat. It was named “LaGrange” after the country estate of the Marquis de Lafayette, the American Revolutionary War hero who had visited the region in 1825 as the guest of Governor Troup. The site for the town of LaGrange was purchased in 1828, and the town was incorporated on December 18, 1828. On December 26, 1831, the charter for the LaGrange Female Academy was granted at the state capitol, then in Milledgeville.

In 1831 Andrew Jackson was president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was 22 years old. The Creek Indians had been moved out of this area of the state only six years earlier. The only other college in the state was Franklin College, now the University of Georgia. In 1847 the charter for the school was amended and the school became the LaGrange Female Institute with power to confer degrees. The name was changed to LaGrange Female College in 1851, and in 1934 it was changed to LaGrange College. The College became officially coeducational in 1953.

The first location of the school was in a large white building at what is now 406 Broad Street. The school moved to its present location on "the Hill," the highest geographical point in LaGrange, after the construction of the building now known as Smith Hall in 1842. The College was sold to the Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1856. Today it is an institution of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. LaGrange College offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with seventeen (18) majors, the Bachelor of Science degree in six (5) areas, the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The Master of Arts degree in Teaching, the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and the Specialist in Education degree in Teacher Leadership are offered. The Evening program offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in two (2) areas.

LaGrange College operates on the modified (4-1-4) semester system. The month of January is the Interim Term where students may take 1 course. The summer is divided into two (2) sessions. All credits earned are semester hour credits.

The College draws more than half of its student body from Georgia. However, students from at least one-third of the other states in the U.S. and from abroad nourish a rich cosmopolitan and international community that includes various religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Students also are provided diversity opportunities through travel courses, field study programs, service-learning, and internships. Students in the College's Education and Nursing departments receive supervised learning experiences in many area schools and medical facilities, respectively. Campus art exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and varsity and intramural sports add to the cultural enrichment and recreational opportunities offered by the College.

Student demographics:

Currently have students from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Germany and the campus population is 45% female, 55% male. The majority of our students are from Georgia, Alabama and Florida as well as other states in the southeast.

ESL program and/or support services:

LaGrange College doesn’t have an ESL program but can offer tutors in English and other courses.

Student Housing options:

All students live on campus. Lower classmen live in dormitories; upper classmen are housed in apartments on campus.

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students:

Admission to LaGrange College requires submission of the international student application, application fee, passport, and translated and certified documents attesting to the student's academic performance in secondary and/or university studies. Students seeking admission may be required to submit one (1) or more of the following to prove English proficiency:

• minimum TOEFL score of 500 (173 computer-based, or 61 Internet-based);
• minimum IELTS score of 6
• certificate of completion of level 112 from the ELS Centers, Inc.;
• grades of "C" or better on G.C.E., G.S.C.E, or C.X.C. English examinations or equivalent tests;
• minimum SAT verbal score of 450;
• minimum ACT English section score of 21.

International students must submit an affidavit of support and financial statements demonstrating the ability to pay the cost of attendance for at least one (1) year of study. If the prospective student is in the United States, then an interview at the College is desirable. The Vice Presidnet for Enrollment should be contacted for an appointment as well as for the current interpretation of regulations with regard to obtaining an F-1 student visa.

International Transfer Students: International transfer students who have earned a Baccalaureate degree from a foreign institution should present an evaluated transcript from an approved foreign credentials service to the Registrar for evaluation. Credit will be given for courses equivalent to our general education core requirements in which the student has earned a minimum grade of C-.

International Student visas issued for your institution:


Cost of attendance and financial assistance:

Full-time: 12 or more credit hours

Board (Meals)*$2,300$4,600



Scholarships are available:


M.A.T., Ed.S. and M Ed.:
Application for admission (non-refundable)$ 30.00
Tuition — Graduate Education Courses
(M.Ed., M.A.T.) per credit hour$1,070.00
(Ed.S.) per credit hour$1,080.00
Fees — Miscellaneous
Late Payment Fee$50.00
Personal checks failing to clear$25.00
Graduation Fee$200.00
Student Identification Card replacement fee$20.00
Parking Permit$30.00


Subscription Fee
A one-time $130 subscription fee is assessed to cover the cost of the TK20 software use for assessment, portfolio development, and data collection.

Student activities and campus life:

Campus Life: Because LaGrange College is a close-knit campus community, it's easy to get involved in your choice of clubs and organizations. Students can choose from more than 50 student groups, or participate in service efforts or spiritual life.

Campus groups sponsor events such as Favorite Foreign Flicks, Greek Week, Bongo Ball Mania, Saturday Nights at the Acoustic CafĂ©, lip-sync contests, a storytelling festival, and presentations on topics such as cultural diversity, the Holocaust, children’s literature, Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xian China, and Hollywood photography. There are also concerts, theater performances, and art exhibits in our newly renovated arts facilities, the Callaway Auditorium, Dodd Art Museum and Price Theater. LaGrange College also offers Division III NCAA sports which include football, baseball, basketball, tennis, cross country, swimming, and soccer for both men and women and golf for men and volleyball and lacrosse for women. The college is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference.

The LaGrange College website has a comprehensive, online calendar of events that can be sorted by Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, Campus Life and Cultural Enrichment.


Contact Information

Joseph Miller, Vice President for Enrollment,, Phone: 706-880-8253, Fax: 706-880-8010


LaGrange College 601 Broad Street LaGrange, GA 30240

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines:

March 1 is the preferred deadline for best consideration for admission, financial aid, and housing for the Fall semester. Students interested in scholarship consideration should apply before January 1 or the published deadline for the scholarship, whichever is earlier. Students applying for admission to the Spring semester should submit the application and supporting documents by October 15.

Types of Degrees

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Academic Offering

Four-Year School