Metro Atlanta campuses prepare for back to school


Several hundred thousand students will begin class at Georgia’s colleges and universities, some starting Monday.

Here’s a look at some of the new things they’ll see once they arrive on some of metro Atlanta’s four-year campuses:

Agnes Scott College

A new president, Leocadia “Lee” Zak, will take the helm. It’s also embarking on a master’s and graduate certificate program in writing and digital communications.

Atlanta Metropolitan State College

The college’s Trailblazer Student Initiative is starting a program focused specifically on African American males, offering tutoring and mentoring. The college is also starting a program to help engineering and physics students design, build and fly drones.

Clark Atlanta University

The Historically Black College & University is planning a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary. The university is also starting a Bachelor of Science degree in cybersecurity. 

HOMECOMING CELEBRATION–The Clark Atlanta University band leads the Homecoming Parade in Atlanta.
(Brenda J. Turner/KACOM.COM)

Clayton State University

A new, fully-online MBA program, allowing students to earn a degree in as little as 12 months. The 33-credit hour program allows students to study general business or specialize in accounting, human resource leadership, international business, supply chain management and digital marketing. 

Emory University

Its Nell Hodgson School of Nursing is offering a new Distance Accelerated (Bachelor of Nursing degree), a full-time, 12-month program created to expand access to Emory’s nursing program to students across the country. Students outside the Atlanta area can earn a BSN degree in 54 weeks. It’s also welcoming two best-selling authors to its faculty: Tayari Jones, author of “An American Marriage,” and T Cooper, whose work includes “The Beaufort Diaries.”

Novelist Tayari Jones is currently on tour to promote her new novel, “An American Marriage.” ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM
(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Georgia Gwinnett College

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled in mid-September for the expansion of its classroom building, Building W, and the addition of an Executive Forum space that will include video conference capability, lecture capture and video production. 

Georgia State University

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sanchez is the new Artist-in-Residence. It’s starting research on the epigenetic mechanisms that may fuel obesity, thanks to two recent four-year grants totaling almost $3 million from the National Institutes of Health.

Georgia Tech

Renovation is complete on the Van Leer Interdisciplinary Design Commons. The space is a two-story rotunda and the goal is for it to foster design, creativity, innovation and invention for students from all majors. It’s also starting an online master’s degree program in cybersecurity.

Kennesaw State University

Pamela Whitten is the new president, replacing former Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. 

Morehouse College

The all-male HBCU is reducing the number of General Education credit hours required to graduate in an effort to increase the percentage of students graduating in four years and to allow students to explore courses outside of their majors that would also be beneficial to their career goals. Morehouse will also offer more courses on African-American life, history and culture.

Morehouse School of Medicine

It’s accepting applications for a new physician assistant program, which will start in Summer 2019.

Oglethorpe University

It broke ground on the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation in May. While the official opening is scheduled for fall 2019, some classes are scheduled to be held there during the spring semester.

Savannah College of Art & Design

The Atlanta campus will offer the User Experience (UX) Design degree co-developed with Google. The degree was the first of its kind in the U.S., and has been offered in Savannah since 2015. They will also launch an Immersive Reality degree program. 

Spelman College

It’s elevating its art history program from a minor to a major. The HBCU, which has a mission to educate African-American women, will officially consider for admission students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth. New faculty include acclaimed screenwriter Topper Carew. 

University of Georgia

It has renovated Russell Hall. The project cost an estimated $45 million.



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