Perimeter College is dedicated to student success and innovative teaching. In the dynamic and changing landscape of higher education, it provides more than access to a college education. It paves the way for students to ignite their passion for learning, to cultivate their talents and skills and to transform their lives. Through our academically talented faculty and outstanding staff, Perimeter College is strategically poised to continue the success of educating students that began more than 50 years ago when it first opened its doors in 1964 in Clarkston, Georgia. Since then, the college has grown to include four additional campuses throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area (Alpharetta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton) and become a pioneer in the online learning space, while also offering more than 30 pathways leading to an associate degree.
Since 2014, Perimeter College’s three-year graduation rate has more than tripled and, in the 2019-2020 academic year, we awarded 17 percent more associate degrees than in the previous year. We have worked hard at closing achievement gaps and now regardless of race, ethnicity or income, we graduate students at similar rates, mirroring the student success of Georgia State’s Atlanta Campus. Additionally, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks us 20th among 838 two-year institutions nationally for our higher rates of students staying the course and advancing their education. Nearly 83 percent of Perimeter College students completed their programs, transferred or remained enrolled three years after starting (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 5, 2020).
As we look forward, we are proud of what we have accomplished, but know there is still much work to do. We will continue to push ourselves in the areas of student success, advancements in teaching and creating an educational environment where identity and placemaking mirror the experiences of our diverse student body and the communities where they work, serve, live and play. I invite you to learn more about Perimeter College, through this website and on our other social media platforms. You will get a real sense of Perimeter College—our accomplishments and the pride that our students, faculty, staff and alumni take in being a part of the Georgia State University family.
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Perimeter College serves its students at five campuses: Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton. In some of Perimeter’s academic pathways— including business administration, communications and criminal justice — students may pursue their associate degrees fully online. Most pathways enable students to take some classes online, and hybrid courses — which allow students to experience online learning combined with face-to-face classroom support — also are available. Explore our convenient locations.