A four-year liberal arts institution, LaGrange College is the oldest private college in Georgia. Early graduates pursued careers in teaching, nursing, business and missions. Originally founded as a female academy, it was one of the first colleges in the nation to offer master’s degrees to women. Male students attended classes as early as the 1920s, and the institution officially became coeducational in 1953.
LaGrange College’s mission is to “challenge the minds and inspire the souls of its students. Founded in 1831 and committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its Wesleyan and liberal arts traditions, the college supports students in their search for truth. An ethical and caring community valuing civility, diversity, service and excellence, the college prepares students to become successful, responsible citizens who aspire to lives of integrity and moral courage.”
With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, LaGrange College offers 60 areas of study with an emphasis on global engagement and service. Students can pursue specific career preparation through pre-professional programs such as dentistry, engineering, law, medicine and allied fields, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, theology/seminary and veterinary medicine. The college has new majors in exercise science, nonprofit leadership, musical theatre and computational mathematics; the relatively new exercise science major developed just three years ago already has approximately 100 declared majors.
Boosted by 355 new men and women this fall, our number of undergraduate day students has steadily increased for four consecutive years. In fact, the college has enrolled three of the four largest groups of new students (freshmen and transfers) in the last four years. We also are pleased to report an increased fall-to-fall retention of freshmen, now at 66 percent, which is four percent higher than the previous year.
Furthermore, this semester we welcomed a record number of participants in our Presidential Scholars Weekend as members of our first-year class. Attendees of this event represent the top 20 percent of their high school classes, averaging a 1,100 SAT and 3.7 GPA. This year, 75 scholars—50 percent of those who attended our most prestigious scholarship competition—chose to pursue their bachelor’s degree at LaGrange.
Graduate offerings include a Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development, Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Specialist in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction Education.
For the 2015 fiscal year, we found that 26 percent of our students demonstrated full need (up four percent since 2010), and out of 913 undergraduates, 420 received Pell Grant assistance. Clearly, many of these students would not be able to pursue a college education without financial help. It is because generous college contributors that we were able to supply $14,767,305 in institutional grant assistance to these young men and women, guaranteeing that 100 percent of them received aid during the academic year