Gainesville State College, located in Oakwood, Georgia, offers students a serene campus setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with proximity to the vibrant metropolitan area of Atlanta. Established as an access institution, this public college has a history of providing diverse academic opportunities, including popular programs in business, nursing, and environmental sciences. With an open admissions policy, the college generally has a high acceptance rate, appealing to a wide range of applicants seeking both two-year associate degrees and pathways to four-year bachelor's degrees through transfer agreements. On-campus housing is available to students, promoting a limited residential experience. Gainesville State College maintains a focus on academic and career readiness rather than athletics, and does not emphasize intercollegiate sports programs within its campus culture.
In the most recent statistical year 2,538 prospective students applied, and 2,509 were granted admission. Of those admitted 1,797 enrolled in the school. 5,231 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,337 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $2,277 plus fees of $884.