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Piedmont College
Motto Two campuses. One tradition of excellence.
Established September 1, 1897[1]
Type Private College
Religious affiliation National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and United Church of Christ
Endowment $50,198,112 [2]
President W. Ray Cleere
Faculty 175[3]
Students 2,640 [4]
Undergraduates 1,056 [5]
Postgraduates 1,227 [5]
Location Demorest & Athens, Georgia, USA
34°33′58″N 83°32′31″W / 34.566°N 83.542°W / 34.566; -83.542Coordinates: 34°33′58″N 83°32′31″W / 34.566°N 83.542°W / 34.566; -83.542
Campus Rural 300 acres (1.2 km2) [2]
Former names J.S. Green Collegiate Institute (1897-1899), J.S. Green College (1899-1902)
Tuition $23,988 [6]
Colors Dark Green and Gold [7]          
Nickname Lions
Mascot Lion,
Athletics NCAA Division III; Great South Athletic Conference[8].
Piedmont's campus from the quad.

Piedmont College is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1897 to serve residents of the Appalachian area of northeast Georgia, USA. When the college was first founded, it was established as the J.S. Green Collegiate Institute named after a local banker. In 1899, the name was shortened to the J.S. Green College. By 1902, the college was formally renamed Piedmont College.[9]

Today, with campuses located in Demorest and Athens, the college provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs for about 2,000 students from across Georgia and around the world. While many students come from across the world, 10% of Piedmont's students come from the Habersham County area [10] through Piedmont's Neighborhood Grant Program.

Piedmont maintains religious affiliation with two bodies: the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the United Church of Christ.[11] Congregationalists took over the school from the Methodists in the early 20th century.[12]



The student/faculty ratio is 14 to 1 and most professors hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their field. Piedmont is known for the individual attention and one-on-one instruction provided by professors whose first commitment is to your education. Piedmont is accredited by the following boards: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)[13]; National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Piedmont currently offers 38 undergraduate degree programs and graduate programs in education and business. Beginning in fall 2009, Piedmont started a education doctorate (Ed.D) within the School of Education.



Piedmont College offers four schools for education, including the School of Arts and Sciences, the Walker School of Business, School of Education and the Daniel School of Nursing.[14]

School of Arts and Sciences

Stewart Hall is where the majority of science courses and labs are held.

The School of Arts and Sciences boasts 10 departments that students can take courses in. These departments include: Fine Arts, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mass Communications, Math/Physics, Music, Philosophy/Religion, Science, Social Science and Theatre. Through these departments, students can earn the following degrees, B.F.A, B.A., B.S., Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A., and a M.F.A

Walker School of Business

The Walker School of Business received national accreditation in November 2007 from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for the undergraduate and graduate business programs at both Piedmont’s Demorest and Athens Campuses.[15] Through the School of Business, students can earn a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration or a M.B.A.

School of Education

The school of education offers Bachelors degree programs in many fields of education. Some of the fields that Piedmont offers degrees to are: Early Childhood Education and Middle Grades Education. Students can also get a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree with concentrations like Secondary Education, Special Education General Curriculum, Art Education and Music Education. The school of education also offers an Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning.[16][17]

Daniel School of Nursing

Students from Piedmont College's Nursing Department participate in an annual disaster drill to test their skills.

The School of Nursing offers the B.S.N. degree for students preparing for initial licensure and for Registered Nurses with either an Associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing who wish to complete the B.S.N. The program will prepare students in both the art and the science of nursing.

Mission statement

Piedmont College educates students to become successful and responsible citizens through rigorous academic instruction in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. Learning opportunities are provided through undergraduate and graduate programs offered at various locations. The institution emphasizes high ethical standards and respect for diversity.

— Piedmont College's Mission Statement[18]


Lane Student Center

At Piedmont, there are three main student publications: the magazine, the yearbook and the newspaper.[19]


The first publication for the college was The Mountain Lantern, which was named for a common firefly in the surrounding area. The Lantern started out as a monthly magazine in 1912. In 1913, The Lantern became the college's yearbook. There would not be a magazine again until spring semester of 2006, when mass a communications major published PC Magazine as her senior capstone project. In fall of 2007, the magazine was renamed Pause, and now comes out twice each semester; two print and two online.


The Mountain Lantern lasted for only a short period until 1915. A yearbook was again issued in 1920, and the name was changed to the Yonahian. The odd-sounding name was derived from nearby Mount Yonah. Since 1920, the Yonahian has been published every year and provides a general record of students and faculty over the years.


The first newspaper of Piedmont was The Hustler, which lasted from 1908 to 1909. There was no newspaper until 1917, when a bi-weekly newspaper named The Padded Hammer appeared in September. Later in 1917, after a vote on the name of the paper, it was changed to The Piedmont Owl. The name "Piedmont Owl" was chosen as a reference to the concept of wisdom. This name became the name of Piedmont's athletic teams as well, until 1921, when the Student Association adopted the name Mountain Lions, later shortened to Lions.[20]

The Piedmont Owl lasted for 67 years until the name was changed to match Piedmont's newer mascot. The paper became The Lion's Roar for 21 years until 2005, when it was changed to The Navigator. The name is a reference to the Mayflower ship of the Pilgrims, honoring Piedmont's relationship to American Congregationalism.

History of Piedmont College

Piedmont has a history of more than 111 years of providing education to people from across the world. There have been eleven different presidents of the college who have each helped Piedmont get to where it is now.

Notable people


Professors & staff


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  2. ^ a b "America's Best Colleges 2008: Piedmont College". U.S. News & World Report (U.S.News & World Report, L.P.). 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-28.  
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  7. ^ "Piedmont College". Piedmont Athletics Department. Retrieved 2008-06-17.  
  8. ^ "GSAC Members".  
  9. ^ Suda, Tim (2008-03-17). "J.S. Green: the College and the man". The Navigator. Retrieved 2008-05-08.  
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  11. ^ a b Lane, Mary Charlotte Ed.D (1997). Centennial History of Piedmont College: 1897-1997. Demorest, Ga.: Piedmont College. pp. 1–228.  
  12. ^ Lane, Mary Charlotte Ed.D (1993). Piedmont College History 1897-1990. Demorest, Ga.: Piedmont College.  
  13. ^ Piedmont College Catalog 2006-2007. Demorest, Ga.: Piedmont College. 2006. p. 7.  
  14. ^ Piedmont College. "Academics".  
  15. ^ Piedmont College. "School of Business".  
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  18. ^ "Our Mission". Retrieved 2008-05-11.  
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  28. ^ Cook, Joan (1990-11-22). "Phil Landrum, 83, Former Lawmaker From Georgia, Dies". New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2008-09-14.  
  29. ^ "Marvin Hudson 51". MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved 2008-09-14.  
  30. ^ "Atlanta Silverbacks Men Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2008-09-14.  
  31. ^ Cheesman, Heather (2009-02-23). "Know your neighbor conference: Teaching tolerance and interfaith in today's diverse community". The Navigator (Piedmont College). Retrieved 2009-03-22.  
  32. ^ Lumpkin, Elise (2008-02-25). "Faculty uncovers 'Christ-haunted' South". The Navigator (Piedmont College). Retrieved 2009-03-22.  
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  36. ^ "Ex-Suspect in Bombing Sues Newspapers, College; Jewell's Libel Claim Seeks Unspecified Damages". Washington Post. 1997-01-29. Retrieved 2008-07-16.  

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