Paine College

2014 Quick Stats
1235 15th Street

Augusta, GA 30901-3182

Phone: (706) 821-8200
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#74 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Paine College is a private institution that was founded in 1882. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 837, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 65 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Paine College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 74. Its tuition and fees are $12,502 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world. Paine College is special because of the caring faculty, staff members, and alumni who guide students as they study to achieve their academic goals and assist their personal development. As of December 2012, the College was classified as the Paine College Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. A special strength is the Undergraduate to Graduate Program, a structured support program that provides guidance and assistance related to completing all steps associated with enrolling in graduate school. The teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and business administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Paine College is an active member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and 75 percent of all majors develop and present a thesis as a graduation requirement. Thirty-five percent of our students engage in scholarly presentations on campus and at professional meetings. Paine College embraces the need to educate students from diverse communities and partnered with the Lydia Patterson Institute of El Paso, Texas to recruit Hispanic students who are engaged in sustained community service primarily through the United Methodist Church. The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is one of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's premier programs and the centerpiece of the Foundation's long-term effort to help remedy the serious shortage of faculty of color (particularly African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native Americans) in higher education. MMUF aims to create a legacy of qualified and gifted scholars of color who, along with other committed to eradicating racial disparities, will provide opportunities for all students to experience and learn from the perspectives of diverse members. Paine College is proud to be one of the United Negro College (UNCF) institutions with faculty who mentor three (3) Mellon Mays fellows. Paine College offers several federally and privately funded initiatives that support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs for Paine professors and students that also bridge middle and high school students to STEM-related academic courses and careers. Many of these programs are highly competitive and have long waiting lines every year especially from students who attend public schools and are looking to engage in STEM-related academic courses that will better equipped them to succeed, graduate and enter college. Students of all levels at every age are introduced to the technological workforce (educators, scientists, engineers, technicians, physicians). Studies have shown that the more college students are involved in STEM-related academic courses and research, and the more K-12 students engage in STEM-related bridge and summer enrichment initiatives, the more likely they are to seek STEM-related careers. Since 2009, Paine College will have procured and invested over $5.5 million in STEM-related programs funded by Federal and private agencies. These programs produced over 50 Paine College graduates and touched over 300 middle and high school students since its inception. All of these initiatives operate on the campus but reach far into the community.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1882
Religious affiliation Christian Methodist Episcopal and United Methodist Churches
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $8,367,624


When applying to Paine College, it's important to note the application deadline is July 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Paine College is $25. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.4%
Application deadline July 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Paine College is 11:1, and the school has 67.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Paine College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Sociology; Communication, General; Psychology, General; and History, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 58 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 6%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 24%
Sociology 18%
Communication, General 14%
Psychology, General 10%
History, General 9%

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Student Life

Paine College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 837, with a gender distribution of 38.2 percent male students and 61.8 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. Paine College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 837
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Paine College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Paine College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Paine College, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Paine College.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $12,502 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,094 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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