History of the College
The educational institution known today as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College opened its doors to 27 students on February 20, 1908, as an area high school called the Second District Agricultural and Mechanical School. In 1925, the school transitioned into the South Georgia A&M College, a title it held for only four years until the name was changed to the Georgia State College for Men in 1929.
In 1933, the newly formed Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia changed the name again to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a two-year institution where the curriculum focused on programs in agriculture, forestry, and home economics. Known as ABAC, the college was named for Abraham Baldwin, a Georgia signer of the United States Constitution, who was the first president of the University of Georgia.
In 2006, the Board of Regents changed the ABAC mission from a two-year college to a State College of the University System of Georgia, offering bachelor degrees in selected areas. ABAC offers bachelor degrees in Agribusiness , Agricultural Communication , Agriculture , Agricultural Education , Biology , Business , Environmental Horticulture , History and Government , Natural Resource Management , Nursing , Rural Community Development , and Writing and Communication . ABAC also offers associate of arts, associate of science, associate of science in nursing, and associate of fine arts degrees. The college campus stretches over 516 acres of South Georgia countryside and includes the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.
Recent figures show ABAC has a $330 million economic impact on South Georgia by reaching thousands of constituents each year through academic, extracurricular, public service, economic development, and special services programs
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of ABAC.
ABAC’s Associate of Science in Nursing degree is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858 (phone: 487-207-2440) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (phone: 404-975-5020).
ABAC’s Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management (Forestry track) is currently under Candidate status for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is the national organization responsible for accreditation of postsecondary degree-awarding programs in forestry in the U.S.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College aspires to an institutional destination of greatness, a college where committed students seek a life-changing experience and are prepared to contribute positively to the communities in which they live and work.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is a State College within the University System of Georgia. ABAC’s mission is to provide excellent education by engaging, teaching, coaching, mentoring, and providing relevant experiences that prepare the graduate for life.
ServiceMembers Opportunity Colleges
ABAC is a participant of the ServiceMembers Opportunity College Consortium (SOC) and serves the service members by the guides and principles set forth by the SOC and policies and procedures set forth by the University System of Georgia and of this institution. The College also participates in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) and the 8 Keys to Veteran Success program. The memorandum can be found at https://www.dodmou.com.
Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village
The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village in Tifton became a part of ABAC in 2010. Its aim is to preserve, exhibit, and educate on the rich, rural culture of Georgia. The 95-acre site provides a museum, historic village, art gallery, country store, and conference facilities for the people of the State. At the heart of the Museum are curriculum-based, interactive educational programs focused on elementary age students. Expanding its educational offerings March of 2017, the Museum added Destination Ag which is agriculture and natural resource curriculum-based educational programming focused on Pre-K through fifth grade. Across the site, the Museum and Historic Village is utilized as a living laboratory for ABAC students and a variety of ABAC classes.
The Arts Connection
The Arts Connection is ABAC’s campus and community arts office and is located in Branch Hall. This office represents another aspect of the College’s commitment to continual learning and public service by seeking to broaden the cultural perspectives of South Georgians through a variety of programs and activities.
Arts Connection works in conjunction with the college’s faculty and a dedicated group of community advisors to offer the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series which showcases professional orchestras, opera companies, theatrical events, chamber music, jazz and more. Additionally, the Arts Connection works with ABAC’s performing arts faculty to promote campus art events such as the First Tuesday Performance Series which features regional artists each month.
ABAC Alumni Association
The purpose of the ABAC Alumni Association is to strengthen and enrich the education and extracurricular programs of ABAC. The Association is organized by the Alumni Board of Directors which meets four times a year to assist in planning activities that encourage involvement by alumni. Students who have received any educational credits from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College or any of the three previous schools (Second District A&M School, South Georgia A&M College or Georgia State College for Men) may become a member of the Association.
The Association presents awards to students at each graduation, supports Regional Roundups and helps organize Homecoming, which is held each Spring. Several of the events during Homecoming Week are the rodeo, reunion groups, and the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner. Awards at this dinner are presented to alumni who have excelled in various professions.
Alumni can join the Association for $35 annually or $500 for a lifetime membership. For more information about the Alumni Association, visit http://www.abac.edu/more/alumni-association.
The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation, Inc. is a Georgia nonprofit corporation organized in 1954 for the sole purpose of supporting the aims and objectives of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The charter states, “…the Foundation was organized to advance the cause of education by generally establishing and implementing programs and activities for the promotion and assistance of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a state-assisted educational institution, her faculty and students.”
Governed by an elected board of trustees, the Foundation determines with the administration of the College the specific purpose for which all gifts to the Foundation will be used by the College. The opportunity to assist all facets of the college program is extended to the faculty and staff, alumni and friends, businesses, corporations and selected foundations on an annual basis. The Foundation has the ability and the experience to manage planned gifts and bequests as well as assist donors in planning gifts which produce the best possible tax and other financial returns.
The Foundation is a federal tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
Location of the College
ABAC is located in South Central Georgia on 516-acres of land on the north side of the city of Tifton alongside Highway I-75.
The College is also readily accessible via U.S. Highway 41, which is within one-half mile of the campus. ABAC is approximately 64 miles from the Florida state line via I-75 and 110 miles from the Alabama state line via Highway 82. Tifton is served by airlines through airports at Albany, GA; Macon, GA; Valdosta, GA; and Tallahassee, FL.
Buildings and Grounds
A detailed campus map is available at http://www.abac.edu/future-students/visiting-campus/campus-map