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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is a unique, intimate learning environment where students are given the tools to embrace their full potential and pursue their aspirations through a true hands-on education.

What makes ABAC great isn't the beautiful campus, the delicious food, or top-notch education. What makes ABAC great is the people in it. Within a few weeks, I found myself walking through campus being greeted by name from staff and students alike. Within a few weeks, ABAC had become home.

Bryce Roland

Perry, GA
Ag Education - B.S.
Class of 2023

ABAC has been my second home. In my four years here, I was an officer for three clubs and served as a senator for the Student Government Association. I have met some of my best friends at ABAC and will be a bridesmaid in one of my roommates' wedding! ABAC has such a great reputation and my ABAC experience will benefit me in my future because it has prepared me to teach 6-12th grades when I graduate. Thank you, ABAC, for the best four years of my life.  

Caitlyn Corbran

Parrish, FL
Ag Education - B.S.
Class of 2020

I love ABAC because it has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse in the comfort of my hometown. I also love ABAC because the class sizes are fairly small and allow you more one-on-one interaction with your professors. My ABAC education is preparing me for what lies ahead once I receive my degree. Graduating from ABAC’s nursing program will give me an advantage over other nurses who did not receive their education from ABAC.

Hannah Barry

Tifton, GA
Nursing - R.N.
Class of 2020

I love ABAC because of the community feel that it offers. It is a place where professors know your name and are eager to lend a hand or an ear. While ABAC may be an agricultural-based school, it has introduced me to a wide variety of topics that have diversified my interests.  

Candler Swain

Nashville, GA
Writing & Communications - B.S.
Class of 2022

As a student in the writing and communication program, I have had exposure to many fields within the discipline. This has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in areas ranging from broadcasting to rhetoric. I love that ABAC offers hands-on learning opportunities for students. Specifically, for students interested in writing, the Stallion newspaper, and Pegasus literary magazine. I've had the privilege of being published in both, and for that, I am grateful. Both organizations are student-run, giving you real-world experience. I'll cherish my time at ABAC long past graduation.

Michael Duvall

Sycamore, GA
Writing and Communication - B.S.
Class of 2020

ABAC has given me the second chance I needed to do life right. I am a single mom that works full time. Because of ABAC and its wonderful staff motivating me and helping me along the way, in May 2021 I will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing. ABAC has already taught me so much, not just in my field of study, but also about who I am. There was a reason I only applied to ABAC and its nursing program. I will always recommend it as the best around.

Kari Brown

Sylvester, GA
Nursing - R.N.
Class of 2021

I love ABAC because I love the small-town feel, and the people here are really amazing. ABAC has so many learning opportunities, and they are not just in the classroom, they're all around you. ABAC even offers access to an onsite farm, where we can learn and do more hands-on learning. Also, I do not know of many colleges that have cattle right outside the dorms! It's a great agricultural atmosphere, and you're around a lot of other students and professors who love it just as much as you do!

Kate Goodwin

Fairmount, GA
Agriculture/Live Stock Production - B.S.
Class of 2020

At ABAC I have been able to make lifelong friendships that will last forever. I am so thankful for the opportunities and doors that have been opened for me. For example, the STEPS program helped me be able to complete my internship at both the state and national capitol buildings. All of my Agricultural Communication classes and their professors were very instrumental in giving me the foundational knowledge for becoming a successful communicator. These skills have prepared me to begin my graduate degree in Public Administration, and I look forward to working in governmental affairs in the future!

Jane Anne Veazey

Tifton, GA
Agricultural Communication - B.S.
Class of 2020

School of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources leads the South in advancing the agriculture field through hands-on experience and rigorous academic preparation. We offer six baccalaureate programs as well as small class sizes, high quality instructors, and many opportunities for hands-on learning. We pride ourselves on complementing  our...

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School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual hub of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, providing all ABAC students the Core Curriculum and helping to develop their critical thinking, writing, and research skills. We offer three associate degrees, four bachelor’s degrees, and a number of different degree tracks...

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School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers two widely sought after degrees in healthcare for both beginning undergraduate students and current healthcare professionals. We are proud to boast one of the highest NCLEX RN pass rates in the state and a 100% employment rate for our graduates....

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Stafford School of Business

The Stafford School of Business offers students a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to the principals of the business world and provides a strong foundation for growth and success in a variety of fields. Our macro level approach to instruction exposes students to a holistic view of markets and...

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Site Locations

Our home is in Tifton, a thriving rural community in the heart of South Georgia. With four other instructional site locations in Bainbridge, Moultrie, Blakely, and Donalsonville, students have a range of options when building their educational path.

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April 3 2020

Remote Instruction Will Continue for ABAC During the Summer Term

TIFTON—Instruction will continue to be delivered remotely at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the other 25 institutions in the University System of Georgia during the remainder of the spring semester and the summer term, with only limited exceptions. USG institutions, including ABAC, are tentatively planning to return to normal on-campus operations for the fall semester should guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health allow it.  At this time, fall semester classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 12 at ABAC. Meanwhile, all institutions have been asked to continue their current telework and flexible work strategies for faculty and staff.  USG institutions overall have remained open, with only minimal staff physically on-site to ensure continuity of certain services. ABAC and all USG institutions continue to prioritize the safety of students, faculty, and staff as each college and university does its part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia and fulfill the USG mission to graduate students in these challenging times. Additional information on spring semester instruction (which is ongoing) and options for students during the 2020 summer term is available at the ABAC website at ###
March 26 2020

ABAC Begins Four Day Work Week April 6

TIFTON—Because of the changes brought about by coronavirus, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will begin a four-day work week beginning April 6 and continuing through July 24. ABAC Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Paul Willis said ABAC will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The college will be completely closed on Friday. “With no students on campus during the remainder of the spring semester, this gives us a chance to be as energy efficient as possible,” Willis said. “Employees will be able to spend a three-day weekend with their families throughout this time frame.” Willis said ABAC will return to its regular hours on July 27. The fall semester begins on Aug. 12. Along with the other students in the 26 University System of Georgia institutions, ABAC students will begin taking all their classes online on March 30 to adhere to USG guidelines. All spring semester events have been cancelled including the spring commencement ceremony. ###
May 12 2020

ABAC Museum Curator Solves Mystery of Shoemakers, New Exhibit Opens June 1

TIFTON—Polly Huff never considered a career as a detective, but she did become the Sherlock Holmes of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture recently when she used her sleuthing and curatorial skills to solve the mystery of the shoemakers. The saga started innocently enough with a routine cleaning of an old storage space that produced leatherworking tools which turned out to be an entire collection from a shoemaker’s shop.  The Museum had a donation record from Stephen Middleton of Loogootee, Ind., and an old photo showing a man guiding a horse which pulled a Middleton’s Shoe Shop wagon. Through an intensive search and many hours of combing through historical documents across the country, Huff, the Museum’s Curator, found J.L. Middleton, a shoe shop owner in Indiana in the late 1800s. But was Stephen related to J.L?  Ah, the plot thickens. “As it turns out, he was not related but they were both Middletons, and they were both in the shoemaking business,” Huff said with a laugh.  “Stephen was born in Tifton in 1904 but he later lived in Loogootee after meeting his future wife, an Indiana girl.” Stephen’s mother, Emma Jane Hutchinson, was from neighboring Berrien County.  She married shoemaker James Monroe Middleton, and they lived in Valdosta and Tifton between 1898 and 1908, before moving to Lenox in 1910, and then eventually Camilla. “James was listed in the 1920 census as a shoe shop owner in Camilla, shortly before his death at 71 years old in late 1920,” Huff said.  “The 1920 census also lists then-15-year old Stephen as a wage earner in his father’s shoe shop. Shoemaking tools from the Middleton collection. “Later in his life, Stephen was employed by American Shoe Machinery & Tool Company.  From there, dozens of articles were located, naming James Middleton as ‘Tifton’s veteran shoemaker,’ and ‘Tifton’s popular shoemaker,’ dating from 1898 through 1920.” So who was in the picture, the Indiana shoemaker or the Georgia shoemaker? “We finally realized that the person in the photo was in fact Stephen’s father, James Middleton, and the shoe shop in the photo was around Camilla between 1910 and 1920,” Huff said.  “James is actually buried less than three miles down the road from the Museum.” Stephen worked as a shoemaker for his father and then inherited his dad’s shoe shop collection.  Since his father was buried in Tifton, Stephen offered the artifacts to the Museum two years before he died. “Another piece of the puzzle revealed itself in the last line of the obituary of Helen Cecilia Middleton, Stephen’s wife, who passed away in 2000 and whose funeral was officiated by a great-nephew, Father Kenneth Walker, at St. John Catholic Church in Loogootee,” Huff said. “Father Walker provided valuable information for the exhibit file.” Mystery solved.  For all those people who don’t believe in coincidences, this tale really rocks their boat.  There was no connection between the Middleton shoemakers in Georgia and their Indiana counterparts, also named Middleton, although the Georgia shoemakers did have an Indiana link through Stephen’s wife. “The process of the search was one of the most exciting times for our Museum and for the research team,” Huff said.  “Solidifying the results gave us all pause and reiterated how vital historic authenticity is to our work and to the information we put out there for the public to consume.” Dr. Sandra Giles’ communications class at ABAC assisted Huff with creating various curriculum support materials and brochures for the exhibit.  Museum curatorial intern Tristin Clements from Tifton was instrumental in producing the digital content for the exhibit. Huff also thanked the Historical Society just outside Loogootee and the Camilla Chamber of Commerce. “The photo that I found became the exhibit background,” Huff said.  “With the help of a digital restoration photographer, we extracted the image of Mr. Middleton. I then sent the image to a company in Maryland, and their personnel created a life size, true representation museum figure of the shoemaker, down to his facial hair, clothing, height, and posture. “Tristin and I placed the likeness of Mr. Middleton in front of a life size rendering of the original photo, in effect replacing his image in the photo with an actual 3-D figure.”  The Middleton Shoe shop exhibit will open virtually on June 1, via Facebook and the Museum’s website.  Located in the Museum Main Exhibit Hall, the exhibit will be available to guests to explore in person when the Museum reopens after the pandemic subsides. For more information on this and future exhibits, interested persons can contact Huff at ###
May 14 2020

Willacoochee Student Receives Top Academic Award at ABAC

TIFTON— Abby Unger, a senior biology major from Willacoochee, has been selected as the top academic student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. As ABAC’s J.G. Woodroof Scholar, Unger represented the college in Atlanta in February when the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia hosted the Academic Recognition Day students from each of the 26 colleges and universities in the USG at its meeting.  Chancellor Steve Wrigley then honored the students at a luncheon, attended by ABAC President David Bridges and Unger’s family.  The Woodroof Scholar Award is named for Dr. J.G. Woodroof, the first president of ABAC in 1933.  The award is normally presented at the ABAC Honors ceremony but the ceremony was cancelled this year because of the pandemic. After compiling a 3.97 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during her four years at ABAC, Unger graduated this semester.  She has been accepted to the Mercer University School of Medicine this fall where she plans to attend classes on the Savannah campus. Unger believes her ABAC education established a strong foundation for the rigorous classes she will face in medical school. “I believe ABAC provided me with a quality education,” Unger said.  “It was hard.  I studied every day.  At ABAC, the professors really care about your grades.  They want you to do well.” At ABAC, Unger was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society.  She was also a member of the ABAC Honors Program and the Advancing Toward Occupations in Medicine club. The 2016 graduate of Coffee High School also involved herself in community service activities including Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Mile, and the Georgia Farm Workers Health Project. ###
May 13 2020

ABAC Student Selected for National Teach Ag Ambassadors

TIFTON--Jack Bazemore, a junior agricultural education major at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, is one of 14 students nationwide selected as a National Teach Ag Ambassador for the 2020-21 year. A native of Roswell, Bazemore graduated from Roswell High School before he began attending ABAC.  His family now lives in Rutledge.  Bazemore is the first student from a college or university in Georgia selected for the honor in the history of the National Teach Ag Ambassadors’ program. “Agricultural education has afforded me the opportunity to combine my passions for teaching and the outdoors to help mold and shape the future of our industry and our nation,” Bazemore said.  “I am extremely excited to represent ABAC this year as a Teach Ag Ambassador.” The 14 ambassadors will begin their training this summer to become advocates for agricultural education at the 93rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 28-31. These students will represent the National Teach Ag Campaign at the convention as they encourage high school students who stop by the Teach Ag booth to consider careers as agriculture teachers. The ambassadors will engage with students, teachers, and stakeholders who visit the booth to develop a cohort of current and future agriculture teachers. The ambassadors will stay in contact with these individuals throughout their year of service through electronic communications to inspire the next generation of leaders, problem solvers, and agriculturalists. Active in the ABAC Collegiate FFA, Bazemore is also a member of the ABAC Horseman’s Association, the City of Tifton Volunteer Fire Department, and the First Presbyterian Church of Tifton.  After graduation from ABAC, Bazemore wants to work in Extension to gain valuable field experience while earning his master’s degree and Ph.D. before beginning his teaching career. Bazemore is also a tour guide for Okefenokee Adventures in Folkston and will depart this summer to Ely, Minn., where he will serve as a wilderness canoe guide for the Scouts BSA.  An Eagle Scout, Bazemore found his love for teaching by serving as a mentor to younger scouts and by serving on the camp staff at Woodruff Scout Camp in Blairsville and Swamp Base in Lafayette, La. At Roswell High School, Bazemore was a four-year Army JROTC Cadet and captain of the RHS Varsity Rifle Team. He earned awards for marksmanship and leadership during his high school years and finished second in the district in the American Legion oratory contest. By a twist of fate Bazemore found his way to ABAC and discovered his true passion for teaching. “We did not have FFA or 4-H in my county at the time,” Bazemore said.  “I had to drive to Cherokee County just to be in 4-H. But I did have the Scouts, and I feel the lessons I learned and the experience I have gained from scouting will serve me well as an ambassador and as an educator.” The National Teach Ag Ambassador Program was developed as an effort to address the current, nationwide high demand for agriculture teachers. The need for agriculture teachers in the United States is the result of retirements, current program growth, new programs opening, and current teachers who leave the profession to explore other opportunities. The ambassadors work to promote the need for high-quality and diverse agriculture teachers while at the National FFA Convention and throughout the following year at the state and local levels. ABAC continues to be one of the top producers of graduates with bachelor’s degrees in agricultural education in the entire United States. ###
May 19 2020

ABAC, VSU Sign Agreement to Alleviate Shortage of Mental Health Providers

TIFTON—Alleviating a shortage of mental health providers in rural areas will be one of the goals of a new articulation agreement between Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and Valdosta State University (VSU). Dr. Matthew Anderson, Dean of the ABAC School of Arts and Sciences, said the agreement guarantees qualified ABAC graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Rural Community Development an interview and consideration for acceptance into VSU’s Marriage and Family Therapy master’s degree program. “There is a shortage of mental health providers in rural areas, and it is hoped that the new collaboration might contribute to addressing this need,” Anderson said. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with our colleagues at Valdosta State on this new agreement, which will help our students who aspire to be marriage and family therapists achieve their goals. “We hope that by keeping ABAC students in the region for their graduate degree, we may increase the likelihood that they remain in the area and help build our local communities.” Dr. Heather M. Kelley, Interim Department Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at VSU, said the graduate degree strengthens the foundation of the ABAC bachelor’s degree in Rural Community Development. “A graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy provides training that no other mental health field offers,” Kelley said.  “It is direct, face-to-face training with real people who have real, often painful problems.” Dr. Jennifer Lambert-Shute, VSU Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, adds, “The skills and training students receive while earning a Bachelor's degree in Rural Community Development is a complement to the education and training they receive in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at VSU. The degree from ABAC is an interdisciplinary degree that equips students to work within the health, social, political, economic, and culturally diverse aspects of rural communities.” Dr. Martha Laughlin, VSU Program Director of Marriage and Family Therapy, said graduates should find a welcoming job market. “The combination of a BA in Rural Community Development and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy readies graduates for employment in private practice, public and private mental health businesses, mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, medical offices, clinics, geriatrics, police departments, the court system, the military, the Veterans Administration, military overseas opportunities, correctional facilities, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), home-based therapy, and more,” Laughlin said.  “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the number of Marriage and Family therapists will grow 22 per cent through 2028.” Dr. Martinez Franco, ABAC’s Department Chair of Rural Studies, said collaboration among institutions is essential in the current fast-changing job market. “We are preparing students to solve problems and create positive social, economic, political, and cultural impacts in rural areas,” Franco said.  “With this agreement, more students will be committed to our rural communities. Teamwork is essential, and it is a value we are showing with this ABAC-VSU agreement.  We are stronger working together.” For more information on the articulation agreement, interested persons can contact Anderson at or Kelley at ###