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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.

ABAC has provided me with many opportunities. The Honors Program, mentored research with professors, welcoming clubs and organizations, and being able to bring my horse to the stables on campus are just a few. Another perk of attending ABAC is the affordability which helps my family which has four children. The friends and memories I've made here are unforgettable and I'm so happy that ABAC is my school.

Ginger Bailey

Biology (B.S.)
Class of 2020

My favorite part about the ABAC Nursing Program is the friendships I have made. Connections with my professors will undoubtedly help to further my career goals. I am very thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me in this program, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Jacob Walker

Nursing - R.N. to B.S.N. Completion (B.S.N)
Class of 2019

As a writing and communication major, I received hands-on experience through lectures and projects from world class professors. ABAC is a welcoming environment where faculty and staff strive day after day to fulfill the needs of its students. Anyone and everyone will find a home at ABAC. I am glad I found a place where I truly felt like I belonged.

Drayton Holmes

Writing and Communication (B.S.)
Class of 2018

The Stafford School of Business has given me many opportunities through the business clubs, Stafford Business Club and Enactus, and an internship to Europe. I have been able to meet many business leaders and make connections at events such as the Business Roundtable and Enactus national competitions. Thank you ABAC for giving me many memories to take into the future.

Sarah Odom

Business (B.S.)
Class of 2019

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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January 9 2020

Sweetwater Junction to Highlight ABAC Scholarship Fundraiser Feb. 29

   TIFTON—Fabulous food, fantastic entertainment, and a chance to assist students in securing the education of a lifetime will be the key ingredients at An Evening for ABAC scholarship fundraiser on Feb. 29. Sponsored by the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation, Inc., the event includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and superb entertainment from Sweetwater Junction, a group with a repertoire that covers classic rock, rhythm and blues, country, and favorite hits from the past five decades. Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Tifton Campus Conference Center, An Evening for ABAC grows the ABAC student scholarship fund each year so that freshmen can wrap themselves in the ABAC experience when they enroll in the 2020 fall semester.  Now a fully credentialed four-year college, ABAC always attracts alumni to the event who remember when the college was a two-year college from 1933 to 2008. “An Evening for ABAC in 2019 was one of the most successful in the 48 years the ABAC Foundation has sponsored the event,” ABAC Vice President for External Affairs and Advancement Paul Williams said.  “We had around 500 alumni and supporters who helped us raise over $104,000 for student scholarships.  That means 41 students got a scholarship to ABAC because of this event.” ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones, who helps to coordinate the event for the ABAC Foundation, said the all-time record for An Evening for ABAC took place in 2018 when the event raised $106,144 which resulted in 42 ABAC student scholarships.  Community support has been ongoing since 1972 when the ABAC Foundation sponsored a fundraiser featuring Anita Bryant to complete the funding for the Chapel of All Faiths.  The banquet attracted 426 patrons and netted $22,612.  In 1973, Eddie Arnold came to town for another ABAC Foundation-sponsored event, and the legendary program called Dollars for Scholars was born. Dollars for Scholars became the social event of the year in Tift County with entertainers such as Ray Stevens, Louise Mandrell, Debbie Reynolds, Kathy Mattea, Marie Osmond, Helen Reddy, Lee Greenwood, Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan, and the Temptations.  Trisha Yearwood attracted the largest crowd for Dollars for Scholars in 2006 when over 1,800 patrons attended her show.  The ABAC Foundation changed the name of the event to An Evening for ABAC in 2008 and focused its efforts entirely on raising funds for scholarships.  Jodie Snow, Class of 2000 at ABAC and now the ABAC Foundation’s chief operating officer, knows how vital that scholarship support is to the students. “The debt assumed by many students is staggering,” Snow said. “If ABAC students are to leave school with a minimum debt load, most will require financial assistance. The advancement office and the Foundation are crucial to maintaining affordability for an ABAC student’s education and allowing them to graduate with minimum debt.” Tickets for An Evening for ABAC are $125 for singles, $225 for couples, and $1,500 for a reserved table which seats eight persons.  A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. For tickets, interested persons can visit www.abac.edu/aneveningforabac or call (229) 391-4895.  ABAC Advancement Officer Ric Stewart said sponsors are vital to the success of An Evening for ABAC.  Sponsorship levels include ABAC 1908 Circle for $15,000 which sponsors six scholarships, Presidential for $10,000 which sponsors four scholarships, Titanium for $7,500 which sponsors three scholarships, Platinum for $5,000 which sponsors two scholarships, and Gold for $2,500 which sponsors one scholarship.  Details on sponsorships are available from Stewart at richard.stewart@abac.edu  or by calling (229) 391-5234. Tift Regional Medical Center, Colquitt Regional Medical Center, and Ashley and Dean Copelan are already on board for ABAC 1908 Circle sponsorships.  Platinum sponsors include Sodexo, Georgia Farm Bureau, Allstate Construction, Needmore Properties, and Synovus/Synovus Trust.  Gold sponsors include AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Adams, South Georgia Banking Company, Robert McLendon Farms, Ardry Trading Company, Dr. Joseph J. Day, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Checkers and Captain D’s, Melvin and Anita Merrill, Georgia Power, McLendon Acres, Premium Peanut, and Vivien and Austin Scott.                                               ###
February 3 2020

Tickets Available for ABAC Beast Feast on March 7

TIFTON—Load your plate with entrees ranging from bobcat to alligator on March 7 at the seventh annual Beast Feast sponsored by the Wildlife Society at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Scheduled for 6 p.m. in Gressette Gymnasium, the annual wild game supper allows patrons to get a taste of venison, wild hog, duck, geese, alligator, bobcat, fish, and more.  Tickets are $15 per person and are now available from Dr. William Moore at wmoore@abac.edu and Dr. Jason Scott at jscott@abac.edu. “This event sells out just about every year so I encourage everyone to go ahead and get their tickets,” Moore, Head of the ABAC Department of Forest Resources, said.  “We’re moving to Gressette Gym this year so the change in venue should make this event bigger and better than ever before.” Moore said that attendees at the supper can purchase tickets to be eligible for prizes ranging from a gun to framed prints, and more.   Everyone at the event will be in the drawing for free door prizes to be given away at various times during the evening. For more information, interested persons can contact Moore at (229) 391-4805 or Scott at (229) 391-4804. ###
January 29 2020

Mike Wiley Featured in ‘Breach of Peace’ at ABAC Bainbridge Feb. 21

BAINBRIDGE—Mike Wiley will be spotlighted in a solo role in a play titled “Breach of Peace” at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Bainbridge at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 as a part of the Carter Arts and Lecture Series. Dr. Michael Kirkland, Executive Director of ABAC Bainbridge, said the play is a living monument to those remarkable young men and women of various races, religions, and backgrounds who rose to face the dangers of fighting for just and equal treatment for all. “‘Breach of Peace’ is based on true accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Riders and others involved in the early struggle for African-American equality,” Kirkland said. The play chronicles events which began on May 24, 1961 when 19-year-old Jean Thompson boarded a Trailways bus in Montgomery, Ala., bound for New Orleans, La.  Within three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle to desegregate buses, following the path of Thompson and others. Kirkland said Wiley’s performance in “Breach of Peace” will be held at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center at ABAC Bainbridge.  The Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Foundation is the Carter Arts and Lecture Series sponsor.   Now in its seventh season, the series features compelling speakers, distinguished authors, and performing artists at ABAC Bainbridge.  Kirkland said the events are designed to bring ABAC students and the community together to educate, inspire, and spark imagination. Other presentations in the Carter Arts and Lecture Series include historian Michael Francis on March 12, and jazz vocalist Myrna Clayton with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble on April 17.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.purplepass.com/Carter or by calling (229) 243-6980.  Individual tickets for “Breach of Peace” are $10 for adults, $5 for K-12 students, and free for ABAC students and Southern Regional Technical College students.  For more information on any of the performances, interested persons can call (229) 391-4895. ###
February 6 2020

ABAC Students Now Enrolled in Four-Year Degrees as College Celebrates 112th Birthday

TIFTON – When 27 students walked up the front steps of what is now Tift Hall to attend the Second District Agricultural and Mechanical School on Feb. 20, 1908, they had no idea they were laying the foundation for an institution that would create an annual economic impact of almost a half a billion dollars on South Georgia 112 years later. The Second District A&M School was an area high school that opened on that day in 1908.  The school later became South Georgia A&M College in 1924, the Georgia State College for Men in 1929, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1933.  That former two-year college called ABAC became a 4-year college and began offering bachelor’s degree classes in 2008, and the rest is history.  Now ABAC is celebrating its 112th birthday with thousands of students pursuing four-year degrees. “ABAC’s footprint in South Georgia makes quite a large impression,” Dr. Renata Elad, Dean of ABAC’s Stafford School of Business, said in her recent analysis of the statewide economic impact study which showed ABAC had a $499,403,672 impact on South Georgia in fiscal year 2018.  “Out-of-state enrollment definitely played a part.  Obviously, the word is getting around that ABAC offers a valuable education at an affordable cost.” With instructional sites in Tifton, Moultrie, Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville during the 2019 fall term and an enrollment of 3,923 students, ABAC now attracts students from 23 countries, 21 states, and 156 of Georgia’s 159 counties. Instead of the 1908 high school curriculum, ABAC now offers 12 bachelor’s degree programs in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Education, Biology, Business, Environmental Horticulture, History and Government, Natural Resource Management, Nursing, Rural Community Development, and Writing and Communication. ABAC also continues to offer associate degrees, highlighted by a two-year degree in nursing which prepares graduates for the Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure exam. Visitors looking to find out more about the history of ABAC can view colorful historic panels in Tift Hall, the main administrative building on the front of the campus.  These panels depict the 112-year history of the college in an easy to follow manner in the George T. Smith Parlor, the ABAC History Room, and the Freedom Gallery, all open to the public from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fridays.                                                        ###
February 13 2020

ABAC Activities Planned for African American History Month

TIFTON–Movie nights, a cookout, and guest speakers are scheduled on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus during February to celebrate African American History Month. The cookout at noon on Feb. 21 in the John Hunt Town Center will feature Nick Green, a former major league baseball player from Tifton.  He played for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Angels in his professional career. After his stint in the big leagues, Green continued to play baseball across the globe in places such as Taiwan and Venezuela. Currently, Green is a minor league pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.  He is one of only eight African American pitching coaches in major league baseball. On Feb 25, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Sammie Davis will speak at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.  Davis served 34 years in the U.S. Army as a logistics, acquisition, contracting, and procurement subject matter expert.  On top of being a highly decorated officer, he also has a Ph.D. in Education and owns his own catering service.  Davis travels the country to “share knowledge to all who will listen.” Other African American History Month events at ABAC include movie nights in the Lakeside Lobby on Feb. 17 and 24 at 7 p.m.  There will also be a Yard Show on Feb. 22 in Howard Auditorium at 4 p.m. to show the impact Greek Life has on African American culture and to celebrate Greek Life at ABAC. The Sigma Gamma Rho “Poodles” will host an open mic night in the John Hunt Town Center at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20. The culminating event of the month will be when Rutha Mae Harris speaks to ABAC students on Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.  She was a member of the Freedom Singers in 1963 when they signed a contract with Mercury Records.  She has also recorded with the Landmark Gospel Singers and Whitney Houston. Individuals Making Progress and Achieving Change Together (IMPACT), the Office of Dean of Students, Residence Life and Housing, Active Minds, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Helping Professions Association are sponsoring these events. For more information, contact ABAC Dean of Students Bernice Hughes at bhughes@abac.edu. ###
January 28 2020

ABAC Lecture Covers Hawaii Five-O to Blue Bloods on Feb. 20

TIFTON—From Hawaii Five-O to Law and Order, police officers on television make a big splash every week.  And it only takes an hour on TV for the good guys to apprehend the bad guys.  Dr. Jay Baldwin, assistant professor of communication at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, will explore these fictional crime-fighters in the ABAC Lecture Series on Feb. 20 in a speech titled “From Dragnet to Blue Bloods: TV Cops and Why They Matter.”  Open to the public at no charge, the event begins at 7 p.m. in ABAC’s Howard Auditorium. “All these shows such as Blue Bloods, Law and Order, Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, Chicago P.D., SWAT, and others are known to media scholars as ‘police procedural’ or collectively as ‘procedurals,’” Baldwin said.  “They are a sub-genre of crime dramas.  “Before 1948, no shows placed special focus on how cops do their job.  Instead, crimes on the shows were solved by private citizens, often unwittingly swept up in criminality themselves.” During the lecture, Baldwin will treat the “procedurals” as potentially important cultural artifacts capable of revealing shifting notions of crime and criminality, law and order, and justice. “We’ll discuss the salient cultural shifts and the historical events that influenced those shifts, ultimately tracing the origins of the ‘procedural’ to the training practices of the Los Angeles Police Department after World War II,” Baldwin said. For more information on the lecture, interested persons can contact Baldwin at jbaldwin@abac.edu. Dr. Sandra Giles will complete the 2019-20 ABAC Lecture Series on April 2 when she speaks on “Mr. Pete and the Baldwin Story” in a presentation on former ABAC President Pete Donaldson. ###