ACADEMY PREP PROGRAM

Led by our President, Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, U.S. Army (Retired), a 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy (USMA), GMC’s Academy Prep Program has rapidly expanded. President Caldwell attributes this to his unique 37 year military career where he was honored to serve with fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.  Some of those highlights include being a part of writing and then executing the 1989 invasion of Panama, serving as a White House Fellow for President Bush’41, serving as the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division, and several years deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  President Caldwell also has firsthand experience himself having attended a Academy Prep School before heading to West Point, not to mention his daughter attends the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) and a his oldest son is at USMA.

Georgia Military College is extremely proud to serve as certified Prep School for USMA, USAFA, the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA).  The Association of Graduates from USMA, the Naval Academy Foundation, and the Falcon Foundation partner with GMC to offer qualified candidates scholarship opportunities to minimize the cost of the program. The USCGA Scholars program “sponsors” qualified cadets who meet all qualifying obligations for entrance into the Coast Guard Academy, both academically and physically, to include entering into an enlisted status with the U.S. Coast Guard while enrolled in the GMC Preparatory Program.

Centrally located between Atlanta and Augusta, 5 minutes from Lake Sinclair and near top rated golf courses and outdoor activities, GMC has many attractive amenities available to our Service Academy Prep scholars: a WiFi campus with free tutoring and one-on-one advising with the dean of academics, Junior College sports in football, softball, soccer, golf, cross country, and rifle, 15 student clubs, 6 intramural sports, a fitness center and paved running trails.

ACADEMICS

The GMC Academy Prep program provides rigorous academic courses that are heavily STEM focused to best prepare students for a service academy. The courses scholars must complete have been personalized and approved by each academy. The GMC schedule of classes closely mimics the schedule at a service academy. Upon arrival, students will undergo a two week mathematics assessment that will place them in the mathematics course that will best meet their current knowledge level while still providing a challenge. We have three academic terms every year, some of the typical courses for our Academy Prep Program Cadets include: Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, English Composition, World Literature, Computer information Science, Critical Thinking and Leadership.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Character Development: We live by the code of Duty, Honor, Country. This code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral standard and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and to make the right decisions all the time.  “Character Above All” is our motto!  Leadership Lecture Series: The Corps of Cadets participates in a monthly leadership lecture series with Military and community leaders that have a distinguished performance in their fields. The speakers share best practices, lessons learned and their personal stories and what enabled them to be successful.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Our Junior College Athletics is second to none, with teams competing in football, softball, soccer, golf, cross country, and rifle. Please review our athletics website: http://www.gmcbulldogs.com/landing/index.  Our Students Clubs/Organizations and intramural Sports are fantastic: Anime Club-Meets to discuss and promote anime and broaden Japanese cultural understanding; Art Club-All students are invited to join with or without an artistic flair; Collegiate Ministry-student led, with a campus minister, this group seeks to provide opportunities for spiritual growth; Biology Club-biological experiences outside for those normally found in classroom and laboratory; Cadet Glee – open to any member of the GMC Corps of Cadet. The Cadet Glee Club performs publicly each quarter; Chess Club- open to all students who want to learn the game or for the advance chess players participate in competitions; Chorus Club- for those interested in the vocal arts and the Chorus Club performs publicly each quarter; Color Guard and Drill team- open to any member of the GMC Corps of Cadets. Promote the spirit of competition and discipline through the performance of precision execution military drill; Creative Thinking Club- uses puzzles and critical thinking exercises throughout the quarter to challenge students to think critically and apply unconventional solutions to problems; Ethics Bowl Team- open to all students this club helps develop critical thinking skills. Students debate ethical dilemmas and compete within the institution and the campus winners compete regionally; Fine Arts Club- Students rehearse and perform a scripted play. They learn to basics of stagecraft, self-discipline and the importance of listening and observations skills; Intramural- This sports program for men and woman is designed to offer a wide range of activities each term. Sports include volleyball, basketball, kickball, dodgeball and tennis challenges; Pre Nursing Club- for students pursuing a degree in a health related field. Members participate in group activities, day trips, overnight conferences and volunteers; Phi Theta Kappa-International Honors Society-Membership by invitation only.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

Physical fitness is key for any future officer. Our rigorous physical fitness program is designed to develop our Service Academy Preparatory students to be in top shape upon arrival to their respective academies. Our students receive fitness assessments every month to monitor their progress.

FACILITIES

Our facilities are exceptional and state of the art! From our classroom and computer labs to our fitness center and Cadet Barracks – where all Cadets reside. We know you will find our facilities some of the best you have seen on a college campus.

SURROUNDINGS

The surrounding area to our Milledgeville, Georgia campus is beautiful and filled with many things to do. Milledgeville is a college town, as we share it with Georgia College and State University, and a Technical College. Five minutes from campus is Lake Sinclair (where our college has its own lake lot), fishing, canoeing, amazing golf courses and very short commute to Macon, Augusta and Atlanta.

SELF-SPONSORED SERVICE ACADEMY PREP PROGRAM

If a young man or woman is not given a nomination to a service academy or is given a nomination but does not receive an offer of admission nor is selected to attend the service academy preparatory school, there is still an opportunity for the individual to make themselves more competitive by seeking to “self-prepare” or as most refer to it as “selfprep” at a recognized preparatory school such as GMC. Each academy has different criteria established for those wishing to self-prep and GMC cannot guarantee acceptance into a service academy, but the institution can provide an analysis of individuals who have gone through our self-prep program and were then offered admission by a service academy.

Individuals considering the GMC self-prep program, ideally should have the following:

  • GPA between 3.3 and 4.0 (weighted)

STEM Courses taken between 9th and 12th grade; no less than a letter grade of C.

  • Last two years of high school math must be Algebra 2 or a higher math course; with no less than a B letter grade.
  • SAT minimum of 1100 with a minimum of 560 in math or
  • ACT minimum composite score of 21; a minimum score of 20 in mathematics.
  • Medically qualified to gain acceptance into a service academy.
  • Be capable of participating fully in the structured cadet physical fitness and activities program.

For more information about the U.S. Service Academy Prep Program, contact COL Steve Pitt at gpitt@gmc.edu  or COL Nelson Kraft at nkraft@gmc.edu . For the Self Sponsored Prep Program, contact LTC Rob Ramirez at rramirez@gmc.edu