Paine seal violetPaine College is a private Historically Black college located in Augusta, Georgia was founded in 1882.It’s nickname is the Lions and the University is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(SIAC). Their colors are purple and white and their motto is Rejoicing In Hope.

Location: 1235 15th St, Augusta, Georgia 30901-3182
Phone: (706) 821-8200

Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
City: Midsize
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 891 (All undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12 to 1


paine history

  • Paine was the brainchild of Bishop Lucius Henry Holsey, who first expressed the idea for the College in 1869.
  • On November 1, 1882, the Paine College Board of Trustees, consisting of six members, three from each Church, met for the first time. They agreed to name the school in honor of the late Bishop Robert Paine.
  • In 1883, a Charter of Incorporation for The Paine Institute was granted, and the Trustees elected Dr. George Williams Walker as its first teacher.
  • In January 1884, classes began in rented quarters in downtown Augusta.
  • The year 1888 was a very significant one for Paine College. Reverend Moses U. Payne, an MECS minister from Missouri, gave $25,000 to Paine for the endowment.
  • The College remains a small, predominantly Black, coeducational, church-related school, gratefully related to its founding denominations and open to all.


Paine College has a 64.4-acre (260,617.6 m2) acre campus located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. Most of the college's buildings, including residence halls, classroom buildings, and the library, are located in the main campus area. The athletic field, gymnasium, tennis court, and the chapel/music building are included in the rear campus area.

Our Student

  • Total number of student: 891
  • Full Time: 860
  • Percentage of Male: 37.5%
  • Percentage of Female: 62.5%
  • Percentage of In-state: 76.1%


  • Full-time: 60
  • Adjuncts: 24
  • Full-time Doctorates: 45


Paine College reorganized its academic units into two schools: the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies. Each school governed three departments in which there are 16 majors that lead to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Major programs are Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Education.


  • The primary goal of the Paine College Financial Aid Office is to provide financial assistance to students, who, without such aid, would be unable to attend the institution.
  • Over 90% of students receive financial aid
  • Students, faculty, and staff have full privileges to use the services and resources of the Library which include books, periodicals, indexes, archival materials, and an African American collection are available to students twenty-four hours a day.
  • The Learning Resources Center includes open computer labs, electronic classrooms, a production/media lab and classrooms. Wireless access is available throughout the building.
  • Paine College e2Campus is a mass notification system that can alert students with text messages on their cell phones.


Alumni are essential members of the Paine College community. They are lifelong stakeholders in the institution, and their passion and loyalty to their alma mater inspire devotion that is second to none. These bonds of affection are very special and Paine College cannot achieve its goals without them.

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