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Paine College

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Former names
Paine Institute


Undergraduate tuition and fees
13,332 USD (2015)


White, Purple

"Rejoicing In Hope"

Acceptance rate
31% (2015)

Total enrollment
925 (2010)

+1 706-821-8200

Private Historically black college

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Samuel Sullivan (Interim)

1235 15th St, Augusta, GA 30901, USA

Notable alumni
Louis Lomax, Woodie W White, Frank Yerby, Mike Thurmond, John Wesley Gilbert

Fort Valley State University, Augusta State University, Claflin University, Benedict College, Clark Atlanta University


Who are we at paine college

Paine College is a private, coeducational historically black liberal arts college located in Augusta, Georgia, United States. It is affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Paine College offers undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts, business administration, and education through residential, commuter, and off-site programs. The college is experiencing financial issues. Following two years of probation, its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, recommended in June 2016 that the college lose its regional accreditation.


Paine college prancing lionesses dance team practice


Paine College has a 64.4-acre (260,617.6 m2) acre campus in the heart of Augusta. Most of its 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. The Collins-Calloway Library and Resources Center houses the Paine College Digital Collections, which feature historical images of Paine College and oral history interviews of Paine College alumni and presidents.

A historic district within the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 26, 2012, for its contributions to education and African-American heritage.


The college's athletic teams are known as the Lions. Paine College currently competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and track & field; women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, track & field and volleyball.

The college's football returned to play in 2014 after a half-century absence. In their first season back, the football team finished 2-8 before the program was again shut down.

Accreditation and finances

The college is experiencing financial issues and has been placed on probation by its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school began 2015 on probation due to being in violation of nine standards, including financial stability.

In November 2015, Paine College launched the "Build it Back Campaign", which raised over half a million dollars in six months. This was to support its fundraising goal of $3.5, of which $2.5 million in cash has been raised. The college plans to use the money to offset the debt of $5.4 million. Following a March 2016 onsite visit, SACS found the college in compliance with one of the standards that was previously problematic, leaving a total of three standards in question. In May, the college celebrated meeting its fundraising goal. However, one month later SACS recommended that the college lose its regional accreditation.

On June 16, 2016 SACS said Paine had not satisfied deficiencies in three areas: financial resources, financial stability, and control of sponsored research/external funds. This may mean loss of accreditation and loss of the ability of students to get federal loans. Its enrollment is now 534, and over 95% of its students receive financial aid. The school lost $2.9 million in assets through the end of 2014. In 2015, Paine suspended its football program but still was unable to make payroll for its employees. Paine appealed the decision to remove accreditation. The appeal was heard on September 12. On September 16, the college was notified that the decision was upheld. On September 19, Paine College filed suit in federal court. A consent decree has been entered for a preliminary injunction reinstating Paine College on probation.

Notable alumni

This is a list of notable alumni of Paine Institute and/or Paine College.


Paine College Wikipedia

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