Blue Ridge Campus:
It’s A Game Changer

New UNG Blue Ridge Campus.

Despite his early academic accomplishments, Warren Treon had no plans for college, but he quickly changed his mind when he participated in the dual enrollment program at UNG’s Blue Ridge campus.

Travel along picturesque GA 515 and it’s hard not to miss the new, UNG Blue Ridge campus which welcomed its first students Monday, August 17, with a record enrollment of 233 students. Located at 56 Nighthawk Dr., the new 10-acre campus is about 3 miles from former Blue Ridge campus which had opened in 2015.

“With significantly increased course offerings, expanded student services and additional faculty, this new campus is an education and economic game changer for our region,” said Blue Ridge Campus Director Sandy Ott, a North Georgia native.

The Blue Ridge campus was indeed a game changer for Warren Treon, B.S. Chemistry ’21, a Blue Ridge native, Treon is pursuing a degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. He dual enrolled in the very first class at Blue Ridge in 2015. “I took a math class and a psychology class and fell in love with college,” he said. Now 22 years old, Treon’s goal is to become an optometrist.

Warren Treon, from Blue Ridge, Georgia, is pursuing a degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. Treon’s goal is to become an optometrist.

Treon credits the faculty and staff at UNG with helping him maintain his focus on science. Now on the Dahlonega campus, he is involved with an undergraduate research project with Dr. Levi Miller, assistant professor of chemistry, and is a learning assistant for Dr. Megan Foley, assistant professor of chemistry.

Local students will be delighted that introductory biology (with a full lab) as well as anatomy and physiology and other core courses will be offered on the new campus. With these additional courses, students can spend more semesters in Blue Ridge before completing their bachelors degrees on another UNG campus.

Ott is quick to acknowledge the community support for the new campus. “Our community has really taken ownership of our growth. Last year, while the new building was under construction, generous donors supported 21 Georgia Mountain Opportunity Scholarships just for students on this campus. We welcome the community to become more involved in supporting scholarships – and in turn the future of our students and the local economy.”

More than quadruple the size of the former UNG Blue Ridge site, the new campus offers an abundance of shared study spaces, computer resources, an outdoor patio, faculty/staff offices, an expanded Student Success and Tutoring Center and a Learning Commons.

The Georgia General Assembly funded this $5.5 million project in the 2019 fiscal year with the support of David Ralston, Georgia Speaker of the House of Representatives. Ralston, a UNG alumnus, represents Georgia District 7, including Fannin County.  

Learn how you or your business can make a difference on this new campus! Contact Sandy Ott or Kimberly Miller, coordinator of community outreach, 706-835-8582, for details.