THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE
Our world continues to face new challenges and the core principles at the heart of democracy are under fire. At The American College of Greece, we are keenly aware that our commitment to educating forward-thinking students grounded in American best practices and enlightened global historical and cultural perspectives only grows more important.
ACG is the oldest and largest American-accredited school in Europe. With an endowment invested in the U.S and a healthy financial profile, we take a leadership role in Greece and globally. ACG’s comprehensive approach — educating students Pre-K through graduate school to be well-prepared and ready to lead and leverage their knowledge for positive social and economic impact — is wholly unique in Greece.
This spring, ACG’s student body is comprised of 6,000 students, high school through graduate school, served by 600 faculty on two different campuses. This fall, ACG expands to its new 20-acre East Campus in Spata dedicated to Pierce Pre-K through high school students. We will welcome 800 new students to the campus next semester. Within the next three years, we anticipate expanding to become a state-of-the-art facility in Spata with a projected enrollment of 2,400 students and extensive local and regional community service and outreach.
While ten years ago, fewer than 10% of ACG students received need and merit-based financial assistance, today more than 50% receive financial aid which is made possible, in large part, through the generosity of our foundation partners.
Through an endowed fund, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program has significantly impacted the lives of more than 600 Greek public university students enrolled in ACG’s Parallel Studies Program, including 140 current scholars. Parallel Studies is a unique dual enrollment program serving 1,000 of the best and brightest Greek public university students each year. With SNF support, ACG has become Greece’s premier consolidator of private and public university student talent.
Similarly, ACG recently joined forces with the Latsis Foundation to offer deserving undergraduate students (full-time and Parallel Studies) study abroad opportunities at recognized educational institutions around the world.
Through the Camp to Campus program that began in partnership with the U.S. Embassy, ACG has funded education for 125 refugee students in undergraduate and advanced degree programs to date.
Through the Alba Graduate Business School Executive Education Program ACG has supported the Greek economic recovery by training more than 15,000 Greek business professionals, including entrepreneurs who have launched 27 Greek start-ups. With leadership from our superb faculty, we continue to innovate new ways to work alongside Greece’s burgeoning entrepreneurial sector.
ACG’s global alumni base is 62,000 strong. Alumni work in 75% of the world’s strongest brands.
With generous funding from The George and Judy Marcus Foundation, the Institute for Hellenic Culture and the Liberal Arts (IHCLA) will host its first Hellenic Studies Summer School this May/June, with courses ranging from Greek language to archaeology to drama. Among others, a group of students from Clemson University will participate. The IHCLA is also working with internal and external partners to host 2022’s international student representatives for the Athens Democracy Forum and collaborating on a major effort to reunite Greek orphans from the period after World War II with their native country.
The ACG Institute of Public Health Youth Anti-Smoking Initiative, funded by the George Behrakis Family Foundation, has contributed to Greece leading the European Union in smoking reduction and lowered Greece’s projected 10-year healthcare costs by $1.3B.
Finally, ACG is the only college in Greece that promotes the concept of the scholar-athlete and provides athletic facilities and training programs to the broader community, forming a hub of service and inclusion. In 2022, our athletic clubs and summer camps are serving more than 4,000 children. Our community footprint will grow with the opening of the new Spata campus this fall. Athletics at ACG are based on the ancient value of “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Through the balanced development of students’ mental and physical traits, grounded in the timeless values of athleticism such as meritocracy, respect for one’s opponent, fair play, humility, and personal discipline, we foster multi-faceted, healthy young people.
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