In October 1965, the Board of Regents adopted a resolution to establish a new unit of the University System of Georgia in the Macon area. This action recognized the growing population of Central Georgia and the need for a public institution of higher education.
Since Regents’ policy requires that funds for site acquisition, development, and construction of buildings be derived from local sources, Bibb County civic and governmental leaders initiated a campaign to support the proposed institution. In May 1966, the voters in a county-wide election approved the issuance of $4,500,000 in bonds to fund the new college. When the funds were secured, 168 acres of wooded land were selected in West Macon, a contract transferred authority to the Board of Regents for further development, and construction began. When it opened in fall 1968, Macon Junior College became the twenty-fifth institution in the University System of Georgia. Its charter class was 1,110 students.
In June 1987, the Board of Regents approved a name change to Macon College. The Regents expanded the mission of the College in 1996 to include technological and professional programs at the baccalaureate level, and the next year the institution was officially renamed Macon State College. The charter baccalaureate class graduated in May 1999 with degrees in Information Technology, Health Information Management, and Health Services Administration. Since that time programs in Business and Information Technology, Communications and Information Technology, Public Service with a major in Human Services, Early Childhood Education/Special Education, History, English, Mathematics, Biology, Middle Grades Education, the RN to BSN Completion Program, and the pre-licensure BSN program have been added. Macon State College now serves several roles. It offers four-year programs, and it serves as a point of access for students entering the University System of Georgia. The College also prepares students for licensing in health professions which include Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Health Information Technology.