The Hull College of Business at Augusta University (Augusta University) has a long
history of service to the state and our surrounding region. Located in the second
largest metropolitan area in Georgia, Augusta University's academic roots can be traced
to 1783 when the Academy of Richmond County was chartered. Opening in 1785, it offered
college-level classes for boys to enter universities as sophomores or juniors. Over
the years, enrollment grew and in 1925 the Junior College of Augusta was established,
becoming the first junior college in the state. In 1958, the college became a member
of the University System of Georgia and its name was changed to Augusta College. Still
a two-year college, it wasn't until 1963 that four-year status was gained. Following
a University System of Georgia name change for most four-year colleges in 1996, Augusta
College became Augusta State University. In January of 2013, Augusta State University
and Georgia Health Sciences University merged to become Augusta University, one of
the state's four premier research institutions.
In 1963 the Board of Regents approved programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor
of Science, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. This led to the establishment
of the School of Business Administration in 1971 when the Board of Regents authorized
the college to grant Master of Business Administration degrees. In 1996, the College
of Business Administration was established with the change of designation of the Augusta
College to Augusta State University.
In 1999, the HCB received initial accreditation from AACSB, a status which has been
reaffirmed twice to date. In 2006, the College of Business was renamed to the James
M. Hull College of Business in recognition of the ongoing and generous support that
Jim Hull has given to the college.
In 2012, the HCB welcomed the University's Computer Science faculty and greatly expanded
it's ability to offer a leading edge curriculum in the Computer and Information Sciences.
A degree in Information Technology was initiated in 2013.
In the Fall of 2012, 759 BBA, 208 BS, and 116 MBA students were actively pursuing
degrees from the Hull College of Business.