Located in Athens, and originally founded in 1875 Smyrna, DEREE - The American College of Greece is the oldest American accredited college in Europe and the largest private institution in Greece. ACG is an independent, coeducational community of a talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, with a commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction.
Mission and Vision of The American College of Greece
“To add distinctive value to the lives of our students as well as Greece, American education, Hellenic heritage, and the global community through transformative teaching, scholarship and service”
"To establish The American College of Greece as the premier, private, comprehensive, educational institution in southeastern Europe"
Campus features include:
Welcome to Aghia Paraskevi!
Aghia Paraskevi is a bustling suburb on the Northeast corner of the Athens basin, where the city begins to slope upward Mount Hymettus (1,024 meters or 3.000 feet high). If Athens is one of Europes safest cities, Aghia Paraskevi is one of Athens safest (and prettiest) areas. ACGs beautiful 64-acre campus is the last vestige of the city before urban development gives way to the Mt. Hymettus national forest. As a result of its special location, ACG offers members of its community easy access to some of the trendiest nightlife in the city as well as some of the most spectacular nature walks in Greece.
Dining and Fun in Aghia Paraskevi
Within walking distance of the campus is a multitude of restaurants (from traditional Greek tavernas and souvlaki eateries, to burger joints, to gourmet establishments and a variety of ethnic and regional food purveyors). To Petrino tou Kritikou, a traditional Greek taverna; Da Vinci, a cafe/restaurant, and Alba Art Cafe are some of the more popular choices.
In the area around Aghiou Ioannou Square, there are numerous all-day cafes and nightclubs that operate until the early morning hours. Because of Greeces mild weather, most of the wining and dining takes place outdoors from mid-April until late October. An interesting point is that a cafe in Athens is just what its name suggests: a place serving coffee, tea and refreshments along with light snacks. Do note; waiters in Greece will not rush to give you the check so as to empty your table for another customer. At a Greek cafe, you can sit and enjoy your coffee for as long as you like!
Dining on Campus
There are three eating establishments on the ACG campus: Dipnosofistirio, Starbucks and Venetis.
Aghia Paraskevi also has a bustling commercial district, with grocers, retail stores, florists, bakeries, salons, dry-cleaners, spas and cinemas, all within a quick walk or bus ride from campus. There is something for everyone's budget and taste with international retailers including Zara, Benetton, and Lacoste to local boutiques and shops.
It is just as easy to join the citys hustle and bustle as it is to walk or bike among the pines of the Mt. Hymettus forest while taking inthe entire city from above. Just head up the back of the campus to the mountain with its welldeveloped system of trails and tracks. In fact, an intrepid walker can walk the entire 28-kilometer (17.5-mile) length of the mountain, past quaint monasteries, rest stops, and scenic points until it slopes down to the Aegean shore, or chose to cross over the ridge to the other side to view the fertile Attica plain and the islands beyond.
Since 1981, The American College of Greece has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the oldest and most prestigious of the eight regional accrediting associations in the United States.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education accredits colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; it also accredits several American international institutions.
The Commission consists of faculty and administrators from affiliated institutions and public members. It is served by a staff led by Dr. Barbara Brittingham.
The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. The Commissions recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation affirms that its standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.
ACG has implemented a partnership with The Open University (UK) though which all undergraduate programs are validated, allowing students to complete an American degree and a British honours award within the typical framework for US undergraduate degrees.
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