The stated vision of the college begins as follows:
As the state's designated public liberal arts university, Georgia College & State University is committed to combining the educational experiences typical of esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education.What about these typical esteemed liberal arts colleges? Admittedly, the U.S. News & World Report college rankings are problematic, but because they are partially based on the opinions of the administrators of these liberal arts institutions themselves, they can at least serve as an approximation of a list of national elite liberal arts colleges.
Of the top 100 ranked liberal arts colleges, 80% use the word "college" in their official name. All of the top 10 are "colleges."  This raises several questions for me. Why don't the students and alumni here believe that "college" is more prestigious than "university?" Do they not understand or agree with our liberal arts mission? Is it perhaps the influence of the other nearby state schools like the University of Georgia or the notoriety of other nationally recognized "universities" (and their athletic programs)?
 Two are freshman-level, and one is junior/senior-level.
 The most highly ranked non-"college" comes in at 12.
 17% are universities, 2% are academies, and 1% is an institute.
 Among the top 100 ranked institutions the U.S. News & World Report labels "national universities" (i.e. research-1) only 3% primarily use the word "college" in their official name.