“We cannot think of a better place to expand our ability to equip students to take their faith into the marketplace in new and culturally relevant ways than West Point, Georgia.”
—Dean Collins, President, Point University
| Mayor Drew Ferguson IV has overseen a dramatic
economic rebound in West Point with the recent
addition of Kia Motors’ first U.S. manufacturing
plant. He welcomes Point University’s forward-
thinking mindset as a valuable, strategic addition to
the Greater Valley community.
Founded in 1832, the idyllic town of West Point, Ga., is home to 3,500 residents along a scenic stretch of the Chattahoochee River on the I-85 corridor, just an hour’s drive from the capital cities of Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala., and four hours from the Gulf coast beach and Georgia mountains. Part of the Greater Valley Area, West Point straddles Troup and Harris Counties in Georgia and sits just minutes from the Alabama cities of LaFayette, Lanett and Valley across the border.
Equidistant from the capital cities of Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala., West Point is situated on the I-85 corridor in Georgia’s Troup County on the Georgia-Alabama line.
The locals like to say that the city is “above the gnat line and below the freeze line.“ West Point has an average winter temperature in the 60s and an average summer temperature in the 80s.
| Equidistant from the capital cities of Atlanta and
Montgomery, Ala., West Point is situated on the
I-85 corridor in Georgia’s Troup County on the
Georgia- Alabama line.
Formerly a commercial hub for textile production, today’s West Point has a thriving economy as home to Kia Motors’ first U.S. automotive plant that opened in 2010 and is expected to bring upwards of 20,000 jobs to the region by 2012.
In 1865, the last fort battle of the Civil War was fought atop West Point’s summit, giving Fort Tyler the distinction of being the last fort to fall to Union troops.
The town is linked to metro Atlanta via a 19th-century railroad line that ends in East Point, Ga., just outside of Georgia’s capital city and current home to the Point University main campus. Today, West Point’s rail depot is the site of the South’s biggest rail yard.
West Point is to a walkable, historic downtown with an eclectic assortment of shops—from antiques and unique home furnishings to quaint apparel and accessories boutiques—and eateries including Asian, Southern and pub-style cuisine. Cultural opportunities in the area include a community theater, a 600-seat town auditorium, and a local outdoor amphitheater.
The town sits just downstream from the 26,000-acre West Point Lake, offering 500 miles of shoreline for fishing, camping and water sports.
Its Valley Community Center and Sportsplex offers tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields and a 64,000-square-foot aquatic Olympic center with a walking track, basketball, racquetball and football facilities.
Over 30 churches of every major denomination call West Point home, including Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and non-denominational houses of worship.
Living & Accommodations
West Point hosts a variety of apartments, condominium homes, upper-loft residential living and single family communities to suit every lifestyle. Area hotels
bear the leading names in hospitality including Days Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express.
Student housing will undergo a two-phase process starting with club-style apartments just minutes from campus and downtown West Point in Valley, Ala., on the other side of the Georgia-Alabama border. Phase Two will culminate with renovated dormitories in historic downtown West Point, giving students a chance to be immersed in the lively West Point shopping and social communities.