Hey ctbrazil, my son considered North Georgia very seriously last year until he was accepted to West Point. I think North Georgia is a very fine institution. The Corps of Cadets there is very buttoned down. They have an excellent academic and military program.
NGC&SU is one of the six Senior Military Colleges (SMCs) in the U.S. Here is a page on its website that lists some of their positives:
The student teacher ratio is 21:1.
It has a very high medical school acceptance rate. Their science program is very strong.
They have over 50 majors. If you want to major in engineering, they have a two year pre-engineering program which requires a transfer to either Georgia Tech or Clemson to finish your degree. Acceptance is guaranteed to GT with a 2.7 GPA.
NGC&SU has a unique foreign language program which includes (if you qualify) two years at the Defense Language Insititute in Monterey, CA. This program is described here: http://www.ngcsu.edu/CadetAdmissions/courses_study/dli.htm#DLI
Georgia has designated NGC&SU as their premier leadership college. North Georgia offers a minor in Leadership.
It is near the Army Ranger School mountain training facility. The NG Corps of Cadets does some training there.
Women outnumber men, and civilian students outnumber the Corps of Cadets. (The cadet who gave us a tour really liked the fact that the women live on campus). Because they have more students than VMI or the Citadel, they have more classes in each subject area and more majors.
Another interesting fact about NG is that all the cadets are in the AROTC program - thus all cadets are committed to a military career. At VMI and The Citadel, not all cadets are in ROTC - they are there for the leadership experience, not necessarily for the military experience.
NGC&SU has produced more general officers than any of the other SMCs and this school is not as old as VMI or The Citadel. NGC&SU provides a first rate Army education and has excellent academics.
Do not hesitate to contact the Cadet Admissions Officer if you have questions. We found the Admissions Office to be very helpful and friendly.