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Provost's Message

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stamoskaramouzis Welcome to ACT!

The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is the tertiary division of Anatolia, a private, not-for-profit educational institution founded in 1886. ACT is an independent American institution chartered in the State of Massachusetts and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). ACT also holds EU program validation and has been granted a license by the Greek government to operate as a private post-secondary College.

ACT is a vibrant learning community, where students of 20 different nationalities meet a highly diverse faculty body to engage in discourse characterized by sharing and mutual respect. In addition to knowledge acquisition, the hallmarks of the ACT experience are critical inquiry and service to others.  The ACT curriculum promotes open inquiry in a conscious and systematic way, in order to broaden students’ horizons, cultivate their talents, enhance their understanding of the world, and prepare them for a life of empathy.

At ACT, we strongly believe in the role that the environment and in particular Gaia plays in fostering intellectual growth; that is why we have built a beautiful campus on a hill, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Under the Grecian blue sky and amid a plethora of ancient trees and shrubs (cypress, olive, plums, pomegranate, etc.), our students have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art educational facilities in pursuing their educational goals. This is the same environment that, a few miles to the East became the birthplace of Aristotle, while a few miles to the West, the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

If you are currently an ACT student, I would like to congratulate you for your choice and ask you to be proud of your studies and your institution. If you are contemplating becoming an ACT student, I urge you to explore the ACT programs of study and I encourage you to visit or contact us, in order to facilitate your joining of our community. We will be delighted to address all of your queries, and discuss your future.

Stamos T. Karamouzis, Ph.D.
Provost & VP for Academic Affairs


Read Dr. Karamouzis' short bio

Prior to joining ACT, Dr. Karamouzis was the Dean of the School of Computer & Information Sciences at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Beofre Regis he occupied the Anita & Truman Arnold Chair in Computer & Information Sciences (CIS) and headed the CIS Department at Texas A&M University - Texarkana. Overall, he has 30 years in the education field that includes faculty and administrative appointments at Hampton University, College of William & Mary, Tulane University, University of Macedonia in Greece, Loyola University New Orleans, and Texas A&M University  - Texarkana. Prior to making a career in academia he conducted basic and applied research at NASA's Langley Research Center where he also served as a Resident Research Associate of the National Research Council. Dr. Karamouzis is published in the areas of artificial intelligence, educational technologies, and the impact of technological innovation on society. He holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the College of William & Mary and he is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.

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President's Message

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panosblaxos I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT).

ACT is the tertiary division of Anatolia, a private not-for-profit educational institution founded in 1886. ACT has been a bridge connecting America to Greece and South East Europe. It is one of the few institutions outside the United States with full, free-standing U.S. accreditation by the NEASC, and EU validation of its undergraduate programs.
 
At ACT, we have created a dynamic, innovative, and demographically diverse learning community that prioritizes critical inquiry, intellectual development, and breadth and depth of knowledge. At ACT, students are empowered to learn and think differently, interact with the world differently, and become catalysts for change. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and research, and together with our staff, takes great pride in the accomplishments of our students.
 
Drawing on the model of American tertiary education, ACT seeks not only to stimulate students’ academic interests, cultural awareness, and ethical sensitivity, but at the same time equip them with the skills and knowledge required for productive employment and/or graduate studies.
 
For International and Study Abroad students Thessaloniki is a vivid, warm, human-scale city in which most feel comfortable quickly. Thessaloniki is a living laboratory where students can meet different nationalities, articulate civic values, and become alert to cultural diversity.
 
Together with the Board of Trustees, the students, faculty, staff and alumni of ACT, I take great pride in welcoming you to our academic community and I invite you to learn more about the ways and means through which you might become a part of this very special and vibrant academic community.
 
I am very proud of our students, faculty, and staff and feel confident that you will understand why as you learn more about the American College of Thessaloniki, its programs, and its future.

Panagiotis Vlachos, Ph.D
President of Anatolia College


Read Dr. Vlachos' short bio

Dr. Panos Vlachos was appointed to the role of 12th President of Anatolia College in May 2013. In this capacity, he serves as the lead administrator of Anatolia’s three educational divisions: Anatolia Elementary School, Anatolia High School (including the International Baccalaureate Program), and the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT).

Prior to his appointment as President of Anatolia, he served in a variety of administrative leadership positions at ACT over the past 15 years: Chair of the Division of Technology and Science, Director of the Stavros Niarchos Technology Center, Assistant Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Faculty. In 2009, he was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at Anatolia and Provost of ACT, serving also as the institutional-wide chief of Libraries and Information Technology.

Vlachos has worked as a Professor for over 20 years teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Applied Mathematics & Statistics and the application of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning approaches. He has supervised a number of large scale Information Technology projects and his academic research has been published in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, the Journal of Applicable Analysis, the Journal of Dynamic Systems and Applications and other academic journals. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MSc in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in the USA.

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Financial Assistance while at WashU

Published in Dual Degrees in Engineering sections

Dual degree students opting for the 3+2 option who excel both academically and in co-curricular achievements are eligible to apply for merit scholarships through the Harold P. Brown Engineering Fellowships program.

Students electing to follow the 3+3 option are awarded the Graduate Affiliation Scholarship which guarantees a 50 percent tuition discount for the first year, a 55 percent discount the second year and a 60 percent discount the third year. Both international and US students are eligible.

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Financial Assistance while at ACT

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All ACT candidates for admission are welcome to apply for financial aid. Financial aid is need-based and the amount of aid is based on the student’s and his/her parents’ financial situation. The candidate’s academic performance is also considered in the selection process and in ensuring that any aid awarded is continued.

ACT does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its academic and admission policies, scholarship and financial assistance programs.

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Requirements for transitioning to WashU

Published in Dual Degrees in Engineering sections

Students must complete the ACT and WashU curricular requirements that relate to the Engineering field of their choice. Upon completion of their study at ACT, students must earn a GPA of B+ (3.25/4.0) or better, both overall and in science and mathematics courses specifically. Applicants with lower GPAs must secure a letter of support from ACT and will be considered by WashU on a case-by-case basis.

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3+3 option

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After completing 90 credits (three years) at ACT, students can opt to enroll for an extra (third) year at Washu, continuing their undergraduate engineering studies with a graduate program in engineering in their respective field of choice. Students earn an Engineering Master's (MEng) degree in addition to a BS in Computer Science from ACT, as well as an undergraduate engineering degree (BEng) from WashU. They are also classified as graduate students for all three years at WashU.

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3+2 option

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Study for three years at ACT and continue your studies for another two years at WashU. At the end of the fifth year students receive a BS in Computer Science from ACT and a Bachelor's in Engineering (BEng) degree from WashU.

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Dual Degrees in Engineering

Published in Dual Degrees in Engineering

ACT in collaboration with the Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) offers students the opportunity to earn a dual degree - one from ACT in Computer Science, and another from WashU in Engineering - via two curricular paths.

WashU's School of Engineering & Applied Science is ranked among US News & World Report's top 50 Engineering Schools, and focuses intellectual efforts on medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security.

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Division of Technology & Sciences

Published in School Of Arts, Sciences & Technology

The computing curriculum is both rigorous and challenging and provides students with both theoretical background but also the practical skills needed by organizations and companies across the board. Still aiming to provide a well-rounded education, not only expert functional training, the program allows students to readily combine Computing studies with other disciplines such as Business, etc.. The school's IT labs, Electronics-Robotics lab and Fabrication Lab in the Niarchos Technology Center make state-of-the-art IT facilities easily accessible to students in the program.

Goals & Objectives Available Courses BS in Computer Science BS in Business Computing

Minors

Computer Science Multimedia and Web Development

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