Sri Gurajada Appa Rao Government Degree College was established in the year 1987 by Government of Andhra Pradesh. The college was named after eminent social reformer, educationalist and modern age poet Sri Gurajada Appa Rao.The college was accredited with ‘A’ grade (CGPA-3.03) in Cycle-II accreditation in the year 2015 by NAAC, Bangalore.The college is affiliated to Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.
The college has offered two courses namely B.A with H.E.P (History, Economics, Politics) and B.Com (General) from the academic year 1987-88. Two new courses namely B.Sc (Maths, Physics, Chemistry) and B.Sc(Botany, Zoology, Chemistry) were started in academic year 1997-98. A restructured course, BSc (Maths, Physics, Computer Science), was started in the academic year 2006-07. A new restructured course B.A (History, Economics, Rural Industrialisation) was started from the academic year 2011-12 replacing the conventional B.A (History, Economics, Politics) course. A new PG programme (M.Com) was started in the academic year 2017-18.
It is co-educational and is offering five (05) undergraduate courses, namely B.A (History, Economics, Rural Industrialisation), B.Com, B.Sc (Maths, Physics, Chemistry), BSc (Maths, Physics, Computer Science) and BSc (Botany, Zoology, Chemistry). The total number of students pursuing the five under graduate courses is 545. All the students are hailing from rural areas. More than 70% of students are female students. 75% of students are SC/ST/OBC students and they hail from economically weaker sections. At present, the college has 19 regular faculty members.