Established in 1972 and situated in a beautiful campus on the outskirts of Kottayam, Government College Kottayam has a prominent place in the academic and cultural arena of Kottayam, Kerala's City of Letters.
From its humble beginnings four decades back with three undergraduate and Pre-Degree courses, the College has evolved into a major higher educational institution in Central Kerala with a Research Centre, six Postgraduate Programmes and ten Undergraduate Programmes.
Government College Kottayam is the only government-owned Arts and Science College in Kottayam district. The College functions under the Department of Collegiate Education, Government of Kerala and is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
The College is recognized under the 2(f) and 12(B) schedules of the University Grants Commission. The College was re-acredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council with 'A' Grade in 2016.