Best colleges in Georgia

Life’s Peachy in the South

A sweet education awaits in Georgia

For those looking for a traditional college feel, you’ll find it here in the south. You’ll also have a lot of options. Georgia is home to 31 public institutions, 28 technical colleges, 23 private colleges and universities, and 15 private liberal arts schools. Not to mention the educational system has produced 49 Rhodes Scholars here in Georgia, so you’ll have a strong legacy to follow. Georgia starts out as a great place to study and quickly transforms into an ideal place to start a career. Thanks to the many businesses based in this charming southern state, job possibilities include Cartoon Network, the Coca-Cola Company, Joi Internet, and Delta Airlines.*

History buffs will enjoy exploring the Center for Civil and Human Rights, followed by an evening out at the Fox Theatre. Atlanta is filled to the brim with historic buildings, sites that commemorate our development as a nation, and local hangouts that are just plain fun. The Northside Tavern is one such local dig ideal for unwinding after a long day. Over in Savannah, you can carry your drink from bar to bar as long as you have one of the city’s signature plastic cups. This town is also home to multiple dance halls and outdoor concerts.* When you’re looking for the perfect combination of fun and education, Georgia is a state worth considering.

*Wikipedia, “Companies based in Georgia”, “Colleges and Universities in Georgia” *www.georgia.gov

Best Four Year Universities in Georgia

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Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus offers 138 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 7,481 students graduated with students earning 3,717 Bachelor's degrees, 3,238 Master's degrees, and 526 Doctoral degrees.

Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Emory University offers 205 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 4,449 students graduated with students earning 2,049 Bachelor's degrees, 1,578 Master's degrees, 792 Doctoral degrees, and 30 Certificates.

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A public institution founded in 1785 by Lyman Hall as a land-grant college, the University of Georgia has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 30,000. UGA is situated at the center of downtown Athens, Georgia, and is the academic and economic hub of Clarke County. 

UGA is home to over 800 student organizations, a wide range of fraternities and sororities, and major-specific honor societies. Georgia residents should note that applicants with a GPA over 3.5 are eligible for the Hope Scholarship, which is funded by The Georgia Lottery, a system that was organized by former Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller. The school is made up of 17 colleges including the Terry College of Business, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Odom School of Ecology. UGA operates on a semester system with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1 and a graduation rate of 83.7%

Beyond academics, The University of Georgia Bulldogs compete in the SEC, with an annual football rivalry with local Atlanta rival Georgia Tech led by their mascot Ugga the Bulldog. In town, Athens offers students a wide range of restaurants, bars, and music venues to enjoy seven days a week. Notable alumni include Heisman winner Herschel Walker, golfer Bubba Watson, and chef and television personality Alton Brown.

Spelman College
Atlanta, GA

Spelman College offers 35 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 465 students graduated with students earning 465 Bachelor's degrees.

Agnes Scott College
Decatur, GA

Agnes Scott College offers 35 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 208 students graduated with students earning 208 Bachelor's degrees.

Mercer University
Macon, GA

Mercer University offers 148 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 2,538 students graduated with students earning 1,078 Bachelor's degrees, 956 Master's degrees, 474 Doctoral degrees, and 30 Certificates.

Berry College
Mount Berry, GA

Berry College offers 44 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 545 students graduated with students earning 477 Bachelor's degrees, and 68 Master's degrees.

Georgia College & State University offers 108 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 1,748 students graduated with students earning 1,258 Bachelor's degrees, 383 Master's degrees, 99 Certificates, and 8 Doctoral degrees.

Wesleyan College
Macon, GA

Wesleyan College offers 40 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 194 students graduated with students earning 173 Bachelor's degrees, and 21 Master's degrees.

Georgia State University offers 242 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 7,696 students graduated with students earning 5,074 Bachelor's degrees, 1,893 Master's degrees, 523 Doctoral degrees, and 206 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Georgia

Emory University-Oxford College offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 462 students graduated with students earning 462 Associate's degrees.

Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 45 students graduated with students earning 45 Associate's degrees.

Helms College
Macon, GA

Helms College offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 141 students graduated with students earning 82 Certificates, and 59 Associate's degrees.

Gwinnett College-Marietta Campus offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 44 students graduated with students earning 28 Certificates, and 16 Associate's degrees.

Altierus Career College-Norcross offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 282 students graduated with students earning 282 Certificates.

Gwinnett College-Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs, GA

Gwinnett College-Sandy Springs offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 63 students graduated with students earning 60 Certificates, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Lincoln College of Technology-Marietta offers 11 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 172 students graduated with students earning 114 Certificates, and 58 Associate's degrees.

South Georgia Technical College offers 113 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 1,493 students graduated with students earning 1,338 Certificates, and 155 Associate's degrees.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College offers 110 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 882 students graduated with students earning 819 Certificates, and 63 Associate's degrees.

Georgia State University-Perimeter College offers 9 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 2,236 students graduated with students earning 2,236 Associate's degrees.

List of all colleges in Georgia

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Emory University-Oxford College Logo Emory University-Oxford College Oxford, GA
5/5
11 : 1 983
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Logo Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Atlanta, GA
3/5
34 : 1 36,302
Emory University Logo Emory University Atlanta, GA
5/5
15 : 1 14,415
University of Georgia Logo University of Georgia Athens, GA
3/5
18 : 1 38,920
Spelman College Logo Spelman College Atlanta, GA
5/5
12 : 1 2,120
Agnes Scott College Logo Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
5/5
11 : 1 1,067
Mercer University Logo Mercer University Macon, GA
5/5
22 : 1 8,740
Berry College Logo Berry College Mount Berry, GA
5/5
12 : 1 2,034
Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service Logo Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service Decatur, GA
3/5
79 : 1 237
Georgia College & State University Logo Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
3/5
21 : 1 7,031
Wesleyan College Logo Wesleyan College Macon, GA
4/5
16 : 1 797
Georgia State University Logo Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
3/5
28 : 1 35,041
Morehouse College Logo Morehouse College Atlanta, GA
5/5
15 : 1 2,238
Covenant College Logo Covenant College Lookout Mountain, GA
5/5
16 : 1 989
Georgia Southern University Logo Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
2/5
25 : 1 26,054
Oglethorpe University Logo Oglethorpe University Atlanta, GA
5/5
19 : 1 1,385
Thomas University Logo Thomas University Thomasville, GA
4/5
28 : 1 1,528
Clark Atlanta University Logo Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA
4/5
22 : 1 3,920
Savannah College of Art and Design Logo Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
5/5
24 : 1 14,840
Fort Valley State University Logo Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, GA
2/5
26 : 1 2,624

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