Georgia (GA): Colleges and Universities

There are almost 100 public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities in Georgia. We've compiled an overview of the schools with the lowest net price and highest graduation rates, among other areas, to help you find out which school might be right one for you.

Prospective students looking for an education in the south could easily find themselves a home (and school!) in Georgia. Georgia has hundreds of colleges and universities to pick from. These schools run the gamut from four-year public universities with nearly 35,000 students to smaller two-year technical colleges with under 2,000 students. The information presented here is provided via data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Georgia Schools Near Large Cities

Most of the schools in Georgia located near large cities are found in around the major city of Atlanta. Other large cities, like Columbus, Augusta and Savannah, also feature school options. Many of these schools are public schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Atlanta Metropolitan State College (Atlanta)
  • Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta)
  • Columbus State University (Columbus)
  • Augusta University (Augusta)
  • Savannah State University (Savannah)

Largest Schools in Georgia

The largest schools in Georgia, by student enrollment as of fall 2015, all had more than 20,000 students. Most of these schools are 4-year public schools, although Georgia Perimeter is a large 2-year school.

  • University of Georgia (36,130 students)
  • Kennesaw State University (33,252 students)
  • Georgia State University (32,058 students)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (25,034 students)
  • Georgia Perimeter College (21,088 students)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. According to figures from the NCES, the following Georgia schools - all of which are part of the technical college system - had the lowest net cost for the 2014-2015 academic year for full-time undergraduates.

  • Oconee Fall Line Technical College ($636)
  • Albany Technical College ($1,014)
  • Southern Regional Technical College ($2,323)
  • Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ($2,353)
  • Central Georgia Technical College ($2,756)

Highest Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, four years is the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program, so the overall graduation rate reflects the number of students who graduated in six years). Based on NCES figures for full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in 2009, the following 4-year Georgia schools had graduation rates of at least 76% in 2015.

  • Emory University-Oxford College (89% graduation rate)
  • Emory University (89% graduation rate)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (85% graduation rate)
  • University of Georgia (85% graduation rate)
  • Spelman College (76% graduation rate)

We've put the public and private non-profit schools of Georgia into four categories, based on affordability, location, student enrollment, and graduation rates, in order to help you make a well-informed decision about the school that is best suited to your learning needs.

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