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Athens, Georgia (GA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only three schools in Athens, GA, there are as many as 24 within a 50-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including size and lowest costs, to find the school for you.

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Athens, GA, is home to only a few postsecondary institutions, but the 50-mile radius surrounding Athens contains public universities, technical colleges and private colleges. Drawing on information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we have compared schools in different categories to help students find the right school to meet their educational goals.

Closest Schools to Athens, Georgia

While prospective students in Athens, Georgia may have to travel a bit, they do have a few options for postsecondary education within the general area. The following schools have the closest campuses to downtown Athens:

  • Athens Technical College (Athens)
  • University of Georgia (5.6 miles)
  • Emmanuel College (23.4 miles)
  • Brenau College (33.9 miles)
  • Lanier Technical College (35.5 miles)

Largest Schools near Athens, Georgia

In terms of student populations, the colleges and universities near Athens display a great deal of variety, ranging from only a few thousand students to over 35,000. If you would like to factor in school size when deciding where to apply, these five schools have the largest student bodies near Athens:

  • University of Georgia (35,197 students)
  • Georgia Gwinnett College (10,828 students)
  • Gwinnett Technical College (7,234 students)
  • Athens Technical College (4,336 students)
  • Lanier Technical College (3,695 students)

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by taking the average cost of attending a particular school and subtracting the average financial aid amount received by full-time undergraduates. The NCES listed the following schools as having the lowest net prices for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Lanier Technical College ($5,744)
  • Athens Technical College ($6,446)
  • North Georgia Technical College ($6,522)
  • Gwinnett Technical College ($8,015)
  • Georgia Gwinnett College ($12,264)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

To understand a particular school's graduation rate, simply look at the number of full-time undergraduates who finished their programs no more than 150% of the average time for that degree. The schools with the highest graduation rates near Athens in 2014 and 2015 are::

  • University of Georgia (85% graduation rate)
  • Gwinnett College-Lilburn (53% graduation rate)
  • Brenau University (48% graduation rate)
  • Toccoa Falls College (47% graduation rate)
  • Piedmont College (45% graduation rate)

Even in areas with fewer postsecondary educational options, like Athens, it's still a good idea for prospective students to pay close attention to these kinds of factors so that they may better navigate the different kinds of schools and programs that are available to them.

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