Augusta, Georgia (GA) Colleges and Universities

There are 11 schools within 20 miles of Augusta, Georgia. Read about the schools with the most program variety, highest graduation rates, lowest student-faculty ratios and lowest costs to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

While more than 10 postsecondary options are available in and around Augusta, GA, most of them are either 4-year for-profit colleges or for-profit vocational schools. For the benefit of the average student seeking a traditional education, this article focuses on three public or private non-profit institutions located right in Augusta. These colleges and universities are then ranked in the categories listed below:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

Schools with a variety of programs provide students with an opportunity to explore majors that suit their interests and career goals. Augusta, Georgia, has more than 10 schools in the area, some offer specialized training in a specific field of study, such as cosmetology, others offer a broad spectrum of programs. While the majority of schools in this area are for-profit schools, students can find a large variety of traditional programs offered at the two public colleges and one private, non-profit college. The following three public or private, non-profit schools have the most program variety among the traditional schools in Augusta, Georgia.

1 - Georgia Regents University

This Augusta, Georgia, school resulted from a January 2013 merger between Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. Students can choose from about 112 programs in a variety of fields at this school. In addition to associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, Georgia Regents also offers students post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates. Areas of study include communications, criminal justice, art, teaching, languages, music, science, nursing and biomedical sciences. Professional medical, dental medicine, nursing practice and physical therapy programs are also available. In 2012, Georgia Regents University awarded 10 associate degrees, 874 bachelor's degrees, 545 master's degrees and 241 first professional degrees, according to the school website.

2 - Augusta Technical College

Augusta Technical College is a 2-year, public school located in Augusta, Georgia. The college offers about 76 associate degree and certificate programs. Students may participate in programs in a variety of fields, such as health sciences, engineering technology, industrial technology, nursing, business services, information technology and personal services. Augusta Technical College awarded 314 associate degrees in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The most popular associate degree program during that period was the school's registered nursing program. The school also awarded 878 certificates that year, per NCES data.

3 - Paine College

Paine College, also in Augusta, Georgia, offers around 44 programs at the bachelor's degree level. The college offers programs in a variety of areas through its School of Arts and Sciences and School of Professional Studies. Degree options are available in fields such as business, education, social sciences, mathematics, science, media studies and humanities. The NCES reports that the most popular bachelor's degree program during the 2011-2012 academic year was the business administration and management program, in which 24 degrees were awarded; only 100 total degrees were awarded this year.

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of grant or scholarship assistance from the total cost to attend the school, which includes tuition, fees, supplies, books and average room and board costs. The following three schools are the public or private, non-profit traditional institutions that have the lowest net price in Augusta, Georgia, according to NCES statistics.

1 - Augusta Technical College

The average net cost to attend Augusta Technical College was $5,437 for the 2010-2011 school year, which is also the lowest net cost of all schools in this area, including for-profit schools. The tuition and fees for 2012-2013 at Augusta Technical College were $2,232 for in-state students and $4,152 for out-of-state students, according to the NCES. In 2010-2011, 94% of first-time students received financial aid. Additional expenses to attend Augusta Technical College may include books and room and board. The NCES estimates that the expense for books and supplies for 2012-2013 was $2,000.

2 - Georgia Regents University

Because the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University into Georgia Regents University took place in 2013, there is not a total net cost available info for the consolidated school. Prior to the merger, Augusta State University had a net cost of $8,154 for the 2010-2011 school year, per NCES (Georgia Health Sciences didn't offer net price info). Undergraduate tuition rates at the newly consolidated GRU depend on the type of program students plan to enroll in. For health sciences programs, in-state tuition for the 2014 school year will be $3,863, while the rate for out-of-state students is $13,196. Incoming students on the main campus (non-health sciences) can expect to pay $2,559 in 2014 for in-state tuition and $9,006 for out-of-state tuition.

3 - Paine College

Paine College had the third-lowest average net price among traditional schools in this area - $14,394 for the 2010-2011 school year. According to the NCES, the tuition and fees for 2012-2013 were $12,502, and, in the 2010-2011 school year, 99% of first-time students received some form of financial aid. Paine College students paid an estimated $1,000 for books and supplies and $6,094 for room and board on the school's campus in 2012, per NCES data.

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate reported by the NCES tracks first time, full-time students to determine if a student's selected degree or certificate program is completed within 150% of the normal time it takes to complete the program. While many of the schools in Augusta did not report graduation rates, the three schools listed below have the highest graduation rates at public or private, non-profit schools in this area. Graduation rates at these types of schools in Augusta were all under 50%, according to the NCES.

1 - Augusta Technical College

Augusta Technical College had the highest overall graduation rate at private, non-profit or public schools for students entering a full-time program for the first time in 2008, with 36% of students completing a program within 150% of normal time. The NCES reports that only 28% of 2008 first-time students completed their programs in normal time. The rates are slightly higher for students who started in 2007; 36% completed a program within normal time and 42% completed their program within 150% of normal time. The retention rate for students who entered a program full-time in 2010 and returned in 2011 was 49%. The school's retention rate for part-time students who entered a program in 2010 was 40%, according to the NCES.

2 - Paine College

Paine College had a 27% overall graduation rate for students who began their programs in 2005, according to the NCES. The 4-year graduation rate for students who began in the fall of 2005 was 10%. The retention rate for full-time students pursuing a bachelor's degree in 2010 who returned in 2011 was 61%.

3 - Georgia Regents University

No graduation rates are available for the consolidated Georgia Regents University. However, prior to the merger, the overall graduation rate was 21% for students who began a full-time undergraduate program in 2005 at Augusta State University (part of the merged Georgia Regents University), according to the NCES. For students who began pursuing a bachelor's degree in 2005, the graduation rate for those who completed the program in four years was 5% and for students who completed within six years the rate was 22%. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students was 67% in 2011 and 38% for part-time students, according to the NCES. Because the former Georgia Health Sciences University (part of the merged Georgia Regents University) didn't accept first-time undergraduate students, no graduation or retention rates are available for the time period before the merger.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratios

Students may wish to consider a school with a low student-faculty ratio to ensure personal attention in class. Several Augusta, Georgia, schools have a low student population, with most institutions enrolling fewer than 5,000 students, according to the NCES. Only Georgia Regents had a student population higher than that, with about 10,000 students enrolled in 2012. The following schools offer the lowest student-faculty ratio for public or private, non-profit schools in Augusta, Georgia, based on data from the NCES.

1 - Paine College

Paine College had the lowest student-faculty ratio of private, non-profit and public schools in this area at 12-to-1. The NCES reports 891 undergraduate students attended the school in 2011. The College employed 61 full-time and 23 part-time instructors in 2011, according to the NCES.

2 - Augusta Technical College

Augusta Technical College has a 16-to-1 student-faculty ratio. The total enrollment for undergraduate students in 2011 was 4,392 students, according to the NCES. Augusta Technical College employed 133 full-time and 282 part-time instructors in the fall of 2011. No teaching assistants were employed at this school during that year.

3 - Georgia Regents University

Coming in third, at 17-to-1, is Georgia Regents University. The largest school in this category, Georgia Regents had about 900 new freshmen students in 2012, in addition to approximately 5,300 other undergraduate students and about 2,700 graduate students. The school reports that the average class size for first-year students was about 22 students. The university employed 889 full-time faculty as of 2013, according to the school.

Augusta Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Degree Levels Offered Area Ranking
Augusta Technical College Augusta, Georgia 2-year, public Less than 1-year, less than 2-year and less than 4-year certificates; associate degrees Lowest Net Price,
Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Georgia Regents University Augusta, Georgia 4-year, public Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Paine College Augusta, Georgia 4-year; private, non-profit Bachelor's degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety

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