As part of the Bible Belt, Georgia has plenty of Christian colleges. Methodist colleges are one popular type of denomination found in Georgia. The Methodist colleges listed here provide athletics teams, faith activities, and school clubs and organizations to go along with the undergraduate programs.
Methodist colleges can be large or small, as seen in the table below. Whether you're interested in attending a smaller school or not, we'll look at the typical costs for a year's attendance.
|School Name||Institution Type||Student Population*||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)**|
|Young Harris College||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,202 (2017)||Young Harris, GA||$29,062|
|Wesleyan College||4-year, private not-for-profit, women's||676 (2016)**||Macon, GA||$22,370|
|Reinhardt University||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,484 (2016)||Waleska, GA||$22,422|
|Paine College||4-year, private not-for-profit||502 (2016)**||St. Augusta, GA||$14,226|
|Emory University||4-year, private not-for-profit||15,252 (2017)||Atlanta, GA||$49,392|
Sources: *School Websites, **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Georgia Methodist Schools
In Georgia, Methodist institutes tend to include faith activities alongside education. While chapel attendance is not typically required, there are plenty of faith-based activities that can help students remain God-focused. Discover more about the options at these five private schools.
Young Harris College
Young Harris College has 35 areas of study from which students can choose. Some of the more unique majors and minors are sustainability, outdoor leadership, musical theater, popular culture, astronomy, and Appalachian studies. There are 13 men's, women's, and co-ed sports teams at Young Harris. The college recognizes that not everyone prefers to worship the same way. Because of this, there are multiple organizations, Bible studies, and worship services that students can attend to meet their preferred worship style. On top of this, students can attend the spiritual retreat or the Hard Questions study group, where students are encouraged to not just blindly follow their faith.
As an all-women's college, Wesleyan provides a spiritually led education focused on academics, community, faith and developing woman leaders. Students can attend worship on Sunday evenings on campus, as well as other student-led organizations, such as Campus Ministry Assistants or the Wesleyan Disciples. Several majors and minors are available for study on campus, and all traditional students are required to live on campus. As a unique offering, Wesleyan is one of only ten women's colleges to offer an Equestrian team. In fact, Wesleyan has an Equestrian Center where school horses are kept and student horses can be boarded. Wesleyan also provides an Equestrian Scholarship for riders who intend on joining the team.
The class size is kept small at Reinhardt University, 14 on average, to keep a personal education within reach. There are 19 intercollegiate sports, including basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, football, and volleyball. With over 40 programs to choose from, students can be sure to earn a degree in the area of study that interests them most. Some of the programs offered include digital storytelling, computer forensics, sacred music, early childhood education, sport studies, and marketing. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are both available, and Reinhardt also offers online programs that may include on-campus residencies. Tuesday night is the time when students gather for campus worship. All residence halls on campus are smoke and alcohol free.
Of the Paine College students who applied for financial aid in the 2016 school year, 100% received help. Paine College was traditionally a historically black college and welcomes people of all races and denominations. Students can study any of the 16 majors available through the two schools. These schools are broken down into six departments: humanities, STEM, social sciences, business, education, and media studies. Along with weekly services, Paine offers students the opportunity to really get involved in the spiritual life on campus. Special seminars, weekly assemblies, spiritual counseling, religion courses, and Bible study are all part of integrating faith with education and daily life. On top of faith-based activities, Paine has 24 academic and social clubs that students can join to enrich their college experience.
U.S. News and World Report gave the national universities ranking of #21 to Emory University for 2018. On top of that, U.S. News also named it the 17th best value school among national universities. There are 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams and several arts groups, LGBT groups, multicultural programs, intramural sports, and academic clubs at Emory. The campus and the education itself are both concerned with sustainability and faith. For example, Emory has green building and water catchment systems to prevent water and energy loss. At Cannon Chapel, service is offered every Sunday, with free lunch immediately following. As well as on-campus activities, Emory has a meditation podcast run by the chaplain.