Prospective students in Atlanta, GA, have a number of options to choose from when it comes to higher education. Using data supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics, discover which schools are closest to Atlanta, the largest schools near the city, schools with the lowest net price and highest graduation rate.
Closest Schools to Atlanta, GA
Atlanta is home to over 15 traditional schools, including a technology institute, a state university and several private 4-year colleges. If location in a city center is important, you may consider one of the following institutions all located within 6 miles of downtown Atlanta.
- Georgia State University (located downtown)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (1.6 miles from downtown)
- Clark Atlanta University (2.2 miles from downtown)
- Emory University (4.7 miles from downtown)
- DeVry University (5.7 miles from downtown)
Largest Schools Near Atlanta, GA
Located 23 miles from the center of downtown, Kennesaw State University has the largest student population with 33,252 students enrolled during the 2014-2015 school year; 30,480 of which were undergraduates. The other large schools in the area are public, private and not-for-profit and include:
- Georgia State University (32,058 students; 25,140 undergraduates)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (25,034 students; 15,152 undergraduates)
- Emory University (13,788 students; 6,867 undergraduates)
- Chattahoochee Technical College (9,817 students; all undergraduates)
- Clayton State University (7,012 students; 6,587 undergraduates)
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Communications and Journalism
- Computer Sciences
- Culinary Arts and Personal Services
- Liberal Arts and Humanities
- Mechanic and Repair Technologies
- Medical and Health Professions
- Physical Sciences
- Transportation and Distribution
- Visual and Performing Arts
Lowest Net Price
Cost is another consideration that may be important to aspiring students. The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attending a school.
- Chattahoochee Technical College ($2,894)
- Atlanta Technical College ($2,948)
- Atlanta Metropolitan State College ($4,192)
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College ($7,399)
- Clayton State University ($10,862)
Highest Graduation Rate
Graduation rates can give prospective students an idea of how successful a potential school has been. The NCES calculates graduation rates by finding the percentage of students who complete their degree or certificate programs within 150% of 'normal time' (e.g. 3 years for an associate's degree or 6 years for a bachelor's degree).
- Emory University (89% graduation rate)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (85% graduation rate)
- Spelman College (76% graduation rate)
- Agnes Scott College (68% graduation rate)
- Georgia State University (54% graduation rate)
Students looking for schools in the Atlanta, Georgia, area will find a variety of schools ranging in price, student population, and graduation rates.