Atlanta Schools and Colleges Overview

You will find 29 colleges and universities within 25 miles of Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading below about these schools in different criteria to help you determine which one meets your requirement.

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College students looking for schools in and near Atlanta have a number of options to choose from. Find which college or university is closest to the city, the largest, has the highest graduation rate and lowest net price based on data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Atlanta, Georgia

Several colleges and universities are located in downtown Atlanta. Students may attend public or private/not-for-profit schools with degree programs ranging from less-than-one-year certificates to doctorate degree. Here are the schools in and near the downtown area:

  • Georgia State University (located downtown)
  • Clark Atlanta University (2.2 miles from downtown)
  • Morehouse College (2.2 miles from downtown)
  • Spelman College (2.2 miles from downtown)
  • Atlanta Metropolitan State College (2.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools in Atlanta, Georgia

It is not surprising to see Georgia State University as the largest school in Atlanta with its 32,556 students. GSU owns an extensive undergraduate and graduate degree program to its name. Other large schools in Atlanta are listed below based on 2014-2015 NCES stats:

  • Georgia Perimeter College (21,371 students)
  • Emory University (14,769 students)
  • Clayton State University (7,022 students)
  • Clark Atlanta University (3,485 students)
  • Atlanta Metropolitan State College (2,977 students)

Lowest Net Price

Students with a tight budget would want to know the costs of education in a prospective college or university. NCES provides the net price figures by deducting the total average amount of financial aid awarded from the total average cost of expenses applicable to full-time undergraduate students. Below are schools with the lowest net price in 2014-2015 according to NCES data:

  • Atlanta Metropolitan State College ($4,192)
  • Georgia Perimeter College ($6,285)
  • Clayton State University ($10,862)
  • Georgia State University ($14,134)
  • Kennesaw State University ($17,493)

Highest Graduation Rate

To determine the quality of education in a prospective college or university, students can rely on graduation rates as a gauge of this aspect. The NCES supplies graduation rates by tracking full-time, undergraduate students who completed their certificates or degrees within 150% of normal time. Here are the schools with highest graduation rates in 2014-2015:

  • Emory University (89% graduation rate)
  • Spelman College (75% graduation rate)
  • Agnes Scott College (68% graduation rate)
  • Georgia State University (54% graduation rate)
  • Oglethorpe University (53% graduation rate)

If you plan to pursue your studies in Atlanta, Georgia, it is imperative to get information on a school's location and proximity from your place, population size, fees and costs, and graduation rate before making a decision.

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