Columbus, Georgia (GA) Colleges and Universities

There are twelve colleges and universities within fifty miles of the Columbus, Georgia, area. Read about the traditional schools with highest graduation rates, lowest costs, and more to find the school for you.

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Columbus, GA, and the surrounding area has several schools that include 4-year public schools, 2-year technical colleges, and more. We examine the traditional schools even further by comparing them with information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Columbus, Georgia

There is a good mix of 2-year and 4-year schools that are close to Columbus for students wanting to stay in the area. A few of the 4-year schools in the area offer graduate degree programs as well as undergraduate programs.

  • Strayer University-Columbus (11 miles from downtown)
  • Columbus State University (11.2 miles from downtown)
  • Miller-Motte Technical College-Columbus (11.2 miles from downtown)
  • Columbus Technical College (14.5 miles from downtown)
  • Virginia College-Columbus (14.5 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Columbus, Georgia

The largest schools in the area are mostly public institutions. Students wanting to attend a bigger school can choose from several schools near Columbus that have more than 1,000 students.

  • Columbus State University (8,440 students)
  • Gordon State College (4,084 students)
  • Columbus Technical College (3,800 students)
  • Georgia Southwestern State University (2,755 students)
  • Fort Valley State University (2,696 students)

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  • Agriculture
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  • 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

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid, regardless of which source provides the aid, from the total cost to attend the school for full-time undergrads. For the 2014-2015 school year, all but one of the schools in the Columbus area had net prices less than $20,000.

  • South Georgia Technical College ($6,130)
  • Columbus Technical College ($7,045)
  • Gordon State College ($10,500)
  • Columbus State University ($10,946)
  • Georgia Southwestern State University ($12,133)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES calculates graduation rates by determining the number of full-time beginning undergraduate students who complete their programs within 150% of the normal time taken to complete the program (e.g., three years for an associate's degree program and six years for a bachelor's degree program). Almost all of the schools in the area had graduation rates less than 50% for 2015.

  • Virginia College-Columbus (54% graduation rate)
  • South Georgia Technical College (49% graduation rate)
  • Point University (49% graduation rate)
  • LaGrange College (46% graduation rate)
  • Georgia Southwestern State University (33% graduation rate)

Despite only having a dozen schools in the area, Columbus, GA, offers diverse public and private institutions that vary in location, size, price, and graduation rates for students.

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