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1 Georgia Institute of Technology RANKING SCORE 86.95 COST GRADUATION RATE 86% LOCATION Atlanta, GA

One of the best colleges in Georgia—and the nation—the Georgia Institute of Technology is a research institution committed to advancing the frontiers of science and technology. Based in Atlanta, the school is a premier member of the University System of Georgia. Between Georgia Tech’s six colleges—Computing, Design, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts—the school offers 26,000 students more major than. More than 15,000 students at Georgia Tech are undergraduates.

Georgia Tech is a nationally leading STEM school and confers more degrees in engineering to women than any other college in the nation. The institute’s industrial engineering, computer science, architecture, and business programs are nationally and internationally renowned. The school is also famed for innovative research and is widely recognized one of the largest research agencies in the South. When not in class, students enjoy more than 400 student organizations, 50 Greek options, and 17 NCAA Division I sports.

Tweet this 2 University of Georgia RANKING SCORE 81.24 COST GRADUATION RATE 85% LOCATION Athens, GA

Incorporated by an act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1785, the University of Georgia is the oldest state-chartered institution of higher learning in the United States. UGA has played a central role in education throughout the history of the state and today the school is a massive land and sea-grant research university, sprawling over almost 40,000 acres throughout 31 Georgia counties.

UGA’s main campus is in Athens, one of the nation's most famous college towns, where bands such as REM, the B52s, and Neutral Milk Hotel all got their start. The university’s 36,000 students are enrolled in 17 schools and colleges, and select from among programs in over 143 fields. Nearly 9,000 students are enrolled in graduate studies at UGA.

Not only is UGA considered one of the very best colleges in Georgia, it’s consistently ranked as one of the best public schools in the country. The university’s undergraduate business and journalism programs are nationally recognized. UGA is frequently noted for its affordability, and for the number of its students to win major scholarships and awards.

To date, the school has produced nine Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 51 Goldwater Scholars, 13 Truman Scholars, 13 Udall Scholars, and 112 Fulbright award winners since 1995. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Georgia Museum of Natural History are all housed in or around the UGA campus.

Students at UGA participate in more than 600 student organizations. Sixty-two sororities and fraternities operate around the school’s iconic, mansion-heavy campus.


Standing in Atlanta’s forested Druid Hills neighborhood, Emory University is among the oldest private colleges in Georgia. A doctoral research university, the school is famed for its healthcare system and medical curriculum.

Emory’s 15,000-member student body is nearly split between undergraduate and graduate students. Four schools and colleges—Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Goizueta Business School, and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing—provide students with a variety of. Emory students benefit from a tight relationship with their professors (student to faculty ratio is an incredible 8:1), and freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. Emory University’s acceptance rate is about 25%.

Emory partners with Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia to offer select five-year dual degrees. The school’s writing, psychiatry, business, history, and English programs are nationally ranked. Emory has produced many Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, and the school counts governors, senators, captains of industry, and celebrities among its alumni. President Jimmy Carter, for example, once taught at the school. Emory boasts one of the largest endowments in the country.

4 Georgia Southern University RANKING SCORE 70.00 COST GRADUATION RATE 51% LOCATION Statesboro, GA

With more than 21,000 students on a 900-acre campus, Georgia Southern University is the biggest institution of higher learning south of Atlanta. Despite its size, the Statesboro school maintains a close-knit feel due to its 21:1 student to faculty ratio and peaceful pastoral grounds. A land-grant, research university, GSU was founded in 1906 and today offers more than.

Notable programs include the state’s first undergraduate manufacturing engineering curriculum, and nationally ranked programs in writing, business, fashion design, parks and recreation, and nursing. GSU’s online programs are also among the best in the state.

The school’s campus has been cited as among the most eco-friendly in the country and features notable facilities such as the school's Center for Wildlife Education and its Garden of the Coastal Plain. The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center is a global innovator in product development. GSU is also well known for its affordability.

5 Georgia State University RANKING SCORE 69.16 COST GRADUATION RATE 53% LOCATION Atlanta, GA

Based in downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is a large urban research institution and part of the University System of Georgia colleges. GSU counts more than 32,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools. Students are provided with plentiful degree options at GSU including over and graduate programs in more than 100 different fields, and the amenities of one of the nation’s largest cities. The school is one of the most diverse in the country: 63% of students are minorities and 30% are among the first generation in their families to attend college.

GSU makes active use of its urban location--internships at Fortune 500 companies are common--and its students regularly participate in world-class research. GSU organizes first-year students into “Freshman Learning Communities”, building community among like-minded learners. Student life centers around the school's NCAA Division 1 Sun Belt Conference sports programs, 29 fraternities and sororities, and the many events that occur throughout the year in Atlanta. Georgia State’s Rialto Center for the Arts, an 833-seat venue right downtown, also regularly attracts top national acts.

6 Kennesaw State University RANKING SCORE 66.95 COST GRADUATION RATE 42% LOCATION Kennesaw, GA

With over 36,000 students spread across two campuses in Metro Atlanta, Kennesaw State University is one of the biggest colleges in Georgia. Part of the University System of Georgia, the school is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, global worldview, diversity, and research. KSU has a big impact on its local economy, producing more than.3 billion in value for the region. Almost 90% of its students are undergraduates, 70% of which attend full time. More than 5,200 students live on KSU's campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta.

KSU offers over to its many undergraduate students, graduate students, and doctoral candidates. The university’s programs in business and engineering are known at a national level. Its architecture, education, math, and science programs are also particularly well known, and many of the school’s degrees can be pursued through the school’s virtual campus, KSU Online. Campus facilities include the Bentley Rare Book Gallery, a world-class repository of Western literature; the Center for Election Systems, which monitors Georgia elections; and the Educational Technology Training Center, which attracts teachers from all across the state. KSU is an NCAA Division I school and boasts some 200 student organizations. The school encourages its students to study abroad through its Division of Global Affairs.


, a member of the respected Seven Sisters of the South, is one of the top women's colleges in Georgia, offering a rigorous liberal arts curriculum from its campus in Macon. The school opened in 1839, making it the oldest of the current Seven Sisters colleges. Wesleyan was also one of the first colleges to host sororities.

This small school serves around 700 students, with degrees that span the humanities, sciences, and professional education. Undergraduates select from a variety of programs, including art history, biology, advertising and marketing, environmental studies, and international relations. Wesleyan also offers a self-designed major that allows students to create their own interdisciplinary course of study. Wesleyan has produced several notable alumnae, including entertainment lawyer and reality TV star Phaedra Parks, microbiologist Sara Branham Matthews, and North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer.

8 Clayton State University RANKING SCORE 65.89 COST GRADUATION RATE 32% LOCATION Morrow, GA

Set on a 192-acre campus with a wealth of lakes, forests, and wildlife, Clayton State University's campus is noted for its park-like feel--even though it’s only 20 minutes from metropolitan Atlanta. Founded as a junior college in 1969, today CSU is a fully-fledged senior member of the University System of Georgia.

The school is known nationwide for the diversity of its 7,000-member student body. CSU's student median age is 29 and students choose from over 30 baccalaureate offered through the university’s four undergraduate schools (the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Health, and College of Information and Mathematical Sciences).

CSU has a solid history of commitment to technology. The school was first among public colleges in Georgia to issue incoming students of all majors laptops and remains a national pioneer in “ubiquitous computing.” CSU is one of few schools in the nation to feature adjacent state and federal archives, yielding great research opportunities for history and social science majors in particular. CSU also houses a well-regarded venue for chamber music, Spivey Hall. The school's mascots are Loch and Nessie, two brightly colored lake monsters.

9 Georgia College and State University RANKING SCORE 64.04 COST GRADUATION RATE 59% LOCATION Milledgeville, GA

Founded in 1889 as a teacher’s school for women, Georgia College and State University is today the state’s designated liberal arts university. Georgia College's main campus is in Milledgeville, a small city north of Atlanta, and features satellites in the central Georgia locations of Macon and Robins Air Force Base. The school’s 6,000 undergrads select from among. Graduate students pursue an additional 25 programs. Education, business, and nursing are among the school's most popular majors. Georgia College's student to faculty ratio is 17:1 and classes average 24 in size.

Georgia College encourages the traditional, residential, liberal arts experience and boasts a notably high 86% retention rate. Almost half of the school’s undergraduate students volunteer at some point during their college careers. The school hosts more than 200 student organizations on campus. Greek life is a major presence: 25% of Georgia College participate in the school's Greek system.

The university is known among colleges in Georgia for its excellent tuition value. Widely celebrated writer and essayist Flannery O’Connor is an alumnus and her archives are maintained on campus. Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon also attended Georgia College.

10 Columbus State University RANKING SCORE 63.27 COST GRADUATION RATE 30% LOCATION Columbus, GA

Columbus State University is a mid-size, regional, public university operating at two campuses in the city of Columbus. A member of the University System of Georgia, CSU's main campus occupies 132 acres in a suburban area, and features the school’s iconic, 70-foot Thomas Y. Whitley Clock Tower. In 2007, CSU opened its RiverPark Campus on the Chattahoochee River waterfront downtown. CSU also offers classes at Fort Benning, a nearby United States Army base.

CSU’s 8,200 students are enrolled in more than, and enjoy an 18:1 student faculty ratio. Business, education, nursing, English, and drama are among the school's most popular programs. CSU's theater education program is the only one of its kind among colleges in Georgia. The school is home to the Coca-Cola Science Space Center and its Omnisphere planetarium, the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians.

11 Covenant College RANKING SCORE 62.51 COST GRADUATION RATE 67% LOCATION Lookout Mountain, GA

Affiliated with the evangelical wing of the Presbyterian Church, Covenant College sits perched on a mountain peak on the former grounds of a luxury resort hotel right by the Georgia-Tennessee border. The school offers a quiet, meditative environments: its nearest town is the tiny city of Lookout Mountain.

CC was founded in 1955 in Pasadena, California, and moved to the Peach State a decade later. Campus life on the school’s 400-acre grounds is steeped in the school’s Reformed theology. About 1,100 undergraduates attend CC a year, where they choose among. 76% of the school's undergraduates are from outside of Georgia. About a quarter of the student body was home schooled.

The most popular majors at CC reflect the school’s liberal arts approach: education, business, biology, psychology, English, and art. CC also offers a dual-degree in engineering. More than 90% of the faculty has a doctorate or terminal degree, and students get to know their professors well--the student to faculty ratio is a low 13:1.

Covenant competes in NCAA Division III athletics, and more than 75% of students participate in intramural sports. Like many Georgia colleges, the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

12 Piedmont College RANKING SCORE 62.29 COST GRADUATION RATE 50% LOCATION Demorest, GA

Piedmont College is a small and private comprehensive liberal arts college affiliated with the Congregational Church. The school's green, 300-acre main campus is in Demorest, a small community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. PC's second campus is located downtown in the vibrant, hilly college town of Athens.

The school’s 2,100 students are enrolled in programs and graduate programs in business, education, and nursing. PC offers a single doctoral program (in education). The school has a reputation for personalized attention: its student to faculty ratio is a low 14:1 and some classes are available in a hybrid online format.

Piedmont’s academics are divided among four schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, the Harry W. Walker School of Business, and the R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Together they demonstrate the college’s diverse strengths. The school is often considered one of the best colleges in Georgia for veterans and is particularly noted for its value. PC's acceptance rate hovers at around 50%.

13 Toccoa Falls College RANKING SCORE 61.53 COST GRADUATION RATE 49% LOCATION Toccoa Falls, GA

Named for a 186-foot waterfall on campus, Toccoa Falls is a small, private, and Christian liberal arts school in the tiny city of Toccoa, located in among the mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia.

Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, TFC was founded in 1907 as a Bible college. By the 1930s, the school had begun offering “general education” courses alongside its Christian offerings. Today, it provides a full (and 45 minors) to a student population of 1,200. Programs are divided among four schools: Christian Ministries, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, and Professional Studies.

All students at TFC receive ministry instruction, whether for careers in the clergy or for everyday life. TFC's average class size is a rare 13, and the school's student to faculty ratio is a close 15:1. Each degree-seeking student who is accepted is granted a scholarship, and undergraduates live on campus in single-sex dorms. Students enjoy more than 400 available activities in or near the campus.

14 University of North Georgia RANKING SCORE 60.62 COST GRADUATION RATE 28% LOCATION Dahlonega, GA

The University of North Georgia is one of the newest colleges in Georgia. The school was born in 2013 from the merger of two state schools, North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State College.

UNG is home to about 18,000 students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in over at five campuses in the north Georgia region: Blue Ridge, Cumming, Oakwood, Oconee, and the school’s main campus in Dahlonega. Popular majors include biology, nursing, management, psychology, and marketing.

UNG is also one of six senior military schools in the nation, with 766 students enrolled as cadets. “Reveille” is played every morning at 7 AM and “Taps” rings out every evening at midnight. UNG’s Center for Global Engagement, the heart of the school’s busy study abroad program, is located in Dahlonega.

UNG's campuses are all nestled among the vast woods, rolling hills, and many rivers of north Georgia. Some are also located within the famous Blue Ridge Mountains, providing students with ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as the southernmost stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

15 University of West Georgia RANKING SCORE 60.36 COST GRADUATION RATE 41% LOCATION Carrollton, GA

Founded in 1906, the University of West Georgia began operations as an agricultural and mechanical school. Today the Carrolton-based institution is a comprehensive research university that offers its student body of 13,000 over, from baccalaureate to doctoral. Most of the students on the school’s rural, 645-acre campus are undergraduates (11,000) and they select programs from exactly half of those fields. Most UWG students are full time (72%) and hail from 44 states and 75 countries.

Popular majors include psychology, criminology, mass communications, biology, and early childhood education. UWG's psychology program is internationally recognized for its unique “humanistic” approach. UWG is also considered one of the best colleges in Georgia for online education.

The school's acceptance rate is 60% and student life revolves around more than 160 student organizations, including the school’s famous marching band, which performs nationwide. UWG's Advanced Academy allows high schoolers to enter college early through its dual degree program.

16 Agnes Scott College RANKING SCORE 60.11 COST GRADUATION RATE 70% LOCATION Decatur, GA

One of the so-called “Seven Sisters of the South”, Agnes Scott College is a private, women’s liberal arts college in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur. The school is known for its beautiful red-brick campus and its close-knit feel--about 940 women attend and they enjoy a tight relationship with their instructors. ASC's faculty ratio is 10:1 and its average class size is an intimate 15. ASC was founded by Presbyterians in 1889, and retains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church.

The school offers, and partners with Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology to enhance some of its program offerings. While attending ASC, students may cross-register with Emory or Georgia Tech, and students are invited to attend social events on other campuses. All students participates in a liberal arts immersion course, and all members of the class of 2019 and beyond participate in a global experience through ASC’s innovative SUMMIT program.


Although it only enrolls around 2,100 students a year, Berry College is one of the biggest colleges in Georgia. In fact, the private, Mount Berry-based institution boasts the largest contiguous campus in the world: at more than 27,000 acres, BC has the biggest uninterrupted footprint of any university anywhere, a fact that has brought it no shortage of fame. Featuring winding streams, majestic waterfalls, and cozy outdoor fireplaces, the scenic hills of BC are cherished by students past and present.

BC is part of the nationwide, non-profit alliance of 130 liberal arts colleges known as the Annapolis Group, and it offers. Over 65% of students are from Georgia.

The school partners with fellow Georgia institutions Kennesaw State College and Emory University to offer dual-degree programs in engineering and nursing, and focuses on pre-professional programs, including pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-occupational therapy.

BC offers students one the nation’s premier work-experience programs, guaranteeing every student a paid, on-campus job (more than 90% of students work on the BC campus). The school’s distinctive campus i featured in several major motion pictures, including Sweet Home Alabama and Remember the Titans.

18 Carver Bible College RANKING SCORE 59.09 COST GRADUATION RATE 53% LOCATION Atlanta, GA

, a private, non-denominational Christian college based in Atlanta, ranks as one of the top Christian schools in Georgia. This small college enrolls around 150 students from many different Christian backgrounds, with an intimate 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio that ensures undergraduates receive individualized attention. The school offers undergraduate majors in Bible studies, psychology, and business. Carver also offers several unique minors, including Christian education, counseling, missions, pastoral ministry, systematic theology, women's ministry, and practical training and evangelism. Degree candidates at Carver come from the U.S. and abroad, and most are older than traditional college students. Many work full-time and complete their degree through part-time courses. Campus learners can take advantage of a variety of student organizations and programs, including work study scholarships, international student fellowships, student government, women's ministry, and long-term and short-term missionary trips. The Carver campus is also home to an extensive library and the 400-seat Talmage Payne Chapel.

19 Middle Georgia State University RANKING SCORE 58.87 COST GRADUATION RATE 45% LOCATION Macon, GA

Middle Georgia State University (MGA) is an institute that certainly lives up to its name: the school consists of a constellation of five campuses spread throughout central Georgia.

MGA's main campus is located in the large city of Macon. The school's Cochran campus is home to small classes, Greek life, athletic facilities, and freshman housing. MGA's Dublin campus hosts core curriculum courses and select bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs. The school's aviation program is located in Eastman and provides students with education and training at the only four-year aviation school in the state. (The school administers a fleet of 20 planes and four helicopters.) Finally, MGA's Warner Robins campus hosts its IT department, business programs, and office of graduate studies.

All tallied, MGA offers, 13 associate degrees, two master's degrees, and dozens of certificate programs to a student population of nearly 8,000. Popular majors at the school include liberal arts, nursing, and business. MGA is unusual among Georgia colleges in that it operates a residential program for high-achieving high schoolers and an extensive program for adult learners. Students attend over 40 student clubs and organizations on campus, and MGA encourages experiential learning through its innovative program.

20 Georgia Southwestern State University RANKING SCORE 58.04 COST GRADUATION RATE 32% LOCATION Americus, GA

Having opened its doors as a mechanical and agricultural school in 1906, Georgia Southwestern State University has developed into a comprehensive regional university and is today a full member of the public University System of Georgia. From its home in Americus, 135 miles south of Atlanta, GSW offers more than, and a smattering of professional and technical programs, to a mix of 3,000 residential, commuter, and online students. At 24, the average student age at GSW is higher than many Georgia colleges.

GSW is known for its nursing programs, its specialist programs in education, and pre-professional studies in law, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science. The school is also home to the only professional golf management program in the state of Georgia. GSW's campus extends 250 acres and includes buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, hardwood and Southern pine woodlands, and an 18-hole golf course.

Famous alumni include President Jimmy Carter and,named after the First Lady, the school opened its new Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex, a home for its nursing, psychology, and sociology departments, in 2012.

21 Augusta University RANKING SCORE 58.00 COST GRADUATION RATE 26% LOCATION Augusta, GA

Until 2015, Augusta University was known as Georgia Regents University. Part of the University System of Georgia colleges, this public academic health center stands in the heart of the state’s second-largest city. The university places a heavy emphasis on medicine—its flagship medical school and nursing program are renowned nationwide--but offers across all disciplines. AU is home to the only dental school in Georgia (the aptly named Dental College of Georgia) and the Augusta University Medical Center, among various other facilities.

AU's student population of 8,500 includes about 5,000 undergrads. Of the 1,800 degrees the school conferred in 2016, about half were bachelor’s. In addition to Georgia’s largest nursing program and one of the nation’s oldest medical schools, AU hosts a nationally ranked business program. The university is one of the region’s largest employers with an annual economic impact of more than.2 billion. AU has satellite campuses in Athens, Rome, Albany, and Savannah.


Based in Gainesville, is a comprehensive liberal arts-based college that enrolls around 3,500 students in graduate and undergraduate programs. Along with its main campus, the school operates several regional education centers around the state. Brenau offers degrees through its colleges of Business and Mass Communication, Education, Fine Arts and Humanities, and Health Sciences, along with the Sidney O. Smith Jr. Graduate School. The school is also home to a women's college for undergraduates. Campus learners can select from dozens of graduate and undergraduate degrees, including conflict resolution and legal studies, musical theater, interior design, and exercise science. As one of the top colleges in Georgia, Brenau has several accomplished alumni, including abstract artist Clyde Connell; Emmy Award-winning costume designer Katherine Jane Bryant; and Florence Reville Gibbs, the first Georgia congresswoman in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Established in 1833, Mercer is the oldest private university in Georgia and one of the oldest in the nation. A top-tier research institution, MU emphasizes “liberal learning”, its own hands-on approach to a well-rounded, liberal arts education. Particularly known for its medical school, MU's main campus stands in the large central Georgia city of Macon. The school serves students at additional, smaller campuses in Atlanta and Savannah. More than 8,600 students are enrolled in a wide array of undergraduate and graduate in MU's 12 schools and colleges, and many of the school's degrees may be pursued online.

Some of the more popular degrees at MU include nursing, elementary education, liberal arts, biology, and engineering. The university partners with Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base for its engineering programs. These programs are widely considered among the nation's best.

MU students also benefit from agreements with Piedmont Healthcare for nursing, pharmacy, research, and allied-health projects. Undergraduates can expect to receive hands-on training while benefiting from a variety of research opportunities at the school.

24 Brenau University RANKING SCORE 56.73 COST GRADUATION RATE 45% LOCATION Gainesville, GA

Founded in 1881, is one of the top historically black colleges in Georgia and one of the top women's college's in the country. Serving more than 2,100 students, this liberal arts school enrolls degree candidates from around the country and boasts one of the nation's top graduation rates. Spelman offers 31 undergraduate majors in the arts, sciences, education, and social sciences. The school offers degrees in women's studies, dance, documentary filmmaking, environmental studies, and international studies. Students can also select from a variety of academic minors, including African diaspora studies, food studies, public health, and Japan studies. Spelman's academic pedigree lends itself to a prestigious alumnae network that spans politics, academia, the arts, and entertainment. Some of the school's many notable graduates include composer and scholar Bernice Johnson Reagon, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, and law professor Brenda V. Smith.

25 Valdosta State University RANKING SCORE 55.38 COST GRADUATION RATE 36% LOCATION Valdosta, GA

Founded as a teacher’s college in 1906, Valdosta State University is today a comprehensive public university administering more than programs to more than 11,000 students. VSU derives its name from its host city, rural Valdosta, Georgia, just fifteen minutes from the Florida line. Part of the state’s university system, the school is well known among colleges in Georgia for its beautiful red-tile campus, tropical palm trees, scenic fountains, and expansive Front Lawn. Students from all 50 states and 60 countries attend the school, but Georgians account for almost 90% of the student body. About 25% live on campus.

VSU's most popular majors include psychology, communications, business, and nursing. The school is also known for its physical education curriculum. VSU encourages outreach among its students, whether by volunteering in town or studying abroad in more than 150 locations.

VSU offers an unusual number of undergraduate research opportunities and hosts the Valdosta Symphony orchestra, Peach State Summer Theater, the Governor’s Honors Program for gifted high schoolers, and the Camellia Trail, a winding walkway lined with camellias--a flowering shrub--for more than half a mile. VSU's Student Success Center offers peer tutoring, executive skills workshops, and tech support.

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