Georgia, the “Peach State,” is the second fastest growing state in the United States. Equally passionate about collegiate sports and higher education, Georgia is a state that offers options for every kind of student. From public and private institutions to technical and online colleges, there is something for traditional and nontraditional students alike.
While many of the large institutions are in Atlanta, the large metropolitan state capital, there are also a number of colleges and universities in historical areas, such as Savannah and Columbus. Because of the dynamic landscape throughout the state, students can choose to attend a campus that has a busy, metro environment or one that is in a more country and rural area.
There are a number of both private and public institutions in Georgia that are well known for their higher education programs, sports, extracurricular activities, and curriculum. The University System of Georgia (USG) is comprised of 70 public colleges and universities and 35 private. Some of the top areas of study in Georgia include education, business administration, nursing and health care, accounting and finances, and government and political science.
The Florida College System is currently shifting its focus more towards graduate success, while retaining its traditional access-oriented goals.
With over 35 private colleges, 14 being liberal arts schools, Georgia offers a wide range of higher education programs to choose from. The state has small and large institutions in both urban and rural environments as well as a long list of historical institutions.
Among some of the most well-known private colleges are Wesleyan College, the first college in the United States to grant degrees to women; Morehouse College, in which Martin Luther King, Jr. is an alumnus of; and Berry College, the largest contiguous campus in the world.
|Wesleyan College||Macon||630||Women’s college|
|Mercer University||Macon||4, 400||NCAA Division I|
|Berry College||Rome||1, 680||The campus spans more than 27,000 acres|
|Brewton-Parker University||Mount Vernon||1,000||Baptist affiliated|
|Agnes Scott College||Decatur||815||Women’s college|
|Emory University||Atlanta||6, 800||Top US university|
|Morehouse College||Atlanta||2, 800||MLK Jr. Alumni|
|Spelman College||Atlanta||2, 270||Women’s college|
|Covenant College||Lookout Mountain||1, 275||Presbyterian affiliated|
|Oglethorpe University||Brookhaven||1,000||NCAA Division III|
Highly acclaimed public colleges and universities can be found throughout Georgia. While many are located in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, such as Georgia State University and Georgia Institution of Technology, Main Campus, there are a number of higher education institutions in rural areas—for example, Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University.
Georgia is home to the oldest public university in the United States—the University of Georgia. Established in 1801 and located in Athens, the University of Georgia has approximately 35,000 students—making it not only the oldest, but largest public institution in the state. It is also well-known for its liberal arts and science programs in both undergraduate and master’s degrees, and has 79 degree programs in a wide range of fields.
|University of Georgia||Athens||34, 000||94%||$6,676|
|Georgia State University||Atlanta||32, 000||83%||$5,826|
|Kennesaw State University||Kennesaw||24,000||83%||$3,644|
|Georgia Institute of Technology, Main Campus||Atlanta||21, 000||95%||$6,676|
|Georgia Southern University||Statesboro||20, 000||77%||$3, 644|
|Valdosta State University||Valdosta||13, 000||67%||$3, 800|
|Georgia College and State University||Milledgeville||7, 000||86%||$6, 600|
|Armstrong Atlantic State University||Savannah||7, 5000||69%||$3, 600|
|Albany State University||Albany||4, 2000||65%||$4, 500|
|Fort Valley State University||Fort Valley||4, 000||60%||$4, 500|
Georgia’s technical system of higher education is something the state is known for. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) is made up of 25 schools and 31 satellite campuses. TCSG offers a wide range of degree programs including continuing education, economic development, associate degrees, technical certifications, and diplomas. Programs are offered for a wide range of careers and areas of study such as law, culinary arts, nursing, carpentry, technical, business administration, biotechnology solutions, and veterinary.
|Albany Technical College||Albany||4, 200|
|Altamaha Technical College||Jesup||1, 600|
|Athens Technical College||Athens||5, 100|
|Athens Technical College||Atlanta||4, 500|
|Augusta Technical College||Augusta||4, 600|
|Central Georgia Technical College||Macon||7, 700|
|Chattahoochee Technical College||Marietta||12, 500|
|Columbus Technical College||Columbus||4, 260|
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College||Rome||6, 500|
|Gwinnett Technical College||Lawrenceville||6, 800|
|Lanier Technical College||Oakwood||4, 200|
|Middle Georgia Technical College||Warner Robins||3, 800|
|Moultrie Technical College||Moultrie||2, 000|
|North Georgia Technical College||Clarkesville||2, 700|
|Ogeechee Technical College||Statesboro||2, 600|
|Okefenokee Technical College||Waycross||1, 600|
|Savannah Technical College||Savannah||5, 400|
|South Georgia Technical College||Americus||2, 600|
|Southeastern Technical College||Vidalia||1, 800|
|Southern Crescent Technical College||Griffin||6, 000|
|Southwest Georgia Technical College||Thomasville||14, 800|
|West Georgia Technical College||Waco||7, 500|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||Valdosta||5, 100|
Georgia is one of the most prominent military states in the U.S. Georgia Military College, located in Milledgeville, is connected to the U.S. Army and offers officer training and 2-year science-based programs. Originally known as Georgia Military and Agricultural College, it was established in 1879 and is now home to just under 300 ROTC students. The campus has two extensions, which are located in August and Columbus.
Choosing to attend online classes for higher education is becoming increasingly popular. Georgia has a wide range of public institutions that offer online courses including the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University.
As Georgia is experiencing a boom in population, the option to earn degrees from anywhere is an option many students are choosing to take.
Below are some of the online colleges in Georgia with highest enrollment:
|Georgia Perimeter College||26, 990||Yes|
|Georgia Southern University||20, 000||Yes|
|Kennesaw State University||24, 000||Yes|
|Valdosta State University||13, 000||Yes|
|University of West Georgia||11, 600||Yes|
|Chattahoochee Technical College||11, 500||Yes|
|University of Georgia||11, 699||Yes|
|University of Phoenix, Atlanta||1, 800||Yes (Hybrid)|
|DeVry University-Georgia||4, 500||Yes (Hybrid)|
The Georgia Institute of Technology, better known as Georgia Tech, offers nine master’s degrees through distance education, most of which can be earned 100% online. Areas of study include aerospace engineering, computational science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, information security, mechanical engineering, medical physics and operations research. GT additionally offers a Professional Masters in Applied Systems Engineering degree designed for practicing engineers with five or more years of working experience. Of particular note is the university’s Master of Science in Computer Science, the first fully-accredited degree of its kind available exclusively through the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivery format, allowing it to be offered for a fraction of the cost of a similar degree earned in a traditional, on-campus setting.
Professional development and continuing education courses can also be taken through distance learning at Georgia Tech.
For more information on GT online degree programs, visit: http://www.dlpe.gatech.edu/dl.
Columbus State University’s distance learning division offers an extensive choice of undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as dozens of courses available in fully-online, partially-online and hybrid formats. There are currently seven bachelor’s and 13 master’s degrees available, most of which can be earned completely online. Degree major subjects include business, information technology, nursing, computer science, education, public administration, and several others. Online courses follow the university’s regular academic schedule, beginning and ending on the same dates as traditional on-campus classes. CSU online courses employ the CougarView system to access classes and other resources. Examinations can be taken through the system’s online proctoring service which requires the use of a webcam and high-speed internet connection.
Columbia State University is a partner with the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus, a system that makes CSU courses available to students throughout Georgia and in several other southern states.
More information on CSU online courses and programs can be accessed at: http://online.columbusstate.edu/index.php.
Due to its dynamic landscape, Georgia offers a wide range of employment and business opportunities. While farming and agricultural jobs are still very prominent in rural areas, the vibrant, metropolitan area of Atlanta is the business headquarters for nine of the largest media markets in the U.S. Some of the largest companies—and employers—located in Georgia include:
Regardless of a student’s chosen area of study, Georgia offers a wide range of job opportunities to match their needs. As one the fastest growing and high energy states in America, Georgia offers higher education programs for any type of student that will prepare them for their chosen field of work as well as provide them with a rich and rewarding education and professional experience.
Georgia Perimeter CollegeDecatur, Georgia
University of GeorgiaAthens, Georgia
Georgia State UniversityAtlanta, Georgia
Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw, Georgia
Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusAtlanta, Georgia
Chattahoochee Technical CollegeMarietta, Georgia
Emory UniversityAtlanta, Georgia
Valdosta State UniversityValdosta, Georgia
University of West GeorgiaCarrollton, Georgia