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Why This Matters

  • 78 FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES IN GEORGIA

    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Georgia include 38 public and 40 private non-profit options.

  • $8,220 AVERAGE IN-STATE TUITION & FEES

    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Georgia is $8,220, according to College Board.

  • $15,330 AVERAGE FINANCIAL AID

    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Georgia. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of higher education programs in the southern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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The Top 50 Colleges in Georgia

Best Colleges In Georgia
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University of Georgia
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Spelman College
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Wesleyan College
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Toccoa Falls College
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University of North Georgia
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Truett McConnell University
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University of West Georgia
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Valdosta State University

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Georgia

Knowing the top industries in the state can help you decide what to study in college. As of May 2022, the top industries in Georgia are office and administrative support occupations, transportation and material moving, sales, food preparation and serving, and business and financial operations.

The fastest-growing occupations in the state for workers with a bachelor’s degree include airline pilots and flight engineers, film and video editors, camera operators, data scientists, and logisticians.

Knowing the top employers in the state can also help you in your job search after you graduate. In Georgia, the largest employer is Delta Airlines, which employs about 80,000 people. Other large employers include Emory University, the University of Georgia, and Home Depot.

What’s Next?

Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college more affordable. The following list of resources will help you find financial aid opportunities for undergraduate students in Georgia:

  • Georgia Student Finance Commission. This state agency offers a variety of scholarships and grants for Georgia college students.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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