Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, there are 66 colleges in the state of Georgia that offer bachelor’s degrees. Of these institutions, 27 are public universities, 30 are private, non-profit organizations, and nine are private for-profit colleges.


    The average in-state tuition for students obtaining a full-time undergraduate degree in the state of Georgia is $8,790, according to College Board.


    For the 2019-2020 school year, the average amount of financial aid for a full-time undergraduate student was $14,940 in the U.S.

Our Research

We ranked Georgia colleges based on the quality of education, how much it costs, potential future earnings, and whether or not the college offers online learning or in-person classes only. We reviewed all sizes of institutions, from small, private colleges to the largest state universities.

Only accredited institutions made it on our list of top colleges in Georgia. This ensures they meet the highest standards for learning within the state and display a commitment to integrity, peer review, and continuous improvement. Most of the colleges on our list are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 70 hours to write this article
  • 166 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 247 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Colleges in Georgia

Best Colleges In Georgia
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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 October 2020, the top industries in Georgia were leisure and hospitality, financial activities, retail trade, manufacturing, and professional and business services.

Once you’ve graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree, it’s important to consider some of the fastest growing occupations in the state. In Georgia this includes film and video editors, set and exhibit designers, camera operators for television and motion pictures, producers and directors, and market research analysts and marketing specialists.

Knowing the top employers in the state can help you in your job search after you graduate from college. In Georgia, the largest employer is Delta Airlines Inc., which employs more than 80,000. Other employers include Emory University, Home Depot Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp.

What’s Next?

Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college more affordable. The following is a list of financial aid opportunities for undergraduate students in Georgia.

  • Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. The Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission helps students locate available resources on state financial aid and provides information on who qualifies for in-state tuition.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When applying for college, students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Money from federal aid is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and comes in the form of grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships. To find out if you are eligible for federal aid, visit the FAFSA4caster and then fill out an application online.
  • CareerOneStop. This site offers a searchable list of scholarships arranged in order by the closest deadline. The list can be filtered by award type, location, and level of study. Each award contains information on qualifications and who to contact.