List of colleges and universities in Georgia (U.S. state)

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The following is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Georgia. Many of these schools have multiple campuses. In such cases, only the location of the main campus in Georgia is specified. Most public institutions and traditional private institutions in Georgia are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The flagship university of the state of Georgia is the University of Georgia.

The Seal of the U.S. State of Georgia

Academics and reputation[edit]

Park Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus at the University of Georgia
Lake Wells and Ruby at Georgia Southern University.
The University Village at dusk at Kennesaw State University.

Public and private schools ranked by academic measures[edit]

The institutions below are ranked by average SAT score of first-time freshman for the 2012-2013 academic year. A first-time freshman describes a student entering a 4-year college or university for the first time. First-time freshman account for the majority of the student population at a 4-year college or university.[1] These figures do not include transfer, duel enrolled, post-baccalaureate or non-traditional students.

(NOTE: The reported values for public schools are as reported by the USG's annual report, minor variations may exist when comparing to other college search publications such as Collegeboard)

Institution Type Average SAT(CR+Math) score of entering freshman(2012)[2] Average GPA of entering freshman(2012)[3] 6-year graduation rates(2006-2012)[4] First-time freshman retention rate (2012)[5]
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Public 1385e 3.86c 82% 96%
Emory University[6] Private 1365e 3.88 90% 94%
University of Georgia (UGA) Public 1240e 3.76d 83% 94%
Georgia College & State University (Georgia College or GCSU) Public 1172 3.42 75.46% 85%
Mercer University[7] Private 1170e 3.56 64% 82%
Berry College[8] Private 1160 3.56 61% 75%
Agnes Scott College Private 1160e 3.88 64% 82%
Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)f Public 1141 3.28 48.75% 75%
University of North Georgia (UNG) Public 1117 3.51 63.08% 78%
Georgia Southern University (GA Southern/GSU) Public 1115 3.18 60.51% 77%
Oglethorpe University[9] Private 1113e 3.4 56% 80%
4-year institution USG average Public(all USG schools are public schools) 1110 3.12 74%
Kennesaw State University (KSU)f Public 1089 3.20 51.47% 76%
Georgia State University (GSU) Public 1082 3.33 57.77% 83%
Morehouse College[10] Private 1025 3.24 55% 82%
Spelman College[11] Private 1020 3.63 72% 90%
Armstrong Atlantic State University Public 1016 3.16 40.86% 69%
Valdosta State University Public 1015 3.12 52.32% 67%
National average 1010[12] 58%[13] 77.1%[14]
Columbus State University Public 987 3.10 41.35% 67%
Georgia Southwestern State University Public 987 3.23 39.85% 63%
Augusta State University Public 985 3.03 33.96% 67%
University of West Georgia Public 965 3.08 46.40% 70
Clayton State University Public 947 3.22 36.96% 66%
Albany State University Public 890 2.92 46.01% 65%
Clark Atlanta University[15] Private 880 3.0 39% 61%
Savannah State University Public 867 2.74 38.02% 72%
Fort Valley State University Public 844 2.76 33.82% 60%
Paine College[16] Private 775 2.64 Not reported 52%
  • ^c The average number of AP/IB/Dual Enrollment courses taken by a 2014 accepted freshman at Georgia Tech was 8.5[17]
  • ^d The average number of AP/IB/Dual Enrollment courses taken by a 2042 accepted freshman at University of Georgia was 7[18]
  • ^e These two institutions are in the process of being merged.

USG research universities ranked by endowment and research expenditure[edit]

Two out of four USG research universities are ranked among the top 25 research universities in the nation.[19] The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology are consistently ranked in the top percentile of research institutions. Both schools are considered to be Public Ivies, a designation reserved for top public universities in the United States.

Rank Institution Endowment Funds (2013)[20] Federal research grant award (2008)[21] Total research expenditure FY 2009[22] Institution research funds (NSF FY 2009)[22] Economic impact(2013)[23] Number of GRA Eminent Scholars(2013)[24] Number of GRA VentureLab companies(2013)[25] Number of Centers of Research Excellence(2013)[26] Graduate student enrollment (2012)
1 Georgia Institute of Technology $1,714,876,000 $281,184,000 $561,631,000 $167,766,000 $2.6 billion 23 10 9 7,030
2 University of Georgia $786,171,000 $102,817,000 $349,730,000 $186,998,000 $2.3 billion 15 4 7 8,260
National Average $490,946,000
3 Georgia Regents University* $142,208,000 $39,486,000 $65,473,000 $20,581,000 $1.8 billion 6 1 3 6,245
4 Georgia State University $118,825,000 $26,257,000 $60,557,000 $27,975,000 $1.6 billion 5 0 3 7,427

Academic achievement among Georgia colleges and universities[edit]

Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Rhodes Scholars[edit]

49 Rhodes Scholars came from a Georgia college or University. The most Rhodes Scholars came from the University of Georgia and Emory University.

Rank Institution Number of Rhodes Scholars[27]
1 University of Georgia 22
2 Emory University 17
3 Georgia Institute of Technology 3
4 Morehouse College 3
5 Mercer University 2
6 Agnes Scott College 1
7 Berry College 1

Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Marshall Scholars[edit]

The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech rank among top 10 public universities receiving Marshall scholars. Since 2001, Georgia Tech students have received 8 Marshall Scholarships and UGA has received 5 ranking 2nd and 6th respectively for most Marshall Scholars among public universities.[28]

Institution Number of Marshall Scholars[28]
Georgia Institute of Technology 8
Emory University 6
University of Georgia 5
Agnes Scott College 1

Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Fulbright Scholars[edit]

In 2012, University of Georgia and Emory University ranked in the top percentile of doctoral/research institutions producing Fulbright Scholars.[29] 38 Fulbright scholars came from Georgian institutions. The Fulbright Program is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

Rank Institution Number of Fulbright scholars(2012-2013)[29][30][31]
1 University of Georgia 13
2 Emory University 11
3 Spelman College 5
4 Agnes Scott College 4
5 Georgia Institute of Technology 2
6 Mercer University 2
7 Georgia College & State University 1

Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Truman Scholars[edit]

Since the scholarship was enacted in 1977, 49 Truman Scholars came from a Georgian college or University. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service.

Rank Institution Number of Truman Scholars[32]
1 University of Georgia 17
2 Emory University 9
3 Georgia Institute of Technology 7
4 Spelman College 7
5 Agnes Scott College 5
6 Mercer University 1
7 Morehouse College 1
8 University of West Georgia 1

Public Institutions[edit]

University System of Georgia (USG)[edit]

The University System of Georgia (USG) is the organizational body that includes 31 public institutions of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. All public schools are partially supported by the state legislature. All students attending public colleges or universities in Georgia are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship providing qualifications are met.

Institution Location Founded USG Designation[33] President[34] Enrollment[35]

(Fall 2012)

Budget[36]

(FY 2013)

Campus size as of 2012

(main campus only)

Total 318,027
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Atlanta 1885 Research University G. P. "Bud" Peterson 21,558 $1,173,600,248 400 acres (1.6 km2)
University of Georgia (UGA) Athens 1785 Research University, Flagship University[37][38] Jere W. Morehead 34,518 $1,201,462,537 759 acres (3.07 km2)
Georgia Regents University (formerly Georgia Health Sciences University (or Medical College of Georgia) and Augusta State University) Augusta 1785 Research University Ricardo Azziz 9,557 $729,111,083 485 acres (1.96 km2)
Georgia State University (GSU) Atlanta 1913 Research University Mark P. Becker 32,087 $745,754,593 48 acres (0.19 km2)
Georgia Southern University (GA Southern) Statesboro 1906 Regional University Brooks A. Keel 20,574 $317,928,202 700 acres (2.8 km2)
Valdosta State University Valdosta 1906 Regional University William J. McKinney 12,515 $200,243,178 168 acres (0.68 km2)
Kennesaw State University (KSU) b Kennesaw 1963 Regional University Daniel S. Papp 24,604 $334,780,810 384 acres (1.55 km2)
University of West Georgia Carrollton 1906 Regional University Beheruz Sethna 11,769 $172,798,643 645 acres (2.61 km2)
Albany State University Albany 1903 State University, HBCU Everette J. Freeman 4,275 $86,981,360 232 acres (0.94 km2)
Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah 1935 State University Linda M. Bleicken 7,439 $100,145,087 268 acres (1.08 km2)
Clayton State University Morrow 1969 State University Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes 7,140 $95,664,212 163 acres (0.66 km2)
Columbus State University Columbus 1958 State University Timothy S. Mescon 8,239 $114,567,890 132 acres (0.53 km2)
Fort Valley State University Fort Valley 1895 State University, HBCU Larry Rivers 3,568 $97,501,467 630 acres (2.5 km2)
Georgia College & State University (GCSU or Georgia College) Milledgeville 1889 State University Steve Dorman 6,444 $118,297,278 602 acres (2.44 km2)
Georgia Southwestern State University Americus 1906 State University Kendall Blanchard 2,973 $47,154,213 325 acres (1.32 km2)
University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State College) Dahlonega 1873 State University Bonita Jacobs 6,413 $102,719,045 630 acres (2.5 km2)
Savannah State University Savannah 1890 State University, HBCU Cheryl D. Dozier (interim) 4,582 $96,739,846 165 acres (0.67 km2)
Southern Polytechnic State University b Marietta 1948 State University Lisa A. Rossbacher 6,202 $83,193,792 230 acres (0.93 km2)
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton 1908 Four-Year State College David C. Bridges 3,233 $46,362,570 516 acres (2.09 km2)
Atlanta Metropolitan College Atlanta 1974 Four-Year State College a Gary McGaha 2,871 $32,940,857 79 acres (0.32 km2)
College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick 1961 Four-Year State College Valerie A. Hepburn 3,156 $40,783,295 193 acres (0.78 km2)
Dalton State College Dalton 1963 Four-Year State College John O. Schwenn 5,047 $48,620,345 146 acres (0.59 km2)
Darton State College Albany 1963 Four-Year State College a Paul Jones (interim) 6,396 $56,485,982 186 acres (0.75 km2)
East Georgia State College Swainsboro 1973 Four-Year State College a Robert G. Boehmer (interim) 2,944 $28,935,327 227 acres (0.92 km2)
Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville 2005 Four-Year State College Daniel J. Kaufman 9,397 $110,013,508 250 acres (1.0 km2)
Georgia Highlands College Rome 1970 Four-Year State College a J. Randy Pierce 5,533 $43,422,668 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) Decatur 1964 Four-Year State College a Rob Watts (interim) 23,619 $195,704,235 100 acres (0.40 km2)(Dunwoody campus)
Gordon State College Barnesville 1852 Four-Year State College Shelley C. Nickel (interim) 4,171 $50,123,832 125 acres (0.51 km2)
Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College and Middle Georgia College) Macon 1884 Four-Year State College Christopher Blake 8,100 $109,922,257 167 acres (0.68 km2)
South Georgia State College (formerly South Georgia College and Waycross College) Douglas 1906 Four-Year State College a Virginia M. Carson 3,059 $36,633,333 190 acres (0.77 km2)
Bainbridge State College Bainbridge 1970 Two-Year College Richard A. Carvajal 2,939 $37,832,604 173 acres (0.70 km2)
  • ^a This institution is in the process of transitioning from two-year college status to four-year college status.[39][40]
  • ^b Southern Polytechnic State University and Kennesaw State University will merge by fall 2015. The consolidated university will retain the name Kennesaw State University.[41]

Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)[edit]

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), formerly known as the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), is the body which supervises the U.S. state of Georgia's 25 technical colleges.

Private colleges and universities[edit]

The Emory University Candler Library
Luther Rice Seminary Williams Hall
Buttrick Hall at Agnes Scott College

Military College[edit]

Georgia's second capitol building, 1937. Now part of Georgia Military College.

Private liberal arts colleges[edit]

Mary Hall at Berry College

For-Profit Schools[edit]

For-profit education (also known as the education services industry or proprietary education) refers to educational institutions operated by private, profit-seeking businesses.

HBCUs ranked by academic measures(public & private)[edit]

There are 7 Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in Georgia. Savannah State University, Fort Valley State University and Albany State University are three public HBCUs housed within the University System of Georgia. The other four schools are private schools.

The institutions below are ranked by average SAT score of first-time freshman for the 2012-2013 academic year. A first-time freshman describes a student entering a 4-year college or university for the first time. These figures do not include transfer, duel enrolled, post-baccalaureate or non-traditional students. First-time freshman account for the majority of the student population at a 4-year college or university.[1]

Institution Average SAT(CR+Math) score of entering freshman(2012) Average GPA of entering freshman(2012) 6-year graduation rates(2006-2012) First-time freshman retention rate (2012)
4-year institution USG average 1110 3.12 74%
Morehouse College[10] 1025 3.24 55% 82%
Spelman College[11] 1020 3.63 72% 90%
National average 1010[12] 58%[13] 77.1%[14]
Albany State University[43] 890 2.92 46.01% 65%
Clark Atlanta University[15] 880 3.0 39% 61%
Savannah State University[44] 867 2.74 38.02% 72%
Fort Valley State University[45] 844 2.76 33.82% 60%
Paine College[16] 775 2.64 Not reported 52%

Closed schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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