List of colleges and universities in Georgia (U.S. state)
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.
- 1 Public Institutions
- 2 Private colleges and universities
- 3 Academics and reputation
- 4 Academic achievement among Georgia colleges and universities
- 5 HBCUs ranked by academic measures(public & private)
- 6 Athletic Affiliations of 4-year Institutions
- 7 Closed schools
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
University System of Georgia (USG)
The University System of Georgia (USG) is the organizational body that includes 29 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.
|Campus size as of 2012
(main campus only)
|Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)||Atlanta||1885||Research University||G. P. "Bud" Peterson||23,108||$1,173,600,248||400 acres (1.6 km2)|
|University of Georgia (UGA)||Athens||1785||Research University, Flagship University||Jere W. Morehead||35,197||$1,201,462,537||759 acres (3.07 km2)|
|Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia)||Augusta||1828||Research University||Brooks A. Keel||8,530||$729,111,083||485 acres (1.96 km2)|
|Georgia State University (GAST)||Atlanta||1913||Research University||Mark P. Becker||53,927 b||$745,754,593||48 acres (0.19 km2)|
|Georgia Southern University (GASO)||Statesboro||1906||Comprehensive University||Jean Bartels (Interim)||20,542||$317,928,202||920 acres (3.7 km2)|
|Kennesaw State University (KSU)||Kennesaw||1963||Comprehensive University||Daniel S. Papp||32,500 c||$334,780,810||384 acres (1.55 km2)|
|University of West Georgia||Carrollton||1906||Comprehensive University||Beheruz Sethna||12,206||$172,798,643||645 acres (2.61 km2)|
|Valdosta State University||Valdosta||1906||Comprehensive University||William J. McKinney||11,563||$200,243,178||168 acres (0.68 km2)|
|Albany State University a||Albany||1903||State University, HBCU||Everette J. Freeman||3,910||$86,981,360||232 acres (0.94 km2)|
|Armstrong State University||Savannah||1935||State University||Linda M. Bleicken||7,094||$100,145,087||268 acres (1.08 km2)|
|Clayton State University||Morrow||1969||State University||Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes||7,022||$95,664,212||163 acres (0.66 km2)|
|Columbus State University||Columbus||1958||State University||Timothy S. Mescon||8,192||$114,567,890||132 acres (0.53 km2)|
|Fort Valley State University||Fort Valley||1895||State University, HBCU||Larry Rivers||2,594||$97,501,467||630 acres (2.5 km2)|
|Georgia College & State University (GCSU or Georgia College)||Milledgeville||1889||State University||Steve Dorman||6,772||$118,297,278||602 acres (2.44 km2)|
|Georgia Southwestern State University||Americus||1906||State University||Kendall Blanchard||2,666||$47,154,213||325 acres (1.32 km2)|
|Middle Georgia State University (formerly Macon State College and Middle Georgia College)||Macon||1884||State University||Christopher Blake||7,927||$109,922,257||167 acres (0.68 km2)|
|Savannah State University||Savannah||1890||State University, HBCU||Cheryl D. Dozier (interim)||4,915||$96,739,846||165 acres (0.67 km2)|
|University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State College)||Dahlonega||1873||State University||Bonita Jacobs||16,064||$102,719,045||630 acres (2.5 km2)|
|Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College||Tifton||1908||Four-Year State College||David C. Bridges||3,458||$46,362,570||516 acres (2.09 km2)|
|Atlanta Metropolitan State College||Atlanta||1974||Four-Year State College||Gary McGaha||3,033||$32,940,857||79 acres (0.32 km2)|
|Bainbridge State College||Bainbridge||1970||Four-Year State College||Richard A. Carvajal||2,470||$37,832,604||173 acres (0.70 km2)|
|College of Coastal Georgia||Brunswick||1961||Four-Year State College||Valerie A. Hepburn||3,008||$40,783,295||193 acres (0.78 km2)|
|Dalton State College||Dalton||1963||Four-Year State College||John O. Schwenn||4,854||$48,620,345||146 acres (0.59 km2)|
|Darton State College a||Albany||1963||Four-Year State College||Paul Jones (interim)||5,623||$56,485,982||186 acres (0.75 km2)|
|East Georgia State College||Swainsboro||1973||Four-Year State College||Robert G. Boehmer (interim)||2,910||$28,935,327||227 acres (0.92 km2)|
|Georgia Gwinnett College||Lawrenceville||2005||Four-Year State College||Daniel J. Kaufman||10,828||$110,013,508||250 acres (1.0 km2)|
|Georgia Highlands College||Rome||1970||Four-Year State College||J. Randy Pierce||5,365||$43,422,668||200 acres (0.81 km2)|
|Gordon State College||Barnesville||1852||Four-Year State College||Shelley C. Nickel (interim)||4,047||$50,123,832||125 acres (0.51 km2)|
|South Georgia State College (formerly South Georgia College and Waycross College)||Douglas||1906||Four-Year State College||Virginia M. Carson||2,611||$36,633,333||190 acres (0.77 km2)|
- ^a Albany State University and Darton State College will be consolidated at an as-yet undetermined time.
- ^b Includes the reported Fall 2014 enrollment of Georgia Perimeter College, which merged with Georgia State in January 2016.
- ^c Includes the reported Fall 2014 enrollment of Southern Polytechnic State University, which merged with KSU in January 2015.
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 22 technical colleges.
- Albany Technical College, Albany
- Athens Technical College, Athens
- Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta
- Augusta Technical College, Augusta
- Central Georgia Technical College, Macon
- Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta
- Coastal Pines Technical College, Waycross
- Columbus Technical College, Columbus
- Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rome
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston
- Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville
- Lanier Technical College, Oakwood
- North Georgia Technical College, Clarkesville
- Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Sandersville
- Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro
- Savannah Technical College, Savannah
- South Georgia Technical College, Americus
- Southeastern Technical College, Vidalia
- Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin
- Southern Regional Technical College, Thomasville
- West Georgia Technical College, Waco
- Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta
Independent Public Institutions
Any institutes listed here are operated by the state of Georgia but do not fall under the governance of the University System of Georgia or the Technical College System of Georgia.
Private colleges and universities
Large and medium-size private colleges and universities
(Fall 2015) 
|Affilitation||Non-Profit Status||Carnegie basic
|Emory University||Druid Hills||1836||14,769||United Methodist Church||Yes||Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity||Large|
|Mercer University||Macon||1833||8,552||None||Yes||Doctoral University: Moderate Research Activity||Medium|
|Savannah College of Art and Design||Savannah||1978||11,973||None||Yes||Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design||Medium|
|South University||Savannah||1899||11,522||None||No||Master's University: Larger Program||Large|
Small non-profit private colleges and universities
Atlanta University Center
The Atlanta University Center is a consortium of historically black private colleges located on neighboring campuses near downtown Atlanta. Though each school is administered independently, students are offered a unified learning experience through cross-registration of courses.
- Agnes Scott College, Decatur - women's college - affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Berry College, Mount Berry - Christian school
- Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon - affiliated with Georgia Baptist Convention
- Covenant College, Lookout Mountain - Christian school - affiliated with Presbyterian Church in America
- Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs - affiliated with International Pentecostal Holiness Church
- Oglethorpe University, Atlanta
- Piedmont College, Demorest - affiliated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the United Church of Christ
- Ralston College, Savannah
- Reinhardt University, Waleska - affiliated with United Methodist Church
- Shorter University, Rome - affiliated with Georgia Baptist Convention
- Wesleyan College, Macon - women's college - affiliated with United Methodist Church
- Young Harris College, Young Harris - affiliated with United Methodist Church
- Andrew College, Cuthbert - affiliated with United Methodist Church
- Ashworth College, Norcross
- Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta
- Brenau University, Gainesville
- Christian College of Georgia, Atlanta - affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Columbia College, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield
- Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur - affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Herzing University of Atlanta, Atlanta
- John Marshall Law School, Atlanta
- LaGrange College, LaGrange
- Life University, Marietta
- Luther Rice University, Atlanta - Lithonia
- Paine College, Augusta - historically black school
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Georgia Campus), Suwanee - pharmacy school
- Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College), West Point, Georgia - affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ
- The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College, Atlanta - theological school affiliated with Salvation Army
- Thomas University, Thomasville
- Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa - affiliated with Christian and Missionary Alliance
- Truett McConnell University, Cleveland - affiliated with Georgia Baptist Convention
Small for-profit schools
For-profit institutions are those that are operated by private, profit-seeking businesses.
- Argosy University, Sandy Springs
- Beulah Heights University
- Bauder College
- Gwinnett College, Lilburn
- Gwinnett College - Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs
- Interactive College of Technology
- Portfolio Center
- University of Atlanta, Norcross
- University of Phoenix, Atlanta
Academics and reputation
Public and private schools ranked by academic measures
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. These figures do not include transfer, dual enrolled, post-baccalaureate or non-traditional students.
|Institution||Type||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)|
|Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)||Public||1385e||3.86c||82%||96%|
|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%|
|Agnes Scott College||Private||1160e||3.88||64%||82%|
|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%|
|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%|
|Armstrong Atlantic State University||Public||1016||3.16||40.86%||69%|
|Valdosta State University||Public||1015||3.12||52.32%||67%|
|Columbus State University||Public||987||3.10||41.35%||67%|
|Georgia Southwestern State University||Public||987||3.23||39.85%||63%|
|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||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||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
- ^d The average number of AP/IB/Dual Enrollment courses taken by a 2042 accepted freshman at University of Georgia was 7
- ^e SAT Subject tests are considered at this institution.
- ^f Statistics do not include students that enrolled at Southern Polytechnic State University prior to those institutions' merger.
USG research universities ranked by endowment and research expenditure
Two out of four USG research universities are ranked among the top 25 research universities in the nation. 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)||Federal research grant award (2008)||Total research expenditure FY 2009||Institution research funds (NSF FY 2009)||Economic impact(2013)||Number of GRA Eminent Scholars(2013)||Number of GRA VentureLab companies(2013)||Number of Centers of Research Excellence(2013)||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|
|3||Georgia Augusta 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|
- Emory University hosts 14 GRA eminent scholars. Emory is a private school and not a part of the state-supported University System of Georgia. Emory is home to 3 GRA VentureLab companies and a fourth in collaboration with Georgia Tech. Emory is a member of 8 Centers for Research Excellence. Emory usually partners with a USG research university in forming Centers of Research Excellence.
- Augusta University values do not reflect the combined numbers from the 2013 Augusta State University merger.
Academic achievement among Georgia colleges and universities
Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Rhodes Scholars
|Rank||Institution||Number of Rhodes Scholars|
|1||University of Georgia||23|
|3||Georgia Institute of Technology||5|
|6||Agnes Scott College||1|
Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Marshall Scholars
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.
|Institution||Number of Marshall Scholars|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||8|
|University of Georgia||5|
|Agnes Scott College||1|
Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Fulbright Scholars
In 2012, University of Georgia and Emory University ranked in the top percentile of doctoral/research institutions producing Fulbright Scholars. 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)|
|1||University of Georgia||13|
|4||Agnes Scott College||4|
|5||Georgia Institute of Technology||2|
|7||Georgia College & State University||1|
Rank of Georgian College and Universities by Truman Scholars
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|
|1||University of Georgia||17|
|3||Georgia Institute of Technology||7|
|5||Agnes Scott College||5|
|8||University of West Georgia||1|
HBCUs ranked by academic measures(public & private)
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.
|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%|
|Albany State University||890||2.92||46.01%||65%|
|Clark Atlanta University||880||3.0||39%||61%|
|Savannah State University||867||2.74||38.02%||72%|
|Fort Valley State University||844||2.76||33.82%||60%|
|Paine College||775||2.64||Not reported||52%|
Athletic Affiliations of 4-year Institutions
- ^h Augusta University's men's and women's golf teams compete at the NCAA Division I level.
- Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta (closed in 2006)
- Tift College in Forsyth (closed in 1986)
- Martin Institute in Jefferson (burned to the ground in 1942)
- Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville (closed in 2010)
- Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia (closed in 2013)
- Laurus Technical Institute (closed in 2015)
- Georgia Board of Regents
- University System of Georgia
- Georgia Research Alliance
- Georgia Cancer Coalition
- HOPE Scholarship
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Higher education in the United States
- List of American institutions of higher education
- List of recognized higher education accreditation organizations
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