Overview of Georgia Colleges & Schools
The state of Georgia, located in the south east United States, has within its borders a large number of colleges and universities, both public and private. The state is bordered by Florida to the south, Mississippi to the west, Tennessee and North Carolina to the north, and South Carolina to the east. The state is home to several urban centers, though the primary and largest is the city of Atlanta, which also houses a large number of colleges and Universities. Georgia is also a short ride or flight away from several major student recreation locations, primarily located in northern Florida.
The state of Georgia is home to the fourth largest public college and university system in the United States. The University System of Georgia is comprised of 35 schools which operate under the governing board of regents, established in 1931 by the Georgia General Assembly. The system enrolls over 300,000 students a year across its 35 campuses and is responsible for dispersing state allocated funds across its campuses. Additionally, the system establishes goals and policies to be adopted and implemented by the system’s schools. The system also manages the state’s public library system, itself comprised of 53 systems located throughout the state of Georgia.
Some of the larger University System of Georgia schools:
- University of Georgia (Athens)
- Georgia State University (Atlanta)
- Georgia Perimeter College (Decatur)
- Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
Private institutions in the state of Georgia are predominantly liberal arts institutions which seek to provide a well rounded education to their students. Many of these private institutions are established by various religious organizations, and part of their curriculum may involve spiritual guidance and faith based learning. Some schools of this type are denominational, while others will admit students of any faith, creed, or belief. Private schools tend to be more expensive than their public school counterparts, and generally offer low student to teacher ratios, and a lower enrolled population. Some school may have excellent educational opportunities for a larger number of students due to the higher cost and lower student population. Such opportunities may include internships, research programs, or study abroad programs.
Some of the better known Private Institutions in Georgia include:
- Emory University (Emory)
- Berry College (Rome)
- Covenant College (Lookout Mountain)
- Mercer University (Macon)
- Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah)
The state of Georgia also operates the Technical College System of Georgia. Georgia’s technical colleges provide educations similar to community colleges, offering associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in a variety of fields. The system is comprised of 25 schools that have been merged into six governing bodies overseen by the system. The system operates independently of the University System of Georgia, though agreements are in place between the two systems to recognize certain course credits. In addition to the TCSG, Georgia is also home to a large number of career and technical schools that are privately owned and provide short term educational opportunities for preparation in specific careers. These school typically offer programs for high demand jobs, usually of a particular type, such as allied health. Individuals interested in career colleges should check the school for accreditation and job–placement opportunities after graduation.
The most populous city in Georgia is Atlanta, followed by Columbus and Augusta. While the most populous county in Georgia is Fulton County with Gwinnett County, Cobb County, and DeKalb County close behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Georgia, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of GeorgiaSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||91,710||2.2|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||265,570||6.3|
|Some college, no degree||106,280||2.5|
|High school diploma or equivalent||1,525,920||36.2|
|No formal educational credential||1,152,680||27.4|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are twenty-nine public 4-year state universities and colleges in Georgia. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Georgia.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Georgia there are forty-two accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Georgia.
Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Georgia" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Georgia.
Liberal Arts Colleges
Georgia has six accredited liberal arts colleges. These schools primarily focus on undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences through comprehensive and flexible curriculums. Compare all the liberal arts colleges in Georgia.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately twenty-four such colleges in Georgia located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Georgia along with program and tuition information.
Browse Schools by Career in Georgia
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Georgia (M.D.) (4 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in Georgia (Pharm. D.) (3 Schools)
- Physical Therapy Schools in Georgia (DPT, MPT) (6 Schools)
- Veterinary Schools in Georgia (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Georgia (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (82 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Georgia (J.D.) (6 Schools)