Georgia’s Best Colleges and Universities of 2021

Here are the best colleges and universities in Georgia. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Georgia’s Best Colleges and Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Georgia

Georgia has 70 colleges and universities, 38 of which are public institutions. The University of Georgia, located in the city of Athens, is the largest, with over 35,000 students. Those attending Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University will enter into a friendly athletics rivalry. Tuition at Georgia State costs $9,000, and at Georgia Southern, $6,000. Of the 20 religiously affiliated schools, Emory University has both the highest tuition, just over $50,000, and student population, with over 13,000 in attendance. Whether you’re looking to earn your associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, Georgia schools offer plenty of options.

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Students can earn degrees in religious studies, business, social work, law, and computer science. Those looking to attend technical colleges can also choose from a handful of schools that offer two-year degrees in medicine, nursing, and education. Part of the University System of Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan State college is the state’s most affordable college at $3,000, and its students can major in fields like mathematics, criminal justice, and philosophy.

The Blue Ridge Mountains, oak and hickory forests, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain all make their home in Georgia, but the state’s most notable landform is the Okefenokee Swamp, the largest such water-mass in North America. This diverse landscape in The Peach State provides Georgia’s college and graduate students with a beautiful backdrop for an education.

Georgia also offers a loan repayment program for qualifying graduates in the medical field through the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce. Check out the best degree programs and top career paths this southern state has to offer.


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How do we determine Georgia's best colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


Every fall, more than 2 million high-school graduates will enroll in colleges and universities across the United States. Finding the best college for your educational, personal, and professional goals may be challenging. The purpose of this ranking is to help you manage this challenge with an accurate, objective, and up-to-date ranking of the best colleges and universities in Georgia for earning a bachelor’s degree.

We’ve identified a total of 46 colleges and universities in Georgia, 14 of which meet our criteria. The list below of the best schools in the state focuses on those that offer four-year undergraduate degrees, includes both public and private colleges and universities, and also meet the following two conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 50%.

Best Colleges & Universities in Georgia

  1. #2

    Morehouse College

    Atlanta , GA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1081/20

    What is Morehouse College known for?

    Morehouse College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science
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  2. #3

    Spelman College

    Atlanta , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    What is Spelman College known for?

    Spelman College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Sociology

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  3. #5

    Mercer University

    Macon , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    What is Mercer University known for?

    Mercer University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • History
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  4. #7

    Agnes Scott College

    Decatur , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Agnes Scott College known for?

    Agnes Scott College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Biology

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  5. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/23

    What is Georgia State University known for?

    Georgia State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Law
    • Medical
    • History

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  6. #9

    Wesleyan College

    Macon , GA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/19

    What is Wesleyan College known for?

    Wesleyan College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Literature
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology

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  7. #10

    Berry College

    Mount Berry , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1205/27

    What is Berry College known for?

    Berry College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Engineering
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  8. Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

    What is Georgia College & State University known for?

    Georgia College & State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology
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  9. #12

    Covenant College

    Lookout Mountain , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/26

    What is Covenant College known for?

    Covenant College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
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  10. #13

    Andrew College

    Cuthbert , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    905/16

    What is Andrew College known for?

    Andrew College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • History
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

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  11. #14

    Gordon State College

    Barnesville , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    930/17

    What is Gordon State College known for?

    Gordon State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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