Georgia’s Best Small Colleges of 2021

Small colleges in Georgia are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

Georgia’s Best Small Colleges 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.

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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in Georgia is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). There are 32 small colleges in Georgia; 15 of which meet our criteria. The list below of the best small colleges in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a non-profit institution.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. Its student body must consist of 5,000 or fewer students.
  4. Its graduation rate must be greater than 40%.

How do we determine Georgia's best small 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.

Best Small Colleges in Georgia

  1. #1

    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. #2

    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. #3

    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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  4. #4

    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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  5. #5

    Oglethorpe University

    Atlanta , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    What is Oglethorpe University known for?

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

    • Business
    • History
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Philosophy
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Psychology

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  6. #6

    Piedmont University

    Demorest , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    What is Piedmont University known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Nursing

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  7. #7

    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. #8

    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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  9. #9

    Brenau University

    Gainesville , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    What is Brenau University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Biology
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  10. #10

    LaGrange College

    Lagrange , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1074/21

    What is LaGrange College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology

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  11. #11

    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

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  12. #12

    Toccoa Falls College

    Toccoa Falls , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/19

    What is Toccoa Falls College known for?

    Toccoa Falls College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Philosophy

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  13. #13

    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

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  14. Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    What is Truett McConnell University known for?

    Truett McConnell University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Biology
    • Business
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • Literature
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  15. #15

    Young Harris College

    Young Harris , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    What is Young Harris College known for?

    Young Harris College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Religious Studies
    • Economics
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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