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.

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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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?

The best colleges pound for pound!

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.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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Best Small Colleges in Georgia

  1. Morehouse College
    #1

    Morehouse College

    #331 institution's overall influence
    #1436 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/22

    Atlanta, GA

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    What is Morehouse College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Spelman College
    #2

    Spelman College

    #441 institution's overall influence
    #1205 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    77%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Atlanta, GA

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    What is Spelman College known for?

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

    • Social Work
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Agnes Scott College
    #3

    Agnes Scott College

    #2562 institution's overall influence
    #1444 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    <1K

    Decatur, GA

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    What is Agnes Scott College known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Sociology
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Wesleyan College
    #4

    Wesleyan College

    #2327 institution's overall influence
    #173 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/20

    Macon, GA

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    What is Wesleyan College known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Engineering
    • Economics
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Oglethorpe University
    #5

    Oglethorpe University

    #1618 institution's overall influence
    #643 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/24

    Atlanta, GA

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    What is Oglethorpe University known for?

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

    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Piedmont College
    #6

    Piedmont College

    #3113 institution's overall influence
    #1284 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/22

    Demorest, GA

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    What is Piedmont College known for?

    Piedmont College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. Berry College
    #7

    Berry College

    #2601 institution's overall influence
    #1112 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Mount Berry, GA

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    What is Berry College known for?

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

    • Sociology
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Covenant College
    #8

    Covenant College

    #4139 institution's overall influence
    #1384 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Lookout Mountain, GA

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    What is Covenant College known for?

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

    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Business
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Brenau University
    #9

    Brenau University

    #3857 institution's overall influence
    #489 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/20

    Gainesville, GA

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    What is Brenau University known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Biology
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. LaGrange College
    #10

    LaGrange College

    #3761 institution's overall influence
    #1431 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Lagrange, GA

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    What is LaGrange College known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. Andrew College
    #11

    Andrew College

    #10183 institution's overall influence
    #768 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    930/16

    Cuthbert, GA

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    What is Andrew College known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Education
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. Toccoa Falls College
    #12

    Toccoa Falls College

    #10388 institution's overall influence
    #590 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    Toccoa Falls, GA

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    What is Toccoa Falls College known for?

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

    • Biology
    • Business
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Education
  13. Gordon State College
    #13

    Gordon State College

    #9134 institution's overall influence
    #599 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    945/17

    Barnesville, GA

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    What is Gordon State College known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. Truett-McConnell University
    #14

    Truett-McConnell University

    #14169 institution's overall influence
    #966 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1031/19

    Cleveland, GA

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    What is Truett-McConnell University known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Education
  15. Young Harris College
    #15

    Young Harris College

    #1453 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Young Harris, GA

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    What is Young Harris College known for?

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

    • Biology
    • History
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

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