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The University System of Georgia (USG) is one of the largest in the country, with a total full-time enrollment of more than 320,000 students at 29 campus locations. What's more, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) counts 39 additional public and private non-profit schools where students can earn a campus-based or online bachelor's degree in Georgia.

Figuring out which traditional and online colleges in Georgia might be right for you can be a daunting task. What are the differences between the main campus of a large university and its satellite locations? Are you looking for a school that makes it easy for students to transfer class credits earned in a community college program? Which schools have the state's top programs for your major? Information like this can be hard to find, especially if you don't have time to hunt up all the facts you need.

We gathered data on from the NCES and other U.S. Department of Education sources on 50+ schools in Georgia and analyzed it with our 13-point methodology. Schools that stood out in multiple categories earned the right to be called the best campus-based and online colleges in Georgia.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Georgia

Here's which schools made our top 10, starting from the top.

Methodology
1Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
32%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$75
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
9

The Atlanta campus of this nationally renowned public university — better known as Georgia Tech — came in at No. 1 for its high marks on several important metrics. Its percentage of graduates who repaid their student loans within three years was No. 1 among all Georgia schools, and its student retention rate was also top in the state. The school's graduation rate came in at No. 3 statewide.

The traditional and online bachelor's degrees in Georgia Tech's portfolio are among some of the highest-rated in the country. Its industrial engineering program has been ranked No. 1 for more than 2 decades by U.S. News & World Report, and Times Higher Education ranked its computer science program as No. 5 in the world.

Additional Info
2University of Georgia+
ADMISSION RATE
53%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
18

The largest institution on our list comes in at No. 2, thanks to its high marks for the number of different programs it offers and the top graduation rate among all schools on our list. The University of Georgia was also one of the best online colleges in Georgia, according to NCES numbers. The Athens school tied for No. 1 among schools on our list for its array of degree programs offered via distance education.

Potential transfer students from other two- and four-year schools in the state have a range of admissions benefits at this nationally renowned public school. Many of the transfer agreements available apply to specific subject majors, such as physics, agribusiness and consumer economics. Some agreements, however, are more general and cover incoming transfer credits from a range of departments.

Additional Info
3Middle Georgia State University+
ADMISSION RATE
63%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Affordability was one of the marquee metrics for our No. 3 school. Only three other institutions in the state reported a lower average tuition and fees expense than Middle Georgia State University (MGA), and its average cost of books and supplies tied for No. 4 among the top 10 schools in the state.

Thanks perhaps in part to that general affordability, graduates of the Macon institution left school with the third-lowest amount of student debt in the state. The median debt load of $12,000 for graduating students in 2014-15 was less than half of the state average of $27,754 calculated for that year by the Institute for College Access and Success. In fact, MGA placed in the top 25 of all 1,649 schools we surveyed nationally for its graduates' manageable average student loan amount.

Additional Info
4University of North Georgia+
ADMISSION RATE
96%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

Average net price is a measure of college affordability that takes into account the average student's expected amount of financial aid awarded through grants and scholarships. The University of North Georgia posted the No. 6 average net price among all traditional and online colleges in Georgia, coupled with the statewide No. 7 rank for tuition and fees cost.

The 74 on-campus and online degree programs at UNG include all ten of the most popular bachelor's degrees in Georgia for 2017. The Lumpkin County school is one of just three universities on our list to offer the full range of Georgia's hottest undergraduate majors, which includes nursing, psychology, biology and criminal justice. The most popular campus-based and online bachelor's degree at UNG is business administration, according to 2015 enrollment.

Additional Info
5Dalton State College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Dalton State College was No. 2 in Georgia and No. 3 among all schools we surveyed nationally for its tuition and fees affordability. It also placed near the top in the average net price category and provided larger amount of institutional grant and scholarship aid than all but one of the other Georgia schools in our study. The average net price charged to Dalton State students was second-lowest in the state and ranked at No. 13 nationally.

Flexibility measures for students were a big part of our methodology in determining the best traditional and online colleges in Georgia. Dalton State offered seven of the ten such measures we tested for, including career counseling, placement services for graduates, tuition payment plans and available credit for life experience.

Additional Info
6Augusta University+
ADMISSION RATE
74%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
11

Our No. 6 school placed fourth among the colleges on our list for its proportion of grant and scholarship aid awarded to students. The amount of student debt carried by graduates ranked as third lowest among our top 10, with 2014-15 graduates averaging just $12,350 in debt upon completion of their degree programs.

Students looking for an online bachelor's degree in Georgia have several options for distance education at this Augusta school. The assortment of fully online degree programs at Augusta University was large enough to rank it at No. 3 among our 10 best colleges in Georgia. In-state students who live outside of Augusta may also be able to take some of their classes at satellite campuses in Athens, Albany, Savannah and Rome.

Additional Info
7Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College+
ADMISSION RATE
77%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

This Tifton school ranked at No. 4 statewide on two affordability metrics: expense of average tuition and fees and cost of books and supplies. Its average net price in 2015 was low enough to qualify it for the No. 3 spot in the state in that category. The three-year student loan repayment rate for ABAC graduates ranked fifth among our top 10 Georgia schools.

By limiting its selection of academic plans on a few specific types of degree, ABAC aims to provide targeted instruction to its students. Students in its bachelor's degree programs in agriculture, biology, horticulture, business, nursing, rural studies and natural resource management are expected to know how to take their skills either directly into the workforce or on up the academic ladder to a master's degree and beyond.

Additional Info
8Georgia Southwestern State University+
ADMISSION RATE
72%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
10

Georgia Southwestern State University has the smallest student body of any school on our list in 2015, according to NCES data. The total enrollment of fewer than 3,000 students suggests an intimate learning environment where students can earn their degrees without contending with the hustle and bustle of a large national university.

Students looking for online Georgia-based degrees seem to flock to Georgia Southwestern. The Americus school posted the highest percentage enrollment in distance education programs of any school on our list, with nearly 60 percent of students taking at least some of their coursework in the virtual classroom. It also had the second-highest student retention rate among our best traditional and online colleges in Georgia.

Additional Info
9Columbus State University+
ADMISSION RATE
56%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
18

Students interested in affordable academic variety may find what they're looking for at our No. 9 school. Columbus State University tied for the No. 8 spot statewide for its number of degree programs offered and came in at No. 6 among schools on our list for its low average net price.

Distance education programs were also one of the bright spots for this Columbus school. Students looking for online Georgia-based degrees may choose from 18 study plans at CSU. Only four other schools in the state offered a greater variety of online programs in 2015-16. Degree plans offered online at CSU include business administration, communication, information technology, sociology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program for working registered nurses.

Additional Info
10Atlanta Metropolitan State College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Our No. 10 school is the most affordable option among the best traditional and online colleges in Georgia by multiple measures. It placed at No. 1 in the state for its low cost of tuition and fees, its average amount of grant and scholarship aid per student and its average net price for both low-income and middle-income students.

The median debt load of graduates from Atlanta Metropolitan State College also stood out. Only 10 other colleges in the entire country reported lower graduate debt than the $8,500 average owed by AMSC alumni. The number of bachelor's programs offered was relatively small — just 9 on-campus degrees and 1 online degree in 2015-16, according to the NCES — but two of the most popular majors in the state can be found among the available programs.

Additional Info

Most popular degree programs in Georgia

Being aware of the most popular campus-based and online bachelor's degrees in Georgia can help you get a good picture of your fellow students' approach to higher learning. Whether you're hoping to stick with the crowd or venture out on a less well-traveled path, take a look at this list of traditional and online Georgia degrees with the highest enrollment numbers in the past year.

In-Demand Careers in Georgia

If you know what career fields are experiencing the highest demand for new applicants, you can make a more informed decision about the path of study that's most likely to lead to a winning career after graduation. Here's a list of some of the hottest careers in Georgia.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Nurse Practitioners52.7%4,260$95,930
Physical Therapist Assistants51.8%1,930$58,300
Physician Assistants50.5%3,770$99,240
Occupational Therapy Assistants49.6%780$61,790
Hearing Aid Specialists46.1%470$56,850
Home Health Aides44.3%10,920$21,030
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic43.4%290$43,710
Physical Therapist Aides43.1%840$22,830
Nurse Midwives41.9%370$97,420
Physical Therapists39.9%5,240$84,870
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic39.6%2,020$33,750
Surgeons39.4%1,190-
Opticians, Dispensing37.7%1,460$30,380
Food Processing Workers, All Other37.7%870$22,450
Film and Video Editors37.6%1,010$52,200
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians37.6%1,340$29,560
Medical Assistants37.4%20,980$30,040
Curators36.9%200$43,280
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity36.5%3,520$31,560
Interpreters and Translators36.4%1,140$46,270
Occupational Therapists36.4%2,820$82,960
Obstetricians and Gynecologists36.3%660-
Personal Financial Advisors36.2%5,390$91,610
Anesthesiologists34.9%610-
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers34.7%1,640$62,230
Personal Care Aides34.4%19,740$19,110
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters34.1%260$26,240
Community Health Workers33.8%1,040$33,730
Brickmasons and Blockmasons33.5%940$36,670
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders33.5%350$45,210

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Georgia

Georgia students and their families have access to some helpful state-run financial aid programs that can make it easier to afford an education:

  • Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE), funded by the Georgia lottery, offers scholarships and grants.
  • The Path2College 529 Plan is a tax-exempt college savings plan for parents.
  • The Georgia Student Finance Commission offers a range of grant, loan and scholarship programs for in-state students.
 
Henry L. Bowden Scholarship
Awarded to applicant with outstanding academic achievement, character, and leadership who will make significant contributions at school. Georgia residents are given priority. Other residents of the Southeast are considered. Nomination by school or Emory Admission Committee is required.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$25,240

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

 
D. Abbott Turner Scholarship
Applicant must be a graduate of a Georgia secondary school, with preference given first to graduates of Brookstone School in Columbus and then to natives of the Chattahoochee Valley. Selection is based upon achievement, character, and service. Nomination by school or Emory Admission Committee is required.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$25,240

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior who is part of a team working to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-word issue in 14 hours. Teams must be comprised of three to five students.
More

AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 22

 

 

Additional Resources

      • University System of Georgia - http://www.usg.edu/
      • Georgia Student Finance Commission - http://gsfc.georgia.gov/
      • College Goal Georgia - http://collegegoalga.com/
      • Georgia Higher Education Alliance - http://www.gahea.org/
      • Georgia Department of Labor - http://dol.georgia.gov/
      • Technical College System of Georgia - https://tcsg.edu/
Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2802 Moore Hwy
City
Tifton
State
GA
Zip Code
31793
Website
www.abac.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
420-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
410-520
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,393
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
77%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$3,453
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
22
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
9%
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
City
Atlanta
State
GA
Zip Code
30310
Website
www.atlm.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,129
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$3,250
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
40%
Columbus State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4225 University Ave
City
Columbus
State
GA
Zip Code
31907
Website
www.columbusstate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
430-550
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
420-540
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
410-530
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,937
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
56%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,879
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
18
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
40%
Dalton State College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
650 College Drive
City
Dalton
State
GA
Zip Code
30720
Website
https://www.daltonstate.edu/index.cms
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,044
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$3,440
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
30
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
225 North Ave
City
Atlanta
State
GA
Zip Code
30332
Website
www.gatech.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
630-730
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
680-770
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
640-730
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
30-33
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
15,142
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$75
Admission Rate
32%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$12,204
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
9
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
Georgia Southwestern State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
City
Americus
State
GA
Zip Code
31709
Website
https://gsw.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
440-530
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
430-510
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,435
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
72%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,262
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
10
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
58%
University of Georgia
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Building
City
Athens
State
GA
Zip Code
30602
Website
www.uga.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
570-660
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
580-670
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
560-660
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
26-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
27,547
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
53%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,622
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
18
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
6%
Augusta University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1120 Fifteenth St
City
Augusta
State
GA
Zip Code
30912
Website
www.augusta.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
470-580
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
460-560
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,976
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
74%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,072
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
12
Number of Online Programs Offered
11
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
24%
Middle Georgia State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
100 College Station Drive
City
Macon
State
GA
Zip Code
31206
Website
www.mga.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-500
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
390-490
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
15-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
7,676
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
63%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$3,890
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
37%
University of North Georgia
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
82 College Circle
City
Dahlonega
State
GA
Zip Code
30597
Website
www.ung.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
460-560
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
450-560
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Fringe
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
16,729
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
96%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$4,967
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
7
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
18%
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