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The following is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Georgia. Many of these schools have multiple campuses. In such cases, only the location of the main campus in Georgia is specified. Most public institutions and traditional private institutions in Georgia are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The flagship university of the state of Georgia is the University of Georgia.
The University System of Georgia (USG) is the organizational body that includes 30 public institutions of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. All public schools are partially supported by the state legislature. All students attending public colleges or universities in Georgia are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship providing qualifications are met.
|Campus size as of 2012 |
(main campus only)
|Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)||Atlanta||1885||Research University||G. P. "Bud" Peterson||21,558||$1,173,600,248||400 acres (1.6 km2)|
|University of Georgia (UGA)||Athens||1785||Research University, Flagship University||Jere W. Morehead||34,518||$1,201,462,537||759 acres (3.07 km2)|
|Georgia Regents University (formerly Georgia Health Sciences University (or Medical College of Georgia) and Augusta State University)||Augusta||1785||Research University||Ricardo Azziz||9,557||$729,111,083||485 acres (1.96 km2)|
|Georgia State University (GSU) b||Atlanta||1913||Research University||Mark P. Becker||32,087||$745,754,593||48 acres (0.19 km2)|
|Georgia Southern University (GA Southern)||Statesboro||1906||Regional University||Brooks A. Keel||20,574||$317,928,202||700 acres (2.8 km2)|
|Valdosta State University||Valdosta||1906||Regional University||William J. McKinney||12,515||$200,243,178||168 acres (0.68 km2)|
|Kennesaw State University (KSU)||Kennesaw||1963||Regional University||Daniel S. Papp||24,604||$334,780,810||384 acres (1.55 km2)|
|University of West Georgia||Carrollton||1906||Regional University||Beheruz Sethna||11,769||$172,798,643||645 acres (2.61 km2)|
|Albany State University||Albany||1903||State University, HBCU||Everette J. Freeman||4,275||$86,981,360||232 acres (0.94 km2)|
|Armstrong State University||Savannah||1935||State University||Linda M. Bleicken||7,439||$100,145,087||268 acres (1.08 km2)|
|Clayton State University||Morrow||1969||State University||Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes||7,140||$95,664,212||163 acres (0.66 km2)|
|Columbus State University||Columbus||1958||State University||Timothy S. Mescon||8,239||$114,567,890||132 acres (0.53 km2)|
|Fort Valley State University||Fort Valley||1895||State University, HBCU||Larry Rivers||3,568||$97,501,467||630 acres (2.5 km2)|
|Georgia College & State University (GCSU or Georgia College)||Milledgeville||1889||State University||Steve Dorman||6,444||$118,297,278||602 acres (2.44 km2)|
|Georgia Southwestern State University||Americus||1906||State University||Kendall Blanchard||2,973||$47,154,213||325 acres (1.32 km2)|
|University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State College)||Dahlonega||1873||State University||Bonita Jacobs||6,413||$102,719,045||630 acres (2.5 km2)|
|Savannah State University||Savannah||1890||State University, HBCU||Cheryl D. Dozier (interim)||4,582||$96,739,846||165 acres (0.67 km2)|
|Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College||Tifton||1908||Four-Year State College||David C. Bridges||3,233||$46,362,570||516 acres (2.09 km2)|
|Atlanta Metropolitan College||Atlanta||1974||Four-Year State College a||Gary McGaha||2,871||$32,940,857||79 acres (0.32 km2)|
|College of Coastal Georgia||Brunswick||1961||Four-Year State College||Valerie A. Hepburn||3,156||$40,783,295||193 acres (0.78 km2)|
|Dalton State College||Dalton||1963||Four-Year State College||John O. Schwenn||5,047||$48,620,345||146 acres (0.59 km2)|
|Darton State College||Albany||1963||Four-Year State College a||Paul Jones (interim)||6,396||$56,485,982||186 acres (0.75 km2)|
|East Georgia State College||Swainsboro||1973||Four-Year State College a||Robert G. Boehmer (interim)||2,944||$28,935,327||227 acres (0.92 km2)|
|Georgia Gwinnett College||Lawrenceville||2005||Four-Year State College||Daniel J. Kaufman||9,397||$110,013,508||250 acres (1.0 km2)|
|Georgia Highlands College||Rome||1970||Four-Year State College a||J. Randy Pierce||5,533||$43,422,668||200 acres (0.81 km2)|
|Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) b||Decatur||1964||Four-Year State College a||Rob Watts (interim)||23,619||$195,704,235||100 acres (0.40 km2)(Dunwoody campus)|
|Gordon State College||Barnesville||1852||Four-Year State College||Shelley C. Nickel (interim)||4,171||$50,123,832||125 acres (0.51 km2)|
|Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College and Middle Georgia College)||Macon||1884||Four-Year State College||Christopher Blake||8,100||$109,922,257||167 acres (0.68 km2)|
|South Georgia State College (formerly South Georgia College and Waycross College)||Douglas||1906||Four-Year State College a||Virginia M. Carson||3,059||$36,633,333||190 acres (0.77 km2)|
|Bainbridge State College||Bainbridge||1970||Two-Year College||Richard A. Carvajal||2,939||$37,832,604||173 acres (0.70 km2)|
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), formerly known as the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), is the body which supervises the U.S. state of Georgia's 25 technical colleges.
|Emory University||Druid Hills||1836||14,513||631||United Methodist Church||Very High Research Activity|
|Mercer University||Macon||1833||8,557||-||Baptist||Master's University - Large|
The Atlanta University Center is a consortium of historically black private colleges located on neighboring campuses near downtown Atlanta. Though each school is administered independently, students are offered a unified learning experience through cross-registration of courses.
For-profit institutions are those that are operated by private, profit-seeking businesses.
The institutions below are ranked by average SAT score of first-time freshman for the 2012-2013 academic year. A first-time freshman describes a student entering a 4-year college or university for the first time. First-time freshman account for the majority of the student population at a 4-year college or university. These figures do not include transfer, duel enrolled, post-baccalaureate or non-traditional students.
|Institution||Type||Average SAT(CR+Math) score of entering freshman(2012)||Average GPA of entering freshman(2012)||6-year graduation rates(2006-2012)||First-time freshman retention rate (2012)|
|Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)||Public||1385e||3.86c||82%||96%|
|University of Georgia (UGA)||Public||1240e||3.76d||83%||94%|
|Georgia College & State University (Georgia College or GCSU)||Public||1172||3.42||75.46%||85%|
|Agnes Scott College||Private||1160e||3.88||64%||82%|
|University of North Georgia (UNG)||Public||1117||3.51||63.08%||78%|
|Georgia Southern University (GA Southern/GSU)||Public||1115||3.18||60.51%||77%|
|4-year institution USG average||Public(all USG schools are public schools)||1110||3.12||74%|
|Kennesaw State University (KSU)f||Public||1089||3.20||51.47%||76%|
|Georgia State University (GSU)||Public||1082||3.33||57.77%||83%|
|Armstrong Atlantic State University||Public||1016||3.16||40.86%||69%|
|Valdosta State University||Public||1015||3.12||52.32%||67%|
|Columbus State University||Public||987||3.10||41.35%||67%|
|Georgia Southwestern State University||Public||987||3.23||39.85%||63%|
|University of West Georgia||Public||965||3.08||46.40%||70|
|Clayton State University||Public||947||3.22||36.96%||66%|
|Albany State University||Public||890||2.92||46.01%||65%|
|Clark Atlanta University||Private||880||3.0||39%||61%|
|Savannah State University||Public||867||2.74||38.02%||72%|
|Fort Valley State University||Public||844||2.76||33.82%||60%|
|Paine College||Private||775||2.64||Not reported||52%|
Two out of four USG research universities are ranked among the top 25 research universities in the nation. The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology are consistently ranked in the top percentile of research institutions. Both schools are considered to be Public Ivies, a designation reserved for top public universities in the United States.
|Rank||Institution||Endowment Funds (2013)||Federal research grant award (2008)||Total research expenditure FY 2009||Institution research funds (NSF FY 2009)||Economic impact(2013)||Number of GRA Eminent Scholars(2013)||Number of GRA VentureLab companies(2013)||Number of Centers of Research Excellence(2013)||Graduate student enrollment (2012)|
|1||Georgia Institute of Technology||$1,714,876,000||$281,184,000||$561,631,000||$167,766,000||$2.6 billion||23||10||9||7,030|
|2||University of Georgia||$786,171,000||$102,817,000||$349,730,000||$186,998,000||$2.3 billion||15||4||7||8,260|
|3||Georgia Regents University*||$142,208,000||$39,486,000||$65,473,000||$20,581,000||$1.8 billion||6||1||3||6,245|
|4||Georgia State University||$118,825,000||$26,257,000||$60,557,000||$27,975,000||$1.6 billion||5||0||3||7,427|
|Rank||Institution||Number of Rhodes Scholars|
|1||University of Georgia||23|
|3||Georgia Institute of Technology||5|
|6||Agnes Scott College||1|
The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech rank among top 10 public universities receiving Marshall scholars. Since 2001, Georgia Tech students have received 8 Marshall Scholarships and UGA has received 5 ranking 2nd and 6th respectively for most Marshall Scholars among public universities.
|Institution||Number of Marshall Scholars|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||8|
|University of Georgia||5|
|Agnes Scott College||1|
In 2012, University of Georgia and Emory University ranked in the top percentile of doctoral/research institutions producing Fulbright Scholars. 38 Fulbright scholars came from Georgian institutions. The Fulbright Program is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.
|Rank||Institution||Number of Fulbright scholars(2012-2013)|
|1||University of Georgia||13|
|4||Agnes Scott College||4|
|5||Georgia Institute of Technology||2|
|7||Georgia College & State University||1|
Since the scholarship was enacted in 1977, 49 Truman Scholars came from a Georgian college or University. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service.
|Rank||Institution||Number of Truman Scholars|
|1||University of Georgia||17|
|3||Georgia Institute of Technology||7|
|5||Agnes Scott College||5|
|8||University of West Georgia||1|
There are 7 Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in Georgia. Savannah State University, Fort Valley State University and Albany State University are three public HBCUs housed within the University System of Georgia. The other four schools are private schools.
The institutions below are ranked by average SAT score of first-time freshman for the 2012-2013 academic year. A first-time freshman describes a student entering a 4-year college or university for the first time. These figures do not include transfer, duel enrolled, post-baccalaureate or non-traditional students. First-time freshman account for the majority of the student population at a 4-year college or university.
|Institution||Average SAT(CR+Math) score of entering freshman(2012)||Average GPA of entering freshman(2012)||6-year graduation rates(2006-2012)||First-time freshman retention rate (2012)|
|4-year institution USG average||1110||3.12||74%|
|Albany State University||890||2.92||46.01%||65%|
|Clark Atlanta University||880||3.0||39%||61%|
|Savannah State University||867||2.74||38.02%||72%|
|Fort Valley State University||844||2.76||33.82%||60%|
|Paine College||775||2.64||Not reported||52%|