Top Universities in Georgia

By | April 20, 2019

For those interested in studying in Georgia, we have a very useful list. We selected the best Georgia institutions for prospective students. Please know that rankings are based on academic research, alumni reviews, graduation rates, as well as assessment from peer colleges. On the page, you will find major admissions stats such as acceptance rate, tuition fees, average SAT scores for each ranked college or university.

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Rankings Schools
1 Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
Tuition: $42,980
Total enrollment: 13,893
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 26.7%
Average freshman retention rate: 95%
6-year graduation rate: 90%
Classes with under 20 students: 65.6%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1280-1470
2 Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Tuition: in-state: $10,098, out-of-state: $29,402
Total enrollment: 20,941
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 51.2%
Average freshman retention rate: 94%
6-year graduation rate: 79%
Classes with under 20 students: 41.0%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1260-1450
3 University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
Tuition: in-state: $9,842, out-of-state: $28,052
Total enrollment: 34,816
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 63.0%
Average freshman retention rate: 94%
6-year graduation rate: 83%
Classes with under 20 students: 38.6%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1120-1310
4 Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA)
Tuition: $18,912
Total enrollment: 3,843
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 71.7%
Average freshman retention rate: 65%
6-year graduation rate: 41%
Classes with under 20 students: 41.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 810-970
5 Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA)
Tuition: in-state: $6,724, out-of-state: $19,000
Total enrollment: 20,212
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 49.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 80%
6-year graduation rate: 47%
Classes with under 20 students: 23.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1030-1180
6 Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
Tuition: in-state: $9,664, out-of-state: $27,874
Total enrollment: 32,022
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 51.0%
Average freshman retention rate: 83%
6-year graduation rate: 48%
Classes with under 20 students: 16.1%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1000-1190


Top Universities in Georgia

Georgia Recent History

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Georgia recovered from the effects of the war and entered a period of rapid economic growth. Cotton crops rose again, the textile industry prospered, and the dense forests of the state ensured the production of large quantities of lumber and the development of the paper industry. Atlanta, being a major transport center, was rapidly turning into a major industrial city. The city hosted two major exhibitions (in 1881 and 1895) dedicated to the production and processing of cotton. It was in Atlanta in 1886 that the pharmacist John Pemberton came up with a new drink, which later became known throughout the world – Coca-Cola.

In 1915 – 1920, the invasion of the cotton weevil practically destroyed the agriculture of Georgia, the Great Depression further aggravated the situation. Significant assistance in restoring the state’s economy was provided by the “New Deal” of US President Franklin Roosevelt, within which cotton prices rose, electrification of rural areas was carried out, and new jobs were created.

Franklin Roosevelt spent a lot of time in Georgia. Suffering from polio, he first came to the hot springs of the Warm Springs resort back in 1920, and he liked them so much that Roosevelt returned to Georgia many times. In 1932, he even built a house in Warm Springs that later became known as the “Little White House “. As President of the United States, he came here almost every year for two or three weeks, and here Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. Now in the “Little White House” there is a museum that attracts many tourists.

During the Second World War, thanks to military orders, the economy of Georgia was on the rise. The largest aircraft factory worked in Marietta, where bombers were assembled; Fort Benning was the largest infantry training and education center in the United States, and Robins Air Force Base was the most important air force support unit in the southeastern United States. Shipyards in Georgia (in Savannah and Brunswick) built Liberty-class transport ships, which provided supplies for American troops in Europe and the Pacific.

In the postwar years in Georgia, as in other southern states of the United States, the issue of the struggle for the civil rights of black Americans was very acute. Despite the fact that many descendants of cotton plantation slaves moved to the large industrial cities of the Midwest and Northeast of the United States, African Americans made up almost a third of the population of Georgia in 1960. It was in Atlanta that the famous Martin Luther King was born and raised, who became the leader (and after his death – a symbol) of the movement for the equality of all US citizens, regardless of their skin color. Memorial Day of Martin Luther King is now one of the national holidays in the United States.

In Georgia in 1972, Andrew Young became the first African American in the United States of America to be elected to the House of Representatives of Congress.

In 1996, the XXVI Summer Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, which played a big role in the development of the infrastructure and economy of Georgia.