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Colleges and Universities
- Georgia Institute of Technology (1885)
One of the oldest and most respected engineering and technology schools in the nation; Georgia Tech's
main campus is located in midtown Atlanta.
- Georgia State University (1913)
GSU is Georgia's second-largest university, with an enrollment of almost 30,000 students. Georgia State is
located in downtown Atlanta.
- Medical College of Georgia (1828)
MCG is dedicated exclusively to health and related sciences, including nursing,
dentistry, medicine, and allied health sciences; it is located in Augusta.
- University of Georgia (1785)
Located in Athens, the University of Georgia is the state's oldest and largest university; it was the first
university in America created by a state government.
- Georgia Southern University (1908)
Located in Statesboro, GSU is a regional university for the southern portion of the state.
- Valdosta State University (1906)
VSU is one of two regional universities in the state system; it's mission is to meet the educational and
professional needs of southern Georgia.
- Albany State University (1903)
Albany State is a historically-black institution located in southwest Georgia.
- Armstrong Atlantic State University (1935)
Located in Savannah, AASU is a designated Regional Health Professions Education Center.
- Augusta State University (1925)
ASU provides liberal arts education in a metropolitan, non-residential university setting.
- Clayton State University (1969)
Located just south of Atlanta, Clayton State hosts a regional technical institute and
serves the population of south metropolitan Atlanta.
- Columbus State University (1958)
The university serves Columbus and the surrounding region by providing a mixture of liberal arts and
- Fort Valley State University (1895)
Located just south of Macon, FVSU is a land-grant university with the second-largest acreage of
any public university campus in the nation.
- Georgia College and State University (1889)
Located in Milledgeville, GC&SU is the state's designated public liberal arts
- Georgia Southwestern State University (1906)
Located in Americus, the university serves the needs of the southwestern region of
- Kennesaw State University (1963)
KSU is a comprehensive university located in Cobb County near the city of Atlanta.
- North Georgia College and State University (1873)
NGCSU is Georgia's military college and one of six senior military colleges in the nation; it
is located in Dahlonega.
- Savannah State University (1890)
SSU is a land-grant institution and the oldest public historically-black college in Georgia.
- Southern Polytechnic State University (1948)
Located in Marietta, SPSU provides scientific and technological education, including
the state's only accredited bachelor of architecture program.
- University of West Georgia (1906)
Located in Carrollton, UWG is a comprehensive regional institution with an enrollment of more
than 10,000 students.
- Dalton State College (1963)
Dalton State serves northwest Georgia, offering several bachelor's degrees and many associate's degrees
and career/certificate programs.
- Macon State College (1965)
Macon State serves central Georgia with professionally-oriented bachelor degree programs.
- Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (1908)
Located in Tifton, ABAC offers a diverse range of studies in addition to
to agricultural and forest resources classes.
- Atlanta Metropolitan College (1974)
AMC is an urban commuter college with more than 60 courses of study available.
- Bainbridge College (1973)
Bainbridge is the only comprehensive community college in southwest Georgia.
- College of Coastal Georgia (1961)
CCGA is a rural, non-residential institution offerring associate's and
- Darton College (1963)
Located in Albany, Darton offers more than 50 degree programs.
- East Georgia College (1971)
EGC serves an 18 county region; the college is located in Swainsboro.
- Gainesville State College (1964)
Gainesville State College serves Hall County and the surrounding area; it offers more
than 30 degree programs.
- Georgia Highlands College (1968)
Georgia Highlands College serves northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama; it is located in Rome.
- Georgia Military College (1879)
GMC is a coeducational, liberal arts junior college; it is located in
- Georgia Perimeter College (1958)
GPC serves the metro-Atlanta area, with a specialization in the liberal arts and
- Gordon College (1907)
Gordon College is located in Barnesville; it serves Fayette, Henry, Clayton, and
- Middle Georgia College (1884)
Located in Cochran, MGC has a strong engineering program and hosts the
Georgia Academy of Mathematics, Engineering, and Sciences.
- South Georgia College (1906)
SGC is located in Douglas; the college offers more than 20 degree programs.
- Waycross College (1970)
The college is located in rural south Georgia; it offers more than 30 degree programs.
- Athens Technical College (1958)
ATC provides adult and technical education, with an emphasis on student and economic development.
- Atlanta Technical College (1970)
Atlanta Technical College offers more than seventy programs of study.
- Augusta Technical College (1961)
Augusta Technical College's mission is promote the development of the Central
Savannah River area.
- Central Georgia Technical College (1962)
Located in Macon, CGTC supports the educational and economic development of an eight-county
service area in central Georgia.
- Chattahoochee Technical College (1961)
CTC is the largest technical college in Georgia; the college operates
four campuses in north Atlanta.
- Columbus Technical College (1961)
Columbus Technical College focuses on workforce development and technical education
for the Columbus region.
- DeKalb Technical College (1961)
DeKalb Tech provides technical education for citizens in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale,
and MorGeorgian counties.
- Griffin Technical College (1963)
GTC offers continuing education and specialized job training to residents of
Griffin and the surrounding area.
- Gwinnett Technical College (1984)
Located in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett Tech offers more than forty programs of
- Northwestern Technical College (1964)
Located in Rock Spring, NTC serves Walker, ChattooGeorgia, Catoosa, and Dade counties.
- Savannah Technical College (1929)
STC contributes to the development of Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty
- Southwest Georgia Technical College (1947)
SGTC promotes regional education and development; the main campus is
located in Thomasville.
- West Central Technical College (1966)
WCTC is located in Waco; its mission is to lead economic and workforce
development in the west central Georgia area.
Private Four-Year Colleges
- Brenau University (1878)
Located in Gainesville, Brenau is a liberal arts university offering baccalaureate, master's, and
- Clark Atlanta University (1988)
Clark Atlanta is one of the nation's premier historically-black private universities. It was formed in
1988 from the merger of Atlanta University and Clark College.
- Emory University (1836)
Emory is located in urban Atlanta; the university has a national reputation for academic excellence.
- Life University (1974)
Life University offers courses in chiropractic medicine, nutrition, and business.
- Mercer University (1833)
Located in Macon, Mercer is a Baptist-affiliated institution offering a broad range of
- Morehouse School of Medicine (1981)
MSM was founded to train minority physicians and to train doctors to
aid medically-underserved areas.
- Oglethorpe University (1835)
Orginally located in Milledgeville, Oglethorpe relocated to Atlanta in 1916; the campus is noted
for its fine Gothic Revival architecture.
- South University (1899)
A regional private university, South's largest campus is located in Savannah; the university
offers business, healthcare, legal, and accounting courses.
Private Two Year Colleges
- Agnes Scott College (1906)
This liberal arts and sciences college for women was the first institution in Georgia to receive
accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; it is located in Decatur.
- American InterContinental University (1977)
AIU operates two Atlanta campuses specializing in business, design, and information
- Bauder College (1964)
Bauder is located in Atlanta; the institution awards one bachelor of science degree, in business.
- Berry College (1902)
Founded near Rome as a school for rural boys, Berry offers a liberal arts education tempered with
Christian values and work experience.
- Brewton-Parker College (1904)
Brewton-Parker is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention; it is located in Mount Vernon,
and offers five baccalaureate degrees.
- LaGrange College (1831)
LaGrange is the oldest private college in Georgia; it is a four-year liberal arts and
science college and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
- Morehouse College (1867)
Morehouse is the nation's only all-male historically-black college; it is located in Atlanta.
- Morris Brown College (1881)
Located in Atlanta, Morris Brown is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal
- Paine College (1882)
Located in Savannah, Paine is a historically-black college offering degrees in liberal arts and
- Piedmont College (1897)
Associated with the Congregationalist Church, Piedmont is located in Demorest and offers
a liberal arts education.
- Reinhardt College (1883)
Located in Waleska, Reinhardt is a four-year liberal arts institution and is affiliated
with the United Methodist Church.
- Shorter College (1873)
Located in Rome, Shorter is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.
- Spelman College (1881)
Founded as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary in 1881, Spelman is the oldest historically-black
college for women in the nation.
- Thomas University (1950)
Located in Thomasville, Thomas University serves south Georgia and north Florida; the university
offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
- Wesleyan College (1836)
Located in Macon, Wesleyan is the oldest college for women in the country; the school is affiliated
with the United Methodist Church.
Seminaries and Christian Colleges
- Andrew College (1854)
Andrew College, located in Cuthbert, is related to the United Methodist Church and offers
a liberal arts curriculum.
- Young Harris College (1886)
Young Harris was chartered by Georgia Methodists; it offers a two-year liberal arts
education within a Christian environment.
- Atlanta Christian College (1937)
ACC is located in East Point; the college offers bachelor's degrees with an emphasis on
- Columbia Theological Seminary (1828)
Located in Decatur, Columbia is an institution of the Presbyterian Church
(USA) and offers five graduate degree programs.
- Covenant College (1955)
Covenant moved to Lookout Mountain in 1964; the college offers a liberal arts and sciences
education with a Christian emphasis.
- Emmanuel College (1919)
Located in Franklin Springs, Emmanuel College provides undergraduate education in a
- Interdenominational Theological Center (1958)
ITC is an ecumenical school of theology located in Atlanta; the school
includes six historic African American seminaries.
- Psychological Studies Institute (1973)
PSI operates a campus in Atlanta; the institution offers degree programs
in Christian counseling and therapy.
- Toccoa Falls College (1907)
Toccoa Falls combines liberal arts with biblical and theological studies.
- Truett McConnell College (1946)
Located in Cleveland, Truett-McConnell is a Georgia Baptist college offering a
bachelor of arts degree in music.
- Art Institute of Atlanta (1949)
The Institute offers bachelor's and associate's degrees in the arts and fine arts;
it is one of 31 Art Institutes in the U.S. and Canada.
- Atlanta College of Art (1905)
ACA is the oldest private college of art and design in the southeast.
- Savannah College of Art and Design (1978)
SCAD offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, fine arts, and