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2021 Best Colleges for Music in Georgia

Music is a popular major and Georgia is the 16th most popular state for students studying this major. 442 of the 25,616 Music degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Georgia. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Music in Georgia ranking analyzed 2 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in music. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Music students in Georgia.

Choosing a Great Music School

Best Colleges for Music in Georgia The music program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A music degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average wages after graduation. Recent music graduates from Georgia colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $27,600 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Music students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other music students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized music related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Music students in Georgia.

More Ways to Rank Music Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Music Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools to Study Music in Georgia

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study music.

Best Music Colleges Georgia


University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia is one of the best schools in the United States for music. Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UGA also offers 2 different higher degree levels in music, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree. Students who graduate from the music program make about $18,300 in their early career salary.


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It is hard to beat Georgia State University if you want to pursue music as a major. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia State is a public university with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Georgia State offers a Master's Degrees in music. After getting their bachelor's degree, music students generally make around $36,900 at the beginning of their careers.


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Best Music Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Music Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Florida 276 1,274
North Carolina 274 534
Virginia 268 620
Tennessee 257 705
South Carolina 239 245
Kentucky 238 303
Alabama 230 334
Mississippi 228 180
Arkansas 226 174
Louisiana 225 334
West Virginia 205 115

Music is one of 9 different types of Visual & Performing Arts programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Music

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 1,484
Fine & Studio Arts 924
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 626
Drama & Theater Arts 411
General Visual & Performing Arts 69

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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