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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 awarded last year were given by schools in Georgia. With so many choices it can be a challenge 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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

Graduates Earn More After College

A music degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average income after graduation. Recent music graduates from Georgia schools 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 colleges for Music students in Georgia.

Best Schools to Study Music in Georgia

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for music majors.

Best Music Colleges in Georgia


University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Every student pursuing a degree in music needs to take a look at University of Georgia. Located in the midsize city Athens, UGA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the music program report average early career earnings of $18,300.


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Georgia State University is a great decision for students interested in a Music degree. Located in the city Atlanta, Georgia State is a public school with a very large student population.

Students who graduate from the music program make about $36,900 in the first couple years of working.


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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.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 2,117
Fine & Studio Arts 924
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 768
Drama & Theater Arts 412
Arts & Media Management 147

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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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