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2023 Best Colleges in Georgia

69 Colleges
$43,071 Avg Salary*
45% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options you have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Top Georgia Colleges ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 69 colleges and universities across Georgia to determine which were the best in terms of overall quality. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include freshman retention, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, and post graduate earnings, among other things.

Find out more about our ranking methodology.

Customizing Your List

We know that one set of rankings doesn't always help you determine the best school for you, so we've created the ability to narrow your list by location and field of study as well as alternative rankings that prioritize different factors such as those of importance to veterans and returning adults or those who value diversity and value for your money.

One of our other unique offerings is College Combat. This tool lets you build your own customized comparisons utilizing the factors that are most important to you. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges in Georgia

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

Our 2023 rankings named Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus the best school in Georgia in terms of overall quality for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the large public school handed out 9,219 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech is $88,196 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Emory University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Georgia.Atlanta, Georgia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,056 students in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Emory make an average of $72,364 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Georgia helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Georgia. UGA is a large public school situated in Athens, Georgia. It awarded 13,166 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $59,769 during the early years of their career..

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#4

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia

Out of the 69 schools in Georgia that were part of this year’s ranking, Georgia State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Georgia State is located in Atlanta, Georgia and has a large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 8,155 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State go into careers with an average salary of $43,099 during the early years of their career.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Georgia State University-Perimeter College. The school came in at #5 in Georgia on this year’s overall quality ranking.Atlanta, Georgia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,542 students in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,099 during the early years of their career..

Full Georgia State University-Perimeter College Report

#6

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Gwinnett Technical College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking, coming in at #6. GTC is a medium-sized public school situated in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It awarded 3,532 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from GTC make an average of $37,336 a year.

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#7

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia

Georgia Southern University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. GaSou is a large public school situated in Statesboro, Georgia. It awarded 5,812 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from GaSou is $47,913 during the early years of their career.

Full Georgia Southern University Report

#8

Columbus Technical College

Columbus, Georgia

Columbus Technical College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking, coming in at #8. Columbus Technical College is a public institution located in Columbus, Georgia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 2,213 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Columbus Technical College make an average of $31,622 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, Georgia

Central Georgia Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. CGTC is a medium-sized public school situated in Warner Robins, Georgia. It awarded 4,810 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CGTC is $28,947 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Lanier Technical College

Oakwood, Georgia

Lanier Technical College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Located in Oakwood, Georgia, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,999 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Lanier Technical College go into careers with an average salary of $30,682 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Chattahoochee Technical College

Marietta, Georgia

Chattahoochee Technical College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Located in Marietta, Georgia, the medium-sized public school awarded 4,158 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Chattahoochee Technical College make an average of $30,745 a year.

Full Chattahoochee Technical College Report

Georgia Northwestern Technical College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Located in Rome, Georgia, the medium-sized public school awarded 3,179 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $30,163 during the early years of their career..

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#13

Augusta University

Augusta, Georgia

Augusta University landed the #13 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Augusta University is located in Augusta, Georgia and has a medium-sized student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 2,425 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The low student loan default rate of 3.5% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Augusta University go into careers with an average salary of $42,408 during the early years of their career.

Full Augusta University Report

#14

Mercer University

Macon, Georgia

Mercer University landed the #14 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Located in Macon, Georgia, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 2,772 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. During the early years of their career, graduates from Mercer make an average of $52,841 a year.

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#15

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia

Kennesaw State University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Located in Kennesaw, Georgia, the large public school awarded 7,667 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $51,792 during the early years of their career..

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#16

Augusta Technical College

Augusta, Georgia

Augusta Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. This small public school is located in Augusta, Georgia, and it awarded 1,766 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Augusta Technical College make an average of $29,794 a year.

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#17

Southern Regional Technical College

Thomasville, Georgia

With a ranking of #17, Southern Regional Technical College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia list. Located in Thomasville, Georgia, the small public school handed out 1,922 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Southwest Georgia Technical College make an average of $26,330 a year.

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#18

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

Georgia College & State University did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking, coming in at #18. Georgia College is located in Milledgeville, Georgia and has a medium-sized student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 1,840 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.4%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. During the early years of their career, graduates from Georgia College make an average of $50,169 a year.

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#19

Berry College

Mount Berry, Georgia

Berry College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Berry is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mount Berry, Georgia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 558 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 2.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,582 during the early years of their career..

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#20

Athens Technical College

Athens, Georgia

Athens Technical College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Located in Athens, Georgia, the small public school handed out 2,063 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Athens Technical College go into careers with an average salary of $32,595 during the early years of their career.

Full Athens Technical College Report

#21

Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro, Georgia

Ogeechee Technical College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Located in Statesboro, Georgia, the small public school handed out 1,285 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Ogeechee Technical College go into careers with an average salary of $27,768 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Piedmont College

Demorest, Georgia

Piedmont College landed the #22 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Piedmont College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Demorest, Georgia that handed out 1,030 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 3.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Piedmont College is $46,095 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Covenant College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and it awarded 242 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 0.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Covenant go into careers with an average salary of $46,183 during the early years of their career.

Full Covenant College Report

#24

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, Georgia

With a ranking of #24, Savannah Technical College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia list. This small public school is located in Savannah, Georgia, and it awarded 2,326 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Savannah Tech is $29,064 during the early years of their career.

Full Savannah Technical College Report

#25

Spelman College

Atlanta, Georgia

Spelman College landed the #25 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Spelman is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Atlanta, Georgia. It awarded 485 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Spelman make an average of $52,227 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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