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12 of the Top Colleges in Georgia

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Georgia has some excellent options for higher education ranging from giant public research universities to tiny liberal arts colleges. The top Georgia colleges can be found throughout the state, from urban Atlanta to rural towns. The 12 top Georgia colleges listed below vary so much in size and mission that I have listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

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Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College
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  • Location: Decatur, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 832 (813 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college for women
  • Distinctions: 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; easy access to Atlanta; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; nearly all students receive grant aid; one of the top women's colleges
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Agnes Scott College profile

Berry College

Berry College
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  • Location: Rome, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 1,795 (1,686 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 26,000-acre campus (largest in the world); excellent options for outdoor activities; dual-degree programs with Georgia Tech and Emory; top-rated work experience program; excellent grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Berry College profile

Covenant College

Covenant College
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  • Location: Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 1,343 (1,276 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church
  • Distinctions: stunning mountain top location; Christ-centered mission and college identity; nearly all students receive grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Covenant College profile

Emory University

Emory University Tower
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  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 12,755 (6,890 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private research university
  • Distinctions: member of the Association of American Universities for strong research programs; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; highly selective admissions; among the country's best universities
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Emory University profile

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

Georgia Tech Football Stadium
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Mercer University

Mercer University
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  • Location: Macon, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 7,622 (4,403 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Distinctions: highly-ranked master's level university in the South; member of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference; nearly all students receive significant grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Mercer University profile

Morehouse College

Morehouse College
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  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 2,781 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private all-male historically black liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: rich history with alums such as Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard Jackson and Spike Lee; curricular emphasis on leadership and volunteerism; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Morehouse College profile

Oglethorpe University

Oglethorpe University
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  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 1,053 (999 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: historic campus; home of the Georgia Shakespeare theatre company; options for self-designed and interdisciplinary majors; nearly all students receive grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Oglethorpe University profile

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Savannah College of Art and Design
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  • Location: Savannah, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 9,120 (7,677 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private art school
  • Distinctions: campus includes many historic buildings in Savannah; other campuses in Atlanta, France and Hong Kong; highly ranked art school with a curriculum grounded in both the liberal arts and fine arts; the majority of students receive grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Savannah College of Art and Design profile

Spelman College

Spelman College
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  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 2,270 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private all-female historically black liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; highly ranked school for promoting social mobility; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Spelman College profile

University of Georgia

University of Georgia
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  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 34,180 (25,467 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public research university
  • Distinctions: rich history dating back to 1785; appealing college town location; well-respected Honors Program for high achieving students; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the University of Georgia profile

Wesleyan College

Wesleyan College
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  • Location: Macon, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 739 (624 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college for women
  • Distinctions: 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 20; oldest alumae association in the U.S.; first college in U.S. chartered to grant degrees to women; ranked a "best value" by Princeton Review (all students receive significant grant aid)
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Wesleyan College profile
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