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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.

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Top Colleges in Georgia

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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. This large public school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and it awarded 9,219 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 0.9%, 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 $88,196 during the early years of their career..

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Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Emory University. The school came in at #2 in Georgia on this year’s overall quality ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and it awarded 5,056 bachelor’s degrees 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% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Emory is $72,364 during the early years of their career.

Full Emory University Report

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University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Georgia. It ranked #3 on our 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia list.Athens, Georgia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 13,166 students in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.9%, which is much lower than the national 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..

Full University of Georgia Report

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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 a large public school situated in Atlanta, Georgia. It awarded 8,155 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Georgia State make an average of $43,099 a year.

Full Georgia State University Report

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Georgia State University-Perimeter College. It ranked #5 on our 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia list. Georgia State University-Perimeter College is a fairly large public school located in Atlanta, Georgia that handed out 2,542 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University-Perimeter College make an average of $43,099 per year during the early years of their career.

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Gwinnett Technical College
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Gwinnett Technical College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. GTC is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia and has a medium-sized student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 3,532 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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

Full Gwinnett Technical College Report

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Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia

Georgia Southern University landed the #7 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Georgia Southern University is a large public school located in Statesboro, Georgia that handed out 5,812 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from GaSou make an average of $47,913 per year during the early years of their career.

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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 small public school located in Columbus, Georgia that handed out 2,213 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $31,622 during the early years of their career..

Full Columbus Technical College Report

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Central Georgia Technical College
Warner Robins, Georgia

Central Georgia Technical College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Central Georgia Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in Warner Robins, Georgia that handed out 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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Lanier Technical College
Oakwood, Georgia

With a ranking of #10, Lanier Technical College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia list. Lanier Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in Oakwood, Georgia that handed out 1,999 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Lanier Technical College make an average of $30,682 a year.

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Chattahoochee Technical College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Chattahoochee Technical College is a medium-sized public school situated in Marietta, Georgia. It awarded 4,158 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Chattahoochee Technical College make an average of $30,745 per year during the early years of their career.

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With a ranking of #12, Georgia Northwestern Technical College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia list. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a public institution located in Rome, Georgia. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 3,179 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Northwestern Technical College is $30,163 during the early years of their career.

Full Georgia Northwestern Technical College Report

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Augusta University
Augusta, Georgia

Augusta University did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking, coming in at #13. Augusta University is a medium-sized public school situated in Augusta, Georgia. It awarded 2,425 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%. During the early years of their career, graduates from Augusta University make an average of $42,408 a year.

Full Augusta University Report

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Mercer University
Macon, Georgia

Mercer University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Macon, Georgia. It awarded 2,772 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Mercer make an average of $52,841 per year during the early years of their career.

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Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, Georgia

Kennesaw State University did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking, coming in at #15. KSU Georgia is located in Kennesaw, Georgia and has a large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 7,667 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from KSU Georgia go into careers with an average salary of $51,792 during the early years of their career.

Full Kennesaw State University Report

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Augusta Technical College
Augusta, Georgia

Augusta Technical College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Located in Augusta, Georgia, the small public school awarded 1,766 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Augusta Technical College make an average of $29,794 per year during the early years of their career.

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Southern Regional Technical College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking, coming in at #17. Southwest Georgia Technical College is a public institution located in Thomasville, Georgia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,922 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Georgia Technical College is $26,330 during the early years of their career.

Full Southern Regional Technical College Report

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Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, Georgia

Georgia College & State University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. 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 low student loan default rate of 3.4% 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% During the early years of their career, graduates from Georgia College make an average of $50,169 a year.

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Berry College
Mount Berry, Georgia

Berry College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list.Mount Berry, Georgia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 558 students 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% During the early years of their career, graduates from Berry make an average of $45,582 a year.

Full Berry College Report

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Athens Technical College
Athens, Georgia

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

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Athens Technical College is $32,595 during the early years of their career.

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Ogeechee Technical College
Statesboro, Georgia

Ogeechee Technical College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges in Georgia list. Ogeechee Technical College is a small public school situated in Statesboro, Georgia. It awarded 1,285 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $27,768 during the early years of their career..

Full Ogeechee Technical College Report

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Piedmont College
Demorest, Georgia

Piedmont College landed the #22 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking. Piedmont College is located in Demorest, Georgia and has a small student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 1,030 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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% During the early years of their career, graduates from Piedmont College make an average of $46,095 a year.

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Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Covenant College landed the #23 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking.Lookout Mountain, Georgia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 242 students in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 0.8% 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% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $46,183 during the early years of their career..

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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.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Savannah Tech go into careers with an average salary of $29,064 during the early years of their career.

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Spelman College
Atlanta, Georgia

Spelman College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Georgia ranking, coming in at #25. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and 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%. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $52,227 during the early years of their career..

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*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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