• Kristen Moon

Top Universities in Metro Atlanta


There are more colleges in Metro Atlanta's 8,376 square mile area than in any other metropolitan area in the United States. The alpha city offers an excellent variety of higher learning institutions, from small colleges and globally recognized research centers to vocational colleges and schools offering specialized programs.

Here's a list and brief description of some of the top universities in Metro Atlanta.


Emory University, DeKalb County

Ok, I will admit it, I am partial to Emory - my alma mater. I graduated from here with my MBA. The campus is beautiful and it is located in one of the nicest parts of Atlanta with tons of restaurants, shopping, and activities. On top of all of this, you receive a top notch education by top notch professors.

The private research university was founded in 1836, which makes it one of country's oldest private institutions. Emory University comprises of nine schools across the arts and sciences, business, law, medicine, nursing and theology disciplines. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, the university is recognized for the quality of its programs and state-of-the-art libraries. Its international program gives students the opportunity to study at leading academic institutions in more than 40 countries.

The average annual cost at Emory University is $28,463, and average salary upon graduation is $59,000. It has an excellent 89 per cent graduation rate.


Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta

The SACS accredited public research university was first set up in 1885, and is today divided into six colleges with a total of 31 departments. It offers programs in computing, engineering, business administration, liberal arts, design and sciences.

Georgia Tech is one of the country's top research institutions that awards scholarships to undergraduates pursuing research. Students can enroll at an average yearly cost of $11,053. Graduation rate is 81 per cent, and students earn a salary of $74,000 upon graduation.


UGA (University of Georgia), Athens

Founded in 1785, University of Georgia ranks consistently among the top public national universities with a strong emphasis on research activity. It is organized into seventeen schools and colleges that offer more than 140 degrees across a spectrum of disciplines.

UGA has an impressive graduation rate of 83 per cent. Average annual costs stand at $11,990, while starting salaries for graduates is around $46,500.


Agnes Scott College, Decatur

Have you heard of the book, Colleges That Change Lives, by Loren Pope? Well, Agnes Scott College made the list.

Established in 1889, Agnes Scott College offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art, architecture, computer science and engineering, in affiliation with several institutions, including Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mills College and Washington University.

Agnes Scott has been featured on the list of top private liberal art colleges by Princeton Review, Kiplinger, and US News and World Report. The college's distinguished alumni include Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winners, Rhodes scholars, and a former Chief Justice and Secretary of State.

Agnes Scott College is accredited by the SACS. It has a graduation rate of 68 per cent. Average annual cost is $18,635, while graduates make an average of $39,400.


Berry College, Mount Berry

Berry College is constantly ranked as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Trust me, it is deserving of this honor. I have visited many times and the campus is impressive.

Berry College is a private institution whose history dates back to 1902. It is the country's biggest contiguous college (over 27,000 acres). The SACS accredited college has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. It offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in arts, science, education, music and business administration.

Graduation rate at the college stands at 61 per cent. Its average annual cost is $21,327 and post-graduation salary is $37,700.

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