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Your Guide to Atlanta Higher Ed Options
Learn more about colleges and universities in the metro Atlanta area

With nearly 60 colleges and universities in metro Atlanta, the options for institutions of higher learning couldn’t be better

With nearly 60 colleges and universities in metro Atlanta, the options for institutions of higher learning couldn’t be better — from technical colleges to research institutions and continuing education options, hundreds of thousands of students are served annually by these top-ranking colleges and universities.

Learn more about a selection of these institutions below, including everything from the university’s total enrollment to new programs and degree offerings to help further education and advance careers in Atlanta.

Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College’’s McCain Library.

Located in Decatur, Georgia, Agnes Scott College is a highly regarded private liberal arts college for women. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report named Agnes Scott as the No. 4 Most Innovative School among all national liberal arts colleges. Known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community, Agnes Scott offers 34 majors and 31 minors, providing a liberal arts education with curriculum infused with global learning and leadership development through SUMMIT. In campus life, students enjoy a vibrant, supportive environment with activities, organizations and experiential learning opportunities that allow them to engage in meaningful and transformative experiences.

Location: 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, Ga. 30030

Established: 1889

Enrollment: 943

Degrees Offered: Agnes Scott offers undergraduate degrees in areas including public health, biology, psychology, physics, engineering (dual degree), chemistry, business management, English literature, computer science (dual degree), neuroscience, nursing (dual degree) art history, dance, theater, economics, history, international relations, mathematics, Africana studies, religion and social justice, women’s studies and more.

New Programs/Initiatives: Agnes Scott’s signature approach to a liberal arts education, SUMMIT, provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and an understanding of complex global dynamics. In fall 2018, the college will be launching new master’s and graduate certificate programs in writing and digital communications, evaluation methods and assessment, applied technology, data visualization, social innovation and global leadership.

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University’s satellite center in metro Atlanta offers quality, accredited master’s degrees designed for working students. Classes meet locally in the evening or on weekends in compressed terms with degree completion possible in less than two years. CMU students rave about the school’s career-focused content and exceptional student services. Additional bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are available online for added convenience and flexibility. Founded in 1892, Central Michigan University has evolved into a major, national university with nearly 27,000 students, approximately 35 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, top-ranked online programs, and nearly 215,000 alumni worldwide.

Location: 2120 Powers Ferry Road NW, #200, Atlanta, GA 30342

Established: 1990

Enrollment: 27,000 (national)

Degrees Offered: Graduate certificates in general administration, health services administration, human resources administration, information resource management, international administration, leadership and public administration; Master of Arts in education; Master of Science in administration.

Online Programs: Bachelor of Applied Arts, Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Health, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health, Master of Science, Undergraduate Certificate.

Clayton State University

Classes at Clayton State.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking of colleges identified Clayton State as having the most diverse student body population among comprehensive baccalaureate-level colleges and universities in the Southern United States six times in the past decade. Additionally, Clayton State’s College of Business ranked No. 7 on the list of the top 15 business schools in metro Atlanta for 2016 with the highest enrollment in the Master of Business Administration program, according to The Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Location: 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, GA 30260

Established: 1969

Enrollment: 6,675

Degrees Offered: Degrees are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Health and Information and Mathematical Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies.

New Programs/Initiatives: Clayton State continues to seek ways to meet the goals of today’s workforce by offering education to individuals at any time in their career. The university has announced it is offering employees with the Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) the opportunity to pursue a business degree. The agreement between the university and GEICO establishes a corporate reimbursement program whereby employees can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in general business or management at Clayton State’s College of Business.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Tech Tower at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Midtown.

Georgia Tech is a public research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Ranked the No. 7 best public university, Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education to undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Location: North Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Established: 1885

Enrollment: 25,017

Degrees Offered: Degrees are offered through the Colleges of Design, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, the Scheller College of Business and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

New Programs/Initiatives: In 2014, Georgia Tech started the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Scholars program to recruit, enroll, support and graduate the most academically talented students in the city school system. This year’s freshman class includes APS Scholars from 11 of the 13 high schools in the district. Under the program, which started with the incoming class of 2015, Georgia Tech offers automatic admission to all APS valedictorians and salutatorians who apply and covers four years of in-state tuition and mandatory fees.

This year, the university will move forward with 11 recommendations from the Black Student Experience Task Force, which was formed in fall 2015 to ensure a welcoming and inclusive campus.

Georgia State University

Student studying among skyscrapers at Georgia State University.

Georgia State is one of the University System of Georgia’s four research universities and a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds. The Downtown Atlanta university has cultivated the ability to detect early when students face obstacles affecting their studies. As a result, Georgia State has achieved national acclaim as a leader in creating innovative approaches that get students back on track and successfully headed to graduation.

Location: 33 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta, GA

Established: 1913

Enrollment: 53,000

Degrees Offered: The university offers 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 100 fields of study in its nine colleges and schools: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, College of Law, Honors College, Perimeter College and School of Public Health.

New Programs/Initiatives: In January 2016, Georgia State merged with Georgia Perimeter College with a goal to increase graduation rates at the new Perimeter College at Georgia State.

Kennesaw State University

Students on campus at Kennesaw State University.

Located about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, KSU is a public, co-educational university that offers a wide range of quality academics, a vibrant campus life, award-winning dining and many athletic choices. As Georgia’s third-largest university and one of the 50 largest public universities in the country, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including an increasing number of doctoral programs. Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, national and global level. Additionally, the university’s online degree programs have earned top recognition in the “2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges & Degrees” ranking from OnlineU, a free and comprehensive guide to the nation’s online colleges.

Kennesaw Campus – 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Marietta Campus – 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060

Established: 1963

Enrollment: 33,000

Degrees Offered: Degrees are offered through the College of the Arts, Coles College of Business, University College, College of Science and Mathematics, Bagwell College of Education, WellStar College of Health and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate College, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, College of Computing and Software Engineering, Honors College, College of Continuing and Professional Education and the College of Architecture and Construction Management.

New Programs/Initiatives: Launched in spring 2016, the Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement was created to foster a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

Savannah College of Art & Design Atlanta

Savannah College of Art and Design has two campuses, one in Savannah, GA, and the other in Midtown Atlanta.

In the bustling metropolis of Atlanta, SCAD students are surrounded by Fortune 500 companies, a thriving arts scene and limitless opportunities for professional growth. Take advantage of a diverse urban environment bursting with museums, parks, shops, music venues and professional sports — all while you pursue your creative career.

Location: 1600 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309

Established: 1978

Enrollment: 11,973

Degrees Offered: SCAD offers 42 majors and 60 minors, including six undergraduate and 19 graduate online degrees. Atlanta-based programs include advertising, animation, branded entertainment, business design and arts leadership, fashion, fashion marketing and management, film and television, graphic design, illustration, interactive design and game development, interior design, luxury and fashion management, motion media design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sequential art, television producing, visual effects and writing.

New Programs/Initiatives: The university’s undergraduate and graduate interior design programs have been named No. 1 in the nation for 2016 by DesignIntelligence. This is the fifth consecutive year that SCAD’s undergraduate interior design program has been awarded the top ranking on the annual “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools” list. SCAD has led the annual list since 2012.

Life University

Entrance to Life University’s campus in Cobb County.

This private university is renowned for its Doctor of Chiropractic, which is taught at the largest single campus chiropractic college in the world and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in health and wellness-oriented fields of study.

Location: 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060

Established: 1974

Enrollment: 2,800

Degrees Offered: Doctor of Chiropractic; Master of Science in sport health science, clinical nutrition and positive psychology; Master of Athletic Training; Bachelor of Science in biology, biopsychology, computer information management, dietetics, exercise science, general education and transitional studies, health coaching, nutrition and psychology; Bachelor of Business Administration; and an Associate of Science in computer information management and coaching psychology.

New Programs/Initiatives: In fall 2016, Life added a Bachelor of Science in culinary nutrition to its top-ranked nutrition department.