Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Georgia.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Georgia. Note that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, as opposed to agencies that only award program-specific accreditation, such as agencies that accredit schools in business or medicine. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commision on Colleges (COC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. You can also contact them or individual schools for additional information about colleges and universities in Georgia.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of institutions there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for online colleges in Georgia. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Public universities in Georgia have a lot to offer in terms of academics and environment. Discover some notable public institutions of higher learning in the state below.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia, commonly called “UGA,” is considered the flagship school of the state, and is a top producer of prestigious scholarship students in the nation. For example, University of Georgia had the sixth most Fulbright scholars in the U.S. in 2013. UGA offers more than 140 degree programs and enrolled 34,519 students in 2013.
Georgia State University
Georgia State has more than 250 degree programs in 100 fields of study, 50 of which are nationally and internationally ranked as among the best. The school’s Atlanta-Based Learning Program weaves city experiences with academic learning, and promotes civic engagement among students. Many Georgia State University alumni go on to make local impacts and become leaders in the state, with more than 75 percent of graduates staying in Georgia. The school enrolled 32,087 students for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Kennesaw State University
Students at Kennesaw State University enjoy a large, beautifully landscaped and pedestrian-friendly suburban campus of more than 300 acres. The school has 24,604 students enrolled in 2013-2014, making it the third-largest university in Georgia. Kennesaw State was founded in 1963 as a junior college, and became a four-year institution in 1976. The school will launch an Honors College program in 2014 to serve academically advanced students, and offers more than 80 degree programs, including the largest nursing school in the state.
The state’s private universities and colleges rank among some of the nation’s oldest and most established. The three most notable private schools as of 2013 are listed below.
With 14,236 students enrolled, Emory University is the largest private university in the state and is ranked 20th on the U.S. News and World Report list of the best colleges in the U.S. It is also among the oldest colleges in the state, having been founded in 1836 by a group of Methodists and named after Methodist bishop John Emory. The school is recognized worldwide for its liberal arts programs.
Mercer University is ranked 9th among regional universities by U.S. News and World Report, and enrolled 8,329 students in 2013-2014. Mercer’s business program is considered among the best in the state, and is the most popular academic program at the school. Mercer students enjoy a quieter campus life, but metropolitan Atlanta is just an hour away. The school is known for its liberal arts programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
LaGrange College was founded in 1831, making it the oldest private college in the state of Georgia. It is a United Methodist Church-affiliated institution, and is known for its social organizations, offering more than 40 clubs and organizations and an active Greek life that includes 10 fraternities and sororities. It was originally founded as an all-women’s school, and became coed in 1953. The school follows a 4-1-4 academic calendar, which provides an Interim Term in January when students can explore their interests through special projects, independent study, internships, and study abroad opportunities. LaGrange is ranked 10th on the list of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and enrolled 902 students for the 2013-2014 academic year.