Atlanta’s Best Colleges and Universities

University of Georgia

Atlanta residents have the advantage of having some of the country’s top universities and colleges within or near the city’s borders. This gives them opportunities for quality higher education at a lower cost. Not only do the locals have to pay less as in-state or resident students; but they may also choose to live at home while studying, and avoid high dorm or apartment rentals.

Tthree schools in or near Atlanta have made it to the 2015 Forbes list of the top 150 institutions in the country, as well as to many industry experts’ lists of the best universities and colleges in Georgia.

Here are the top higher-learning schools in Atlanta:

Emory University

Founded in 1836 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Emory College became Emory University in 1915, thanks mainly to the contributions of The Coca-Cola Company founders, who were also graduates of the school.

Today, Emory University is ranked 21st in the U.S. News and World Report’s top 100 U.S. institutions for 2016, retaining the spot it held the previous year.

Niche.com, a website that features school reviews and rankings, among other information, also named Emory University the best college in Georgia for 2016. Niche also ranked the university 32nd in its 2016 Best Colleges Ranking.

Emory prides itself on annually generating more than $572 million in research funding. The university is also proud of its traditional methods of teaching.

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is the first state-supported university in the country. Established in 1801, it is now under the jurisdiction of the University System of Georgia along with 29 other institutions.

It is a land-grant and sea-grant university that offers its undergraduate and post-graduate students degrees encompassing a  wide range of disciplines. Outside campus, it also plays an active role in the economic, social, and community development of the state.
While the main campus is located in Athens (just a little over an hour from Atlanta), it also has a presence in Buckhead, Atlanta with the Terry College of Business.

For 2016, the University of Georgia has earned the following rankings:

  • 61st in the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 National Universities
  • 21st in the U.S. News and World Report’s Top Public Schools (National Universities)
  • 41st in Niche’s Best Colleges in America ranking
  • 3rd in Niche’s Best Colleges in Georgia ranking

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech was founded in 1885, and as stated in the school’s website, this “signaled the beginning of the transformation of the agrarian South to an industrial economy.”

As a technological university, Georgia Tech offers undergraduate and graduate programs in such disciplines as Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics, and the Sciences.

The university’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and Scheller College of Business offer degrees in other fields such as Economics, International Affairs, Literature and Business Administration.

Georgia Tech’s 2016 rankings include:

  • 36th in the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 National Universities
  • 7th in the U.S. News and World Report’s Top Public Schools (National Universities)
  • 35th in Niche’s Best Colleges in America ranking
  • 2nd in Niche’s Best Colleges in Georgia ranking

More Colleges and Universities

Other top-ranked higher-education institutions in Atlanta include:

  • Georgia State University
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Clark Atlanta University