2017 Best Colleges in Georgia

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    Emory University

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,370 reviews
    College Freshman:I have had a fantastic experience at Oxford College of Emory University. Professors here are brilliant, available to students, and committed to teaching undergraduates before their personal studies and research. The atmosphere is quaint and home-like, and I've never felt unsafe on campus. Oxford is great for freshmen and sophomores who are eager to get involved on their campuses and get into leadership positions early. I feel like I have community here, which is something rare to experience in your first year of college. Food is fantastic, buildings are beautiful, and the small campus makes it easy to get to classes on-time. I would definitely recommend Oxford at Emory for your undergraduate experience!
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    Georgia Institute of Technology

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,824 reviews
    Freshman:Georgia Tech really challenges its students, not only because of its prestige but because it wants to expand the minds and boundaries of those who study there. The university takes advantage of Atlanta, and its connections with industry leaders to exceptionally prepare its students for jobs. While some aspects of the campus leave something to be desired, like the food and the stress, Georgia Tech ultimately provides its students with a wonderfully fun and engaging experience!
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    University of Georgia

    • Athens, GA
    • 4,778 reviews
    Freshman:Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at the University of Georgia. As an undergraduate student majoring in Management Information Systems, the Terry College of Business provided multiple avenues and events to get connected to professionals in my field. In addition, the majority of my professors were very approachable and took an active interest in their students, not only in their classroom achievements, but also in their post-graduation success as well. The campus has tons of student organizations to get involved in for whatever your interests may be. There are also ample opportunities to work on campus whether it be in the dining halls, as a resident assistant, serving as a tour guide for UGA, or even as a bus driver. You read that right, students can drive the campus transit buses! For those who are big sports fans, watching the Dawgs play football on Saturday afternoons in Sanford Stadium is hard to beat. Go DAWGS!
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    Agnes Scott College

    • Decatur, GA
    • 599 reviews
    Alum:A women's college that will nurture you into becoming the determined, strong, poised, well-rounded, smart, kind and community-oriented woman you want to be. Scottie women are known to do incredible things for the transformation of society and for the betterment of the world!
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    Spelman College

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,040 reviews
    Alum:I enjoyed that Spelman College is a college for women that are like minded and driven. There is a true familial element to Spelman College and the support system by the faculty is very genuine. There are so many campus wide activities and clubs to be involved in and the sisterhood and friendships that develop there are for a lifetime. I know that there have been quite a few food options added to the campus and that is something that I can appreciate. During the time that I spent at Spelman, the food options were not that appealing to me and was something that I wanted to see changed. Since then, there has been new additions and I hear they are great!
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    Mercer University

    • Macon, GA
    • 1,362 reviews
    Freshman:The academics at Mercer University are challenging, and individualized. It is very easy to find your passion here and get involved. Mercer is a school focused on service and research that changes the world, thus it is a very active school. Professors are caring and understanding, and class sizes are usually quite small and inviting. Mercer is an excellent university!
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    Georgia Southern University

    • Statesboro, GA
    • 3,523 reviews
    Freshman:I am African American and I sort of went into Georgia Southern expecting to see a lot of racism from what I've heard. However I love this school! Everyone here is always so super nice to me and I made friends quicker than I expected, since I am sort of an introvert. Everyone has so much hospitality at this school and in this city as a whole that it's head spinning. They also have many activities you can participate in including the equestrian team and archery team, which I joined. It's an awesome diverse place really!
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    Georgia College & State University

    • Milledgeville, GA
    • 1,117 reviews
    College Sophomore:Everyone have been extremely wonderful, sweet as can be and helpful in more ways than one. The professors actually care for you if you prove tot them that you're putting in the effort to learn too. Overall I enjoy gcsu a lot. The only problem I would have is that there's not that much diversity. Even if I had the chance to pick another school, I'd pick gcsu any day. Did I mention that the campus is beautiful?! It's legit out of a movie especially in the summer when everyone is outside soaking up some vitamin D!
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    Berry College

    • Mount Berry, GA
    • 656 reviews
    College Freshman:Professors are intent on giving students the best learning experience. Classes are meant to be engaging and give students hands on experience for a well-rounded education. Berry College provides a variety of jobs on campus to all students who wish to work. Jobs are scheduled to not conflict with any classes. People are very friendly, close-knit environment. Good sense of community. Beautiful campus!
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    Georgia State University

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 4,612 reviews
    Junior:I have been a student at Georgia State University for four years. I have had an overall good experience with this university. As a transfer student, I feel that GSU gives new students the opportunity to take tours and get to know the school & campus so that they are not overwhelmed their freshman year. The Academic Advisement centers have been very helpful to me as I am a student who often has many questions! I have also had some really wonderful teachers that have inspired me in many ways as a student. If I could suggest improvement in any way, it would be to employ more people in the Office of Financial Aid. A university of this size would benefit from a bigger financial aid office as to reach every student when they have questions regarding student aid. Overall I would rate my experience as a student at Georgia State University as a four out of five.
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    Young Harris College

    • Young Harris, GA
    • 313 reviews
    Freshman:I absolutely love this college. The students, teachers, and staff are all amazing and friendly! The small classes make it so much easier to achieve the grades I want. Also, the residence life is well taken care of and feels like home. My pod is my family.
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    Savannah College of Art & Design

    • Savannah, GA
    • 2,788 reviews
    Alum:SCAD is a dynamic school in a beautiful and unique city. I valued my undergrad education there. It retained a small-school feel of community despite its growth during my time there (2005-2009). Make sure to take a close look at the curriculum for each selected program, and compare it to the curriculum of other schools. Some classmates felt the foundations requirements were too unrelated to their program of study. Pay attention to current rankings, as there have been some changes in recent years. Look at acceptance vs. retention rates for patterns in certain programs as well!
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    Piedmont College

    • Demorest, GA
    • 271 reviews
    Freshman:So far as a Freshman I've enjoyed dealing with the staff especially on a one to one basis, living on Campus make me feel like a responsible adult, the Track & Field here is so different than high school, more advanced but that's what I like, Challenge.
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    College Junior:I love Kennesaw State University. Before the merger I was at Southern Polytechnic State University. Since we merged with Kennesaw, I'm on the same campus still, however I still visit the main one sometimes as well, whether it be for a class I'm taking or for food or events. Overall I have had a great experience with everything here at Kennesaw State University and would recommend it to any High School Senior applying to colleges and trying to figure out what they want to do and where they want to go!
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    South University - Savannah

    • Savannah, GA
    • 762 reviews
    Senior:My experience here has been great! Overall fantastic staff and good classes. I study online which has been very flexible for my job. There will be participation requirements of course, but very easy to achieve. I highly recommend the online learning program.
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    Oglethorpe University

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 478 reviews
    Freshman:It's a beautiful small campus, but it definitely feels a bit sheltered. The smaller class sizes are awesome, but my experience has been other students don't participate much in the dialog in class so comes off as too one sided. I have better class interactions at my 300 level (also small class size) state university class. If I've ever had an issue I call the appropriate person and everything has been fixed same day, amazing service! Recommend coming here, but supplementing with some classes from bigger schools to expose yourself to a more metropolitan city.
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    Life University

    • Marietta, GA
    • 284 reviews
    Graduate Student:The school has great core values and the staff is always there to help you whenever needed! The are so many student services, clubs, and activities to keep one's self occupied. The curriculum is demanding, but realistic and fun. The surrounding area has a lot to do as well, with friendly people! Overall great school and campus to be at!
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    Valdosta State University

    • Valdosta, GA
    • 1,710 reviews
    Freshman:If you love Florida but don't have Florida money then Valdosta is for you. It has Florida vibes with palm trees and the weather is similar as well. It rarely gets cold but when it does the next day you're back to wearing shorts. The professors I've had to deal with were average but I am only a freshman I haven't met that one professor that's going to change my life yet. Your meal plan includes money for other food not just the dining hall. You have on and off campus options. On campus includes moes, chic Fa la and which wich but of course you'll get tired of that or just feel fancy and wanna go out. The school card (one card) includes off campus restaurants as well! They provide you with a list but it's expected to grow. They do not provide close enough student parking though. You must take a bus to your car.
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    Kennesaw State University

    • Kennesaw, GA
    • 3,429 reviews
    Niche User:Kennesaw is definitely high on my list to attend the institution. I've taken multiple tour of the Kennesaw campus and have enjoyed every minute of it. The university really prepared the guide for whatever question because anything I asked, the tour guide was more than willing to answer and even if on the off chance they did not know, there would be a student commuting to a class who could cheerfully respond. Of course, every campus could use some improvement but it seems like Kennesaw actually cares about its campus and is constantly improving even if those are trivial fixes! I love Kennesaw, GO OWLS!
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    Morehouse College

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 705 reviews
    Freshman:Coming from a majority white high school, joining Morehouse college gifted me a complete new feel as I finally received the chance of experiencing black culture one on one. As a freshman, everything is new to a person as they must self discipline themselves to stay on top of their academics. As Morehouse may not be as efficient on customer service, relationships with professors are created as students have ample opportunities to meet during office hours. The campus itself could be renovated but overall, it presents a welcoming feeling.
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    Armstrong Atlantic State University

    • Savannah, GA
    • 1,072 reviews
    Sophomore:I love Armstrong so much. It is the only school that I applied to, and I have not once regretted it. It is located in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. There is so much to do here!
    I love the small community feel at Armstrong. The class sizes are usually small. I learn better in smaller classes, so it is great for me. I feel more comfortable asking questions. Most professors also know you by name.
    I am majoring in Nursing. The Nursing program here is great. I will be applying to the program this month! I am so excited to be a part of it. The classes here have prepared me to be competitive in the program. They are rigorous and are designed to make you improve your study habits and work HARD.
    Armstrong's merge with Georgia Southern has its pros and cons. I believe that the school will have more funding for its programs and possibly more dining options. However, I fear that Armstrong will lose its unique atmosphere and small community.
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    Covenant College

    • Lookout Mountain, GA
    • 334 reviews
    College Junior:Covenant is a very academically challenging school. I feel pushed and challenged in my studies by the on campus community, and by the professors. It is a great environment. Professors really do care about your studies and future, and want to assist you in whatever way they can. Chapels are informative and often interesting. Classes are great for the most part. Professors don't often make use of TA's, and teach their own classes. Because of this, not a lot of research is being done, which is one of the school's shortcomings. Research is done, just not a ton of it. The positive is that with small class sizes, you get to know the professors who teach the classes. Almost all of the professors i've taken have been outstanding people.

    Community/residence life on campus is phenomenal. RA staff and community coordinators do a great job of facilitating great relationships and a fun environment. I honestly can't say enough about how good the res. life staff is!

    The campus is beautiful as well. Looking from my dorm window I can see the lights of Chattanooga at night, and mountains beyond during the day. Sunrises and sunsets from the windows of the academic buildings and dining hall are second to none. It really is a beautiful campus, and rightly earns its ranking as the #1 most beautiful christian school.
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    Reinhardt University

    • Waleska, GA
    • 405 reviews
    Junior:Reinhardt University is a great school! This school has small class sizes which allows you to get more one-on-one time with your professors. The professors here are passionate about what they teach and the students that they teach! This school also has a tutoring resource that all students can use that is free and available anytime! There is nothing bad I can say about Reinhardt.
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    Toccoa Falls College

    • Toccoa Falls, GA
    • 269 reviews
    College Junior:I love TFC because it's flexible, passionate about raising up strong followers of Christ, and committed to academic success. I have loved my classes, and I've been able to immediately apply what I'm learning to my life. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the campus provides a lot of fun activities for students. I especially love the history of the school,and that it is a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Knowing that I'm pursuing a ministry degree from a C&MA college gives me assurance that I'll be able to find a job when I complete my degree. I would recommend TFC to anyone!
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    Clayton State University

    • Morrow, GA
    • 1,016 reviews
    Junior:I graduated with a degree from CSU some years back, and have recently returned for another degree. I love my alma mater! The school has undergone multiple renovations, and has not only expanded the physical campus, but their course offerings and degree programs as well. It is well worth it to study at CSU, and it is a really nice place to learn too!
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