Georgia Colleges & Universities

Find out the educational and career opportunities that await for you at colleges in Georgia.

Georgia On Your Mind: Colleges in Georgia: Georgia is home to nearly 10 million people, and each one might give you a slightly different description of what Georgia is all about.

To some, Georgia might be about farmlands and traditions. Others might see the state in terms of Atlanta -- a thoroughly modern metropolis. You'll find people who treasure Georgia for the old world charm of Savannah, while others admire the state's high tech accomplishments. Coastal and inland, grasslands and forests, decidedly southern yet thoroughly multi-cultural -- Georgia is a state of so many attributes, each person can experience it in a different way.

This variety makes Georgia a rich environment in which to pursue an education, and a career.

Overview of Georgia Colleges: The following are some of the options schools in Georgia have to offer:

  • • The state's University System of Georgia features 35 institutions serving roughly 300,000 students. Two of the schools in Georgia's system -- Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia -- made the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report's national ranking of public universities. Georgia is one of only four states to have two colleges in the top 25.
  • • Georgia also has a wide variety of private colleges, universities, and vocational schools. In all, the State of Georgia recognizes 141 approved postsecondary schools.

The cost of postsecondary schools in Georgia varies widely, depending on the type of institution you attend. According to data from the College Board for the 2009-10 school year, the average annual tuition and fees in Georgia for in-state residents was $2,601 at two-year public schools, $4,968 at four-year public schools, and $23,949 at four-year private schools. The Georgia Student Finance Commission can offer you advice on offsetting those costs with financial aid.

Colleges in Georgia Lead to Opportunities: With so many diverse educational options, could there be a common denominator to all those Georgia schools? Perhaps one -- education pays off in the workplace. Consider the following:

  • • Education can make the difference in getting you a job. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total number of U.S. residents with bachelor's degrees rose from 43.8 million to 58.6 million in the decade from 1999 to 2009. Over 10% of the U.S. population over the age of 25 now has some education beyond the bachelor degree level. In other words, the competition for jobs is getting tougher, and those who want to keep up need to earn degrees.
  • • Education can help you earn more. Statistics show that average earnings increase with each level of educational attainment. For example, people with bachelor's degrees earn 87% more than those with just high school diplomas. People with advanced degrees earn 42% more than those with just bachelor's degrees.

What kind of jobs are available to people who graduate from Georgia colleges? The following are some of the most plentiful job areas in the state which typically require a college education:

  • • Education
  • • Management
  • • Healthcare
  • • Business and finance

A college degree can also help you pursue a career in one of the following fields, which are the most financially rewarding in the state of Georgia:

  • • Management
  • • Law
  • • Business and finance
  • • Architecture and engineering

As much as Georgia has to offer, Georgia schools can help you get more out of the state -- for your education, your career, and your life.

The writer Richard Barrington has earned the CFA designation and is a 20-year veteran of the financial industry, including having previously served for over a dozen years as a member of the Executive Committee of Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc. Richard has written extensively on investment and personal finance topics.

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