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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Georgia offers an array of diverse communities and landscapes, from its glowing capital city of Atlanta to its stunning eastern coast. While the state is known for its peaches, bustling city centers, and year-round warm weather, it's also well known for its educational offerings, including those offered online.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Georgia is home to 33 public, four-year colleges; 35 public two-year schools; 42 private not-for-profit colleges and universities; and 80 for-profit schools. Many of these schools belong within the University System of Georgia, which is known for its high quality and diverse educational offerings. However, the Technical College System of Georgia also hosts its share of schools, including several that offer distance education.

Georgia offers an array of online degree-granting programs from schools of all sizes. Through the University System of Georgia alone, students can access:

  • 42 online associate degrees
  • 89 online bachelor's degrees
  • 130 online master's degrees
  • 12 online doctoral degrees

Online colleges in Georgia offer programs in nearly every subject, from engineering to psychology and foreign languages. While online programs in Georgia vary in their programming and scope, students can rest assured that the state offers dozens of high-quality degrees that can open the doors to many kinds of gainful employment.

Best Online Colleges in Georgia for 2018

Even if you don't live in Georgia, you can take advantage of the distance-based learning opportunities in the state. However, how can you tell which school would be best for you, especially if you don't live in the same city (or even the same state) as these institutes?

To help with your search, we compared a range of data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) -- including net cost and acceptance rate -- to devise a list of the 10 best online universities in Georgia. Read about these top schools and their online programs here, and feel free to check out our methodology at the bottom of this page or to create your own rankings using our Top Colleges Tool.

1

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,840
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
49.18%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43
School Type
2-year

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), and it boasts an array of programs for earning associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates. Several of these programs are available online and can be completed via the school's online learning platform, Blackboard.

While GPTC serves students of all ages, they especially cater to self-paced adult learners and employed individuals who want to boost their skills. The college's online courses include subjects such as criminal justice, accounting and physiology, along with various computer- and technology-related topics. Courses in cosmetology, barbering and history are also available online.

Students who choose GPTC can find ample support if they need it, from email, chat, and class discussion boards to resources offered through Blackboard Learn. The school also offers online technical support via a support form, email, or phone.

 
2

Central Georgia Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,674
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43.25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45
School Type
2-year

Central Georgia Technical College is a two-year non-profit school with a focus on adult learners working toward associate degrees or certificate programs. The school has various campus locations throughout Georgia, along with a robust distance learning portfolio.

Online students at this college can choose programs in various subjects of study leading to certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees. A few of the notable online degrees that can be pursued at the school are associate degrees in accounting, business technology, computer programming, and hotel/ restaurant/ tourism management.

Central Georgia Technical Colleges offers its online programs through Blackboard Learn. They also offer helpful technical support measures, a help desk that can be accessed online, and dedicated online education specialists that can help make your degree path a little more personal.

 
3

Albany Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,652
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
57.70%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
2-year

Albany Technical College is a technical school with an emphasis on distance learning and student achievement. The school offers 30 fully online programs, along with various online courses that can help students reach their educational goals. A sample of their online programs includes associate programs in operations management and business management, as well as diploma programs in fire science technology and accounting technology.

While Albany Technical College was once called "Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School," it has moved its focus onto adult learners and distance-based education since its revamp in 1988. These days, the school places its focus on helping low-income adult learners pursue the associate degrees and diplomas they need to build profitable careers.

 
4

Kennesaw State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,262
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37
School Type
4-year

Kennesaw State University is a member of the University System of Georgia with a stated focus on innovative teaching and learning. As the third largest school in the state, Kennesaw offers numerous award-winning programs and has received national recognition as a champion of student diversity.

This school's size helps to make it a real winner among schools that offer online programming, as it has a correspondingly large number of programs available. Kennesaw State students can pursue online undergraduate degrees in subjects such as computer and software engineering, integrative studies, and social sciences. Those who want to head back to school for an online master's degree can choose from many widely applicable programs, such as business, nursing, and computer education.

Students looking for a bit of extra help with their studies can find plenty at Kennesaw; in addition to online technical help, the school offers online support groups and tutoring for various academic programs.

 
5

Georgia Southwestern State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,262
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
58.48%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

Consistently praised for its educational offerings and affordability, Georgia Southwestern State University offers an impressive number of programs, several of which are available online. The university's various fully-online programs can lead directly to licensure or make students eligible to sit for a licensure exam in any state, including the state of Georgia. Their online nursing program specifically has received an award for quality. Meanwhile, the school's online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is celebrated as a top option for Georgia students who want to earn an advanced business degree.

Choosing an online degree at Georgia Southwestern is likely to be a smart move; students here can receive special help in the form of online troubleshooting and technical support and online library resources created specifically for web-based students.

 
6

Ogeechee Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,862
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
38.93%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
2-year

Over the course of thirty years, Ogeechee Technical College has transitioned from a small technical school to a notable player in the technical education and distance learning scene of Georgia. These days, Ogeechee Tech offers numerous high-quality programs, including some that can be completed entirely online.

Students can pick from online certificate, diploma, and associate degrees -- all with a technical spin and a timeline of two years or less to complete. The subjects for these online programs include accounting, business technology, early childhood education and radiologic technology, among others.

In addition to its wealth of online programs and courses, Ogeechee Tech offers a special online tutoring program so its online student body can find one-on-one support when needed. Technical assistance and an online library collection are also available.

 
7

Georgia College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,170
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26.61%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8
School Type
4-year

While Georgia College was founded as a women's educational center in 1889, it has come a long way since its humble beginnings. These days, Georgia College is a celebrated liberal arts university with 37 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs, many of which can be completed online.

At Georgia College, a student can earn an online master's degree in subjects such as criminal justice, public administration, management information systems and business administration. Due to the online nature of these programs, they can be perfect for aspiring professionals who want to increase their career potential and pay, but have busy schedules due to family or current employment.

Nurses with a bachelor's degree might be particularly interested in the many graduate-level health care offerings at this institute. Potential degree options include psychiatric nurse practitioner, nursing education, and family nurse practitioner, among others.

 
8

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,684
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45.25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32
School Type
2-year

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a nonprofit institute offering a diverse selection of degree programs for hands-on students from all walks of life. Both their on-campus and distance learning programs are paths to various certificate, diploma, and associate degrees that can bolster career potential and earnings.

The school's online courses and programs are administered via Blackboard. Students can pick from dozens of programs that are offered completely online, including accounting, business technology, and an array of computer and technology related programs.

The fact Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers so many programs definitely helped it land a spot on this list, as did its selection of student resources. Both on- and off-campus students have access to tutoring, counseling, and career planning services that can help them take their careers to the next level.

 
9

University of West Georgia

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,143
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
46.95%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

The University of West Georgia has changed dramatically over the years. Starting as a small agricultural and technical school in 1906, the university transitioned to a two-year institute, then a four-year college by 1957. Currently, the University of West Georgia is the sixth-largest school in the state, with numerous degree programs for students from all walks of life. As the school notes on their website, their online information technology, nursing, education and MBA programs have been recognized for their quality on a national level.

While some of the school's programs are only available partially online, many are available in a fully-online format. For example, students can earn an RN-to-BSN degree, a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, or a bachelor's degree in criminology entirely from the comfort of their own homes.

 
10

Luther Rice College and Seminary

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,336
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
96.71%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

Luther Rice College and Seminary offers several online programs for students interested in religion-based careers. All degree programs can be completed entirely online, other than doctoral degrees that require a residency. As a school with one of the highest graduation rates and percentage of distance education students in the nation, students considering Luther Rice College can feel secure in the wisdom of their decision.

Online courses are administered via Blackboard with the help of online message boards, video lectures, virtual chat and discussion boards. Luther Rice College's online degrees are all religious in subject, with a focus on biblical counseling, ministry, apologetics, Christian studies and/or religious leadership.

 

Affordable Online Colleges in Georgia for 2018

Georgia presents a rich offering of online colleges and programs for students from all backgrounds. The list below describes a few of Georgia's more affordable schools for students who are looking for a college experience that won't break the bank.

The tuition costs of the schools below were sourced from IPEDS. To see Georgia schools ranked by quality and other factors you can choose, use our Top Colleges Tool.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Georgia

Below is a list of some of the most affordable community colleges in the state of Georgia. If you’re looking to earn an associate degree or get some credits under your belt before transferring to a university, one of these might be a good choice for you.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Oconee Fall Line Technical College$2,61440.92%122-year
Southern Regional Technical College$2,614N/A162-year
Augusta Technical College$2,64421.63%62-year
Albany Technical College$2,65257.70%262-year
Central Georgia Technical College$2,67443.25%452-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Georgia

Online students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree or higher may be more interested to learn what some of the more affordable universities in Georgia are. The list below details just that.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
East Georgia State College$3,067N/A14-year
Georgia Highlands College$3,115N/A24-year
Atlanta Metropolitan State College$3,25039.95%14-year
Darton State College$3,39861.85%54-year
Dalton State College$3,44012.19%14-year

College Accreditation in Georgia

College is a long, difficult journey. Students who work hard to obtain a degree want to ensure that they are earning a valid degree from an accredited institution.

There are several accrediting bodies for online colleges in Georgia, but like most southern states, one accrediting body is responsible for the major college systems throughout Georgia. Accrediting bodies for Georgia include the following:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Students can check on the Department of Education website prior to enrollment to ensure their institution is accredited by one of these organizations.

School Interviews

Some of the leading educators in Georgia provide their outlook on the benefits of taking classes or earning degrees from online schools in Georgia.

Sabrina Cox
Online learning will continue to grow because of the convenience and flexibility it offers.

Sabrina Cox

Director of Distance Education

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College?

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College offers several online degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates ranging from Accounting to Criminal Justice to Medical Language Specialist. Online programs at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College follow the same admissions requirements, program objectives, course competencies and student learning outcomes as programs offered traditionally on campus. Students in online programs also have the same opportunities and resources as on-campus students.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Students interested in online learning should first assess their skills to determine if online learning is a good fit for them. There are many readiness assessments to help with this; Wiregrass Georgia Technical College uses the SmarterMeasure assessment. In addition, students need to ensure they have the proper resources such as a reliable computer meeting the hardware and software requirements, a stable Internet connection, the time to commit to online classes, and most importantly, the self-motivation needed to succeed.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

Online learning will continue to grow because of the convenience and flexibility it offers. Educators must produce quality online courses that are rigorous and meet accreditation standards to ensure student learning outcomes are met. Courses must be developed and updated to use new technology in education; however, courses should not be technology driven, but should be instructor driven with much interaction and online conferencing. As all students are not online learners, all teachers are not online teachers. Advising and placement of students and instructors in online classes are critical.

 

Justin Mays
I think we're in an exciting time in the growth of online learning, and I look forward to the innovations ahead.

Justin Mays

Director of Distance Learning

Clayton State University

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Clayton State University?

Our programs are mainly focused on the degree completer/adult learner student population. Our Bachelor of Applied Science degree, for instance, is geared towards students who have graduated from a technical college and wish to go on and pursue a four-year degree. Our Liberal Studies and Integrative Studies degrees accept a high number of transfer credits from other colleges and universities and allow students to custom build their degree program based on their academic or career plans.

We also have a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, for current registered nurses, and a Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene program for current Registered Dental Hygienists. Some of our programs have synchronous, or live, components to them which may work better with a student's learning style as opposed to an asynchronous course.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Be sure to do your research before enrolling. Depending on your work/life commitments you may only have a certain time each day that you can work on your courses. If a course is synchronous it will involve you logging into class at a certain time to interact with the professor and your classmates. An asynchronous course does not require you login at a certain time so it is a little more flexible for the busier student. One method may or may not fit into your schedule depending on your previous commitments, so it's important to make sure you choose the correct mode (synchronous or asynchronous) of interaction.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

I think that we will begin to see more competency based education programs and courses come forward in the coming years.

This concept allows students to move through a program as they display certain skills that are needed for the program. Students can move through a program at their leisure as they display the skills, or competencies, needed. I think this will change pricing models for colleges as students could pay a set price up front, for six months, and work through the material as quickly or slowly as they are able. This would allow students to pay a lower price for a degree depending on how quickly they complete the material.

I also think that the more recent growth in wearable tech such as Google Glass and smartwatches will offer some interesting ways to make classes more engaging outside of the traditional classroom or online learning setting. I think we're in an exciting time in the growth of online learning, and I look forward to the innovations ahead.

 

Financial Aid in Georgia

Georgia is home to dozens of college and universities, most of whom are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Peach State supports its students in their pursuit of higher education through the HOPE Scholarship program and various grants and loans.

Read on for information on financial aid options available to students in Georgia.

Georgia Scholarships

Georgia has several merit-based awards, the most prominent of which is the HOPE Scholarship. Below you'll find details on the HOPE Scholarship, as well as other scholarships available to Georgia students.

Short for Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, the HOPE Scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education. It is available to in-state students who demonstrate high academic achievement and are attending a HOPE-eligible school.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Maximum of $6,990
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: Students who have graduated high school within the past seven years
  • Residency required: Yes
The Zell Miller Scholarship helps in-state students who are attending a HOPE-eligible school. The academic standards for Zell Miller are higher; students may receive HOPE or Zell Miller but not both.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Maximum of $9,812
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.7
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: Students who have graduated high school within the past seven years
  • Residency required:  Yes
The Emerge Scholarship is for women living in Georgia who are furthering their education following a delay or disruption. This can include women who are changing careers or returning to school after a hiatus or a period of stay-at-home parenting.

 

  • Application deadline: April 15
  • Award amount: $2,000-5,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: Not specified
  • Minimum GPA: Not specified
  • Merit vs. need-based: Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: Applicants must be at least 25 years old
  • Residency required:  Yes

Check out the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships if you want to learn more about finding and applying to scholarships that apply to you.

Georgia Grants

Georgia's major grant is the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant. In contrast to the HOPE Scholarships and the Zell Miller Scholarship, the grant version of these programs is for Georgia students pursuing a diploma or certificate. Other grants are available to those pursuing a bachelor's degree, but they have more narrow eligibility criteria, as explained below.

The Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant Program helps Georgia students attend certain private colleges in Georgia. The grant isn't need-based, but a student’s school must be on the approved list. Note that the award is only for undergraduates.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Maximum of $450 per semester
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GPSM) Grant program provides grants to eligible dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers (firefighter, EMT, law enforcement officer, paramedic, highway emergency response operator or prison guard) who were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. The grant is renewable and covers the cost of attendance at any eligible public or private college or university in Georgia, minus any other financial aid received.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Up to $18,000 per year

To learn more about how to apply for and receive grants, read the Ultimate Guide to Grants.

Georgia Loans

When funding your higher education, scholarships and grants should be your first option since you don't need to pay that money back. However if you need additional funds to pay your tuition beyond what you earned from grants and scholarships, you can also take out student loans.

Before you can qualify for a Student Access Loan, you must apply for and exhaust all other federal and state financial aid. To qualify for federal financial aid, you'll need to fill out a FAFSA with information on you and your family's financial situation.

Here are two loan programs available specifically to students in Georgia.

SAL is a need-based, low-interest student loan program for students in Georgia. It's administered by the Georgia Student Financial Commission.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Up to $8,000
Under this program, recipients receive loan forgiveness. They agree to work in an engineering related field in the State of Georgia after graduation with a grace period of one year immediately after graduation. Each calendar year worked at a Georgia work site equates to $3,500 awarded, with a maximum of six years.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount: Up to $17,500 over ten semesters

If you want to learn more about student loans, read the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Georgia

  • The Georgia Student Finance Commission provides free financial aid consultations and administers scholarships, grants and service-cancellable loan programs.
  • GAftures provides free online resources to help Georgia students and families plan for college.
 

Featured Cities in Georgia

There are many different vibrant and bustling cities in Georgia that offer job opportunities for students who obtain their degree online. The following is a spotlight of three of Georgia's largest cities. For each city, there are data points that are useful for online students, such as the average salary of a high school graduate in that particular city compared to the average salary of a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree. We have sourced these data points from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov); read on to learn more about these Georgia cities.

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area

Total Population

5,535,837

Median salary for high school grads

$26,995

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$51,911

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

26.1%

Median rent

$977

Fun Facts

The Atlanta region is home to an award-winning symphony orchestra, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and the High Museum of Art. Atlanta also boasts four seasons and a relatively mild winter. Its massive airport spans 4,700 acres and averages more than 250,000 passengers per day, the airport reports. The airport is also the largest employer in the entire state of Georgia with more than 58,000 employees in 2014.

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metro Area

Total Population

580,178

Median salary for high school grads

$25,299

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$50,612

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

25.9%

Median rent

$773

Fun Facts

Computer hackers beware! Augusta is home to more than 100 defense companies specializing in communications and cyber security, the region's economic development agency reports. Augusta is home to the United States Army Cyber Command and the United States Army Cyber Center for Excellence, as well as the Army Signal School. Students who earn degrees in information technology or computer security have multiple options for employment from the many public computer security companies in the region.

Savannah, GA Metro Area

Total Population

367,071

Median salary for high school grads

$26,634

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$44,835

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

33.8%

Median rent

$952

Fun Facts

Girl Scouts of America was founded in Savannah. The city's roots date back to 1733 when General James Edward Oglethorpe founded the city after sailing to Georgia from England. The movies "Cape Fear" and the classic "Forrest Gump" were filmed in Savannah.

 
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