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Top Colleges in Georgia for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s newly redesigned Top Colleges 2017 tool. We ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation, among others. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
43
OVERALL SCORE
98.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Central Georgia Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
45
OVERALL SCORE
97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Albany Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
96.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Georgia Southwestern State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
58%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
96.16
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Ogeechee Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
94.48
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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6 Georgia College and State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
92.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
32
OVERALL SCORE
92.44
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 University of West Georgia Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
91.48
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
9 Luther Rice University & Seminary Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
97%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
90.76
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
10 University of Georgia Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
89.92
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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11 Albany State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
89.88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Brenau University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
54%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
87.96
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Columbus State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
87.6
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    Life Experience Credit
14 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
86.77
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    Career Counseling Services
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15 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
86.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Lanier Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
26
OVERALL SCORE
85.61
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 Atlanta Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
83.25
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    Career Counseling Services
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18 Southeastern Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
80.41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
19 North Georgia Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
79.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 Georgia Southern University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
29
OVERALL SCORE
78.89
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 University of North Georgia Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
78.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Savannah Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
78.13
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Athens Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
75.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 Middle Georgia State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
74.86
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Gwinnett Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
73.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
73.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
27 Coastal Pines Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
73.5
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Augusta University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
70.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
29 Southern Crescent Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
69.42
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Dalton State College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
68.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 Savannah College of Art and Design Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
67.7
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
32 Augusta Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
66.1
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Shorter University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
64.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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34 Columbus Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
62.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Fort Valley State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
62.27
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
36 South Georgia Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
52.91
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    Placement Services
37 Mercer University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
52.11
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    Career Counseling Services
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38 College of Coastal Georgia Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
43.68
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 Clayton State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
43.24
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    Placement Services
40 Georgia State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
43.2
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41 West Georgia Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
42.08
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    Career Counseling Services
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42 Chattahoochee Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
41.88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
43 Armstrong State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
40.88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Reinhardt University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
40.72
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Toccoa Falls College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
39.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
46 Truett-McConnell College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
34.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
47 Interactive College of Technology-Chamblee Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
33.45
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
48 Georgia Perimeter College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
33.21
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Emory University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
2%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
30.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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50 South University?Savannah Online Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
100%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
43
OVERALL SCORE
30.25
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using 2015 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,