To ensure that top students maximize their potential, Georgia offers the HOPE Scholarship, which pays college costs at any public institution in Georgia for the highest achievers and provides tuition support at accredited private colleges as well. This unique, merit-based scholarship program has awarded more than $7.2 billion in aid to outstanding students since 1993 and has been instrumental in keeping the brightest young minds in Georgia.
Businesses seeking to relocate to Georgia or recruit out-of-state workers to Georgia locations find that higher education is a selling point:
- Georgia is one of only three states with two or more institutions ranked among the top 20 national public colleges and universities in the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings – Georgia Tech is ranked No. 7 on the list and the University of Georgia at No. 20.
- Georgia’s public university system, the University System of Georgia (USG), is composed of 31 higher education institutions including 4 research universities, 4 comprehensive universities, 10 state universities and 13 state colleges.
- USG institutions conferred a total of 58,069 degrees in Fiscal Year 2013 consisting of 35,155 bachelor’s, 10,873 master’s and 1,413 doctorate degrees. The majority of baccalaureate-level degrees in the USG are awarded in the fields of business, education and nursing.
- There are 31 private colleges and universities in Georgia. The largest being Emory University with 12,773 full time students. Other world-class private institutions include Morehouse College, Spelmen College and Mercer University.
- The Metro Atlanta region excels at graduating engineers with the 3rd highest number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the nation.
- The region ranks fifth in the nation for university R&D
- Including both public and private institutions, Georgia has 52 four-year colleges and universities, as well as 24 technical colleges.