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2021 Best Schools in Georgia

59 Schools Ranked
$37,665 Average Earnings
$28,940 Avg Student Debt

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. Or you may find the programs at a trade school or bootcamp to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Schools in Georgia ranking. This report analyzed 59 schools in Georgia to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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Top Schools in Georgia

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$68,079 Average Earnings
$31,555 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus the best school in Georgia for students working on their degree.

On average, students take out $31,555 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $349, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Georgia Tech graduates make an average of $68,079 annually.

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#2

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
$58,145 Average Earnings
$38,387 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 59 schools in Georgia that were part of this year’s ranking, Emory University landed the # 2 spot on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $38,387 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $492. Once they receive their degree, Emory graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $58,145 during the early year of their career.

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#3

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
$41,874 Average Earnings
$28,045 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Georgia is a great place for students.

On average, students take out $28,045 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $296. Once they receive their degree, UGA graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $41,874 during the early year of their career.

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#4

Piedmont College

Demorest, Georgia
$42,800 Average Earnings
$26,699 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 59 schools in Georgia that were part of this year’s ranking, Piedmont College landed the # 4 spot on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $26,699 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $276, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Piedmont College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $42,800 during the early year of their career.

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#5

Spelman College

Atlanta, Georgia
$32,300 Average Earnings
$26,342 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Spelman College is a great place for students.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $26,342 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $272. During the early years of their career, Spelman graduates make an average of $32,300 annually.

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#6

Augusta University

Augusta, Georgia
$52,462 Average Earnings
$42,384 Avg Student Debt

Augusta University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Georgia ranking.

Degree recipients from Augusta University accumulate an average of $42,384 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $527, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Augusta University graduates make an average of $52,462 annually.

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#7

Berry College

Mount Berry, Georgia
$36,656 Average Earnings
$21,633 Avg Student Debt

Berry College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Schools in Georgia list.

On average, students take out $21,633 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $248. Once they receive their degree, Berry graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $36,656 during the early year of their career.

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#8

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia
$43,800 Average Earnings
$24,190 Avg Student Debt

Georgia College & State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Schools in Georgia list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $24,190 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $258.After graduating from Georgia College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $43,800 during the early years of their career.

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$31,329 Average Earnings
$50,228 Avg Student Debt

Savannah College of Art and Design did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #9 on the list.

Degree recipients from SCAD accumulate an average of $50,228 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $542, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, SCAD graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $31,329 during the early year of their career.

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#10

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia
$40,181 Average Earnings
$28,606 Avg Student Debt

Georgia Southern University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Schools in Georgia list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $28,606 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $292. Once they receive their degree, GaSou graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $40,181 during the early year of their career.

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#11

Thomas University

Thomasville, Georgia
$44,275 Average Earnings
$28,731 Avg Student Debt

Thomas University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $28,731 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $296 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from TU, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $44,275 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Mercer University

Macon, Georgia
$52,288 Average Earnings
$44,911 Avg Student Debt

Mercer University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

Degree recipients from Mercer accumulate an average of $44,911 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $593 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Mercer graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $52,288 during the early year of their career.

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#13

DeVry University - Georgia

Decatur, Georgia
$47,507 Average Earnings
$41,538 Avg Student Debt

DeVry University - Georgia ranked #13 on this year’s Best Schools in Georgia list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $41,538 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $441. Once they receive their degree, DeVry University - Georgia graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $47,507 during the early year of their career.

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#14

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia
$46,893 Average Earnings
$29,798 Avg Student Debt

Kennesaw State University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Schools in Georgia list.

On average, students take out $29,798 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $301. Once they receive their degree, KSU Georgia graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $46,893 during the early year of their career.

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#15

Shorter University

Rome, Georgia
$36,511 Average Earnings
$26,504 Avg Student Debt

Shorter University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $26,504 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $299 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Shorter graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $36,511 during the early year of their career.

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$37,800 Average Earnings
$23,667 Avg Student Debt

Georgia Southwestern State University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

Degree recipients from GSW accumulate an average of $23,667 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $217, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, GSW graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $37,800 during the early year of their career.

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#17

University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia
$39,586 Average Earnings
$23,812 Avg Student Debt

University of North Georgia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #17 on the list.

Degree recipients from UNG accumulate an average of $23,812 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $240.After graduating from UNG, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $39,586 during the early years of their career.

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#18

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia
$39,823 Average Earnings
$28,040 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, University of West Georgia did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $28,040 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $292, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, University of West Georgia graduates make an average of $39,823 annually.

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#19

Brenau University

Gainesville, Georgia
$57,260 Average Earnings
$40,834 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #19, Brenau University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

On average, students take out $40,834 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $507, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Brenau graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $57,260 during the early year of their career.

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$41,124 Average Earnings
$37,412 Avg Student Debt

South University - Savannah Online did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #20 on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $37,412 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $400 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, South University - Savannah Online graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $41,124 during the early year of their career.

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#21

South University - Savannah

Savannah, Georgia
$47,271 Average Earnings
$48,729 Avg Student Debt

South University - Savannah did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #21 on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $48,729 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $579 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, South University - Savannah graduates make an average of $47,271 annually.

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$35,000 Average Earnings
$23,732 Avg Student Debt

Middle Georgia State University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Schools in Georgia list.

On average, students take out $23,732 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $221. During the early years of their career, Middle Georgia State University graduates make an average of $35,000 annually.

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#23

Clayton State University

Morrow, Georgia
$35,811 Average Earnings
$32,435 Avg Student Debt

Clayton State University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $32,435 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $319, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Clayton State University, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $35,811 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Life University

Marietta, Georgia
$26,700 Average Earnings
$90,406 Avg Student Debt

Life University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #24 on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $90,406 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $731. During the early years of their career, Life graduates make an average of $26,700 annually.

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#25

Columbus State University

Columbus, Georgia
$38,363 Average Earnings
$29,732 Avg Student Debt

Columbus State University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Schools in Georgia list.

Degree recipients from CSU accumulate an average of $29,732 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $314 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from CSU, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $38,363 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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