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Atlanta as a college town?

Two metro-area students explain why this term should be among Atlanta's synonyms

When you think of metro Atlanta, many things may come to mind. Capital of the New South, for example. Or worst place to be a Pepsi fan. “College town” probably isn’t on your list. But the area’s 6 million residents include more than 250,000 college students, according to the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education. Each year this quarter-million-strong cohort studies at one of the metro area’s fifty-seven colleges and universities. Read more...

Athens comes alive when school's in session

Of course the town isn't dead in the summer, but the University of Georgia students bump up the amplitude

Now, just as then, Athens is a product of the unique symbiosis between town and college. It sits at the intersection of its own history and the vibrant indie-rock grittiness that gives the modern city much of its flavor. Students and locals alike never run out of interesting things to do in this lively college town. Read more...

Take a fresh look at Macon

The city is undergoing a rebirth thanks to students and community organizers

To outsiders, Macon can seem like one of those cities glimpsed from the highway on the way from Atlanta down to Florida. Maybe you know an attorney who went to Mercer Law School but hasn’t been back to Macon in years because it’s “too small,” or a die-hard Allman Brothers fan who makes pilgrimages to the band’s home city. But Macon deserves to be viewed with fresh eyes. Read more...

Milledgeville: Hang out on Georgia College's front yard

The school's campus becomes a frisbee-throwing, sun-lounging haven. Plus, find the best of everything.

Truth is, most of downtown Milledgeville is on a few blocks off the main drag, West Hancock Street. There are the antebellum houses straight out of a Flannery O’Connor story, the grass carpet rolled out as Georgia College’s front lawn, the bars and restaurants lining the street, and the Gothic Revival spires of Georgia Military College in the distance. Read more...

Savannah: The downtown renaissance that SCAD built

The art school sparked a cultural resurgence. Plus: What's best in town

Savannah boasts a rich conglomeration of talented, tattoo-bedecked art students; driven professionals; and the good ol’ boys (and girls) whose families have been around since General Oglethorpe settled here in the 1730s. Now vibrant and energetic, the Hostess City had become sleepy and rundown by 1978, when Savannah College of Art and Design was founded. Read more...

Taking the next step: Georgia’s largest medical, law, and MBA programs

Get ready for grad school

A quick guide to help you compare Georgia's largest grad schools and eventually decide—what's next? Read more...

Big projects on campus: What's going up at Georgia's colleges

From research centers to green space, find out what's under constuction

It’s a law of nature: Every college is constantly under construction. But from street level, it can be hard to tell whether what’s in the works is supercool (a high-tech lab? a rec center?) or downright dull (another parking garage?). Here’s a tour of some of the more exciting projects underway on Georgia campuses. Read more...

HOPE Scholarship: The cons

Did the legislature’s 2011 reforms ruin HOPE?

The letter arrived about three years too late. Six, really, but who’s counting? It said my younger son had been admitted to the University of Georgia. He’d put in his transfer application during a moment of uncertainty, but then decided to stay at Elon University in North Carolina. When both of my boys graduated from high school—each with HOPE-eligible GPAs—they wanted UGA or nothing. Read more...

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  1. Southern Polytechnic State University

    Southern Polytechnic is slated to merge with Kennesaw State University by fall 2015.

  2. Life University

    This health sciences institution is best known for its chiropractic program, which is the largest in the world.

  3. Mercer University - Northeast Atlanta

    More than 8,300 students attend Mercer's twelve schools and colleges. The university has major campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah, and another four regional academic centers in the state.

  4. Oglethorpe University

    Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is home to 1,100 students representing thirty-four states and twenty-eight countries. In fall 2013, Oglethorpe opened the A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), where students can create a cohesive four-year plan for applying their classroom learning in the real world.

  5. Herzing University

    Herzing has eleven campuses in the U.S., including a location in Atlanta at Lenox Square. Herzing offers day, evening, and online classes targeted at working adults.

  6. LaGrange College

    This four-year liberal arts and sciences institution is the oldest private college in Georgia. LaGrange actively encourages a global perspective by providing entering freshmen a $2,500 travel voucher for an off-campus travel experience during their junior or senior year.

  7. University of Phoenix

    The University of Phoenix has had campuses in Georgia since 2001. Today the university has two locations in greater Atlanta, and almost 20,000 alumni live in the metro area (although not all graduated from Georgia locations).

  8. Georgia State University

    A major research institution, Georgia State in downtown Atlanta is the second-largest university in Georgia, offering sixty-two degrees in 250 fields of study.