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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. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

    As one might assume, the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the largest on campus at this historic college, but other degrees—such as business and communications—are popular, and nursing is the largest single major.

  2. Brenau University

    Brenau maintains its historic and original single-gender residential Women’s College in Gainesville and also has expanded offerings for both men and women online and on campuses throughout Georgia.

  3. Covenant College

    Recent additions to the campus of this Christian liberal arts school include a new academic building, a new residence hall, and a new baseball-softball complex. The college has recently expanded its programs in political and international studies, linguistics, and German studies.

  4. Darton State College

    A unit of the University System of Georgia, Darton State offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) as well as an associate of science in nursing (ASN) and associate of science degree (AS) with fifty-four transfer program options, plus forty-one career program and certificate options.

  5. Columbus State University

    Columbus State University draws students from more than sixty countries with its programs in business, education, art, theater, music, counseling, and nursing. The university’s baccalaureate and graduate programs include an expanding list of online degree options and a doctor of education program.

  6. Morehouse College

    The nation’s only private historically black college for men, Morehouse has nearly 2,200 students and twenty-six areas of study. Part of the Atlanta University Center, Morehouse shares cross-registration with its undergraduate partners.

  7. Savannah State University

    The oldest public historically black college in Georgia, Savannah State also is the oldest institution of higher learning in Savannah. The 201-acre residential campus is minutes away from the historic district and Atlantic Ocean beaches.

  8. Georgia Southern University

    Georgia Southern is growing—with a record enrollment of 20,500 from forty-nine states and more than ninety countries, it is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten most popular universities in the nation.