Georgia Highlands College

As a college within the University System of Georgia, GHC offers easy transfer within the USG, one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, free tutoring, small classes, and individual attention from faculty. The college primarily confers associate’s degrees, but in the fall of 2013 began offering an online bachelor of science in nursing. The college operates five sites—in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta (on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University), Dallas, and Douglasville. The college’s flagship programs—nursing and dental hygiene—are highly competitive, accepting just one out of four qualified applicants. Military Advanced Education named GHC as a top military-friendly institution because of its scheduling and course flexibility, low tuition and fees, varied financial aid packages, and strong support for veterans.

There are six Georgia locations.

Founded 1970

Undergraduate enrollment 5,500


In-state tuition $3,000/year (two 12-hour semesters; some programs cost more due to higher fees)

Out-of-state tuition $8,800/year (two 12-hour semesters; some programs cost more due to higher fees)

Georgia freshmen on HOPE 7%

Average composite three-part SAT score for entering freshmen n/a

Average critical reading and math composite SAT score 884

SAT score breakdown 445, critical reading; 439, math; does not presently use writing score in admissions

Average class size for freshman courses 26

Popular majors business, criminal justice, dental hygiene, early childhood education, general studies, nursing