Colleges in Atlanta: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Atlanta is a hub of fun and interesting things to see and do for college students. From spending a day on the Chattahoochee River, visiting the College Football Hall of Fame or Centennial Olympic Park, to taking in a professional football or baseball game, Atlanta offers a diverse lineup of cultural and popular attractions.

From top-tier Division I colleges to small vocational schools, Atlanta offers students many different options for postsecondary education.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Atlanta

Atlanta Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College are the two largest vocational colleges in Atlanta. Both institutions are part of the 22-member Technical College System of Georgia. ATC was founded in 1945 after World War II ended and offers more than 150 academic programs. Georgia Piedmont Tech, east of downtown Atlanta, was founded in 1961. Nursing, computer information systems and early childhood education are the top programs at GPTC.

Fun Facts about Atlanta Colleges and Universities

Atlanta is home to Georgia State University, which has seven campuses throughout greater Atlanta. The school was founded in 1913 and consists of 11 colleges and universities. Business administration and health science professions are two of the most widely pursued degree programs at Georgia State.

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the largest four-year public universities in Atlanta. Popular programs include computer and information sciences, as well as a wide range of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, industrial, bioengineering, aeronautical and chemical.

Emory University, a private four-year college, also is another popular choice among undergraduate students who are considering universities in Atlanta.

Graduate Schools in Atlanta

Students who wish to pursue master's or doctoral degrees at colleges in Atlanta, Georgia, often enroll at Georgia State University, Emory University or Clark Atlanta University. Law and physical therapy are the most popular doctoral programs at GSU. There also are several program-specific Atlanta colleges for grad students, including Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, Morehouse School of Medicine and Columbia Theological Seminary.

For more information about postsecondary education in Georgia, we provide an extensive list of Georgia Colleges.


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Education Institutes in Atlanta
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Atlanta
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Atlanta
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Atlanta Technical College3,775At least 2 but less than 4 years2,136132
Atlanta Metropolitan State College2,783Four or more years2,32011
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School488Four or more yearsN/A2
Atlanta School of Massage313Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Clark Atlanta University3,884Four or more years19,88065
Beulah Heights University481Four or more years9,09010
Emory University14,067Four or more years47,300207
Grady Health System Professional Schools70At least 2 but less than 4 years6,7053
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus26,839Four or more years9,812113
Georgia State University32,237Four or more years6,846212
Interdenominational Theological Center280Four or more yearsN/A2
Morehouse College2,108Four or more years24,56563
Morehouse School of Medicine480Four or more yearsN/A8
Oglethorpe University1,184Four or more years35,00026
Portfolio Center63At least 2 but less than 4 years19,4006
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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