Best Value Colleges in Georgia - 2020

The Best Value Colleges in Georgia for 2020

As a new school year begins and summer fades into memory, students are (mostly) hard at work earning their college degree.

Some may have just started their college career, others may be a few credits from finishing, but nearly all are there to graduate, get that diploma, and start earning a living in the real world. For most of us, though, our alma matter never really leaves us. We all like to think we went to the best school and got the best education, but that can’t be true for everyone, right?

Students in Georgia are no different, and that got us curious, so we looked into the data to identify which colleges provide the best opportunity to earn a good income post-graduation without breaking the bank to get there. Put another way, students who graduate from these colleges earn the most money relative to what they paid to attend.

Our data comes straight out of the most recent College Scorecard release, which tracks everything from attendance figures and acceptance rate to student debt and more.

At the bottom we’ve included a full list, but first, here’s a quick look at the top 10 best value colleges in Georgia:

  1. Augusta University
  2. Georgia Institute of Technology
  3. University of Georgia
  4. Chamberlain University-Georgia
  5. Emory University
  6. University of North Georgia
  7. Luther Rice College & Seminary
  8. University of Phoenix – Georgia
  9. Strayer University – Georgia
  10. Shorter University – Adult and Professional Programs

Leveraging the data from College Scorecard, we looked at three variables:

  • The cost of attendance
  • Earnings 6 years post-enrollment (early career)
  • Earnings 10 years post-enrollment (established career)

From there, we limited our list to remove community colleges so we could focus specifically on primarily undergraduate institutions. Finally, we ranked the remaining 56 colleges on each attribute and averaged the three values to determine which ones had outcomes of strong career earnings in the short and long term without being prohibitively expensive.

When the dust had settled, Augusta University held the title of the “Best Value College in Georgia.”

Best Value Colleges in Georgia

RankCollegeCost of AttendanceEarly Career EarningsEstablished Career Earnings
1Augusta University$17,946$52,300$70,600
2Georgia Institute of Technology$27,245$66,100$85,900
3University of Georgia$26,022$45,200$59,100
4Chamberlain University – Georgia$36,654$69,800$60,400
5Emory University$65,080$65,500$84,400
6University of North Georgia$15,405$37,300$46,200
7Luther Rice College & Seminary$21,736$41,700$45,400
8University of Phoenix – Georgia$20,940$34,200$54,900
9Strayer University-Georgia$27,744$38,400$53,500
10Shorter University – Adult & Professional Programs$24,635$36,600$50,100
11Georgia State University$24,857$38,100$48,200
12Armstrong State University$18,876$36,000$44,000
13Georgia Southern University$22,467$36,800$46,100
14Mercer University$50,080$40,400$58,200
15Clayton State University$17,102$35,900$42,300
16DeVry University – Georgia$33,896$37,600$50,300
17Shorter University$33,718$36,600$50,100
18Georgia College & State University$27,273$37,500$45,200
19Brenau University$41,302$41,300$45,400
20Piedmont College$35,493$40,200$43,400
21Argosy University – Atlanta$25,310$34,100$45,700
22Valdosta State University$19,553$33,200$41,600
23Life University$34,988$36,500$47,200
24University of West Georgia$21,257$33,900$41,700
25Georgia Southwestern State University$19,522$32,900$40,100
26American InterContinental University – Atlanta$24,975$33,200$45,200
27Columbus State University$18,559$31,100$38,800
28Thomas University$29,991$38,700$37,400
29Oglethorpe University$50,428$37,500$49,400
30Spelman College$46,359$34,700$50,700
31Middle Georgia State University$14,618$29,400$35,000
32LaGrange College$41,837$36,100$45,700
33Dalton State College$11,098$28,000$34,700
34Morehouse College$47,888$34,600$49,000
35Covenant College$44,576$35,100$46,700
36Savannah State University$16,498$26,200$35,000
37South University-Savannah Online$27,750$32,500$40,200
38Beulah Heights University$22,710$29,800$36,900
39South University-Savannah$29,387$32,500$40,200
40Herzing University – Atlanta$28,345$30,100$41,600
41Fort Valley State University$19,655$25,500$34,700
42Reinhardt University$35,057$33,500$40,500
43Agnes Scott College$50,892$33,200$46,300
44Berry College$48,001$32,300$43,900
45Point University$30,320$30,200$34,700
46Brewton-Parker College$30,900$29,800$35,100
47Emmanuel College$28,282$26,700$35,400
48Wesleyan College$31,898$27,800$37,600
49Truett McConnell University$30,013$25,900$37,100
50Paine College$24,782$21,400$29,700
51Young Harris College$41,778$29,300$41,300
52The Art Institute of Atlanta$30,433$27,100$36,000
53Clark Atlanta University$37,761$28,400$38,200
54Savannah College of Art and Design$54,483$32,700$41,400
55Toccoa Falls College$34,431$28,000$32,200


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Alison Blankenship
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