Best Colleges in Georgia by Salary Potential

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Georgia is not only home to one of the biggest cities in the South (Atlanta), one of the biggest aquariums in the country and some of the most delicious peaches you'll ever eat, but there are also many fantastic colleges in Georgia. PayScale's College Salary Report includes alumni salaries for undergraduates who earn a bachelor's degree (and no higher degree) from a number of Georgia colleges and universities.

Over the long haul, looking at the median salaries of alumni 10 years after graduation, the Georgia colleges with the highest-paid graduates often include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and the University of Georgia (UGA). Georgia Tech has garnered a lot of praise in recent years for its innovative new educational offerings, including an online program that allows students to earn a master's degree in computer science for little expense. Seventy-one percent of the degrees awarded at The Georgia Institute of Technology are in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects, but only 33 percent of its students are female.

Students looking for close personal attention should consider Emory University, where the student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1. Emory is a private college in Atlanta known for strong research programs. It is also a religious school, associated with the United Methodist Church.

Emory's population of just under 8,000 students is a far cry from larger schools like Georgia State University, Kennesaw University and the University of Georgia, where school sizes are reported as 24,868; 22,621; and 26,278, respectively.

Georgia is also home to some colleges with world-class athletic programs, including the Georgia State Panthers, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Kennesaw State Owls.

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