Best Value Colleges in Georgia

Got Georgia on your mind? Then consider attending any of these top ranked Georgia colleges in order to earn the most out of your college tuition investment.  Read More

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1Georgia Institute of Technology(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$833,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,500
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,700
2Georgia Institute of Technology(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$756,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,700
3Southern Polytechnic State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$607,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,200
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
4Southern Polytechnic State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$564,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
5Emory University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$429,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
6University of Georgia (UGA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$397,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,800
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
7Oglethorpe University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$335,000
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
8University of Georgia (UGA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$324,000
Total 4 Year Cost$160,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
9Morehouse College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$282,000
Total 4 Year Cost$184,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,400
10Clayton State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$280,000
Total 4 Year Cost$74,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
11Kennesaw State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$278,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,500
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,700
12Georgia State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$277,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,200
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
13Georgia College & State University (GCSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,700
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
14Georgia Southern University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$266,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,500
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
15Mercer University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$258,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,800

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

The list comes from PayScale's College ROI report which provides the 20 year-net ROI of colleges and universities in the great state of Georgia. The net 20-year ROI is the amount of money a student can expect to earn over a 20-year period after graduating from a particular school. Consult with our report to make sure the college you pick is the best value out there for your needs.

Starting out our list of the best value colleges in the state of Georgia is the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta. GA Tech ranks nationally as the eighth best school for ROI, and ranks number one in the state of Georgia. If you're a local, attending GA Tech will only set you back $91,500, a small price compared to its 20-year net ROI of $833,000. GA Tech is a public research university established back in 1885. In its early years, the school only offered degrees in mechanical engineering, but soon expanded to include a full curriculum. Choosing GA tech for your undergraduate degree means benefiting from an exceptional academic institution and gaining life experiences from a wide variety of student life traditions. From the nationally recognized "Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech" to its array of Greek life organizations, it is no surprise that this college continues to top PayScale's list.

Head north on highway 75 from GA Tech and you will find Southern Polytechnic State University, which ranks 83 on our list nationally and second locally for the 20-year net ROI. After World War II, when the state of Georgia shifted from being focused on agriculture to industry, the need for technical colleges resulted in schools like Southern Poly. Southern Poly has one of the lowest tuition costs in the state, at $72,000 for in-state students, and grads have a 20-year net ROI of $607,000. In addition to enjoying a high ROI, Southern Poly students get to take part in many esteemed traditions at the university, including the annual bathtub races, which had to be adjusted in 2010 due to liability. Today the bathtub races lives on, however there are no motors involved.

If the thought of big classrooms and a bustling campus gives you a headache, consider a private school in Georgia with a high ROI, like Emory University which is also located in Atlanta. But unlike GA tech, Emory's enrollment is around 17k, compared to the 25k reported to be enrolled at GA Tech. Once an all-male university, Emory became coed in in 1953. Unlike large colleges, Emory boasts a student to faculty ratio of 7:1 and has an average class size of 25 students. Emory University is ranked 212 nationally on our list, and third in the state of Georgia. It has the highest ROI of all the private schools in the state of Georgia, with a 20-year net ROI of $429,000.

As the last state of the original 13 colonies, the state of Georgia is deeply rooted in higher education. In fact, Georgia is home to one of the oldest universities in the United States, including the University of Georgia, which ranks 278th nationally on our list. Deciding to attend college in Georgia means you will enjoy a low cost of living with plenty of things to do when you're off campus. Georgia is home to 48 beautiful state parks and plenty of state wildlife reserves, in addition to its rich history as a state.