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. 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.

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School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
111.9%11.4%15.5%14.5%$856,000$847,000$904,000$894,000$101,000$111,00086%5$33,50011%
1Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus(In-State)
Annual ROI11.9%
Annual ROI11.4%
Annual ROI15.5%
Annual ROI14.5%
20 Year Net ROI$856,000
20 Year Net ROI$847,000
20 Year Net ROI$904,000
20 Year Net ROI$894,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$33,500
Grant Money Received11%
28.7%8.4%10.4%10.0%$777,000$768,000$825,000$815,000$180,000$190,00086%5$33,50011%
2Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI10.0%
20 Year Net ROI$777,000
20 Year Net ROI$768,000
20 Year Net ROI$825,000
20 Year Net ROI$815,000
Total 4 Year Cost$180,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$33,500
Grant Money Received11%
35.3%5.3%10.4%10.4%$452,000$452,000$605,000$605,000$249,000$249,00091%4$25,80019%
3Emory University(Private)
Annual ROI5.3%
Annual ROI5.3%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI10.4%
20 Year Net ROI$452,000
20 Year Net ROI$452,000
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,800
Grant Money Received19%
48.2%8.5%11.3%11.8%$369,000$374,000$410,000$415,000$96,100$91,30085%4$23,70019%
4University of Georgia(In-State)
Annual ROI8.2%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI11.3%
Annual ROI11.8%
20 Year Net ROI$369,000
20 Year Net ROI$374,000
20 Year Net ROI$410,000
20 Year Net ROI$415,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,100
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,700
Grant Money Received19%
55.1%4.9%9.3%9.0%$331,000$326,000$439,000$434,000$196,000$201,00047%4$28,90044%
5Oglethorpe University(Private)
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI4.9%
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROI9.0%
20 Year Net ROI$331,000
20 Year Net ROI$326,000
20 Year Net ROI$439,000
20 Year Net ROI$434,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,900
Grant Money Received44%
65.2%5.3%6.7%6.9%$296,000$301,000$338,000$342,000$169,000$164,00085%4$23,70019%
6University of Georgia(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.2%
Annual ROI5.3%
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI6.9%
20 Year Net ROI$296,000
20 Year Net ROI$301,000
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
20 Year Net ROI$342,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,700
Grant Money Received19%
74.6%N/A6.9%N/A$281,000N/A$347,000N/A$191,000N/A50%4$30,50057%
7Morehouse College(Private)
Annual ROI4.6%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$281,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$347,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$191,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,500
Grant Money Received57%
86.8%7.2%9.3%9.9%$280,000$287,000$318,000$325,000$103,000$96,10053%5$23,40057%
8Georgia State University(In-State)
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROI9.9%
20 Year Net ROI$280,000
20 Year Net ROI$287,000
20 Year Net ROI$318,000
20 Year Net ROI$325,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,100
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,400
Grant Money Received57%
98.0%7.5%10.4%9.7%$276,000$270,000$303,000$297,000$75,800$82,50032%5$26,50074%
9Clayton State University(In-State)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI7.5%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI9.7%
20 Year Net ROI$276,000
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
20 Year Net ROI$303,000
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,800
Total 4 Year Cost$82,500
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,500
Grant Money Received74%
107.6%7.3%9.9%9.5%$275,000$271,000$304,000$299,000$82,500$87,10026%5$20,30040%
10Augusta University(In-State)
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI7.3%
Annual ROI9.9%
Annual ROI9.5%
20 Year Net ROI$275,000
20 Year Net ROI$271,000
20 Year Net ROI$304,000
20 Year Net ROI$299,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,500
Total 4 Year Cost$87,100
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$20,300
Grant Money Received40%
118.3%7.1%10.4%8.7%$245,000$229,000$265,000$249,000$62,500$78,400N/A$23,90062%
11Middle Georgia State University(In-State)
Annual ROI8.3%
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI8.7%
20 Year Net ROI$245,000
20 Year Net ROI$229,000
20 Year Net ROI$265,000
20 Year Net ROI$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$62,500
Total 4 Year Cost$78,400
Grad RateN/A
Time to Graduate
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received62%
125.7%5.4%7.1%6.7%$236,000$229,000$263,000$256,000$116,000$123,00032%5$26,50074%
12Clayton State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.7%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI6.7%
20 Year Net ROI$236,000
20 Year Net ROI$229,000
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
20 Year Net ROI$256,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,500
Grant Money Received74%
136.5%6.5%8.2%8.2%$227,000$227,000$253,000$253,000$90,900$91,10051%5$25,00037%
13Georgia Southern University(In-State)
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI8.2%
Annual ROI8.2%
20 Year Net ROI$227,000
20 Year Net ROI$227,000
20 Year Net ROI$253,000
20 Year Net ROI$253,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,900
Total 4 Year Cost$91,100
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$25,000
Grant Money Received37%
145.1%4.9%6.4%6.2%$225,000$221,000$254,000$250,000$132,000$137,00026%5$20,30040%
14Augusta University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI4.9%
Annual ROI6.4%
Annual ROI6.2%
20 Year Net ROI$225,000
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
20 Year Net ROI$254,000
20 Year Net ROI$250,000
Total 4 Year Cost$132,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$20,300
Grant Money Received40%
154.4%4.7%5.8%6.1%$222,000$229,000$260,000$267,000$162,000$154,00053%5$23,40057%
15Georgia State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI4.4%
Annual ROI4.7%
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI6.1%
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
20 Year Net ROI$229,000
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
20 Year Net ROI$267,000
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,400
Grant Money Received57%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

Consistently high our list of the best value colleges in the state of Georgia is the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta. 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 land high on PayScale’s list.

Head north on highway 75 from GA Tech and you will find Southern Polytechnic State University. 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. 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 17,000, compared to the 25,000 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.

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. 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.


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