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Last Updated: July 05, 2021

Georgia - Peach State

Situated on the southeastern shoreline of America, Georgia has a humid subtropical climate. Owing to its location summers are hot and humid while the winters are cooler in this state. The percentage of daily humidity in Georgia is not very high. It is eminently nicknamed the Peach state because of its production of one of the finest peaches. The state of Georgia is, therefore, widely known for its agricultural activities and is also famous for its huge production of peanuts and pecans. With its contrasting landscapes, profusely rich flora and fauna, and diversity in cultures, the state of Georgia is an interesting place to live in. According to the United States Census Bureau, there has been a 1.32% increase in the population of Georgia within a year. The capital of Georgia, Atlanta, is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Home Depot, United Parcel Service, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Aflac, and Genuine Parts among others.

Georgia is also acknowledged for some of the most prestigious colleges and universities that offer quality education. You can reach your highest educational potential for almost every academic field of your interest in the top universities and colleges such as Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta), Emory University (Atlanta), University of Georgia (Athens), Georgia State University (Atlanta), Berry College (Mount Berry), and many others.

Major Cities


Best known as the "City in a Forest", Atlanta is the largest city in Georgia and the State's capital. Apart from its picturesque greenery, it is recognized for being a cultural, commercial, as well as a transportation hub. Esteemed universities located here, such as George Institute of Technology, Emory University, George State University, also make Atlanta an important center for education.


A city named after the Princess of Wales, Princess Augusta, it is the second-largest city in Georgia. "The Garden City of the South" is not only well known for its famous golf tournaments but is also acknowledged as an industrial city. Augusta State University, Augusta Technical College, Paine College are some of the renowned colleges and universities in the city.


Another major city in Georgia, Savannah is commonly known for its rich history, art, architecture, and beautiful landscapes, and is, therefore, a notable tourist center. It is also known for its educational institutions, namely, Savannah College of Art and Design, Armstrong State University, Savannah State University.


Situated in the Muscogee county of the State of Georgia, Columbus is famously known as the Fountain City. It is named after the renowned Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, and is also a booming hub for a wide range of tourist attractions namely, National Infantry Museum, Springer Opera House, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and so on.

Economy/Job Market

After a period of economic stagnation during the pandemic, the State of Georgia seems to be recovering from it, showing significant growth and progress in the economy. Although Georgia has a lower-than-average unemployment rate, the growing numbers of jobs in varying industries are bound to make the economy of the state strong. The top 5 employments out of the 20 fastest-growing jobs in Georgia are in the field of the computer industry while the rest is related to the health care sector. Additionally, 50% of these jobs have more than average wages.

Major industries

Agriculture is a major industry in Georgia and is famous the world over as the top producer of peanuts and pecans. Gainesville, which falls in the northeast of Georgia, is known as the Poultry Capital of the World. Apart from agriculture, Georgia excels in the fields of mining, energy, aerospace, and healthcare.

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Georgia

The fees structure for in-state students is different as compared to that for out-state students. The fees for in states student is comparatively lower. To be more specific the tuition fees for out states candidate is almost double the amount paid by in-state candidates. At Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, for instance, the in-state tuition fee for undergraduate students is $14,000 and the out-of-state tuition fee is $36,000. The concept of in-state tuition fees is applicable only to public universities. However, for private universities, the fees structure for all candidates coming from any part of the world is the same. When it comes to the cost of living in the state, it is much less than the nationwide average. Living costs may also vary depending on the location and other requirements.

List of few major universities/colleges

This American state is truly one of the best places for international students to get their graduate and master's degree. Georgia boasts 34 state universities and 32 private universities. Most of the universities and colleges in the state are predominantly good for studying biomedical and health sciences. The majority of the top schools in Georgia are located in the large metro hub of the state, Atlanta. Several Georgia colleges and universities are considered to be the best Southeastern colleges, offering quality education to their students. Following are the top five universities in the state of Georgia:

Scholarships and financial aid for students

Based on several categorical aspects such as academic merit and monetary needs, various scholarship programs and grants (also known as 'gift aid') are made available to assist students with respect to their requirements. Most grants are provided by the State government considering specific requirements. These are most beneficial for the residents of the state. The ' Free Application For Federal Student Aid ' (FAFSA) is to be filled by the residents of Georgia prior to the application for any kind of financial aid. It is to be taken into consideration that various universities also have their own scholarship programs available for all students, be it international, in-state, or out-of-state students. The candidate should contact the financial aid office of their respective colleges/universities to know about the eligibility criteria and further details.

International Students

As many as 16,000 foreign students attend the universities in Georgia, with Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and Georgia State University being the top three. Here, most of the students come from China, India, and South Korea, followed by France. The details and processes of admission vary depending on the University. Almost all Universities in the USA require TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for international students. TOEFL is waived for countries whose native language is English Like UK, Australia, Canada. International students require an F-1 visa for attending academic institutions. This visa allows them to stay in the United States while being enrolled as a full-time student. All students with F-1 visas are allowed to work part-time during courses and full-time during vacations to support tuition and other expenses. Other visa types include J-1 visas for exchange students and M-1 visas for non-academic studies.


The state of Georgia is the mecca of a wide range of one of the finest tourist attractions and landscapes, a blend of beautiful cities, forests, and rich history. Studying in Georgia will be a blessing in disguise for the students as they shall explore and discover the beauty of this state. The popular destinations worth visiting are the Coca-Cola museum, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Augusta National Golf Club, the world's largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanic Garden, and so much more.

Universities & Colleges in Georgia

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (Atlanta) 38951$13590 / $35545$17772 / $33454
Emory University (Atlanta) 16024$56454 / $56454$45999 / $45999
University of Georgia (Athens) 42708$13590 / $33454$12545 / $29272
Georgia State University (Atlanta) 40505$10454 / $26136$10454 / $26136
Berry College (Mount Berry) 2245$33454 / $33454$11499 / $11499
Covenant College (Lookout Mountain) 1106$37636 / $37636$17772 / $17772
Mercer University (Macon) 9767$27181 / $27181$16727 / $16727
Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville) 8066$10454 / $30318$8363 / $21954
Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah) 16065$40772 / $40772$40772 / $40772
Georgia Southern University (Statesboro) 30628$7318 / $18818$8363 / $22999
Oglethorpe University (Atlanta) 1155$35545 / $35545$N/A / $N/A
LaGrange College (Lagrange) 1201$33454 / $33454$21954 / $21954
Piedmont College (Demorest) 3357$28227 / $28227$11499 / $11499
Reinhardt University (Waleska) 1755$26136 / $26136$10454 / $10454
Valdosta State University (Valdosta) 13397$7318 / $18818$7318 / $19863
Shorter University (Rome) 1787$24045 / $24045$13590 / $13590
Truett-McConnell College (Cleveland) 3466$22999 / $22999$8363 / $8363
Georgia Southwestern State University (Americus) 3646$6272 / $17772$5227 / $16727
Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta) 4202$25090 / $25090$18818 / $18818
Spelman College (Atlanta) 2144$28227 / $28227$N/A / $N/A
Armstrong State University (Savannah) 7103$6272 / $16727$6272 / $16727
Brenau University (Gainesville) 3672$33454 / $33454$14636 / $14636
Savannah State University (Savannah) 4645$6272 / $17772$6272 / $15681
Young Harris College (Young Harris) 1204$30318 / $30318$N/A / $N/A
Morehouse College (Atlanta) 2167$28227 / $28227$N/A / $N/A
University of West Georgia (Carrollton) 16353$7318 / $18818$7318 / $19863
Point University (West Point) 2636$22999 / $22999$13590 / $13590
Columbus State University (Columbus) 9926$7318 / $18818$9409 / $14636
Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa Falls) 937$21954 / $21954$N/A / $N/A
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton) 3393$4181 / $11499$N/A / $N/A
Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley) 3049$6272 / $17772$5227 / $14636
College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick) 3131$4181 / $11499$N/A / $N/A
Life University (Marietta) 3494$14636 / $14636$10454 / $10454
Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs) 884$19863 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
Gordon State College (Barnesville) 4084$4181 / $11499$N/A / $N/A
Albany State University (Albany) 7576$6272 / $17772$6272 / $16727
Paine College (Augusta) 555$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
Wesleyan College (Macon) 708$21954 / $21954$28227 / $28227
Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta) 452$N/A / $N/A$26136 / $26136
Southern Polytechnic State University (Marietta) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Clayton State University (Morrow) 8550$6272 / $17772$8363 / $14636
Herzing University-Atlanta (Atlanta) 1455$15681 / $15681$12545 / $12545
Shorter University-College of Adult & Professional Programs (Marietta) 523$10454 / $10454$12545 / $12545
American InterContinental University-Atlanta (Atlanta) 3964$13590 / $13590$22999 / $22999
South University-Savannah (Savannah) 1546$18818 / $18818$16727 / $16727
The Art Institute of Atlanta (Atlanta) 2249$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-Atlanta (Atlanta) 1484$14636 / $14636$14636 / $14636
Bauder College (Atlanta) 42$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur) 189$N/A / $N/A$14636 / $14636
Westwood College-Northlake (Atlanta) 0$16727 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Agnes Scott College (Decatur) 1076$44954 / $44954$17772 / $17772
Thomas University (Thomasville) 2395$17772 / $17772$13590 / $13590
Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta) 256$N/A / $N/A$14636 / $14636
Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Westwood College-Atlanta Peachtree Center Campus (Atlanta) 0$16727 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Beulah Heights University (Atlanta) 591$11499 / $11499$11499 / $11499
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (Atlanta) 522$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Luther Rice University & Seminary (Lithonia) 1179$9409 / $9409$6272 / $6272
Brewton-Parker College (Mount Vernon) 616$17772 / $17772$N/A / $N/A
Dalton State College (Dalton) 5044$4181 / $11499$N/A / $N/A
Georgia Gwinnett College (Lawrenceville) 11468$5227 / $14636$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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