As the largest state east of the Mississippi River, Georgia has had plenty of room not only to grow its population, but also to grow its number of educational institutions. Georgia has over 100 colleges and universities—both private and public—and over 20 English language programs. The state of Georgia supports four major research universities and tens of four-year and two-year colleges. Esteemed private institutions such as Emory University and Mercer University also exist, and some schools are even designed exclusively for the education of women.
Georgia schools consistently appear in the top “rankings sections” of publications like The US News and World Report, Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s, The Economist and BusinessWeek. In fact, US News and World Report recently ranked Georgia Tech as number seven in the nation among public universities and Emory University ranked 20th in the US among private and public universities. Other schools in the state ranked very high as well, but the accolades are too numerous to list.
Because of the quality of Georgia institutions, the state has partnered with many schools to help grow the state’s biotech, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Beyond the strengths in these fields, Georgia institutions are equally distinguished in other areas, especially the arts, social sciences and humanities, evidenced by school partnerships with museums, music organizations, and law and human rights centers. Most notably, the Carter Center has a permanent relationship with Emory University.