Colleges & Programs in Atlanta

Atlanta is home to over 30 institutions of higher learning. The city has firmly planted itself as the cultural, business, and learning center of the south, as the population has soared to over 6 million people within the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Atlanta boasts some of the top college and university programs in the country. Institutions like Emory, Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College are home to some of the brightest minds in the United States. Many of their programs are cutting edge and have influenced many. Below we review some of the colleges and programs in Atlanta.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology is more commonly known as Georgia Tech. Founded in 1885, the school initially only offering an engineering degree. Today, Georgia Tech houses six schools with 30 plus departments. The school has a strong emphasis in math and science disciplines and is consistently ranked in the top 10 of all public universities nationwide, with such prestigious programs as:

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • MBA
  • Non Linear Dynamics Physics

Of its 20,000-strong undergraduate and graduate student population, there are over twice as many males as females, which is typical for most engineering schools. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) that encourage females to go into typically male dominated career fields.


Georgia Tech is classified as a highly active research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Several startup companies and new technologies have come to fruition as a result of cutting edge research conducted at Tech. The Milken Institute ranks Georgia Tech 4th for startup companies and 8th in patents. The campus boasts high tech facilities such as the:

Work Experience

Georgia Tech is also highly renowned for its programs that give students real world work experience in their fields of studying.

The Undergraduate Cooperative Education Program is run by the Division of Professional Practice and is the largest and oldest division of its kind in higher education. The undergraduate program is five years and lets students alternate every semester between taking classes and working full-time with employers.

The Graduate Cooperative Education Program was established in 1983 and is the largest program if its kind. This program gives students pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate degree the opportunity to spend two semesters working with an employer in their field of study.

Emory University

is located in the Atlanta metropolitan area and is one of the most prestigious private research universities in the country. The school was founded by a group of Methodists in 1836 and was named after Methodist bishop John Emory. The school suffered from several financial setbacks until the President of the Coca-Cola Company Asa Candler gave Emory a large land grant and moved the school to the Atlanta area in 1915.

Emory’s undergraduate program has consistently been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. Newsweek has named it one of the 25 “New Ivies” - a select group of schools that are at the Ivy League level of academic excellence.

Approximately 17,000 students are enrolled at Emory. Its medical, law and business programs are also highly decorated and very difficult to be admitted to. The Goizueta Business School was ranked #7 by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Its collaborative engineering program allows Emory students to enroll at Georgia Tech for engineering courses, while attending Emory. Upon graduation students receive a dual degree in business and engineering.