Georgia's 2015 Higher Education Directory
Higher education institutions in Georgia span the spectrum, from the 30 public colleges of the University System of Georgia (USG) that serve nearly 313,000 students and the 22-school Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that serves nearly 150,000 students to the private and for-profit schools scattered throughout the state.
For the fourth year in a row, tuition at the majority of USG schools – 20 of them – was set to increase by 2.5 percent in fall 2015, while tuition increased between 3 percent and 9 percent at the other 10 schools. TCSG tuition remains $89 per credit hour.
Mergers continue to make news as they have in past years. Southern Polytechnic State University merged with Kennesaw State University in Cobb County in January, and Southwest Georgia Technical College merged with Moultrie Technical College to become Southern Regional Technical College in July. Set to merge in January 2016 are Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College.
Education officials project that by 2020 more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate or degree – up from 42 percent today. Coupled with the TCSG’s internationally acclaimed Quick Start program, which partners with incoming industry to provide customized training, Georgia’s higher education institutions can expect to see more students walking their halls in the future.
The 2015 Higher Education Directory was compiled by Stacey Hudson. It includes degree-granting schools that have a physical presence in Georgia and are eligible for HOPE scholarship enrollments. Listings include contact information, test score requirements, tuition costs and courses of study, all based on information provided by the institutions. N/A indicates information was not available or is not applicable. – Karen Kirkpatrick