Best Online Colleges in Georgia 2021

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Online colleges make earning a degree more obtainable for many learners. Schools that offer online programs often attract talented enrollees from across the U.S. and sometimes the world. A well-educated workforce benefits businesses and contributes significantly to the local, national, and global economy.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that bachelor’s degree-holders earn higher median salaries ($1,250 per week) than associate-trained workers ($890 per week) or individuals with some college but no degree ($880 per week). Bachelor’s degree-holders also benefit from a lower unemployment rate of only 2.2% versus 2.7% for associate-trained employees and 3.3% for workers with some college but no degree.

Online colleges in Georgia typically require distance and on-campus students to fulfill the same requirements. Read on to learn more about the best online colleges in Georgia.

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FAQs

  • Can online colleges be regionally accredited?

    Yes. Online programs offered by regionally accredited institutions are covered under the school’s accreditation.

  • How much does it cost to get an online degree?

    Several factors impact the cost of an online or on-campus degree. Online enrollees generally save on added living and transportation costs and onsite fees.

  • Can you go to college in Georgia for free?

    The HOPE Career Grant (formerly Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) offers free tuition for Georgia residents enrolling in one of the approved programs of study. Approved programs include early childhood care, health science, and practical nursing.

  • Is an online degree as good as an on-campus degree?

    Yes. Colleges and universities offering online versions of on-campus degrees typically follow only one curriculum for both programs, so the rigor and education quality remain the same.


Top 4-Year Colleges in Georgia

  1. University of Georgia
    Location

    Athens, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the state's oldest college, as well as its most comprehensive and diversified. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, UGA is home to 17 schools and colleges as well as one of the nation's finest research libraries. An extensive selection of online courses, certificates and degrees are offered in a range of subjects such as education, business administration, writing, psychology, health sciences and the arts.

    Programs are designed for convenience, so that students may complete coursework from anywhere and at times that fit into their schedules, while still maintaining high academic standards. Small class sizes ensure students can maximize interactions with peers and instructors. UGA also serves students with online-specific resources, including advisers, online career self-assessments and a dedicated librarian for online learners.

  2. Georgia Institute of Technology
    Location

    Atlanta, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Georgia Institute of Technology, a leading research university specializing in advanced science and technology studies, offers online learners a variety of options. These include massive open online courses (MOOCs) taught by the school's world-class faculty and offered through Coursera, Udacity and edX; these courses may be completed anytime, from anywhere in the world, at no cost. Specialized online programs in high school math, professional skill certifications and summer undergraduate studies are also available. Students in all disciplines - even those not enrolled in online degree programs - may also choose from numerous individual online courses.

    Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Tech has also teamed up with Udacity and AT&T to develop a unique degree offering: a master of science in computer science that is earned through the massive-online format, at a significantly reduced tuition rate compared to on-campus programs. Additionally, the school now offers an online master's degree in analytics through edX, as well as a master's degree in computational science and engineering, which are possible to complete fully online depending on which specialization courses are chosen.

  3. University of North Georgia
    Location

    Dahlonega, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    This regional, multi-campus institution offers several fully online certificates, associate degrees and master's degrees - primarily in education, health and human services and the arts and sciences - as well as an RN-to-BSN bachelor's degree program. Online courses at the University of North Georgia are taught strictly by UNG professors, using the same curricula taught on campus, which meet standards from UNG's accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    Some fully online courses at UNG still may require students to complete proctored exams on campus. Core requirement courses also may be completed online through eCore, a statewide system that enables students to take introductory-level courses offered online from any of its institutions; for these classes, students use free, open educational resources and digital textbooks. Online students also have access to 100% online tutoring services, as well as the Online Student Ambassadors, an organization created to promote off-campus activities for online students, in order to foster student relationships and mentoring.

  4. Georgia Southern University
    Location

    Statesboro, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Founded as an agricultural and mechanical college in 1908, Georgia Southern University has grown to be one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in Georgia with a designation as a Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Foundation. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and many individual programs have additional, specialized accreditations. In addition to a wide array of individual courses that may be delivered online or in a hybrid format (combining online and on-campus instruction), GSU also offers three fully online undergraduate programs - interdisciplinary studies, information technology and an RN-to-BSN - as well as more than 30 fully online graduate programs in areas including business administration, education, health and human sciences, engineering and information technology, and liberal arts and social sciences.

    GSU's online courses and programs enable students to complete coursework from anywhere, without sacrificing quality: online courses are taught by the same GSU faculty that teach on-campus courses. The majority of online courses utilize an asynchronous format, so that materials may be accessed at any time, although some instruction-for instance, in the online RN-to-BSN program-is done synchronously (in real time).

  5. Georgia College
    Location

    Milledgeville, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Georgia College and State University (GCSU) is designated as Georgia's public liberal arts university by the Georgia Board of Regents. Current online degree offerings through GCSU include several master's degrees, in subjects including criminal justice, music, business, public administration, education and nursing; and an RN-BSN program for nursing students. The college itself is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the nursing program has additional accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Georgia Board of Nursing.

    The RN-BSN program is designed for nurses who hold associate or diploma degrees in nursing and current RN licenses. Graduation from this nursing program requires 120 credit hours, including credit hours transferred in. Although this program is offered 100% online, students will have opportunities for optional campus visits. Since GCSU is part of the University System of Georgia, students interested in other online bachelor's degrees can access programs through other GCSU system colleges.

  6. Brenau University
    Location

    Gainesville, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    There are currently 16 online degree programs at Brenau University at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The bachelor's degrees offered online are career-oriented, and considered full-time, 100% online programs. However, students may participate in practicums, field work or other activities such as student teaching as part of graduation requirements. Online courses are delivered through the Canvas system and are in accelerated, 7-week sessions with a cap of 20 students.

    All programs have liberal education requirements that are broken down into specific categories, with courses such as reasoning, fitness, language, global awareness and civic engagement. Students must meet university admission requirements, and most programs have a GPA requirement of 2.5 for high school students, and a 2.0 for college transfer students, with exception of the childhood education and nursing programs, which require a 2.75 GPA from college transcripts. Also of note is Brenau's commitment to instructional quality; all instructors are certified to teach online after satisfactorily completing a 4-week certification class.

  7. Columbus State University
    Location

    Columbus, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Columbus State University (CSU) students have good variety of online degree options, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Bachelor's degree-seeking students can choose from 4-year programs in business, communications, information technology, liberal arts, nursing or sociology. Specialty tracks include international business, military and global issues, humanities and social science, and communication studies. These programs typically follow the on-campus semester schedules in a synchronous format, with exception of the nursing program.

    The RN-BSN nursing program is a CCNE-accredited, asynchronous, 12-month program with clinical rotations required prior to graduation. As part of the Georgia State University System (GSU), students can take advantage of courses through other colleges in the system, which all use GoView for online course delivery. Students seeking online bachelor's degrees can complete all general education credits online for a reduced per-credit cost through the system's eCore program. CSU students can also access online courses offered by colleges in other states through State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA).

  8. Georgia Southwestern State University
    Location

    Americus, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Georgia Southwestern State University's (GSW) online bachelor's degree programs are career-focused, and geared towards transfer students, military and spouses, students working full time or others needing extra flexibility. Accelerated online degrees are offered through eMajor, the collaborative partnership between schools within the University System of Georgia, designed to meet the workplace needs of Georgia and beyond. Areas of online study include business, criminal justice, information technology (WebBSIT) and nursing.

    Programs are fully online and vary in length, based on prior learning credits transferred in and enrollment. Per-credit costs are reduced for eMajor students, and students can keep costs down further by applying to several in-house scholarships and for out-of-state tuition waivers. Another option for 4-year-degree seekers is the ecore system, which allows students to complete all general education courses online, with reduced tuition and free textbooks. Courses through ecore and eMajor can be in asynchronous or synchronous format and use GoView for course delivery.

  9. Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus
    Location

    Savannah, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University (GSU) recently joined to become one college. The Armstrong campus is one of the 3 GSU campuses. It is located in Savannah. Students interested in a bachelor's degree can complete courses 100% online or in a blended format, depending on students' individual needs. Degrees offered include RN-BSN, BS in information technology and BA in interdisciplinary studies. The latter offers increased flexibility and is a great choice for transfer students and adult learners.

    Students can choose 3 areas of specialization for upper-division course requirements, from the options of business, criminal justice, sociology, writing, instructional technology and public administration. Programs will have different admission requirements and vary in length; an example is the Information Technology program, which requires completed prerequisites prior to starting the program and takes 2 years to complete. Online courses are managed through GoView, the University System of Georgia virtual instruction system, and are delivered through Desire2Learn.

  10. Albany State University
    Location

    Albany, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Albany State University offers 4-year online degree options in nursing, health and human performance, management information systems and technology, organizational leadership and social work. The organizational leadership degree offers areas of concentration in health care or public service administration and office administration and technology. These degrees are available completely online, with the exception of the BSN, social work and health and human performance, which have core requirements online and major courses in-person.

    Online courses are delivered through GeorgiaVIEW and programs have recommended course tracks. Programs vary slightly in the amount of credit hours required, and may have different admission requirements. Students can transfer in credits to shorten program length, and credit may be given to those with military training and relevant life experience. Specific graduation requirements also vary, with some requiring practicum and field work, such as the social work and nursing programs.


Top 2-Year Colleges in Georgia

  1. Perimeter College at Georgia State University
    Location

    Atlanta, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  2. Albany Technical College
    Location

    Albany, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  3. Georgia Piedmont Technical College
    Location

    Clarkston, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  4. Georgia Northwestern Technical College
    Location

    Rome, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  5. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
    Location

    Valdosta, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  6. Southern Crescent Technical College
    Location

    Griffin, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  7. Columbus Technical College
    Location

    Columbus, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  8. Atlanta Technical College
    Location

    Atlanta, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  9. Ogeechee Technical College
    Location

    Statesboro, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

  10. Augusta Technical College
    Location

    Augusta, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$


What Are the Goals of an Online Degree?

Like online colleges in other states, online colleges in Georgia maintain the same standards of quality and rigor as brick-and-mortar schools. A diploma for an online program does not mention the mode of delivery. Some educators observe that online students often need greater discipline and determination since they are responsible for more aspects of the learning process on their own.

Several colleges and universities offer online programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Students looking for short certification programs to refresh their skills or meet licensure or job requirements can discover many such programs available online.


Why Get an Online Degree?

Online enrollees often cite affordability and flexibility as the two main reasons for pursuing a degree off campus. See below for a few benefits of enrolling in an online program.

Multiple Starting Dates
Many online colleges in Georgia follow a rolling admission policy and offer multiple starting dates, enabling learners to enroll as soon as they receive admission to a program.
Accelerated Pace
Many online programs follow eight-week delivery schedules rather than the traditional 16-week schedule. Students can enroll in twice as many units in the same amount of time, completing their program and entering the workforce sooner.
Flexible Schedule
Online classes sometimes run asynchronously, allowing enrollees to access course materials and complete assignments at their convenience.
Increased Degree Options
The opportunity to pursue a degree not offered at a local college or university increases a student’s professional options after graduation.
More Affordability
Even if schools maintain the same tuition for their off-campus and on-campus programs, online enrollees still save on additional living and transportation costs. Additionally, they often gain access to many of the financial aid programs available to their onsite counterparts.


What Are the Requirements for an Online School?

Most Georgia online colleges require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores, transcripts, and recommendation letters. STEM programs often require a minimum 3.0 GPA. Schools offering programs in specialized fields, such as the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), also require applicants to submit a portfolio of their work.

Culminating activities for many online colleges in Georgia include passing a comprehensive exam or completing a capstone project. SCAD requires students to submit a piece of artwork in their area of professional interest.

How Does College Accreditation Work?

Scholarships for Online Students

Many online colleges make scholarship opportunities available to their off-campus and on-campus enrollees. In addition, online students can explore financial aid programs from state and local agencies, professional associations, and private nonprofit organizations. See below for some scholarship opportunities for students pursuing a degree at an online college in Georgia.

HOPE Grant Program

Who Can Apply: The Georgia Student Finance Commision (GSFC) welcomes applications from Georgia residents pursuing an undergraduate degree at an eligible two-year or four-year college in the state. Applicants must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA throughout their enrollment in the program. GSFC accepts applications from part-time and full-time students.

Amount: Varies



Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Program

Who Can Apply: More than 200 accredited colleges and universities throughout nine southern states (including Georgia) help administer this grant program specifically for female college students. The program maintains a special interest in the health education field, although applicants who meet other criteria and pursue a degree in a non-health arena can also apply. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Amount: Varies



NACME Scholars Program

Who Can Apply: The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholars Program provides financial aid to minority students enrolled in an engineering or computer science program at a partner university. Applicants need a cumulative 2.8 GPA or higher and must be of African American, American Indian, or Latino descent.

Amount: Varies

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