The Top Small Colleges and Universities in Georgia
Wesleyan College, Berry College, Agnes Scott College, Spelman College, Morehouse College
it comes to growth and progress, the state of Georgia is at the top of its game. Top students come from all over the country to enjoy the big cities, small towns, and scenic landscapes of Georgia from the barrier islands of the shore to Georgia’s mountain ranges. In addition to the natural landscape, there is plenty of big city culture and emphasis on Georgia arts, theater, music, nightlife and entertainment. With many fine public and private colleges and universities statewide, students are able to choose from a range of schools ranging from large research universities to small liberal arts schools. Some of the most popular areas of study across the board in Georgia schools, especially small colleges and universities are health and allied services, social sciences and history, engineering, arts, and business and commerce.
Wesleyan College, home of the first female recipient of a college degree Catherine Brewer Benson, was established in 1836. In fact, Wesleyan’s very motto states “First for Women.” This private women’s college, located in the heart of Macon, Georgia is home to slightly more than 700 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Wesleyan Pioneers have the honor of being the home of the very first sororities, the Adelphean Society, now Alpha Delta Pi, and the Philomathean Society, now Phi Mu. Students from more than 20 countries have travelled to Macon to study at Wesleyan in the more than 60 undergraduate majors, minors and pre-professional programs offered. An affiliate of the United Methodist Church, Wesleyan has been named several times as amongst the best US colleges by the Princeton Review, and by Forbes. The Wesleyan Pioneers field six NCAA Division III varsity sports teams in basketball, cross-country, tennis, volleyball, softball, and an equestrian team.
Founded in 1902 by Martha Berry, Berry College is a four-year private liberal arts college. Located in Rome, Georgia, Berry College has the distinction of being home to the largest recorded college campus in the world. Campus features include forests, and Lavender Mountain, traversed with trails for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding amongst other outdoor activities. Once a rural school for boys, today this coeducational institution offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, and Educational Specialist degrees. A member of the Annapolis Group, Berry is ranked by the US News and World Report amongst ‘Top Liberal Arts Colleges.’ The Berry College Vikings field competitive NCAA Division II sports teams in women’s and men’s basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, cross-country and track, as well as men’s baseball, and women’s volleyball, equestrian, softball, swimming and diving. Many students will already recognize the Berry campus which has appeared in such films as ‘Remember the Titans,’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ amongst others.
A private, undergraduate college Agnes Scott is located in the heart of downtown Decatur, in the metro-Atlanta area. Founded in 1889, Agnes Scott College is a women’s liberal arts college which enrolls just under 1,000 students who study within more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors towards Bachelor of Arts degrees. Due to its Presbyterian Church association and long history, Agnes Scott is amongst the ‘Seven Sisters of the South,’ and the 90 acre campus can be found on the National Register of Historic Places. The modern pride of the Agnes Scott campus is the Bradley Observatory, and the Beck Telescope and planetarium found within. Several special programs are offered through Agnes Scott such as Master of Arts coeducational graduate programs, and joint undergraduate degrees with other prestigious Georgia colleges and universities such as Emory University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Agnes Scott has been ranked by Kiplinger, the US News and World Report, and the Princeton Review. Agnes Scott fields NCAA Division III athletic teams in basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball.
A member of the Atlanta University Center consortium, Spelman College is a historically black liberal arts college for women, and was the first school of its kind to receive a collegiate charter in 1924. This four-year college was founded in 1881, and today is ranked amongst the top US colleges and universities by both Forbes and the US News and World Report. Set on a lovely 39 acre campus, Spelman features a number of important historic buildings such as Packard Hall, Bessie Strong Hall, Sisters Chapel, and the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Building. Spelman students can study towards undergraduate Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in a variety of fields, and features majors like Comparative Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, Human Services, Biochemistry, and Dual Degree Engineering. On campus students get involved with over 80 student organizations including honor societies, publications and media, religious organizations, international and social organizations, and NCAA Division III athletics as the Jaguars in volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, cross-country, golf and basketball.
This historically black, private liberal arts college for men was formed in 1867, and is today located in Atlanta, Georgia. One of only three traditional men’s colleges in the country, Morehouse is home to under 3,000 total students. Morehouse is a member of the Black Ivy League, and the Atlanta University Center. Students at Morehouse work towards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in nearly 30 fields, and a College Honors Program is offered for exceptional students. Morehouse has been ranked as a top college by Black Enterprise magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Kaplan Inc., Forbes, the Huffington Post, the US World and News Report and The Washington Monthly. The Morehouse Maroon Tigers, or Tigersharks, compete in NCAA Division II athletics and field teams in football, baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field, and golf.
A private liberal arts college located in Atlanta, Georgia, Oglethorpe University was chartered in 1835. Named after Georgia’s founder, James Edward Oglethorpe, the Gothic revival architecture of the Oglethorpe campus has earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Points of interest on campus include the permanent home of Georgia Shakespeare the Conant Performing Arts Center, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and Hermance Stadium. An oddity of the Oglethorpe campus is the Crypt of Civilization time capsule located on campus, scheduled to be opened in 8113 AD. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels (a seabird) compete in NCAA Division III athletics in 14 sports including a successful men’s golf team.
Established in 1955, the Lady Scots or Scots of Covenant College study at this four-year Christian college which specializes in the liberal arts. Originally founded in Pasadena, California, the campus migrated to Lookout Mountain, Georgia in 1965. An institution of the Presbyterian Church in America, Covenant College offers both Associate and Bachelor of Arts, Science, and Music degrees, as well as Master of Education degrees and pre-professional programs. Covenant fields intercollegiate sports teams in men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, tennis, basketball, and golf, as well as men’s baseball, and women’s softball and volleyball. The Scots and Lady Scots compete in NCAA Division III.
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