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Hooray for Georgia! The Peach State has a huge number of online degrees & distance learning initiatives that are intended to help students succeed. In our short guide to choosing an online program in Georgia, you’ll find info about all of ’em, including Georgia ONmyLINE, eCore, eMajor, and the ACM-EC. Looking for accredited options that won’t break the bank? Check out our coverage of top affordable universities. Worried about your return on investment? Skim through our profiles of online Georgia schools with quality concerns.

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech offers online master's degrees in aerospace engineering, computational science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, medical physics and operations research. Degree requirements for these programs are completed entirely online, with students learning from pre-recorded lectures and class discussions. Online students are, however, required to take exams with an approved proctor. The master's program in medical physics also requires that students complete clinical rotations at a hospital or clinic in their local area. The online Master of Science in Computer Science is delivered in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format and is the first professional M.S. in Computer Science offered in this format. The online computer science master's program has been made extremely affordable, with tuition costing significantly less than its on-campus counterpart. Students enrolled in the program are also eligible for financial aid, as are students in Georgia Tech's other online master's programs.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University has more than 500 courses online, allowing students to earn more than 70 degrees and certificates. Programs are available at all levels, from bachelor's degrees to doctorates. Online programs are offered in a range of disciplines, including business, education, and engineering and technology. Online courses follow the same semester calendar that is used on campus, although online students do not usually have to be logged into their computer at a set time for their classes. Instructors who teach online classes have completed extra training in how to design and teach online classes. In fact, in 2015, Kennesaw State was honored for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching by the Online Learning Consortium.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


University of West Georgia

University of West Georgia offers several fully online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate students can earn Bachelor of Science degrees in sociology or criminology, both of which are offered 100 percent online. Online master's degrees are available in early childhood education, school library media, reading instruction, music education, applied computer science, nursing, instructional technology and business administration. Online doctoral degrees are available in professional counseling and supervision, school improvement and nursing education. Additionally, UWG offers three online specialist degrees, five online certificate programs and one professional endorsement. Online students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program can complete all of their core requirements through eCore, with each course requiring between one and two proctored exams. Certain degrees do have on-campus requirements, such as the online doctoral degrees, which require one or more on-campus orientations. At UWG, online students from out-of-state are charged the same tuition rates as in-state students. Online students at UWG are eligible for financial aid, including loans, scholarships and fellowships.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University offers 43 online degree programs, including online bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees, undergraduate certificates, graduate certificates and professional endorsements. Bachelor's degrees are available in criminal justice, French language and literature, human capital performance, legal assistant studies, management, office administration and technology, organizational leadership and Spanish language and literature. Online master's degrees are available in subjects like adult and career education, criminal justice, early childhood education, business administration, health and physical education, healthcare administration, instructional technology, library and information science, public administration and special education. Additionally, doctoral degrees are available in educational leadership and public administration. Online courses at Valdosta State are offered over 95% online, with occasional on-campus requirements. Students working toward undergraduate degrees complete their general education requirements via eCore, which stands for electronic core curriculum. Courses in eCore are conducted entirely online except for occasional proctored exams. After completing eCore, undergraduate students begin eMajor courses, which are delivered online and allow students to earn college credit for previous life or educational experiences through Prior Learning Assessments. Online students are charged an eTuition rate, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Online students can cover the costs of eTuition courses with financial aid, including the Hope Scholarship.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University offers a Bachelor of General Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and an R.N. to B.S.N. online. GSU also offers over 30 online graduate degrees, professional endorsements and certificates, including an M.B.A., an M.S. in Applied Economics, M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in early childhood education, instructional technology, middle grades education, special education, reading education and secondary education, M.S. degrees in kinesiology, nursing and sport management, an M.S. in Computer Science, an M.S.A.E. in Engineering Management and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. While most of these programs can be completed entirely online, some are blended programs that combine online and in-person learning. Blended programs include the M.S.A.E. in Engineering Management, the M.S. in Kinesiology with a specialization in P.E., the M.S. in Nursing and the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. Additionally, the Ed.D in Educational Leadership is requires that up to 25 percent of instruction be delivered on campus, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree requires the completion of a week-long on-campus intensive that usually takes place during the summer. Online undergraduate students are eligible for financial aid support such as grants, scholarships and loans, while online graduate students are eligible primarily for loans.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 93.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

20,459 Students


Columbus State University

Columbus State University offers an extensive list of graduate degrees that can be earned online, and it has a shorter list of online bachelor's programs. Undergrads can earn degrees in business, liberal arts with three tracks, and a few other subjects. Many of the graduate programs are for educators, including master's programs, education specialist degrees, and a variety of teacher endorsements. CSU also offers multiple tracks in programs leading to master's degrees in nursing, applied computer science, and public administration. Some of the online courses are hosted by Georgia Online Virtual Instruction Enterprise Wide, or GoVIEW, a state-wide collaboration, and CSU students may meet students from other Georgia universities in their GoVIEW classes.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Georgia Northwestern Technical College specializes in training students for the workforce, and its online offerings reflect that focus. Five Associate of Applied Science degrees are available 100 percent online, as are six diplomas in essentially the same areas, such as accounting, logistics and supply chain management, and website design and development. Diploma programs require fewer credits than an associate degree, so students can complete the program faster. Students looking to acquire job skills even faster can earn one of about two dozen technical certificates of credit in skills as diverse as construction management, tax preparation, or Microsoft. These short-term programs range from three or four courses up to about 10 courses, depending upon the topic.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Brenau University

Brenau University offers 16 online degree programs, as well as online courses in nearly every subject. Online undergraduate degrees include an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, business administration, human resources management or marketing. Online graduate degrees include an Educational Specialist degree in early childhood education, Master of Business Administration degrees in accounting, healthcare management, insurance management and project management, Master of Education degrees in early childhood education and middle grades education, a Master of Fine Arts in Interior design and a Master of Science in Applied Gerontology. Brenau's online programs have no on-campus requirements and include accelerated classes that can be completed in seven weeks. Online classes are offered asynchronously, which gives students more scheduling flexibility. Online students are eligible for financial aid and additional resources such as tutoring, counseling and career services.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Albany Technical College

Albany Technical College offers online programs in the fields of public safety and business services. The Public Safety Department has diploma and associate degree programs in law enforcement technology and fire science technology. Students seeking a career in business or industry can earn a diploma or degree in fields such as logistics, accounting, or business management. Albany Tech has received a grant from the Department of Education to enhance its online learning services, including redesigning online courses and adding tools such as tutoring and advising for online students.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Columbus Technical College

Columbus Technical College's mission is to prepare individuals for the workforce, and it boasts a 97 percent job placement rate. Online Associate of Applied Science degrees take four or five semesters and allow students to gain knowledge and skills in areas such as business or health care. The online Diploma in Business Management is a slightly shorter program, three semesters, that prepares students for an entry-level management job in specializations such as small business, human resources, or operations management. Students who don't have the computer skills needed for distance learning can take a free web-based course that will walk them through the systems and procedures they need to know.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Clayton State University

Admission into Clayton State University's online bachelor's degree programs depends upon a student's educational background. Applicants who have an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Technology can enter the Bachelor of Applied Science program in administrative management (with concentrations in organizational leadership or applied criminal justice) or in technology management (with concentrations in project supervision, aviation administration, or computer networking). Students with some college credit but no degree can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies or a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, and both programs accept up to 90 transfer credits. Clayton State also offers online programs allowing registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and registered dental hygienists to earn a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The college also offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology through the University System of Georgia's WebBSIT program. Master's degrees offered through online learning are the Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Archival Studies. Clayton State is also affiliated with eCore, a Georgia program that provides the first two years of basic curriculum coursework online.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design offers degrees in 16 different fields through its online degree programs. Some of the programs offer a variety of degree options, including bachelor's, master's, certificates, and Master of Fine Arts options. Courses are delivered in a 10-week format. Classes are offered asynchronously, with students able to access content at any time of day or night as long as they meet class deadlines. SCAD offers bachelor's degrees in advertising, animation, graphic design, interactive design and game development, photography, and sequential art. Master of Art degrees are offered in animation, business design and arts leadership, design management, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interactive design and game development, interior design, luxury and fashion management, motion media design, photography, and preservation design. SCAD students can earn an M.F.A. in animation, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interactive design and game development, motion media design, painting, photography, and writing. Online SCAD students have access to career resources, including virtual workshops and a career adviser who will help them with job search and interviewing skills.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia Southwestern University has completely online degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. The online MBA is a 30-credit program, although students who did not major in business as undergrads may have to take prerequisite courses in accounting, business statistics, business finance, and principals of accounting. Georgia Southwestern requires MBA applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores unless they graduated from an AASCB-accredited program with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The School of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with four tracks: nursing education, nursing leadership/management, nursing informatics, and family nurse practitioner. Nurses may enter the program as full-time or part-time students, and the university has a certificate option in nursing education and nursing informatics. The online undergraduate degrees are offered through eMajor, a collaborative program of the University System of Georgia. These programs are designed for working adults. All the classes required for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice are available online, and the program is a collaboration with Dalton State College. The eMajor leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration is open to students with an associate degree in business. Students can major in accounting, human resource management, marketing, or management.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


West Georgia Technical College

West Georgia Technical College's online offerings are amplified by its membership in the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC), meaning fully online diplomas and associate degrees can be cobbled together in programs as diverse as Accounting and Fire Science Technology. As a member of the Technical College System of Georgia, students looking to move onto a baccalaureate program elsewhere can also stock up on online general education credits in English, history and other subjects; WGTC holds articulation agreements with most four-year universities in the state.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Lanier Technical College

Lanier Technical College has a mission to provide a technical education that benefits workers and employers in its North Georgia service area. More than two dozen programs are available in a 100-percent online format, including programs that lead to certificates, technical diplomas, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. In some cases, students can choose from several levels of programs, depending upon their ultimate goals. For instance, students interested in criminal justice can earn a certificate in one semester, a diploma in five semesters, or a degree in six semesters. Online programs are available in a range of topics, including some designed for fire officers or emergency management personnel. Students who want to gain business skills can also find online programs.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Mercer University

Students seeking a 100 percent online degree have a choice of two bachelor's degrees and 10 graduate degrees offered by Mercer University. While courses are delivered online, students may have to attend an on-campus orientation and some classes may be delivered in a synchronous format, requiring students to be online at a scheduled time to participate in the class. Online students are assigned a faculty adviser and have access to online library services, academic support services, career services, and personal counseling services. Online students may also use facilities on the Mercer campuses in Atlanta or Macon, Georgia, if they are convenient to them. Online degrees include Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and B.S. in Psychology. Graduate students can earn a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Informatics, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Master of Public Health, M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership, M.S. in Software Systems, M.S. in Technical Communication Management, MBA, Master of Science in Engineering in Software Engineering, or an Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education. Teachers can also earn several endorsements online.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


University of Georgia

The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia (UGA) offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration program that follows a cohort model of education. Applicants must have a minimum of 60 transferrable hours from an accredited program or institution and complete 121 hours to earn the degree. The program has three entry points throughout the year - January, June, and August. The College of Education also offers an online bachelor's degree, which is the Bachelor of Science in Special Education. This is a degree completion program that begins only in the fall and requires two campus visits. Students who graduate from the program are eligible for certification in Special Education General Curriculum (PreK-12) in Georgia. The College of Education offers online Master of Education (MEd) degrees as well. At the current time, students can pursue MEd degrees in 10 areas, including adult education, applied cognition and development, and middle grades education. A Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing is available online from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. This is a low-residency program that can be completed in two years. UGA offers a number of online graduate certificates in several fields including TESOL and bio-pharma regulatory affairs.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,130 Students


Armstrong State University

Armstrong State University offers a variety of online programs leading to degree completion, graduate degrees or career-related certificates, mostly in the fields of education, health care and criminal justice. The online programs are offered in an asynchronous format, but Armstrong Online also has several features to help students become engaged and have a sense of belonging to the university community. For example, there is a first-year experience program delivered online to distance students, and an e-cafe where students can meet virtually with classmates. Online programs in education include a Master of Education with a major in curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, special education, or reading specialist education. Educators can also take online classes to earn a reading endorsement certificate, special education transition specialist endorsement, or a teacher leader endorsement certificate. In the field of health care, Armstrong Online offers bachelor's completion programs for radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, and medical laboratory technologists. Other online options include an Associate of Arts degree, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, a graduate certificate in cyber crime, and a Bachelor of Arts in French.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Georgia College & State University

The J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College and State University offers fully online master's degrees in the fields of business administration, management information systems, and logistics and supply chain management. These programs follow a cohort model of education and each degree consists of 30 semester hours. The following Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees are available online from the Department of Professional Learning and Innovation: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Educational Technology, M.Ed. in Library Media, and an M.Ed. with a concentration in secondary education. Students who already have a bachelor's degree but without education preparation, can explore the 36-credit Master of Arts in Teaching offered entirely online by the Department of Teacher Education. Two Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees are currently available - Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Ed.S. with secondary education concentration. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree offered by the School of Nursing has two majors - Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. The required clinical rotations for these programs can be completed in the student's home community. A Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (37 credits) and a Post-Master's Certificate program (31 credits) complete the online offerings of the School of Nursing.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College offers nine bachelor's degrees, three associate degrees, and two certificate programs online. All the bachelor's programs lead to a Bachelor of Science degree, and students can major in biblical studies, ministry leadership, youth ministries, business administration, counseling psychology, general studies, nonprofit business administration, organizational leadership, or sports management. Associate degrees are offered in business administration, general studies and criminal justice. The college also offers a biblical studies certificate and a cross-cultural studies certificate online. All students at TFC are expected to complete four semesters of service and outreach, even students who take all their coursework online. Online students can do their volunteer work in their home community. The college provides online students with support services including academic advising, access to a licensed professional counselor, IT support, an online librarian, and an orientation course so students learn the functionality of their online course platform. Toccoa Falls College was ranked 15th best regional college in the South and 4th best value school in the South in U.S. News and World Report's 2017 rankings of regional schools.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Reinhardt University

Reinhardt University has three online degrees, all designed for adult learners to complete work toward their bachelor's degree. Degrees available are a Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Health Care Administration. All three programs are delivered in an entirely online format with no requirements to come to campus. All classes are totally asynchronous, so students never have to arrange their schedule to attend live chats or other real-time activities. Courses last for eight weeks, and students typically take two classes at a time. Reinhardt awards academic credit for some military and first-responder training. To enter the criminal justice program, applicants must have at least 24 college credits to transfer and must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Applicants to the business administration program must have at least 30 transfer credits with a 2.0 or higher GPA and they must have at least two years of work experience. Applicants to the health care administration program are required to have 30 transfer credits. Health care administration students have the option of working an internship. Online students have access to free online tutoring, and a student success coach helps them through the college process.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Online Degrees in Georgia: What to Know

1. How to Find Online Degree Programs in Georgia Quickly

Heaps of Georgia universities participate in the online program & course catalog for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Electronic Campus. This handy catalog allows you to search for online or blended programs in Georgia, “degree completer” programs, or even a specific online course! Programs marked “E” are offered at the Electronic Rate, which means the in-state and out-of-state tuition rates are the same.

Most of the Georgia schools in the SREB-EC catalog are public universities and state colleges in the University System of Georgia (USG). However, the catalog does have online programs from a few non-profit private universities such as Brenau University, Mercer University, and Shorter University. Search the list of participating institutions for your preferred school.

2. How to Find Online Courses & Degrees in USG

Georgia ONmyLINE is an excellent database of online programs and courses offered by all of the University System of Georgia’s 29 regionally accredited institutions. You can search by degree (check out the advanced search options) or individual course. Each search result will give you info on the program’s accreditations, tuition costs, transfer opportunities, credit hours, admission steps, technical requirements—the list goes on and on! The website also has profiles of USG’s universities and state colleges and a self-assessment tool to see if you feel ready for distance learning.

3. Earn Online General Education (GE) Credits with eCore

Another great and affordable USG online initiative worth knowing about is eCore. eCore maintains a database of online General Education (GE) courses (e.g. science, English, math, etc.) offered by SACSCOC-accredited USG institutions.

eCore courses allow high school students, military & veterans, working professionals, parents, and all kinds of learners to earn GE requirements for the first two years of college on a flexible schedule. Course credits are transferable within the USG and to other regionally accredited institutions. The low tuition rate is the same for Georgia residents and non-residents.

4. Focused on a High Demand Career? Explore eMajor Programs

The University System of Georgia (USG) really wants to help distance learners! Its eMajor website is a database of affordable USG online degrees and credentials that are in high demand in the marketplace (e.g. criminal justice, business administration, etc.). Like eCore, the site has advice for future students (e.g. military & veterans) and details about the program benefits. For example, eMajor tuition is the same for students at all partner institutions. Importantly, it also talks about how students can earn and apply Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits to courses.

5. Returning to College? Check Out “Go Back. Move Ahead.”

Go Back. Move Ahead. is aimed at Georgia residents & military who wish to advance their careers, get a job, move to a new field, or simply go back to university to finish their undergraduate degree. Sponsored by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), the website has all kinds of info about career-focused on-campus and online programs offered by participating colleges in the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

But wait, there’s more! The website also has tips on seeking Financial Aid and an FAQ section with advice on earning a GED, transferring credits, qualifying for the HOPE Grant, and choosing an online program. Talk to a personal advisor to plan your online strategy.

6. Discount Tuition for Out-of-State Online Programs

Can’t find the online program that you want in Georgia? Have a look at SREB’s Academic Common Market-Electronic Campus (ACM-EC). ACM-EC allows students to take certain out-of-state online programs (e.g. Doctor of Nursing Practice) at in-state tuition rates. You can search for programs available to folks living in Georgia using the ACM-EC list.

There are a number of restrictions, however. Approved ACM-EC programs must be in one of the 15 participating SREB states. Also, if a public college or university in Georgia already offers a degree program in your chosen field of study, you won’t be eligible for discounts on tuition.

To apply, you will need to be certified as a resident of Georgia by an ACM coordinator and meet the admissions requirements of the college or university that offers the program. Visit the website for instructions.

Affordable Online Schools in Georgia

These regionally accredited online Georgia schools made both our “Top Online” and “Most Affordable” lists. That means they met our stringent criteria for quality, flexibility, price, and use of financial aid money. (You’ll see a CAG Score next to their profiles in our ranking.) If you’re finding it hard to choose, try using College Scorecard to compare stats like graduation rates and average debt loads.

  • Georgia Southern University

    USG’s section on Online Programs has links to its online undergraduate and graduate programs, but it’s the Office of Student Accounts that has the full details on tuition & fee rates for online courses in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students enrolled in USG online graduate programs (e.g. MED) and Distance Education Online programs (e.g. WebMBA) do not have to pay university or technology fees, but they do have to pay an institution fee. Students in eCore courses pay separate rates.

    If you’re looking at quality markers, USG tends to do pretty well in U.S. News & World Report rankings for its online bachelor’s and graduate programs. For example, the school often appears in Top 50 of Best Online Graduate Computer IT Programs, Best Online MBA Programs, and Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding the MBA).

  • University of Georgia

    UGA Online is your first port of call for details on online degrees and certificates, courses, and costs. Each well-organized degree page has a breakdown of tuition & fees, with a summary of the total estimated cost—tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is the same for most online programs. Along with a link to the Office of Student Financial Aid, these degree pages also offer suggestions for additional sources of tuition assistance (e.g. corporate assistance, military & veteran benefits, etc.). Check out UGA Online’s sections on Future Students and Student Resources for more financial tips.

    UGA Online does a particularly good job with its undergraduate degrees. In U.S. News & World Report’s summary of UGA’s Online Program rankings, you’ll see that UGA is often in the Top 40 of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. It also frequently scores in the Top 10 of Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

Online Schools in Georgia with Accreditation & Quality Concerns

Whether it’s in Georgia or another state, make sure your online school is fully accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). Although national accreditation applies to distance learning institutions, regional accreditation is the gold standard, especially if you’re planning to transfer course credits.

A number of online Christian colleges and universities in Georgia (e.g. Andersonville Theological Seminary & Oval Bible College) hold no recognized form of accreditations from the USDE or CHEA. We’ve listed some other schools with accreditation and quality concerns below.

  • The Art Institute of Atlanta

    The Art Institute of Atlanta is a for-profit institution owned and operated by Education Management Corporation. This organization has been criticized in the past for its aggressive & misleading recruitment practices. The Art Institute is regionally accredited by SACSCOC, but SACSCOC continued to place the school on Warning in December 2015 because of concerns about the institution’s financial stability. This Warning will be reviewed in December 2016.

  • Herzing University (Atlanta Campus)

    According to the CHEA Database, Herzing University does have regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). However, College Scorecard reports that the Atlanta campus has a low graduation rate. Herzing was profiled in The Century Foundation’s 2015 report, The Covert For-Profit, after the school changed its status from profit to non-profit.

  • Morris Brown College

    Morris Brown College lost its SACSCOC accreditation in 2002 due to financial instability, and—as of 2016—it has not regained it. It does not appear in College Scorecard or the CHEA Database.

  • Paine College

    In June 2016, SACSCOC revoked Paine College’s regional accreditation due to issues concerning financial control and stability. However, in September 2016, a federal judge granted an injunction that allowed Paine College to remain regionally accredited, but still on Probation. College Scorecard reports that the school has a low graduation rate and low percentage of students paying down their debt within three years of leaving school.

  • Rushmore University

    Rushmore University does not appear in College Scorecard or the CHEA Database, and it holds no recognized national or regional accreditations. This so-called university is based in the Cayman Islands.

  • South University (Savannah Campus)

    South University is regionally accredited, but SACSCOC continued to place the school on Warning in December 2015 because of concerns about the Savannah institution’s financial stability. College Scorecard reports that the Savannah campus has a very low graduation rate and a lower than average percentage of students paying down their debt within three years.

  • Strayer University (Multiple Campuses)

    Strayer University is a for-profit university based out of Washington, D.C. Although Strayer is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), it has a large number of complaints on Consumer Affairs. College Scorecard reports that the Atlanta Campus has a very low graduation rate and a low percentage of students returning after the first year.

  • University of Phoenix (Atlanta/Sandy Springs Campus)

    University of Phoenix is a for-profit institution headquartered in Arizona. According to the CHEA Database, it is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), but it has been the target of a number of lawsuits throughout the years. College Scorecard reports that the Sandy Springs campus has a low graduation rate and a lower than average number of students paying down their debt within three years of graduation.

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Distance Learning Resources

  • Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG): ALG is a University System of Georgia (USG) initiative to provide low-cost textbook alternatives to students. These free open educational resources (OER) are offered online through through library & subscription services like MERLOT, GALILEO, and USG libraries.
  • GATRACS: Run by GAfutures, GATRACS Transfer Student Planner is an online tool that’s designed to help you plan & track course credit transfers between participating institutions, including private/independent universities. High school students can also use it to decide which Move on When Ready (MOWR) courses they should take.
  • Georgia Virtual School (GAVS): GAVS offers online middle school- and high school-level courses across Georgia, including 100+ courses in core content areas, world languages, CTAE, AP, and electives. GAVS is run by the Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Technology Services (OTS) and accredited by SACSCASI.

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