Public College System
The public college network in the state of Georgia which is overseen by Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was established in 1931 in a reorganisation of state government. This body oversees 13 state universities, four research universities, seven state colleges, two regional universities and nine two-year colleges.
The research universities form the elite of Georgia's public college system, with the largest of these being Atlanta University. The University of Georgia in Athens is the oldest state chartered university in Georgia, as well the entire United States. Georgia State University is located in Atlanta. The Georgia Institute of Technology and the Georgia Health Sciences University complete the quartet of research universities.
The oldest educational institution is Augusta State University. although this was a two-year college for much of its history, even though it traces its past to the late 18th Century.
There are also some colleges with an African-American tradition and history. One of the most noteworth of these is Savannah State University. Also in Savannah, though not with its neighbour's African-American tradition, is Armstrong Atlantic State University, which was founded in 1935.
Technical and Communtiy Colleges
There are a range of other further and higher education schools in Georgia. There are 26 colleges in the Technical College system of Georgia, with further information available on the organisation's official website: Tcsg.edu.
Community colleges also operate in the public sector, and are established all over the state, serving local communities. Examples of such colleges include Georgia Highlands College in the town of Rome, and Georgia Perimeter College in suburban Atlanta. Downtown Bainbridge and beyond is served by another in the shape of Bainbridge College.
There are also a number of two-year junior colleges which are in the public sector. One of these is South Georgia College, which is situated in the town of Douglas.
In addition to the public Georgia universities, there are a number of private Georgia colleges, offering a variety of philosophical, theological and cultural filters through which to filter a prospective student's education.
One notable such college is Oglethorpe University, which was chartered in 1835, and named after the state of Georgia's founder, James Edward Oglethorpe.
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