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Agnes Scott College

Founded: 1889 Agnes Scott College
Nickname/Mascot: Scotties
Colors: Purple, White
Motto: "Now add to your faith, virtue, and to virtue knowledge" (2 Peter 1:5)
Location: Decatur
Founded in 1889 as the Decatur Female Seminary by Presbyterian minister Frank H. Gaines, the name changed to Agnes Scott to honor the mother of the schools' primary benefactor, Colonel George Washington Scott. Agnes Scott Institute became the name in 1890, and institute was changed to college in 1906 to create the current Agnes Scott College. The school sits in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, and is considered one of the Seven Sisters of the South.

Albany State University

Founded: 1903 Albany State University
Nickname/Mascot: Golden Rams
Colors: Blue, Gold
Motto: Potential, Realized
Location: Albany
Albany State was a central point of gathering for the civil rights movement in the area which was known as the Albany Movement.

Augusta State University

Founded: 1784 Augusta State University
Nickname/Mascot: Jaguars
Colors: Blue, White
Location: Augusta
Augusta State University is the oldest institution of higher education in the state of Georgia.

Berry College

Founded: 1902 Berry College
Nickname/Mascot: Vikings
Colors: Silver, Blue
Motto: Not to be Ministered Unto, but to Minister
Location: Rome (Unincorporated Floyd County)
Berry College is considered the largest contiguous campus in the world at more than 26,000 acres. Every student is guaranteed a job on campus through the student employment program.

Brenau University

Founded: 1878 Brenau University
Nickname/Mascot: Golden Tigers
Colors: Gold, Black
Motto: As Gold Refined by Fire
Location: Gainesville
A woman's university in Gainesville, it was founded in 1878 as Georgia Baptist Female Seminary but it has never been affiliated with the Baptist Church.

Clark Atlanta University

Founded: 1865 Clark Atlanta University
Nickname/Mascot: Black Panthers
Colors: Red, Black, Gray
Motto: I'll Find a Way or Make One
Location: Atlanta
Clark College and Atlanta University merged in 1988, but apparently did not have any creativity for renaming the school.

Clayton State University

Founded: 1969 Clayton State University
Nickname/Mascot: Lakers
Colors: Laker Blue, Georgia Clay
Location: Morrow
The school was commuter only until the first residence hall was opened in 2008.

Columbus State University

Founded: 1958 Columbus State University
Nickname/Mascot: Cougars/Cody Cougar
Colors: Red, White, Blue
Location: Columbus

Emory University

Founded: 1836 Emory University
Nickname/Mascot: Eagles
Colors: Blue, Gold
Motto: Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam
(The wise heart will possess knowledge)
Location: Druid Hills
Emory has a history of attracting world figures to teach on campus, including the Dali Lama, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Salman Rushdie.

Fort Valley State University

Founded: 1895 Fort Valley University
Nickname/Mascot: Wildcats
Colors: Royal Blue, Gold
Location: Fort Valley
Fort Valley is an Historically Black University in the center of Georgia in Peach County, onetime center for the Georgia Peach industry.

Georgia College & State University

Founded: 1889 Georgia College & State University
Nickname/Mascot: Bobcats
Colors: Navy Blue, Hunter Green
Motto: Georgia's Public Liberal Arts University
Location: Milledgeville
Located in the former Georgia capital of Milledgeville, the school wants to have it both ways and be a college AND a university. Make up your mind!

Georgia Institute of Technology

Founded: 1885 Georgia Tech
Nickname/Mascot: Yellow Jackets / Buzz
Colors: White, Old Gold
Motto: Progress and Service
Location: Atlanta
Georgia Tech is the only school in Georgia that can boast a U.S. President among the school's alumni.

Georgia Southwestern State University

Founded: 1906 Georgia Southwestern State University
Nickname/Mascot: Hurricanes
Colors: Navy, Gold, Silver
Location: Americus
Georgia Southwestern in Americus covers, you guessed it, education in the southwestern part of the state.

Georgia State University

Founded: 1913 Georgia State University
Nickname/Mascot: Panthers/Pounce
Colors: Blue, Whtie
Motto: Veritas Valet Et Vincet
(Truth is Valuable and Shall Overcome)
Location: Atlanta
Georgia State University sits in the heart of Atlanta. Many of the housing buildings of the 1996 Olympics served as dormitories for the school until it built its own closer to campus.

Interdenominational Theological Center

Founded: 1958 Interdenominational Theological Center
Location: Atlanta
ITC was founded in 1958 through the mutual efforts of four denominations, representing four seminaries, whose mission was to educate Christian leaders for ministry and service in the Church and the global community. The center has strong ties with several Historically Black Universities in Atlanta.

Kennesaw State University

Founded: 1963 Kennesaw State University
Nickname/Mascot: Owls/ Scrappy
Colors: Black, Gold
Location: Kennesaw

LaGrange College

Founded: 1831 LaGrange College
Nickname/Mascot: Panthers
Colors: Red, Black
Motto: Challenging the mind. Inspiring the soul.
Location: LaGrange
In the continued history of imaginative names for schools, LaGrange College can be found in, you guessed it, LaGrange, Georgia. It is the oldest non-tax supported institution of higher education in the state.

Life University

Founded: 1974 Life University

Life Univeristy Hands
Location: Marietta
In 1974 Dr. Williams was told to get a life. He did them one better by founding Life University, now the largest educational institution serving the chiropractic profession. Not tries to give this institution a hand, but finds that it already has two huge ones outside.

Macon State College

Founded: 1965 Macon State College
Nickname/Mascot: Mustang
Colors: Blue, Gold
Location: Macon

Medical College of Georgia

Founded: 1828 Medical College of Georgia
Color: Blue
Location: Augusta
The Medical College of Georgia is the 13th oldest medical school in the nation.

Mercer University

Founded: 1833 Mercer University

Mercer College 2
Nickname/Mascot: Bears / Toby the Bear
Colors: Orange, Black
Location: Macon
Mercer was one of the few colleges and universities, and the only one in Georgia, to remain open during the Civil War.

Morehouse College

Founded: 1867 Morehouse College
Nickname/Mascot: Maroon Tigers
Colors: Maroon, White
Motto: El Facta Est Lux
(And There Was Light)
Location: Atlanta
Morehouse is one of the most prestigious Historically Black Colleges in the nation and counts among its alumni Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also one of only 4 remaining traditionally male colleges in the natuon.

Morehouse School Of Medicine

Founded: 1975 Morehouse College of Medicine
Location: Atlanta
Originally founded as part of Morehouse College in 1975, the School of Medicine became an independent entity in 1981.

Morris Brown College

Founded: 1881 Morris Brown College
Nickname/Mascot: Wolverines
Colors: Purple, Black
Location: Atlanta
The school in downtown Atlanta has suffered since loosing its accreditation in 2002 because of financial mismanagement by the administration.

North Georgia College & State University

Founded: 1873 North Georgia College & State University
Nickname/Mascot: Saints
Colors: Blue, White
Motto: Courage Never Quits
Location: Dahlonega
Nestled in the hills of Dahlonega, the North Georgia College and State University is the second oldest public higher education institution in Georgia, and was the first public college to admit women in the state.

Oglethorpe University

Founded: 1835 Oglethorpe University
Nickname/Mascot: Stormy Petrel / "Petey"
Colors: Black, Gold
Motto: Necsit Cedere
(He Does Not Know How To Give Up)
Location: Brookhaven
Oglethorpe, known for its annual Shakespeare Festival, is named for the founder of Georgia, James Oglethorpe.

The university's mascot is the Stormy Petrel, a seabird said to have been admired by James Oglethorpe for its hardiness and courage. It is the only bird known to fly into a hurricane; the oil on its wings provides a coating against the harsh winds and rain. In March 2002, ESPN's David Lloyd named the Stormy Petrel as one of the most memorable college mascot names of all time, second only to the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz. (per Wikipedia)

Oxford College of Emory University

Founded: 1836 Oxford Emory
Motto: Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam
(The wise heart seeks knowledge, [Proverbs 18:15])
Location: Oxford
Oxford College is no relation to the more famous cousin above, was originally Emory College in Oxford, Georgia until Emory moved to Atlanta in 1919 and the college became the College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University. The junior college was founded here in 1929 and is called Oxford College of Emory University.

Paine College

Founded: 1882 Paine College
Nickname/Mascot: Lions
Colors: Purple, White
Motto: Rejoicing in Hope
Location: Augusta
An Historically Black College in Augusta.

Piedmont College

Founded: 1897 Piedmont College
Nickname/Mascot: Lions
Colors: Dark Green, Gold
Location: Demorest
Originally founded as J.S. Green Collegiate Institute, that proved to be more than a mouthful, so the school's name was changed to Piedmont College in 1902.

Reinhardt College

Founded: 1883 Reinhardt Duck
Nickname/Mascot: Eagles
Colors: Blue, Gold
Location: Waleska
Among the school's alumni is Frank Gordy, founder of the famous Atlanta eatery the Varsity.

Shorter College

Founded: 1873 Shorter College
Nickname/Mascot: Hawks
Colors: Columbia Blue, White, Bright Gold
Location: Rome
No, NOT did not have to take a shorter bus to visit the school.

Spelman College

Founded: 1881 Spelman College
Nickname/Mascot: Jaguars
Colors: Columbia Blue, White
Motto: Our Whole School for Christ
Location: Atlanta
Spelman is considered the top female Historically Black College in the nation, complimenting Morehouse for the men.

Tift College

Founded: 1849 Tift College
Closed: 1987
Location: Forsythe
After educating for 137 years, Tift College in central Georgia closed down when it merged with Mercer University in 1986.

University of Georgia

Founded: 1785 UGa
Nickname/Mascot: Bulldogs / Uga
Colors: Red, Black
Motto: Et docere et rerum exquirere causas
(To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things)
Location: Athens
UGA claims the title of the oldest university in the country, but is in a fight with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which while chartered second, was the first to admit students. Arch at UGA

University of West Georgia

Founded: 1906 U West Ga 2

University of West Georgia
Nickname/Mascot: Wolves / Wolfie"
Colors: Red, Blue
Motto: Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment
Location: Carrolton
The University of West Georgia was originally founded as the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School in 1906 in response to a call for "more realistic educational programs for rural youth" ages 13-21.


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