Augusta University is Georgia’s innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on three campuses in Augusta and satellite locations across the state. Groundbreaking research at Augusta is dedicated to improving and enriching the human experience as we seek to create a healthier, more prosperous Georgia. More than 8,000 students choose Augusta for experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.
Paine College, which also holds firm footing on the landscape of Augusta’s history and future, co-exists with AU to validate Augusta’s status as a true college town. Established in 1882 by the United Methodist Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to train African-American teachers and clergy, Paine College today offers a private undergraduate liberal arts education to a diversifying student population. The 57-acre campus hosts close to 900 students seeking degrees in business administration, humanities, social sciences, education, natural sciences and mathematics.
With an enrollment of about 6,000 students, Augusta Technical College has the distinction of being the only technical school in Georgia to win the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Award of Excellence. Augusta Technical College has been named a Silver-level Military Friendly® School Award recipient in the category of Community Colleges for 2017. Augusta Tech offers a FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, as well as a Nuclear Engineering Technology Program, partnering with Southern Company, Georgia Power, Plant Vogtle and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to train and place graduates. They received a $54 million dollar software grant from Siemens for the Virtual Simulation Process Control Flow Loop lab for engineering technology. Recently, Augusta Tech introduced the following new programs: Agribusiness, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Sonography.
Other opportunities for higher education abound in the Augusta area. Several private colleges with extensive campuses provide courses of study designed for traditional and non-traditional students. Virginia College, University of Phoenix, Georgia Military College, Brenau University, Miller-Motte Technical College, and Troy University meet the ever increasing demand for higher education. Commuting to the University of Georgia in Athens takes about one-and-a-half hours and Georgia Southern, in Statesboro, is about a two-hour drive. Attending classes at the University of South Carolina in Aiken or Columbia is easily managed with only an hour’s drive from Augusta.