Using science and data, we can tell you which colleges in GA offer the best opportunities for economics majors.
You know there are a ton of great reasons to major in economics — the job prospects, the intellectual challenge, and the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.
We at Zippia decided to take a look at the data on the 201 institutions of higher learning in the Peach State to determine which programs offer the best career opportunities for economics majors.
After the dust settled, we’re left with this set of the top colleges for economics majors in Georgia:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best economics programs the Peach State has to offer.
Economics is, at its core, the study of choice under constraints. When it comes to identifying the best economics schools we wanted to approach the ranking like economics major would, by looking at data on how schools perform and comparing them to one another.
What better way to optimize your choice?
So with that mind, we looked at the following data from the NCES (National Center For Education Statistics) and College Scorecard data from ED.gov to understand what economics department offer the best career opportunities:
It’s hard to argue with a selective school that features economics and produces strong earning potential for your career.
After we had this data, we looked at the 201 institutions of higher learning in Georgia. We then ranked each of these schools for each of the criteria above with 1 being the best in any given criteria.
Next, we averaged the ranks for each school to create an “Economics Quality Index”. The school with the best score on the “Economics Quality Index”, University of Georgia, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Economics’ in Georgia.
The University of Georgia’s flagship campus leads the way of all economics programs in the state of Georgia. House in the university’s Terry College of Business, econ grads can expect to earn the 4th-highest salaries when they go out into the real world. The graduation rank among its economics students is also the 2nd-highest in the state at a whopping 83%.
Plus, this is the 3rd-most affordable program.
Emory’s Economics Department is part of its College of Arts and Sciences. It’s about twice as hard to get into Emory’s Econ Department as it is at UGA’s. And 90% of econ students make it all the way to graduation, which is the highest rate in Georgia. That’s the sign of a solid program.
Math geeks who want up close and personal attention would thrive at private Oglethorpe, located in Atlanta. Oglethorpe grads command the highest salaries once they leave the economics department for their first jobs.
A very well respected program, Georgia State’s econ department is above average in every category we measured. The best news? It’s the 5th-least expensive economics department in Georgia. That’s great news for every math nerd out there.
This Christian liberal arts college in Lookout Mountain gets high marks for the number of econ graduates who are still working in their field a decade after leaving school. Only one other program – Oglethorpe – sees its former economics students still representing their department that far down the road.
Armstrong State is the 2nd-most affordable economics degree in the state of Georgia, and students complete their degrees with the lowest amount of debt in the state, too. Plus, grads enter the workforce earning the 5th-highest salaries.
A bonus? You get to live in Savannah.
Female math nerds would fit right in at the University of West Georgia, where the student population is two-thirds women. You know who else would fit in here? Thrifty students who value a solid education. This is the most inexpensive economics program in Georgia.
This liberal arts school in Atlanta is the 2nd-hardest to get into and has the 4th-highest graduation rate (68%) in the state. Economics graduates leave school and immediately earn the 4th-highest real world salaries.
Wesleyan is a liberal arts college in Macon. It earns high marks for a low admission rate (43%), making it one of the most exclusive programs in Georgia. Often, exclusivity is a sign of greatness.
Wesleyan economics graduates also have the 3rd-highest salaries a decade after beginning their careers.
Georgia Southern’s economics program is well respected by real-world employers and by budget conscious students. It’s the 3rd-least expensive program, but students see their salaries very much competitive when they get those first number-crunching jobs.
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