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11 best universities in Atlanta, GA for foreign students. Description, rankings, 2024 fees

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A lot of young people from all over the world are going overseas for the "American dream". The opportunity to get a higher education in England or the USA is given to everyone who is ready to invest in their own future – top universities in Atlanta, USA, are open to foreign applicants, they are, in fact, international.

Higher education, like secondary education in the USA, has several distinctive features that attract foreign students:

  • First of all, higher education in the USA is an exceptional quality of education. It is in US top universities that 75% of modern Nobel laureates, practicing scientists and businessmen teach. 78 American universities are among the world's TOP.
  • Comfort environment of education and living: social and legal protection of foreign students, high-quality medical care, comfortable accommodation conditions.
  • The variety of opportunities: in addition to educational process, students are provided with optimal conditions for creative, physical development, campuses have all the necessary infrastructure for this.


An important aspect in obtaining higher education in the USA is the possibility of a future student to adapt to life in the country, to master the local culture and traditions, that is, a foreign student will need help to plan admission to a US university and additional knowledge about transitional training programs (if neccessary).

The choice of a preparatory pre-university program in the United States should be approached with special attention, since American universities provide different requirements for foreign students: higher education in the United States is open to foreign citizens, but has specific features.

Higher education in the USA

Choosing a decent and high-quality university and obtaining higher education in the USA is quite simple, because every college and university cares about reputation and offers only high qualified educational staff and the latest learning technologies. But it is very difficult for international applicants to orient themselves in a variety of specialization options and requirements without the advice of professional consultants.

Students from all over the world aspire to America in order to get a higher education in America, get the necessary profession and build a brilliant career in the future. Foreign applicants can get a high-quality higher education in America in the specialties that are most in demand today in the global labor market. Best private universities in Atlanta themselves are most famous for providing educational services in professions from the field of business and technology. Often, they choose well-known institutions leading the world rankings as a possible university. This is not a completely rational approach, since to enroll in Harvard or Yale, foreign students need to make huge efforts and continue education for several years. A more pragmatic approach is to choose higher education in the United States at a pleasant cost.

As a rule, when enrolling in higher education programs in America, no entrance exams are required, it is enough to pass the SAT with school-level questions. International students can get a bachelor's degree after 4 years of study, having mastered an average of up to thirty disciplines. Each subject is studied for a semester, and in the third year students take detailed courses in their chosen specialty.

The higher education system in Atlanta, America

Students in the top universities in Atlanta are given the opportunity to choose a large number of disciplines within a specific specialty. The higher education system in America is represented by educational institutions of 4 categories:

  • Universities in Atlanta, including several faculties or colleges that prepare bachelors, masters and doctors;
  • Colleges. The educational process in colleges lasts, as in the bachelor's degree, 4 years;
  • Technical educational institutions. They offer a wide range of programs. The duration of education is from six months to 4 years;
  • Municipal colleges. After two years of study in them, international students can enroll in a classical college for a 4-year curriculum.


If we talk about the most prestigious, expensive and in-demand specialties in the USA with the highest competition, we can certainly mention:

  • Law;
  • IT technology;
  • Medicine;
  • Music education;
  • All industries related to business and finance.


Usually in the USA the academic year begins at the end of August / beginning of September, and ends at the end of May / beginning of June. The academic year divides into 3 periods (trimesters) or even 4 (quarters).

Higher education in the USA: preparatory programs for students

A foreign applicant can enroll in an American university and get a higher education in the USA in several ways:

  • Complete a pre-university program after school;
  • Transfer from a local university to a smaller course;
  • Apply for a master's degree or doctorate after graduating from a university in own country.


All these possible ways of obtaining higher education in America provide for different educational programs and include a variety of requirements. Each category has its own rules and a set of necessary documents. The right choice of the preparatory program will help foreign applicants to save not only money, but also time.


High School Diploma Programme

The classic high school program (from 10th to 12th grade) in American schools, which allows, by analogy with the A-level program in England, to prepare at the highest level for enrollment in rating universities and higher education in the United States.



Many applicants consider Pathway to be the most popular pre-university educational program, which, after 1-2 semesters of intensive study at the university, makes it possible to go immediately to the 2nd semester (or second year) of the university. International applicants are required to have a school certificate with good grades and 5.5 IELTS (possibly 61 – 79 TOEFL).


University Transfer Programme

An analogue of the British IDP (International Diploma program) program, which prepares foreign students for 1 year to transfer to the 2nd year of the bachelor's program, while allowing them to save a year and get used to life in a foreign country.



The basic difference between the Foundation program in the USA and the British one is its focus on language education, and not on comprehensive knowledge for the university. In one year, the applicant improves academic English and prepares for language tests. Applicants will be asked to present school certificate and pass IELTS 5.0. Alternatively, they can pass TOEFL with a success rate of 70-80 points.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

In America, six subjects are intensively studied at the international program of preparation for higher education, and the duration of the educational course is 2 years. Successful completion of the IB allows students to apply not only for prestigious universities in Atlanta, but also for other prestigious institutions in the world. The program enrolls foreign students who have provided a certificate with high grades and passed IELTIS 5.5 and higher. It is acceptable to pass the TOEFL language test for 40 – 45 points.


Pre-Masters or Pre-MBA


Master's or doctorate degree programs allow studying only after receiving a foreign diploma of higher education. Foreign students can apply for these programs after completing higher education. A mandatory requirement is to have a bachelor's degree and IELTS at the 6.0 level (or TOEFL 550 PBT/213 CBT/81 IBT). The educational process can last 6 or 9 months, depending on the level of English. Pre-MBA requires two years of experience in a managerial position.


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Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2024

World University Rank US Rank University City State
2 1 Stanford University Stanford California
3 2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
4 3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
5 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
7 5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
8 6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
9 7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
10 8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
12 9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
13 10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
15 11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
17 12 Columbia University New York City New York
19 13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
=20 14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
22 15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
24 16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
26 17 New York University New York City New York
28 18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
29 19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
33 20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
38 21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
44 22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
48 23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
49 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
50 25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
53 26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
=54 27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
=56 28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
61 29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
=64 30 University of California, Davis Davis California
68 31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
=80 32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
=85 =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
=85 =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
90 35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
=94 36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
=98 37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
=101 38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
105 39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
=111 40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
=114 41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
117 42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
120 43 Georgetown University   Washington D.C
=121 44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
=124 45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
=124 =45 Rice University Houston Texas
=131 47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
=133 48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
=140 49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
=147 50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

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2 Oxford
3 St Andrews
4 London School of Economics
5 Imperial College London
6 Loughborough
7 Durham
8 Lancaster
9 University of Bath
10 East Anglia (UEA)
11 University College London
12 Warwick
13 Exeter
14 Birmingham
15 Bristol
16 Edinburgh
17 Leeds
18 Manchester
19 Southampton
20 Glasgow
21 King's College London
22 Nottingham
23 York
24 Newcastle
25 Royal Holloway, University of London
26 East Anglia (UEA)
27 Aberdeen
28 Queen's University Belfast
29 Sheffield
30 Heriot-Watt
31 Cardiff
32 Dundee
33 Swansea
34 Liverpool
35 Surrey
36 Queen Mary, University of London
37 SOAS University of London
38 Leicester
39 Reading
40 Sussex
41 Essex
42 Harper Adams University
43 Aston
44 University for the Creative Arts
45 University of Stirling
46 Nottingham Trent
47 Kent
48 Arts University Bournemouth
49 Oxford Brookes
50 Lincoln
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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