Higher Education & Training

Post-Secondary Organizations Providing Life-Changing Education

Columbia County and the Augusta MSA are home to numerous higher education institutions that offer distinguished degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as business and industry training programs.

    Augusta Technical College

Augusta Technical College is a two-year college that serves the needs of industries and the public in a five-county area in east Central Georgia. They aid in economic development by providing programs that specialize in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing, Business, Public Safety, Early Childhood Education, Arts & Sciences, Learning Support & Personal Services, Information Technology, and Industrial & Engineering Technology. Augusta Technical College provides Associate of Science and Applied Science degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates. It is the only technical school in Georgia to have won the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Award of Excellence. It is also Columbia County’s local partner to QuickStart, which provides free customized training to qualified businesses in Georgia.

    Augusta University

Augusta University, formerly Georgia Regents University, offers 43 undergraduate, 34 graduate, and 18 doctoral and professional programs through nine colleges and schools. The University boasts nationally ranked business and nursing schools, as well as the state’s flagship public medical school, the Medical College of Georgia, and the State’s only dental school. Founded in 1828, the university started with just seven students. Those who now attend are keenly focused on excellence in health sciences, cyber security, business, and the humanities.  The university recently established a separate college for computer and cyber sciences. Watch the following video for an update as to how Augusta University is          working to meet the cyber security workforce demands.


In addition to Augusta University and Augusta Technical College, there are a plethora of other colleges and universities in the area that offer degree and training programs. Higher Learning Abounds in the Augusta MSA

  • University of South Carolina Aiken is a liberal arts institution established in 1961 in response to citizens wanting local higher education options. In 1977, the university was fully accredited as a senior college and continues to grant baccalaureate degrees in 48 programs of study. USC Aiken has ranked in the top three public baccalaureate colleges in the South in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for nineteen consecutive years. It is also one of the fastest growing institutions in the USC system with over 4,000 students.
  • Aiken Technical College is a public, two-year, comprehensive institution aimed at educational, economic, and professional development. The college supports growth by educating students for entry into the workforce with the use of facilities like their CSRA Manufacturing and Technology Training Center and the Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing. Industries may partner with ATC through their Technical Scholars Initiative in order to educate and graduate technicians in fields where shortages exist.
  • Paine College is a church-related historically black college that offers a liberal arts education. The institution offers degrees in arts and sciences, business administration, and education. Paine College has served the Augusta region for over 132 years, often addressing educational needs to underrepresented and unprivileged corners of the community.
  • Georgia Military College, an accredited public-independent liberal arts college, was voted 9th best community college by CNN Money and 9th fastest growing community college by Community College Week. The college prides itself on average class sizes of just 18 students and now offers an Associate Degree in Cyber Security, a field of study particularly pertinent in Columbia County.
  • Brenau University is a liberal-arts based institution that was founded in 1878. The university offers doctorate and M.F.A. degrees, as well as master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degrees. Professional certifications are offered in more than 50 areas of study. There are five colleges contained within Brenau University: College of Business and Mass Communication, College of Education, College of Fine Arts & Humanities, College of Health Sciences, and a Women’s College. The university has been lauded and ranked by U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges, and The Princeton Review as one of the top higher education values in the Southeast.
  • Other colleges in the area include: University of Phoenix, Troy University, Strayer University, Virginia College, Southern Wesleyan University and more.