There are 57 colleges and universities in metro Atlanta which enroll over 220,000 students annually. Metro Atlanta ranks 7th among the largest U.S. metros in biological/biomedical science degrees awarded, total college enrollment and total degrees awarded, and Atlanta is 2nd in growth in biological/biomedical science degrees granted.

For a comprehensive description of the programs listed below, see the MAC’s Bioscience Community brochure.

Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University (CAU), formed in 1988, is a result of the consolidation of two independent historically black institutions - Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). The University, largest of the 39-member UNCF colleges, is a United Methodist Church-affiliated, comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning with a predominantly African-American heritage.


Emory University

Emory is home to nine major academic divisions, numerous centers for advanced study, and a host of prestigious affiliated institutions. Emory’s internationally known medical school has $312 million in funded health science research and is ranked in the top 20 grant recipients from the National Institute of Health. 


Georgia Health Sciences University

Founded in 1828, the Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) is the 13th-oldest continuously operating medical school in the United States and the third-oldest in the Southeast. MCG, Georgia’s health sciences university, has more than 2,400 students in five schools: Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Studies and Nursing. Students come from most of Georgia’s 159 counties. Students from other states and foreign countries comprise approximately 2 percent of MCG’s student body.


Georgia Institute of Technology

One of the nation’s top research universities, Georgia Tech’s campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of Atlanta, where more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education. Georgia Tech is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 public universities in the U.S.


Georgia State University

Located in downtown Atlanta, this research university has an enrollment of more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students in six colleges and is the second largest university in the state.


Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Ga., was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for social mission based on its production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. MSM trains physicians, biomedical scientists and public health practitioners to improve the health and well-being of people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia and the nation.