Metro Atlanta’s higher education system is a vital component to the economic success of the region

With over 275,000 students enrolled in 66 institutions, our colleges and universities fuel our businesses with talent, discovery and innovation. The research undertaken by Human Capital Research Corporation in 2013 confi rms Metro Atlanta’s top ten position for all key indicators for higher education. Importantly, in fi ve short years, our higher education system has grown research and development expenditures by 46%. Metro Atlanta leads the nation in growth in enrollment of African American students and in continuing education opportunities. The region excels at graduating engineers with the third highest number of bachelors degrees awarded in the nation. Our strength in engineering, coupled with being the 4th fastest-growing metro for technology degrees awarded and the establishment of Atlanta as the nation’s leading digital media super-hub, sets the metro Atlanta region as a national leader for innovation.