Life University
Covenant College
Thomas University
Shorter University
Point Univ
Paine College
Young Harris
Wesleyan College
Point University
Toccoa Falls College
Spelman College
Thomas University
Truett-McConnell University
Shorter University
Reinhardt University
Piedmont College
Paine College
Morehouse College
Oglethorpe University
Mercer University
LaGrange College
Emmanuel College
Clark Atlanta University
Berry College
Andrew College
Agnes Scott College
Young Harris

Fast Facts


Georgia's Independent Colleges and Universities

GICA is an association of Georgia's private (independent), not-for-profit colleges and universities. Through partnerships with institutions, businesses, and community leaders, GICA supports private higher education in Georgia in the areas of public policy, research, fundraising for student financial aid, and collaborative programs. GICA counts among its members 23 four-year and 2 two-year institutions across the state of Georgia. These institutions serve over 76,000 students and provide a 6.26 billion dollar economic impact on their communities in Georgia. We are dedicated to educating tomorrow's leaders and meeting our State's current and future workforce needs.



  • GICA institutions enrolled 75,585 students in Georgia in 2013-2014.
  • From 2007 to 2014, enrollment in GICA member institutions increased from 65,085 students, representing a 16% growth.
  • The student body at GICA member institutions is diverse: 55% report being non-white, 62% are female, 22% are adult learners, and approximately 17% of undergraduates attend part-time.



  • In 2013-2014, 10,234 students received the HOPE Scholarship award, just over 1,200 received the State's Zell Miller Scholarship award, and more than 25,000 received the State’s Tuition Equalization Grant. Nearly $42 million in HOPE scholarship funds were awarded and more than $16 million in TEG funds were distributed.
  • The average net price of attendance for students receiving grant or scholarship aid at GICA member institutions in 2012-2013 was $19,546. Net price is the total cost of attendance after grants and scholarships are taken into account.
  • Nearly all students attending GICA member institutions receive some form of financial aid. The total aid awarded to first-time, full-time freshmen in 2012-2013 was $184,440,208.
  • GICA institutions awarded more than $93,770,690 in institutional grant aid to first-time, full-time freshmen in 2012-2013. The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to students at 4-Year institutions ranged from $2,502 to $20,754.
  • Nearly half of all undergraduates are recipients of the Pell grant with the typical award amount ranging from $2,022 to $4,803 per student.
  • More than 79% of expenses at GICA institutions go to instruction, academic support, student services, and institutional support, with the largest portion going directly toward instruction.



  • 14,149 degrees and certificates were awarded by GICA member institutions in 2013-2014.
  • Georgia’s independent colleges and universities had higher graduation rates for their students compared to other sectors.  44% percent of students at GICA institutions graduated within 4 years compared to 24% of students at Georgia public colleges, and 9% of students at Georgia’s for-profit colleges.
  • In 2013-14, GICA member institutions awarded 1,915 Associate’s degrees, 8,133 Bachelor’s Degrees, 2,823 Master’s Degrees and 876 Doctoral Degrees.