Georgia has one of the largest university systems in the nation, with 60,000 graduates emerging from public, private and technical colleges each year. The Innovation Crescent™ boasts a large number of these leading institutions, including the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, The Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia State University.

In addition, the large number of research centers and business incubators based at many of these colleges and universities have been responsible for launching a myriad of start-up companies resulting from innovative ideas. For a list of business incubators, research centers and other support organizations, click HERE.




Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) has provided more than $7 billion of financial assistance for educational programs beyond high school. The legislation for this program was scripted in 1992 under the supervision of Gov. Zell Miller and launched a year later.

Funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and consisting of six different aid programs, this unique initiative has helped more than 1.75 million students at eligible state public and private universities and public technical schools obtain higher education. For more information on the HOPE Scholarship visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission website HERE.

Georgia Institute of Technology

As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Emory University

Emory University is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the Southeast’s leading health care systems. Emory University scholars and experts generate more than $572 million in research funding annually, while also maintaining a traditional emphasis on teaching. Emory Healthcare, part of the university’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, has been at the forefront of medicine putting research into lifesaving action. Oxford College at Emory in Newton County, Ga., will feature a new science building in 2016 that will promote collaboration and includes 12 laboratories, an imaging center and more.

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a comprehensive land and sea grant institution composed of 17 schools and colleges with externally-sponsored research expenditures of more than $203 million. Georgia’s flagship university has a $4.4 billion annual economic impact on the state, according to a new study that analyzed how the three-part teaching, research and service mission of the University of Georgia contributes to the economy.

Technical College System of Georgia

Last year, more than 29,000 students graduated from the 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia. Today, almost 90 percent of these graduates are either employed or continuing their education.

Georgia State University

Georgia State University is home to prominent researchers leading innovations in healthcare, education, health disparities, policy development and more. There are more than 60 nationally-recognized centers and institutes on campus, including the renowned business incubator, CollabTech.

Morehouse School of Medicine

MSM is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for its social mission. MSM’s faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy. The National Center for Primary Care of MSM serves as a national resource in promoting the value of primary care medicine and encouraging doctors to pursue primary care careers. It conducts practice-based research to improve health outcomes; creates protocols and tools for improving primary care effectiveness; and undertakes public policy analyses focused on making primary care services more accessible and effective.

Clayton State University

Clayton State’s College of Health, Health Sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that prepares graduates for professional careers in health services or to pursue a graduate degree program in fields such as health care administration and health education. Students will gain broad skills in research, healthcare delivery, health promotion, disease prevention and management, and ethical, legal, and cultural issues related to the health field.  Graduates have employment opportunities in hospitals, public health agencies, insurance companies, community organizations, research laboratories, wellness centers, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Kennesaw State University & Southern Polytechnic State University

The Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University produces graduates ready to find solutions to today’s real-world problems and tomorrow’s challenges. It is the second largest engineering college in Georgia offering a state-of-the-art LEED-certified Engineering Technology Center with fluid mechanics, metrology, electromagnetic, automotive, biomedical and computer-integrated manufacturing laboratories. Southern Polytechnic’s academic degree program in mechatronics is one of only nine such academic degree programs in the nation and its systems engineering program is one of only two undergraduate programs in the state. Student engineering teams rank among the nation’s engineering elite at national competitions.


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