One of the nation’s founding public universities is the University of Georgia (UGA), created in 1785. It’s primary campus in Athens just east of Atlanta was the site of a major alternative music boom in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s with such breakout acts as REM (all members being graduates) and the B52’s springing up from the scene. The university has campuses in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Tifton, and Griffin. There are 140 programs to choose from, as graduates such as Alton Brown and Ryan Seacrest have done.
Morehouse College is Martin Luther King Jr’s alma mater – his bronze statue can be visited at his chapel on campus – and one of the last traditional men’s liberal colleges in the country. With modest roots in 1867 from a Baptist church basement, the school is traditionally African-American and regularly produces Rhodes Scholars. The school offers 26 majors. Visitors to the Robert W. Woodruff Library may have an opportunity to see King’s 1964 Nobel Prize acceptance speech or part of his 10,000 document collection.
Like Morehouse, Spelman College is an essential and historical Altanta school. A private liberal college, Spelman has historically graduated African-American women. Graduates include political activist Stacey Abrams and Sam’s Club CEO and Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer. There are 30 academic majors on offer and strategic partnerships allow the school to expand on their opportunities off campus. The school has a unique tradition of wearing white dresses during formal events, including on graduation day.
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