New college rankings: Emory, Georgia Tech earn highest ratings in state

Georgia Tech ranked 7th among the nation’s public universities, while the University of Georgia ranked 16th.

On the annual U.S. News & World Report compilation of the best national private and public universities, Emory University ranks 21st, while Georgia Tech ranks 34th. Those are the best showing for major universities in the state of Georgia.

The University of Georgia ranks 54th on the 2018 national list. Mercer ranks 133rd. Georgia State University ranks 223rd among the national universities but 8th in best undergraduate teaching. (Best undergraduate teaching is determined by the nomination of college presidents, deans and admissions directors from other schools.)

When U.S. News considers only public universities, Tech earns the 7th spot in the country, while the University of Georgia ranks 16th, jumping two places.

The top honors in the national category, as usual, go to the Ivies with Princeton taking top honors, followed by Harvard. (One complaint about the rankings is they consider how much colleges spend, and Ivies are typically well endowed. Other criticisms cite how colleges game the system. See final comment in this piece with a link to a good critique.)

Spelman College ranks 61st among the 233 ranked national liberal arts colleges and first among 80 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Morehouse ranks 160th among liberal arts colleges, and 4th among HBCUs. Clark Atlanta University ranks 16th among 80 HBCUs, while Albany State ranks 27th.

Among the 149 ranked regional colleges in the South, Georgia College & State University ranks 31st.

Agnes Scott ranks 61st in national liberal arts colleges and second in most innovative liberal arts schools among the 19 cited. Among national universities, Georgia State ranks 4th for most innovative, while Georgia Tech ranks 12th among the 31 campuses cited.  As with best undergraduate teaching, U.S. News used peer assessment to award innovation rankings.

There are a few interesting subcategories that might interest parents including one called “A+ Schools for B students,” which U.S. News describes as campuses with good ratings that accept good students with “less-than-stellar test scores or a so-so GPAs.” Among them are Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Baylor and Texas Christian.

You can see how U.S. News ranks schools here. While the magazine looks at nearly 2000 colleges, it does not rank every one or share all rankings and explains why here.  Kennesaw State University and Georgia Southern fall into the category of “rank not published,” which the magazine explains this way: “U.S. News publishes numerical ranks for only the top three-fourths of each ranking category. Schools labeled Rank Not Published are in the bottom 25 percent of their ranking category. ”

There is great debate over the U.S. News rankings including the reliance on peer assessments, which have been likened to a popularity contest. Here is an excellent critique of the weaknesses of the rankings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nathan Swenson
Nathan Swenson

Embarrassed to admit Emory as my alma mater given that chalk writing now frightens students.

Shaun James
Shaun James

Why don't people bother to fact check?!

Nathan Swenson
Nathan Swenson

Shaun James you conflated two points. I said Emory students were frightened, I made no mention about needing emergency counseling. A quote from the Emory Wheel: "I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added." Perhaps you should read other sources than a biased "fact checker" like snopes. http://emorywheel.com/emory-students-express-discontent-with-administrative-response-to-trump-chalkings/

Shaun James
Shaun James

Gee, Trump University didn't make the list.

redweather
redweather

And perhaps best of all if you're a student or parent, Emory has identified 149 courses as being eligible for .5 point GPA boost, and you don't even have to be a STEM major.

BaronDeKalb
BaronDeKalb

Emory is a very good university by any measure, but to say it is the 21st best in the United States is a BIG stretch. If you want a masters in economics, or a bachelors in geology, or a BS in chemical engineering, go somewhere else because they don't offer those degrees. Public administration or urban planning, or architecture? — nope. How about doctorate in dentistry? No, they dropped that department a while back. I'm sure their department of gender studies is outstanding however. If you want to claim you are a "university" maybe you need to offer subjects that have developed since the Renaissance. Which again raises the question about the validity of these beauty pageants.  


Q1225
Q1225

@BaronDeKalb  Emory's been ranked 21st or better for 20+ years, and why would undergraduate rankings consider master's and doctorate programs offered?

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Starik
Starik

Rankings, like polls and test scores, are flawed but meaningful. What else do we have to help with decision making?