Reaching New Heights
The latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of national universities places the University of Georgia at 16th among public universities—our highest ranking ever.
The U.S. News Best National Universities ranking aims to measure the quality of institutions based on several indicators of excellence, and the 2018 ranking marks the third consecutive year that UGA has risen. This consistent record of success sends a signal to prospective students and their families about the quality of the learning environment we provide. It also tells employers that our alumni are poised for leadership roles in organizations large and small. And importantly, it demonstrates to companies considering relocating to Georgia that our state has a highly educated and dynamic workforce. It’s worth noting that Georgia Tech is also highly ranked, making our state one of only three—including California and Virginia—to have more than one top 20 public university.
The rising demand for a University of Georgia education was one of several factors that contributed to our rise in the U.S. News ranking. Nearly 24,500 students applied for admission to the Class of 2021, a 20 percent increase in just four years. The academic qualifications of our student body have risen, as well, with the Class of 2021 bringing an average high school GPA of 4.0 and a record average ACT score of 30.
Our reputation as a leader in public higher education continues to grow, with our ambitious experiential learning requirement attracting national attention and students who seek to apply their classroom knowledge to pressing local and global challenges. We are the nation’s largest public university to ensure hands-on learning for all students, and this fall we launched one of the nation’s most ambitious linked-degree programs. Through the Double Dawgs program, our motivated and talented students have more than 100 opportunities to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less.
The University of Georgia’s steady rise in the U.S. News ranking underscores the quality of our programs, students and faculty. It also reflects the rise in alumni giving inspired by the ongoing Commit to Georgia Campaign, which seeks to raise $1.2 billion to increase the number of scholarships available to students, enhance the learning environment and bolster our research and service activities.
In addition to being highly ranked by U.S. News, UGA is ranked 10th in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges and Universities and 10th among public universities in The New York Times College Access Index. We are proud to be one of the nation’s very best public universities, and we are committed to continuing to innovate and excel for the benefit our students and the state and nation we serve.