U.S. News and Forbes name UNG among top universities in the country

In its annual Best Regional Universities ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNG 22nd among public regional universities in the South. UNG was also ranked No. 1 in the South for the lightest debt load among regional public universities on U.S. News’ Student Debt Load at Graduation list.

“Recognition for UNG and our consistent high-level ranking on this list reflects the quality of our educational experience, as well as the value of a degree from this institution,” said President Bonita C. Jacobs. “We are extremely proud of our recent national rankings and remain committed to offering affordable, high-quality degrees to our students.”

The rankings for the Best Regional Universities list are based on data related to academic quality, including freshman retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, and alumni giving. The data for the Student Debt Load at Graduation list includes loans taken out by students from their colleges, from private financial institutions and the government. The rankings are based primarily on data from 2016 and, for some factors, include averages of the previous two to four years of data.

The Best Regional Universities list ranked 659 institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but few doctoral programs, in four geographic categories. The South region includes Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Among both public and private institutions, UNG was ranked as 61st among Best Regional Universities in the South, up from 72nd last year.

In August, Forbes magazine named UNG as one of the nation’s top higher education institutions in its annual “America’s Top Colleges” ranking – marking UNG’s second appearance on the list and ranking it third among the only five University System of Georgia institutions on the list. The Forbes report rated the nation’s top 650 public and private universities as measured by the return students receive on their investment, and focuses on student outcomes in five categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate, and academic success.