Author: David Dodson
Contact: Tom Jackson


Athens, Ga. — The University of Georgia landed well on the newly released U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges, ranking 23rd among public universities and tying for 62nd among best national universities.

Debt among 2010 graduates—or the lack thereof—also helped UGA. The university was one of 26 national institutions in the least debt category.

“It is an honor to be ranked consistently among such very strong public universities,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “While a focus on any particular ranking in any particular year probably does not present a full picture of any university, the fact that UGA is consistently ranked among America’s very best public universities by a variety of organizations is a tribute to the quality of the student body and the talent, dedication and devotion of the faculty and staff.”

The Terry College of Business marked its 13th consecutive year of ranking in the top 30 institutions for undergraduate business. Terry College came in 17th among public business schools and 28th overall.

“It is gratifying to have our undergraduate program consistently recognized as one of the very best,” said Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. “In business education, you cannot maintain quality by standing still, and every year we are taking steps to add to the excellence of our faculty and the rigor of our academic programs.”

Five Terry College programs were standouts in the business specialties category. Two were ranked in the top five nationally. The Risk Management and Insurance program maintained its second place ranking nationally, and the Real Estate program rose to third in the country. The other Terry programs ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News were Management Information Systems (14th), Accounting (17th) and Management (22nd).

The 2012 college rankings are available online at They will also be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges guidebook available Sept. 20.

U.S. News annually surveys and ranks more than 1,600 colleges and universities. To produce the rankings, U.S. News consider several factors including graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and peer assessment.