Author: Wendy Jones
Contact: Tom Jackson


ATHENS, Ga. — For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Georgia is ranked 22nd or higher among the top public universities in the nation, according to the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges" guide. The publication lists UGA as tied for 21st among top public universities and tied for 60th out of 124 institutions overall.

"We're traveling in an impressive peer group of top institutions and are most pleased to be included among the nation's top public universities again this year," said President Michael F. Adams.

U.S. News ranks UGA seventh among eight public universities in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" list, which also includes UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Texas AandM, University of Texas-Austin, North Carolina State University-Raleigh, State University of New York College of Environment, Science and Forestry and University of California-Berkley. UGA placed 45th out of 50 ranked institutions in that listing.

The Terry College of Business is ranked 18th among undergraduate programs at public business schools and is tied for 29th overall, based on a survey of about 400 accredited business schools that are eligible for the ranking. Terry's risk management and insurance program moved up one spot to second nationally in its ranking; the real estate program, likewise, climbed one spot and into a tie for second with the University of Wisconsin-Madison in its category.

"We're always pleased to be mentioned as one of the top business schools in the country," said Dean P. George Benson, "and we're especially pleased that the rankings for both our insurance and real estate programs have risen to their highest levels ever — behind only the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In general, I believe that the undergraduate experience at UGA coupled with Terry's business curriculum and leadership development opportunities produces graduates for Georgia's business community who are second to none."

The 2007 rankings are available on-line at www.usnews.comand will be in the August 28 edition of the magazine, which hits newsstands (along with the newsstand book America's Best Colleges) on August 21.

U.S. News considers several factors in producing the annual ranking. Among those are academic reputation, student retention, graduation rates, class sizes, faculty resources, student quality and alumni giving rate.