Two Georgia Universities Among Forbes’ 2016 Top 25 Public Colleges In The U.S

Two Georgia schools cracked the top 100 on Forbes' "America's Top Colleges List" for 2017, and a total of 14 were among the magazine's rankings of top schools in the South. The 2017 list, which was released on Wednesday, looks at what institutions give back to students for the money they spend on a college education.

This year's rankings, as Forbes explains, were created to better align with what the magazine values most: "superior return on investment; high impact, leadership and success; and a first-rate student-consumer experience." (

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Emory University came in at No. 66 on the overall list and was No. 9 among colleges in the South. The magazine describes the university this way: "Students can choose from over 70 majors and 40 doctoral programs; everyone must take classes in writing, quantitative methods, a second language and physical education. … The campus is home to the renowned Goizueta Business School and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, as well as The Carter Center, which focuses on the advancement of peace and health worldwide."

Meanwhile, the Georgia Institute of Technology came in at No. 81 overall and is rated the No. 12 school in the South and No. 16 among public colleges.


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Forbes describes the rankings as "fiscally minded" and says they do not take into account things like campus atmosphere, Greek life, sports etc. The methodology favors variables like "alumni salary, graduation rate and student satisfaction." Post-graduate success accounted for 35 percent of the ranking; how effectively students at each school avoid or pay back student loan debt accounts for 20 percent of the rankings, as does the student experience. Graduation rate and academic success both account for 12.5 percent. (You can see the full methodology here.)

Find the full list of America's Top Colleges here.

Here are the colleges in Georgia that made the list and their overall ranking:

  • No. 66 Emory University
  • No. 81 Georgia Institute of Technology
  • No. 112 University of Georgia
  • No. 265 Agnes Scott College
  • No. 326 Spelman College
  • No. 392 Berry College
  • No. 416 Covenant College
  • No. 454 Mercer University
  • No. 493 Wesleyan College (GA)
  • No. 497 Oglethorpe University
  • No. 504 University of North Georgia
  • No. 530 Georgia State University
  • No. 560 Georgia Southern University
  • No. 638 Morehouse College

The colleges that cracked the top 10 on Forbes' list are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Princeton University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. California Institute of Technology
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Duke University
  9. Brown University
  10. Pomona College

Harvard made its way back to number one after landing on the sixth and fourth spot in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Among the top 50, Forbes also points out some surprises: The U.S. Naval Academy (20) edges out the U.S. Military Academy (24), and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (38) pushed ahead of the University of Virginia (40).

Forbes also ranks the top schools in the Northeast (Harvard University), the top schools in the South (Duke), the top schools in the West (Stanford), the top public schools (United States Naval Academy) and the top private schools (Harvard).

Feroze Dhanoa (Patch National Staff) contributed to this article

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