Georgia college rankings

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Pictured: Buttrick Hall, Agnes Scott College. Disclosure: My daughter, Laurel graduated (with honors!) from Agnes Scott in May.

They’re here! U.S. News and World Report’s rankings are out. Since you simply must know, here’s how Georgia’s colleges and universities fared within the various categories.

National Universities

21. Emory University
35. Georgia Institute of Technology
62. University of Georgia

Liberal Arts College

73. Agnes Scott College (Tie)
81. Spelman College (Tie)
133. Morehouse College (Tie)
133. Wesleyan College (Tie)
148. Oglethorpe University (Tie)

Regional Universities

8. Mercer University
28. Georgia College and State University
43. Brenau University
60. University of North Georgia
70. Kennesaw State University
70. Piedmont College
75. Valdosta State University
76. Albany State University
85, Southern Polytechnic State University
92. University of West Georgia

Regional Colleges

6. Covenant College
13. Lagrange College
35. Toccoa Falls College
47. Emanuel College
62. Clayton State University
64. Reinhardt College
71. Fort Valley State University
74. Point University

Historically Black Colleges

1. Spelman College
3. Morehouse College
18. Clark Atlanta University
28. Albany State University
38. Fort Valley State University
45. Paine College
47. Savannah State University

To view the complete rankings, visit


Georgia Gwinnett College waives application fee


Georgia Gwinnett College will waive its $20 application fee during the week of Oct. 14-20 to encourage students to submit early applications because the requirement to provide high school transcripts and Compass/ACT/SAT scores, etc. add a lot of steps to the process. Complete applications online at Deadline for the fall 2014 semester is May 1.

GGC will hold an Open House Oct. 19; registration is required.

Information: visit



Looking good: A profile of UGA’s incoming freshman class

UGA reports that its incoming freshman class has set new records for academic achievement.

Average high school GPA: 3.86

Average SAT  score: 1897 (88th percentile)

Average ACT score: 29 (93rd percentile)

Here’s the full text of the news release:

UGA first-year students set academic criteria records

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia is welcoming the most academically qualified first-year class in school history, with the highest GPA and SAT averages on record for entering freshmen. UGA also experienced a record number of applications with nearly 20,300 received for fall 2013 admission. Since 2003, the number of freshman applications has increased by 72 percent. Approximately 5,150 first-year students—up 4 percent from 2012—and 1,100 transfer students are set to begin classes at UGA on Aug. 12.

“Every year we are proud to say we have the most academically qualified first-year class in UGA history, and this year is no different,” said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. “The record number of applications serves as a positive indicator that the University of Georgia is a solid choice among national universities, and this demand raises our standards for admission. Our freshmen remain committed to academics beyond the first year, as evidenced by UGA’s strong retention and graduation rates, among the highest in the country. Ninety-four percent of students continue their education past their first year at UGA, while more than 82 percent of UGA students graduate within six years.”

The entering freshmen class sets records for academic criteria, attaining an average 3.86 GPA (the mid-50 percentile range is 3.74-4.03). Additionally, this class has the highest SAT average in UGA history with a combined mean critical reading and math scores of 1280, plus an average writing score of 617, for an 1897 on the 2400 scale. The mid-50 percentile of the class scored between 1780-2020. This year’s mean score for students who took the ACT was 29, with a mid-50 percentile range of 27-31. More than 39 percent of the students were admitted based on ACT scores.

The Honors Program will enroll 526 new students in the first-year class who have accomplished an average high school GPA of 4.07 and an average score of SAT 1462 or an average ACT score of 32.7.

The rigor of students’ high school curriculum continues to be a key factor in admissions decisions, with some 95 percent of the students having enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes while in high school. Many students earned enough credits to be classified as sophomores and several as juniors during their first term of enrollment. Fourteen percent of students dually enrolled in college while attending high school.  In addition to being the most academically qualified, the 2013 freshman class also is one of the most diverse in UGA history, with more than 28 percent of the entering freshmen self-identifying as other than Caucasian. More than 390 first-year African-American students have enrolled in fall 2013 (7.6 percent of the class), and more than 284 entering first-year students have self-identified as Hispanic (5.5 percent of the class). Almost 7 percent come from families where English is not the native language. Approximately 6 percent of the incoming freshmen will be the first in their immediate family to attend college.
The university continued to strengthen ties throughout the state, with students coming from over half of the nearly 800 Georgia high schools and 137 of the 159 counties, up from 132 counties in 2012. Of all Georgia high school students graduating in spring 2012, almost one in 21 will enroll at UGA next week. About 13 percent of the class comes from other states and countries, with the top feeder states outside of Georgia being Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and California.

Emory, 3 other schools expelled from Forbes rankings

Colleges that have been falsifying their admissions numbers (at least those that have fessed up) are getting banned from the rankings.

Read more.

Here’s the latest Top Ten List for Georgia colleges, according to Forbes:

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology
  2. University of Georgia
  3. Spelman College
  4. Morehouse College
  5. Agnes Scott College
  6. Wesleyan College
  7. Mercer University
  8. Berry College
  9. Georgia State University
  10. Covenant College


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UGA Foundation rejects request to fund domestic partner benefits

News Release from The University of Georgia

Monday, June 24, 2013

University of Georgia Foundation Executive Committee determines its funds should not be used to pay for domestic partner benefits

Athens, Ga. – In response to correspondence from both the University of Georgia and the University System of Georgia, the University of Georgia Foundation today announced that its executive committee had met to consider the possibility of foundation funds being used to pay for domestic partner benefits.

The question was raised about using private funding from the University of Georgia Foundation to assume full responsibility for funding, insuring, accounting for, and administering a health care program for domestic partner benefits.

This was brought to the foundation since state funds cannot be expended for health care benefits for persons not recognized as dependents by current State of Georgia law and policy. The University of Georgia Foundation is totally supported by state employees whose benefits are administered by the University of Georgia.   At the conclusion of the foundation’s annual meeting on June 21, Chairman Bill Young Jr. announced that the executive committee had carefully evaluated the possibility of foundation funds being used for domestic partner benefits and agreed by unanimous vote, with one abstention, that such use was not consistent with, and is outside the purview of, the foundation’s mission.

The University of Georgia Foundation Mission The mission of The University of Georgia Foundation is to provide: support for the teaching, research, public service and outreach programs of the University of Georgia by means of volunteer leadership and assistance in development and fundraising activities; fiduciary care for the assets of the Foundation for the long-term benefit and enhancement of the University; and, broad advice, consultation and support to the president of the university.

For an online version of this release, see (broken link).