The University of Georgia

Points of Pride


UGA is tied for 18th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 list of the 50 top public universities in America. The rankings are based on such factors as academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity and financial resources.


Kiplinger's magazine ranks UGA 9th on its list of best values among 100 public colleges and universities in America. Schools on the list—chosen on the basis of academic quality, cost and financial aid—are places that "combine outstanding economic value and an affordable price tag," according to the magazine.


The University libraries, with more than 4 million volumes, are ranked among the nation’s best 113 research libraries in ratings compiled by the Association of Research Libraries. The libraries contain one of the largest map collections in the United States; the main library houses the original Constitution of the Confederate States of America.


The Wall Street Journal included UGA among 16 “Hot Schools” that are drawing increased attention from students and families because of cost, safety and academic quality advantages.


UGA's graduate program in landscape architecture is ranked 1st in the country and the undergraduate program is 2nd in rankings according to the 2009 edition of America's Best Architecture and Design Schools. The programs are in the College of Environment and Design.


U.S. News & World Report ranks the Terry College of Business’s MBA program 49th among more than 500 accredited MBA programs in the country. The rankings are based on reputation, student selectivity, placement success, faculty resources and research activity.


A 2007 Wall Street Journal ranking of MBA programs based on opinions and survey responses of corporate recruiters rates the Terry College 34th in the country among schools with regional recruiting patterns. Among all U.S. public business schools, the Terry College ranks 23rd.


The Financial Times ranks the Terry College Executive MBA program 23rd in the United States and 60th in the world.


U.S. News & World Report ranks the Terry College graduate program in accounting 22nd in a reputational survey. In the annual Survey of Accounting Professors by Public Accounting Report, the college’s Tull School of Accounting bachelor’s program was ranked 10th, the master’s program was ranked 11th and the Ph.D. program was ranked 21st.


In U.S. News & World Report rankings of undergraduate “Best Business Programs,” the Terry College is ranked 28th among all schools and 16th among public institutions. Other undergraduate rankings include: insurance program, 2nd; and real estate program, 3rd.


Bloomberg Business Week ranks the Terry College's undergraduate program 49th among the best business programs in the country, and 18th among public business schools.


Forbes magazine placed the Terry College’s full-time MBA program 50th overall for the return on investment graduates had achieved five years after completing their degrees.


The MBA program in the Terry College of Business is ranked 40th in the United States and 14th among public business schools in the U.S., its best placement ever among North American universities in the latest global MBA survey published by The Economist.


The School of Law is tied for 28th among the nation’s 100 top accredited law schools in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The school is ranked among the nation’s public law schools and is tied for 2nd among public law schools in the South.


The School of Law ranked 5th in the country for supplying clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court for the 2000-2007 terms, and was tied for 6th for the best Moot Court programs. The school ranked 6th in best value (“schools that deliver results at an affordable price”) in a survey conducted by preLaw, a National Jurist publication.


The graduate program in the University’s School of Social Work is tied for 30th in the nation, and is tied for 4th in the South, in rankings by U.S. News & World Report.


The graduate program in public relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication ranked fourth among the nation’s top journalism schools in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The Grady College graduate program in advertising ranked 5th, and the graduate program in radio/television ranked 12th.


UGA ranks first in the country in research advertising based on the number of articles published in three leading U.S.-based advertising journals between 1997 and 2006, according to the Journal of Advertising. UGA also ranked first in similar studies conducted in 1990 and 1998. Faculty in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Terry College of Business marketing department are among the most-published researchers in the study.


The master’s of public administration program in the School of Public and International Affairs is tied for 4th in the nation and 2nd among public universities in U.S. News & World Report rankings. Two graduate-level specializations in SPIA—public finance and budgeting, and public management and administration—are ranked 2nd.


The graduate program in number theory in the mathematics department is ranked 10th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


The graduate program in the College of Education is tied for 39th among more than 180 programs nationwide that grant doctor of philosophy or doctor of education degrees, according to U.S. News & World Report. UGA’s graduate education program is tied for 27th among all public universities in the country, and is 4th among all public universities in the South. The program in secondary education is ranked 3rd nationally; the vocational/technical education program is ranked 3rd; and the elementary education program is ranked 3rd. The program in curriculum and instruction is ranked 8th, the higher education administration program is ranked 6th and the counseling/personnel services program is ranked 4th in the nation.


Thirteen University of Georgia graduate programs ranked among the top ten in the nation in the third annual Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index — a ranking of graduate programs at research universities based on what is purported to be the first objective measurement of per-capita scholarly accomplishment. College of Education programs in the ranking were: educational leadership and administration, ranked 10th; higher education/higher education administration, ranked 2nd; mathematics education, ranked 8th; science education, ranked 4th; teacher education specific levels, ranked 9th; health, physical education, recreation, ranked 5th;  and school psychology, ranked 9th. Other UGA programs ranked were: agronomy and crop science, ranked 10th; botany/plant biology, ranked 4th; English language and literature, ranked 4th; languages, ranked 10th; management information systems, ranked 2nd; and music, ranked 2nd.


UGA’s clinical psychology program is ranked 6th in the nation in training and graduating doctoral students who go on to become research faculty members at other schools. The program is also ranked 10th in the number of publications produced by graduates of its Ph.D. program. The rankings resulted from a study of 166 graduate programs in clinical psychology and 1,916 scholars in the field.


The College of Veterinary Medicine ranks 12th among the nation’s veterinary schools and the College of Pharmacy is ranked 22nd in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report.


The National Science Foundation ranks UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 4th in the nation based on total expenditures for research and development.


In U.S. News & World Report rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences, UGA is tied for 58th overall, tied for 30th among all public institutions and tied for 4th among public institutions in the South. The doctoral programs in ecology and evolutionary biology are ranked 10th nationally and are the only programs in the rankings located at a public institution in the South.


The doctoral program in rhetoric in the speech communication department is ranked 1st in the nation in a survey conducted by the National Communication Association. The department’s doctoral program in health communication is ranked 5th nationally and the doctoral program in interpersonal communication is ranked 15th. The survey was conducted among some 7,100 educators, practitioners and students in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries.


According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, UGA ranked 15th nationally in the number of doctoral degrees conferred on African Americans. UGA is 12th in total number of doctorates in education awarded to African Americans and 17th in total number of doctorates in education awarded to all minorities. UGA is 6th in total number of doctorates in psychology awarded to African Americans and 16th in total number of doctorates in health sciences awarded to African Americans. In other rankings, UGA is 10th in African Americans receiving their first professional degree in law, 15th in total doctorates in psychology awarded to Hispanics and 17th in total number of master’s degrees in agriculture and related sciences awarded to all minorities. UGA is 18th in total number of master’s degrees in all disciplines awarded to African Americans.


A ranking by Diverse Issues in Higher Education of the number of minority students receiving baccalaureate degrees in the biological and biomedical sciences places UGA 23rd for African Americans and 34th for Asian Americans.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education ranks UGA 13th nationally in percentage of African American law students, and 12th among law schools at flagship state universities, in graduation rates for African American students.


In a National Jurist magazine ranking of law schools based on minority enrollment, UGA is 14th nationally and third in the South.


The University ranks 5th among the nation’s top 125 research universities in the number of tenured and tenure-line African American faculty, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. UGA is 8th in total number of African American faculty, which includes both tenure-line and non-tenure-line faculty. Figures compiled by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education show the University has the second-highest percentage of African American faculty among the nation’s major state universities.


Among students nationwide who have their SAT scores automatically sent to colleges and universities for admission consideration, UGA is the 11th most popular choice of white women, the 15th most popular choice of white men and the 16th most popular choice of African American men, according to data compiled by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. If historically black colleges and universities are removed from the list for African American men, UGA is the 9th most popular choice.


The University received a national award from the Council of Graduate Schools and Peterson’s for working to create a climate of more inclusiveness in graduate education. UGA was chosen from among 13 major American universities to receive the award, which recognizes efforts to increase the number of under-represented minorities pursuing graduate education in the U.S.


UGA earned the 20th spot on the “Most Desirable Large Schools” list compiled by Kaplan and Newsweek.


UGA was listed among U.S. News & World Report’s list of 25 national universities with the least debt for 2009 graduates.


UGA was chosen for the Princeton Review’s 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll based on  environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. UGA also was featured in the publication’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.


According to the 2010 survey of the Association of University Technology Managers, UGA’s technology commercialization program is ranked third among all U.S. universities for licenses and options executed.


UGA has been recognized as one of the Top 25 colleges and universities in the nation that produce Peace Corps volunteers.


The University of Georgia remained a national leader in study abroad, ranked 10th among doctoral/research institutions with 2,058 total study abroad participants in 2007-2008, according to a recently released national “Open Doors” report.