U.S. News and World Report has announced its 2015 College Rankings of nearly 1,800 schools and Georgia Tech (#7) and UGA (#20) made the list of the top 20 for public colleges. When both private and public schools were considered together, Emory came in at #21 overall in the nation, GA Tech was #35, and UGA was #62.
For those football fanatics, not only did the ACC beat the SEC in the final BCS Football Championship game, they also came out ahead in the top 20 rankings:
- The ACC had five schools in the top 20 in public universities: UVA – #2, UNC – #5, GA Tech – #7, Clemson – #20, and Pitt – #20. Duke, a private school, came in #8 overall.
- The SEC had two schools in the top 20 in public universities: Florida – #14, #UGA #20. The private Vanderbilt University came in #16 overall.
According to the U.S. News website, each school is “ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence, including graduation rates, selectivity and freshmen retention.” A complete breakdown of their methodology can be found here.