GGC named #5 top Southern public regional college
According to U.S. News & World Report magazine
Lawrenceville (September 10, 2013) - In only seven years, Georgia Gwinnett College has risen from obscurity to the fifth highest-ranked Southern public regional college, according to results released today by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
“We are particularly excited that the score placing us so high was academic peer assessment, which represents GGC’s academic standing,” said Dr. Lois C. Richardson, acting senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost. “This is unheard of for an access institution, and an achievement of which our faculty, staff and students, as well as the University System of Georgia, can be very proud.”
Criteria used by the magazine to calculate college rankings include academic peer assessment, freshman retention rate, graduation rate, percentage of classes under 20 and over 50 seats, student/faculty ratio, SAT/ACT percentile data, freshmen’s high school rankings, acceptance rate and alumni giving rate.
In addition to peer assessment, GGC scored highly in its freshmen retention of 71 percent, an area where it is comparable to Georgia’s state universities, surpassing other Georgia state colleges. It also scored favorably for its small classes and student/faculty ratio.
Full ranking information is available online at www.usnews.com/colleges. The 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges edition will soon be available in hard copy.
Visit http://www.ggc.edu. for more information.
Georgia Gwinnett College is a four-year, accredited liberal arts college that provides access to targeted baccalaureate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of Gwinnett County and the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. GGC opened its doors in August 2006 as the nation’s first four-year public college founded in the 21st century, and the first four-year public college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years. Georgia Gwinnett produces contributing citizens and future leaders for Georgia and the nation. Its graduates are inspired to contribute to their local, state, national and international communities and are prepared to anticipate and respond effectively to an uncertain and changing world. Visit Georgia Gwinnett College’s Web site at http://www.ggc.edu.