MACON – Mercer University is again the highest-ranked Georgia institution in any category in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" guide.
Coming in at No. 8, Mercer is ranked among the top 10 regional universities in the South for the 17th straight year.
The annual guide is divided into four categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. The two regional categories are further divvied into four regions: North, South, Midwest and West.
Among the more than 400 regional universities that appear in this year's guide, Mercer's overall score of 83 places the University among the top 20 nationwide in its category. U.S. News & World Report's 100-point scale factors in data regarding peer assessment, freshman retention, graduation rate, class size, student-faculty ratio, academic profile of entering class, acceptance rate and alumni giving.
The guide offers several additional rankings. In its category, Mercer is listed as the No. 2 best value, No. 4 for best undergraduate teaching, No. 7 best college for veterans and No. 8 most innovative school.
The School of Engineering's undergraduate program, which consistently ranks among the nation's top engineering programs that have bachelor's or master's as their terminal degrees, is ranked No. 39 and is one of only four programs in the region to be ranked among the top 50.
To view the rankings and see more information on U.S. News and World Report's ranking methodology, visit usnews.com/colleges.