Mercer Among Best Values, Best Colleges for Undergraduate Teaching in Latest U.S. News Rankings

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MACON – Mercer University remains in the top tier of national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges issue, released today.

Mercer continues to be one of U.S. News’ top 40 best values among 381 institutions in the national universities category. The best value ranking takes into account an institution’s academic quality and the previous year’s net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Mercer is ranked No. 34 – tied with Harvard University – among the magazine’s best colleges for undergraduate teaching.

The School of Engineering’s undergraduate program, consistently ranked among the nation’s top engineering programs that have bachelor’s or master’s as their terminal degrees, is tied for No. 52 based on surveys of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs.

Three years ago, due to its reclassification by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education from a regional master’s university to a national doctoral research university, Mercer was elevated to U.S. News’ national universities category following 17 years as a top 10 regional university in the South. This year, an additional 80 institutions were added to the national category due to Carnegie’s creation of a new doctoral/professional universities category.

The institutions ranked as national universities are evaluated based upon factors such as peer assessment, freshman retention, graduation rate, class size, student-faculty ratio, academic profile of entering class, acceptance rate and alumni giving.

To view the rankings and see more information on U.S. News and World Report’s ranking methodology, visit usnews.com/colleges.

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Kyle Sears