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29 June 2016

UGA and Emory Take Top Two Spots in Annual Best Colleges List

BestColleges.com has released its 2016 rankings of the best four-year, two-year and online higher learning institutions in Georgia. The rankings methodology is based upon data curated by the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). Factors include affordability, enrollment and graduation rates, and additional measures of positive student outcomes. With these guides, BestColleges.com strives to provide a comprehensive resource for college-bound men and women exploring academic options within the Peach State.

BestCollege's four-year ranking list is topped by the University of Georgia. With an enrollment of more than 35,000 students and more than 140 degree programs, the Athens institution is a popular academic destination for students across the Southeast. The second slot goes to Emory University, a school noted for its diversity -- 22% of students are Asian/Pacific Islander, 10% identify as black and 14% are international students. Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, and Wesleyan University respectively finished off the top five.

Southeastern Technical College landed in first place on the ranking of the state's two-year schools. This Vidalia school offers lower in-state and out-of-state tuition rates than any other institution in the top 25 list. Notably, all but one of the top 10 two-year schools is categorized as a 'technical college'; these make up part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), a conglomeration of 23 different institutions.

Listed below are the top 10 schools in each category:

Best Four-Year Colleges in Georgia

1 University of Georgia - Athens, GA
2 Emory University - Atlanta, GA
3 Georgia College & State University - Milledgeville, GA
4 Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA
5 Wesleyan College - Macon, GA
6 Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA
7 Agnes Scott College - Decatur, GA
8 Spelman College - Atlanta, GA
9 Berry College - Mount Berry, GA
10 University of West Georgia - Newnan, GA

Best Two-Year Colleges in Georgia

1 Southeastern Technical College - Vidalia, GA
2 Southwest Georgia Technical College - Thomasville, GA
3 Oconee Fall Line Technical College - Sandersville, GA
4 Lanier Technical College - Oakwood, GA
5 Moultrie Technical College - Moultrie, GA
6 College of Coastal Georgia - Brunswick, GA
7 North Georgia Technical College - Clarkesville, GA
8 Ogeechee Technical College - Statesboro, GA
9 Albany Technical College - Albany, GA
10 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College - Valdosta, GA

Best Online Colleges in Georgia

1 Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA
2 University of Georgia - Athens, GA
3 Toccoa Falls College - Toccoa, GA
4 University of West Georgia - Newnan, GA
5 Georgia College & State University - Milledgeville, GA
6 Clayton State University - Morrow, GA
7 Columbus State University - Columbus, GA
8 Kennesaw State University - Kennesaw, GA
9 Brenau University - Gainesville, GA
10 Albany State University - Albany