Money magazine’s new college rankings are out, and they do not favor Georgia schools

The latest alternative to U.S. News & World Report attempts to determine “the most bang for your tuition buck.”


For years, nervous parents and curious high school students have flocked to the annual U.S. News & World Report National University Rankings. However much or little the rankings actually mean, they’re certainly fun to look at—and other media outlets have been getting into the game. The latest to come out with a college ranking is Money magazine, which attempts to determine which “four-year colleges offer the most bang for your tuition buck.” The top two might surprise–Babson College and Webb Institute, respectively–but the top five is rounded off by more usual suspects: MIT, Princeton University, and Stanford University.

Money’s rankings are not kind to Georgia schools, only two of which made the top 100 (Georgia Tech at No. 42 and the University of Georgia at No. 62). Emory University checks in at No. 156, followed by Agnes Scott College (No. 307), Georgia College & State University (No. 359), and Georgia State University (No. 382). A few schools occupy embarrassingly low positions: Savannah College of Art and Design is at  657, just a few rungs above Morehouse College, which at No. 664, claims the lowest spot in Georgia rankings.

For comparison’s sake, Emory takes Georgia’s top spot in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings at No. 20, followed by Georgia Tech at 36 and UGA in a tie with Texas’ Southern Methodist University for 60. No other Georgia school made the USNWR cut, though the system stopped handing out numbers after a six-way tie for No. 201.

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  • Annette

    Have you done a comparison of Medical and/or Graduate School? We have a son who is enrolled at this time in Medical School in Illinois at the U of I. He has experienced many difficulties with this school. Teachers and professors are very unfair and insensitive to students and their experiences and learning styles. There is a story here and one that many students have experienced while attending this Medical and/or Graduate School. He earned his Ph.D. from the U of I a few years ago. He is in his third year of Medical School. He feels that the state of Illinois is not student friendly. He has filed a law suite against the school. The courts are stalling (trying to wait him out). They know students have very little money.