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UGA again ranks in top 20 among best public universities

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia held fast at No. 16 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 ranking of the best public universities in the nation, marking the seventh consecutive year that UGA has placed in the top 20. 

“This outstanding news is another clear sign that the University of Georgia is solidifying its position among the very best public research universities in America,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “The consistency of our national ranking is a testament to the commitment of our talented faculty, staff and students; the generosity and support of our loyal alumni and friends; and the effectiveness of our vision and strategy to reach new heights of academic excellence.” 

The University of Georgia shares the No. 16 ranking with Ohio State University and is just ahead of Purdue University at No. 18. UGA’s ranking came in just behind the Georgia Institute of Technology at No. 15 and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the College of William & Mary, which are tied at No. 13. 

UGA is one of only two institutions — along with Georgia Tech — to make the top 20 from the state of Georgia. Georgia is one of only four states (including California, Florida and Virginia) to have more than one institution in the top 20. In addition, UGA and the University of Florida remain the only two institutions from the Southeastern Conference to rank in the top 20.  

The university also earned high marks in several distinct categories. The Terry College of Business ranked among the nation’s top 25 undergraduate business programs. Among its individual degrees, the insurance program once again ranked No. 1. The real estate program was ranked No. 5, and the accounting program ranked No. 14. UGA also ranked as one of the top 25 best colleges for veterans. 

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