UGA ranks 20th

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UGA climbed one notch in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, landing at No. 20 among the nation’s top public universities. It was No. 60 among best national universities this year, up from No. 63 last year.

In the magazine’s highlights of the best undergraduate business programs nationwide, the Terry College of Business took first place for its insurance and risk management specialty. Its real estate program tied for third with the University of California, Berkeley, and the college rose to 27th overall, up from 31st, for best business programs.

U.S. News & World Report surveyed 1,376 colleges and universities in 2013. To decide its top national universities, it measured an institution’s graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates) and alumni giving. To be considered a national university, an institution must offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research.

The college rankings are available online at http://www.usnews.com/colleges.