Emory University ranked 17th on a new ranking of top U.S. colleges. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

New college ranking lists Emory in U.S. top 20

Atlanta’s Emory University ranked 17th out of 500 national public and private universities in a new ranking by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Emory was the only Georgia institution in the top 20 on the inaugural listing.

The new ranking drew information from 15 factors in four categories: student outcomes, school resources, student engagement and the learning environment (diversity). It also incorporated results from a survey of 100,000 college students on questions about student experience and engagement. Its creators say the new ranking is intended to evaluate colleges “the way prospective parents and prospective students do.”

Emory President Claire E. Sterk said, “I am delighted that this new ranking recognizes the emphasis we place on priming students for engaging in the world and lifelong learning.”

Other Georgia schools ranked included Georgia Tech, 51; Spelman College, 106; Mercer University, 197; University of Georgia, 245; and Morehouse College, 331.

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