Emory named a “New Ivy,” rises in national rankings

Emory rose two slots in this year’s U.S. News & World Report college rankings, moving to eighteenth among 248 national universities, and was named a “New Ivy” in Kaplan/Newsweek’s “How to Get into College Guide.”

“These rankings are an external validation of the work of many people at Emory to provide a distinctive education for our students—one where students discover what they’re good at and then use their talents to make the world a better place,” says Provost Earl Lewis. “Emory is a place where we strive to get better and better. Our students experience this commitment firsthand. Our faculty tie research and teaching closely together, and the work they do comes into the classroom. That’s attractive to many students.”

Emory has been ranked in the top twenty by U.S. News & World Report since 1994 and is now tied with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Princeton placed first in the rankings, followed by Harvard and Yale.

Goizueta Business School advanced five slots in this year’s U.S. News rankings to be rated thirteenth nationally of undergraduate business programs.

“We are honored to be acknowledged for the strength of our globally recognized faculty and strong student experience,” says Dean Larry Benveniste.

Emory’s rankings on the U.S. News survey components include fifteenth in student selectivity, four out of five in academic reputation, twelfth in faculty resources, sixteenth in overall financial resources, and twenty-fifth in graduation and retention.

At twelfth place in faculty resources, Emory had a higher ranking on this measure than Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, and Stanford. Emory was twenty-first among universities offering the best value, based on academic quality and the net cost to a student receiving the average amount of financial aid.

The University ranked fifteenth in alumni giving, with an average of 36 percent of alumni contributing to the school. An impressive alumni support rate helps the University “receive major grants and win the sincere confidence and respect of current and potential students, the academic community, and the rest of the world,” says Associate Vice President for Annual Giving Francine Cronin.

“We’re extremely proud that Emory’s alumni are being rightfully recognized as among the nationwide leaders in alumni engagement,” says Vice President for Alumni Affairs Allison Dykes. “Emory alumni have always been leaders—not just in dollars donated but also in the tremendous amount of time and effort they give to the University and its people.”

The Kaplan/Newsweek guide includes Emory among a first-time list of twenty-five “New Ivies”—colleges whose academic programs, combined with a population boom in top students, have fueled their rise in stature and favor among the nation’s most desirable applicants, administrators, and faculty, edging them to a competitive status rivaling the Ivy League.

The designation is based on admission statistics as well as interviews with administrators, students, faculty, and alumni. Emory was the only school in Georgia named to the list and one of five Southern schools.

The guide notes that in 2005, “applications to Emory climbed 18.5 percent from the previous year and came from all 50 states. . . . Students often cite Emory’s Atlanta location.”—M.J.L.

For the U.S. News & World Report rankings, go to www.usnews.com. For the full article in Newsweek, go to the 2007 “How to Get Into College Guide.”



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