August 25, 2003

U.S. News again ranks Emory 18th

By Elaine Justice

Emory maintained its 18th place ranking for the fifth year in a row among 248 national universities in this year’s U.S. News & World Report annual college quality rankings. The Goizueta Business School was 14th in the rankings of undergraduate business programs.

“We continue to attract some of the finest students in the country, and we are glad to be recognized as one of the nation’s top teaching and research institutions,” said Interim Provost Woody Hunter.

Emory’s rankings on the survey’s components included a substantial increase in its student selectivity ranking, moving from 20th last year to 15th. Other components included a 4.1 out of 5 in academic reputation, eighth in faculty resources, 14th in overall financial resources, 25th in graduation and retention, and 26th in alumni giving.

The faculty resources rank (20 percent of the final score) is an indicator mainly derived from faculty compensation and average class size. At eighth place, Emory tied with Yale,
a higher score in this area than institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (11th) and Stanford (14th).

Unlike the university rankings, the magazine’s business program rankings are based solely on a survey U.S. News conducts of deans and senior faculty at business schools.

“We’ve been working for a long time not only to improve our internal quality measures but also to enhance our external visibility,” said Andrea Hershatter, assistant dean and director of the undergraduate business program. “We’re delighted to note this progress, and we anticipate its continuation.”

The rankings will be in the Sept. 1 issue of the magazine, which will appear on newsstands Monday, Aug. 25, and at This year the magazine will continue its list of schools that offer the best value, in which universities are ranked based on both the net cost of attendance and the school’s academic quality.

Results of those rankings will be available online and in the Sept. 8 edition of U.S. News, which hits newsstands Sept. 1.