Emory Report
August 23, 2004
Volume 57, Number 1


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August 23, 2004
Emory ranks No. 20 in U.S. News & World Report rankings

By Elaine Justice

Emory ranked 20th among 248 national universities in this year’s U.S. News & World Report annual college quality rankings. Goizueta Business School was 17th in the rankings of undergraduate business programs.

“Once again Emory has been identified as one of the nation’s finest academic institutions,” said Provost Earl Lewis. “Such external validation is always important, but we know that the quality of an institution cannot be reduced to one equation. We also know that, for us to remain a choice academic institution, we must continue to improve in all areas. There is no substitute for the pursuit of academic excellence in teaching, research and quality of the student experience.”

Emory’s rankings on the survey’s components included a 15th place ranking in its student selectivity rank. Other components included a 4 out of 5 rating in academic reputation, a ninth-place ranking in faculty resources, 15th in overall financial resources, 24th in graduation and retention, and 36th in alumni giving.

The faculty resources rank (20 percent of the final score) is an indicator derived mainly from faculty compensation and average class size. At ninth place, Emory tied with the California Institute of Technology and had a higher rank than Stanford, Columbia (both tied at 13th), Johns Hopkins (25) and several other highly ranked universities.

Emory was 27th among national universities offering the best value. Rankings in this category were based on academic quality and the net cost to a student receiving the average amount of financial aid.

Unlike the national 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.

“Our undergraduate business program is deeply committed to providing our already gifted students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to realize their intellectual and professional goals,” said Andrea Hershatter, assistant dean and director of the undergraduate business program.

The rankings will be in the Aug. 30 issue of the magazine, which will appear on newsstands today (Monday, Aug. 23). They also are posted at www.usnews.com.