U.S. News ranks Piedmont among top Georgia colleges

Latest rankings from U.S. News show PC again among state's top colleges for 2013. Among the 134 regional universities in the 12 southeastern states, Piedmont took the 67th spot, tied with Valdosta State University. Only two private colleges in Georgia, Mercer and Brenau, were ranked higher.

Three public universities, Georgia College and State University (30), North Georgia College and State University (53), and Kennesaw State University (61) were also in the upper ranks for the Southeast.

U.S. News evaluates colleges based on a variety of categories, including tuition, class size, selectivity, and other factors. The magazine also groups colleges by size. National Universities include institutions that offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, and also conduct top level research. Regional Universities, including Piedmont, offer undergraduate and graduate classes with a limited number of doctoral degrees.

“Piedmont is the smallest college in the state to offer a doctoral program, so U.S. News includes us with the much larger institutions, some of which have 10 or 20 times the enrollment that we have,” said Piedmont President Dr. James Mellichamp. “But we are happy to be compared to the larger universities, especially when you consider that some charge considerably more tuition than we do. That puts our ranking in perspective and is just one indication of the value students receive from Piedmont.”

While the U.S. News report relies primarily on statistics to draw comparisons between similar colleges, Mellichamp noted that “as anyone who has ever attended college knows, numbers don’t tell the whole education story. U.S. News has recognized the many improvements at Piedmont, but our best ‘reviews’ come from our students and alumni.”