Piedmont Historical MarkerPC jumps 16 places in U.S. News & World Report ranking

The latest study of colleges and universities issued by U.S. News and World Report magazine shows Piedmont College near the head of the class among Georgia's regional universities.

Among the 132 regional universities in the 12 Southeastern states, Piedmont took the 51st spot. Only two private colleges in Georgia, Mercer (#8) and Brenau (#49), were ranked higher. Among public colleges, only Georgia College (#29) earned a higher score.

Other Georgia colleges included in the rankings were the University of North Georgia (#55), Kennesaw State University (#69), Valdosta State University (#69), Albany State University (#84) and Southern Polytechnic State University (#89).

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. 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, and 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. "While we should pause to congratulate ourselves on this giant leap forward, we should also remember that we have many exciting opportunities in front of us that will further enhance the reputation of Piedmont as a prominent regional liberal arts institution."