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Piedmont Accolades


U.S. News & World Report

  • Of the 14 Regional Universities in Georgia, Piedmont took fifth place (2019 & 2018) and was also named a “Best College” and "Best Value" among the Regional Universities in the South (2018) and ranked fourth in 2017
  • Piedmont was also ranked #63 in the much larger 12-state South Region (2019)
  • On the “Best Value” list, Piedmont is one of only two Georgia institutions selected for the honor from the 142 Regional Universities in the 12-state South region (2018)

The U.S. News rankings look at a variety of factors, including tuition, class size, and selectivity. The magazine also groups colleges by the types of degrees offered. Regional Universities, including Piedmont, offer undergraduate and graduate programs, including doctoral degrees.

The magazine selected Best Value institutions based on their overall academic quality and the net cost of attending. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” the editors said. “Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

National Colleges of Distinction

  • Piedmont earned recognition for the third straight year from the national Colleges of Distinction (2018)

National Colleges of Distinction is a student guide that highlights innovative undergraduate learning opportunities.

Washington Monthly

  • Piedmont named one of the top “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges — 20th out of 100 — in the Southeast (2017)


  • Piedmont was tagged as an “up-and-comer” by the BestColleges academic guide, which ranked it sixth among all colleges and universities in Georgia (2017)

College Consensus

  • Piedmont ranked 35th among Best Regional Universities-South (2018)

College Consensus is comprehensive. It’s not just one voice stating an opinion – it’s many, many voices, computed objectively and equally. The College Consensus method allows every institution, from the richest and best-known university to the smallest and hardest-working regional college, to demonstrate what they do best. 

James Magazine

  • Piedmont named #7 in top-10 colleges in the state (2018)

James Magazine provides "an inside view into Georgia's politics, business and news." Criteria was based on standardized test scores, career placement after graduation and more.


  • Piedmont named #5 in entire state of Georgia in Best Colleges ranking

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