MACON, GA - Two popular national college guides have again named Mercer University one of the finest educational institutions in the nation.
For the 15th consecutive year, Mercer University has been ranked among the best universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In the magazine’s highly anticipated 2005 edition of "America’s Best Colleges," Mercer ranks 8th in the South among "Best Universities - Master’s," 7th in the South among "Great Schools, Great Prices," and 39th in the nation among "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs."
The Princeton Review has included Mercer in its 2005 edition of The Best 357 Colleges. The college guide ranks the University 20th in its "Best Bargains – Private" listing (the highest ranked of the private institutions listed in Georgia), 15th in the "Students Most Nostalgic for Ronald Reagan" listing in the politics category and 20th in the "Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution" listing in the school type category.
While the U.S. News & World Report bases its annual rankings on selected data and a peer assessment survey of administrators – presidents, provosts and deans of admissions - of similar institutions, The Princeton Review determines its selections through surveys students complete for the national publication. Both publications have released their rankings online.
"While it is nice to have the quality of your institution recognized by national publications, the most important reviews we receive each year are from our students, their families and our alumni," said Allen London, vice president for University Admissions. "When students tell us that Mercer is the perfect fit for them, when a parent calls to say how happy their student is or when alumni recommend applicants to us because of their own great experience at the University – those are the most important reviews."
Mercer is included in a number of other national guides, including "Colleges of Distinction," "Colleges with a Conscience," and "Peterson’s Best Competitive Colleges."