MACON, Ga. — The 2007 edition of U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges, released today, affirmed Mercer University's position among the ranks of leading universities and best values in the South. U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges has ranked Mercer No. 9 in the South in the "Best Universities-Master's" category, marking the University's 17th consecutive year among the top 15 and eighth straight year in the top 10. Mercer was the only university in Georgia to be in the top 40 in the Master's category.
The popular college guide also ranked Mercer in the top 5 in the South among Universities-Master's for graduating students with the least debt. Graduates of Mercer had an average debt of $11,075, while graduates of two of the state's institutions in the National Universities category, University of Georgia and Georgia State University, both had debt averages of $13,422 and $13,886 respectively.
The "Best Universities – Master's" category is for institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs, and few, if any, doctoral programs. A total of 557 universities are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West.
The 2007 rankings also place Mercer 36th nationally, along with The Citadel and Virginia Military Institute, among "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs." Mercer's School of Engineering, one of only two in Georgia, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and is expanding, with a new $14 million Science and Engineering building to be completed this academic year. In just 20 years, the School has developed a strong reputation among employers in the state and is the single largest source of engineers for Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins.
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education, the University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; teaching hospitals in Macon and Savannah; an educational partnership with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.