MACON — For the 11th consecutive year, Mercer has made the Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of comprehensive universities in the South. Mercer is ranked No. 8 in the South in the 2010 “Best Universities-Master’s” category. The University has for 20 consecutive years been ranked in the top 15 in that category, which includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, and few, if any, doctoral programs. More than 500 universities are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West.
In a new category this year, U.S. News ranked institutions based on their commitment to strong undergraduate teaching. Mercer came in at No. 7 in the South. According to the magazine, “These are schools whose faculty and administrators have placed a special emphasis on teaching undergraduate students and are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a quality manner.”
Mercer maintained the No. 6 spot in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices,” and the School of Engineering also repeated its national ranking among the top 50 schools focused on undergraduate engineering.
The “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking reflects the magazine’s selection of institutions based on a number of criteria, including academic quality and the net cost of attendance for students receiving need-based aid. The ranking is also based on the premise that “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”
In the ranking for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs,” Mercer’s School of Engineering placed 42nd nationally, tied with six other engineering schools. Since its establishment in 1986, Mercer School of Engineering 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.