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High schoolers around the state – and nation – are filling out college applications for Georgia colleges and universities, but which ones are among the best?

Financial analysis website WalletHub recently compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

After doing so, the website listed these colleges and universities as the Top 10 in Georgia:

  1. Georgia Tech
  2. Emory University
  3. University of Georgia
  4. Mercer University
  5. Piedmont College
  6. Berry College
  7. Spelman College
  8. Georgia Colle & State University
  9. Oglethorpe University
  10. Covenant College

School Snapshot: Georgia Institute of Technology (1 = Best; 17 = Average; 33 = Worst)
*    2nd – Admission Rate
*    27th – Net Cost
*    32nd – Student-Faculty Ratio
*    14th – On-Campus Crime
*    4th – Gender & Racial Diversity
*    2nd – Graduation Rate
*    1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Emory University (1 = Best; 17 = Average; 33 = Worst)
*    1st – Admission Rate
*    33rd – Net Cost
*    1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
*    10th – On-Campus Crime
*    2nd – Gender & Racial Diversity
*    1st – Graduation Rate
*    2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: University of Georgia (1 = Best; 17 = Average; 33 = Worst)
*    10th – Admission Rate
*    12th – Net Cost
*    20th – Student-Faculty Ratio
*    20th – On-Campus Crime
*    16th – Gender & Racial Diversity
*    2nd – Graduation Rate
*    4th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

The top 10 in the nation were listed as follows:

Overall Rank (1=Best)* Percentile (99=Best) University/College State Total Score** ‘Student Selectivity’ Rank ‘Cost & Financing’ Rank ‘Faculty Resources’ Rank ‘Campus Safety’ Rank ‘Campus Experience’ Rank ‘Educational Outcomes’ Rank ‘Career Outcomes’ Rank
1 99 Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA 80.1 3 872 7 527 122 7 1
2 99 Princeton University NJ 79.5 5 773 17 583 57 2 23
3 99 Yale University CT 78.86 6 863 4 615 61 1 13
4 99 Harvard University MA 78.58 2 860 15 76 72 21 7
5 99 California Institute of Technology CA 77.73 1 889 1 873 124 36 2
6 99 Duke University NC 76.15 14 902 6 548 167 4 11
7 99 University of Pennsylvania PA 76.1 9 933 5 141 64 3 16
8 99 Columbia University NY 75.89 8 937 19 65 5 13 22
9 99 Rice University TX 75.67 19 878 3 409 63 34 35
10 99 Stanford University CA 75.32 4 891 176
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