Two Middle Georgia colleges are ranked on Forbes’ new list of top U.S. colleges.
Wesleyan College was ranked No. 325 (sixth overall in Georgia), and Mercer University was No. 477, or 10th in the state.
Elsewhere across the state, Georgia Tech came in at No. 90 overall and No. 1 in Georgia, and the University of Georgia was No. 94 nationally and second in the state. Georgia Southern was No. 595, good for 12th on the state list.
“We are honored that Forbes has included Wesleyan among the best colleges in the U.S. and as the sixth best in Georgia,” said Vivia Fowler, Wesleyan College provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a statement. “This national recognition affirms our belief that the Wesleyan experience is extraordinary, providing an outstanding liberal arts education in a women’s college environment.”
Kyle Sears, director of media relations at Mercer University, wrote in an email that Mercer did not have “any official institutional comment regarding the Forbes list.”
Williams College in Massachusetts topped the 2014 list, which was released Wednesday.
The annual rankings, calculated by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, focused on educational outcomes, teaching quality, student satisfaction, graduation rates and student debt levels.