ATLANTA—Georgia State University is ranked the third most innovative university in the nation and third for its commitment to undergraduate teaching in the 2021 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Georgia State ranked first among public universities in the Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching category. It’s the third year in a row the university has been ranked in the top three among national universities for its “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”
Arizona State University is first in this year’s innovation ranking, and Brown University topped the undergraduate teaching ranking.
The innovation and undergraduate teaching rankings are based on a survey of presidents, provosts and admissions deans at colleges and universities across the country.
Georgia State ranked highly in the Social Mobility and Academic Programs to Look For categories.
Social Mobility measures how well a school advances equity among low-income families and families with stronger financial backgrounds. Georgia State ranked ninth in the nation.
In the Academic Programs to Look For category, Georgia State ranked sixth for its first-year experience. The indicator measures how well a university builds into its curriculum first-year seminars or other academic programs that regularly bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff. The university ranked fifth in the Learning Communities category.
“We have sustained our leadership in the innovation and undergraduate teaching rankings, reflecting the higher education community’s recognition of our focus on student success at Georgia State,” said Mark Becker, president of Georgia State. “Our commitment to students and their success has never been more important than it is today with the disruption and turmoil resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The university’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is 53rd this year in the magazine’s ranking of undergraduate business programs. Its Risk Management & Insurance program remained at fourth in the rankings. The business school and program rankings are based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at institutions across the country.