The University of Georgia
Public Affairs Division
News Service

Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2010

Writer: Matt Weeks, 706-542-3527, mweeks@uga.edu

UGA places in two categories in new Kaplan/‘Newsweek’ college rankings

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia made two top 25 lists in the fall 2010 "Finding the Right College for You" guide released this week by Kaplan and Newsweek.

Earning the 20th spot on the "Most Desirable Large Schools" list and 24th place on the "Stocked with Jocks" list, UGA is one of only a few universities or colleges with more than one rating in the new guide, which seeks to address the real-life concerns that prospective college students have when selecting a school.

To rank large schools, or those with more than 10,000 students, the Newsweek/Kaplan team considered test scores, endowment, student-to-faulty ratio, retention and climate and the quality of the facilities to gauge desirability.

The "Stocked with Jocks" list ranks the best schools for athletes, according to the group's website. To rank schools, the Newsweek/Kaplan team considered the percentage of students serving on varsity teams, the number of varsity and intramural sports offered on the campus and the amountof money spent on athletics compared to instruction.

The "Finding the Right College for You" guide debuted its college rankings this year, in categories not traditionally found in similar publications. Each of the categories is meant to guide high school students and their parents as they select the right college by covering all the aspects of undergraduate life.

For more information on the rankings, see www.kaplancollegeguide.com.