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Georgia Southwestern ranks #48 among Top Public Universities in the South

AMERICUS, GA (September 28, 2022) – Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the South’s top regional universities, appearing at #48 on the Top Public Universities in the South in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. 

“This latest ranking serves as further validation for the type of experience that awaits prospective Georgia Southwestern students,” said GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. “I am pleased but not surprised that U.S. News and World Report has recognized GSW as one of the best universities in the South.”

The ranking is one of many signifiers of GSW’s growing momentum in a number of areas. The University has recently been recognized as the #1 nursing school in Georgia, continues to see record-breaking enrollment numbers, and has exceeded fundraising records in recent years. GSW plans to continue this momentum with Propel: GSW’s Campaign for Scholarships, which aims to raise $1 million for student scholarships over the next year and a half. 

Over the past three decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be a commonly used research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. Rankings are based on 17 measures, including graduation and retention rates, class sizes, the average federal loan debt of graduates, and academic reputation. 

Georgia Southwestern also ranked #101 in Best Regional Universities in the South, and #95 Top Performers on Social Mobility

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