Georgia State Fourth Most Innovative University in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Edition

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Georgia State University is rated the fourth most innovative university in the nation in the 2018 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Georgia State also moved up from 14th to eighth, tied with Stanford University, among national universities cited for “an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

The university followed Arizona State University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology atop the list of innovative colleges and universities. Institutions on the list are nominated by college and university leaders across the country. It ranked fourth in last year’s survey.

Georgia State’s First-Year Experience program was among those identified by U.S. News as “outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success.” The program, which gives students external learning opportunities, is central to Georgia State’s student success initiatives for which it is recognized as a national leader.

“We are pleased that Georgia State has been a mainstay among the nation’s most innovative universities since U.S. News introduced the category,” said Mark. P. Becker, president of Georgia State. “We are also extremely pleased to be recognized among the top 10 institutions in the country for our commitment to undergraduate teaching. Our model for proactively supporting students in innovative ways is leveling the playing field so students from all backgrounds succeed. It is deeply gratifying to see this recognition of our faculty and staff for their creativity and hard work in shaping the future of higher education.”

Georgia State was again included among the top 20 national universities recognized for their ethnic diversity.

The university’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business was 64th, tied with 13 other schools, in the magazine’s ranking of undergraduate business programs. It was 63rd last year. Robinson’s insurance and risk management program ranked fifth among the top programs in the nation. The business school and program rankings are based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at institutions across the country.