For the first time ever since becoming a four-year baccalaureate institution in 2009, the College of Coastal Georgia has been named one of the Best Regional Public Colleges in the South by the U.S. News and World Report.
The College of Coastal Georgia is ranked No. 7 among public state and regional colleges in the 12 southern states, and 42nd among 113 state and private colleges in the South.
The College was nationally identified as one of the Best Values in Education by the U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center in July 2011, and is planning to implement new cost-saving initiatives to curtail $1.8 million cumulatively for a more affordable and accessible education. Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is set at $4,434 for full-time students from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama.
The U.S. News and World Report ranking, which included 75 state and public institutions from 12 states across the South, provides a snapshot of the top ranked schools throughout the nation with a focus on academic excellence.
"The 2017 Best Colleges rankings data was collected in spring and summer 2016 using the U.S. News annual statistical survey of colleges," noted Dr. James (Jim) Lynch, director of institutional effectiveness, whose office was responsible for completing the U.S. News and World Report survey instrument.
The public schools featured on the list range from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions, all of which are now available on usnews.
"U.S. News rankings use statistical data reported by institutions to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and are based on several quality measures that include faculty and financial resources, peer assessment, and graduation and retention rates," said Dr. Lynch.
"Our placement as one of the top public regional colleges in the South validates the College's continuous commitment to identifying student needs, increasing student satisfaction, improving the quality of instruction and services, and promoting and supporting academic success for all students."
Founded in 1961, the College of Coastal Georgia, formerly known as Brunswick Junior College before operating as Coastal Georgia Community College, was a two-year institution that offered associate degrees and some technical certificates.
It has since become a thriving state college within the University System of Georgia, providing a wide array of baccalaureate and associate degrees on its Brunswick campus and at the Camden Center in Kingsland.
"This is a result of our strategic focus on quality faculty, additional degree offerings, improving student life, supporting our students through financial aid and endowed scholarships," said Dr. Gregory Aloia, President of College of Coastal Georgia.
"We are proud of this distinction to be ranked 7th in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges rankings as a state college and look forward to not only continuing to be a 'College of Choice' in Georgia and beyond but also continuing to make CCGA affordable and accessible for all of our students."
The U.S. News and World Report is a digital news and information company that reports and analyzes nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help parents and students find the best colleges and universities in the United States.This is the first time the College has been eligible for the U.S. News and World Report ranking as a four-year college. The U.S. News released the 2017 edition of the Best Colleges rankings on Tuesday, September 13.
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