MACON/ATLANTA – Mercer remained the No. 34 Best Value among top-tier national universities and climbed more than 20 spots to No. 36 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges issue, released today.

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The best value ranking takes into account an institution’s academic quality and the previous year’s net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Mercer’s overall ranking of No. 166 among 440 national universities ties it with nine others, including private institutions like Xavier and St. John’s (NY) and large public institutions Kansas State and California State University, Fullerton.

The School of Engineering’s undergraduate program, consistently ranked among the nation’s top engineering programs that have bachelor’s or master’s as their terminal degrees, is tied for No. 59 based on surveys of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs. The University’s nursing, business and computer sciences undergraduate programs also appear in the rankings.

Additionally, Mercer is included among Top Performers on Social Mobility, recognizing institutions that enroll and graduate a significant number of students who receive federal Pell Grants, as well as Best Colleges for Veterans.

The institutions ranked as national universities are evaluated based upon factors such as peer assessment, freshman retention, graduation rate, class size, student-faculty ratio, academic profile of entering class, acceptance rate and alumni giving.

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