Gordon State College Ranked As One of the Top Public Schools by US News and World Report

Gordon State College is one of five University System of Georgia institutions ranked in the Top Public Schools in the Regional Colleges South category, according to the 2022 edition of the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list.

Gordon ranked No. 22-27 in Top Public Schools in the Regional Colleges South category. This ranking is shared with the College of Coastal Georgia, also a state college, within the University System of Georgia. The rankings, which were released Monday, reveal the top colleges in the country for 2022. Georgia Gwinnett College ranked No. 12 (tie), Dalton State College ranked No. 16, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College fared at No. 21.

Gordon State College made the list at No. 98 for Social Mobility. This ranking is based on how well the colleges compare in advancing social mobility and is measured by enrollment and graduation rates for disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.

"Gordon State College plays a major role in transforming the lives of students within the region and is proud to be ranked in the top 100. Gordon State College will remain focused on leveraging this ranking through the “Power of WE,” said Vice President of Advancement, External Relations, and Marketing, Montrese Adger Fuller.

The same report ranked Gordon State College and the College of Coastal Georgia No. 76-99 in the overall Best Regional Colleges South category. Gordon was one of 15 Georgia institutions and one of five USG schools ranked in the best regional colleges south category. Georgia Gwinnett College tied for No. 54, Dalton State College tied for No. 60, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College tied for No 72.

“We remain focused on the goals of our five-year strategic plan, Building the Power of WE!” said President Kirk A. Nooks. “The hard work and passion of our talented faculty, staff, and students show in our retention, enrollment, and graduation rates. The past few years have been challenging for all of us; however, together we continue to move our Highlanders forward.”

According to the report, regional colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines; this category also includes schools that have small bachelor's degree programs but primarily award two-year associate degrees.