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UNG named by Forbes as one of the nation's top colleges

The University of North Georgia (UNG) was named one of the nation's top higher education institutions by Forbes Magazine this month in its annual "America’s Top Colleges" ranking. This is the first time UNG has been named to the list, and UNG is one of only six public universities in Georgia to be included.

"UNG's inclusion on Forbes' Best Colleges list is indicative of our increasing national recognition and the momentum we have established," said UNG President Bonita Jacobs. "UNG offers an exceptional educational experience that is built on a commitment to student success, high quality academics and affordability. This strong combination and our growing reputation add value to our students' experience and their degrees."

The ranking, a list of the nation's top 660 public and private universities as measured by the return students receive on their investment, focuses on student outcomes in five categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

"College has become one of the biggest financial decisions students and their families make," says Forbes’ Caroline Howard in her release of the America’s Top Colleges 2016 list. "They deserve all the information they can get on the questions that directly concern them: Are current undergrads satisfied? Is it likely I’ll graduate on time or incur a ton of student debt? Will I get a good job and be a leader in my chosen profession?"

Last September, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNG 16th among public regional universities in the South. U.S. News looked at graduation and retention rates, peer assessments, class sizes and student/faculty ratios, student selectivity, graduation rate performance (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates), and alumni giving for their ranking criteria.

UNG has more than 17,000 students and is one of the state's largest public universities. UNG's five campuses are located across northeast Georgia in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee County. UNG offers more than 100 programs of study, including certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and professional doctoral programs.

In fall 2015, UNG’s overall enrollment growth of 7.6 percent represented the second-highest percentage of growth in the University System of Georgia (USG). Also, an annual economic impact showed that UNG had a $545 million impact on the communities where it has campuses during fiscal year 2015, up 25 percent, or $111 million, from the previous year.

For the complete list of Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges 2016 rankings, visit www.forbes.com.

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