Dylan Ledbetter, a sophomore business major, and Korizma Robinson, a freshman business major, make their way across campus to a class on the first day of Fall Semester at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Dylan Ledbetter, a sophomore business major, and Korizma Robinson, a freshman business major, make their way across campus to a class on the first day of Fall Semester at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Ranks High Again on ‘Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges’ Listing

Aug. 29, 2017
Alison Reeger Cook

For the second year in a row, Brenau University is ranked in the top 20 of Washington Monthly’s college guide list of “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges” for 2017. The Gainesville, Georgia-based institution moved up one spot from last year to No. 18 in the rankings released Monday, coinciding with the first day of class for the fall semester.

Brenau is one of only four Georgia colleges in the top 20 alongside the Georgia Institute of Technology, Augusta University and American InterContinental University Atlanta campus. Out of those four, Brenau is the only private institution, which gives it the unique designation of being not just one of the “most reasonably priced for a quality education” private universities in Georgia, but in the entire Southeast.

Brenau over the years has consistently achieved significant rankings from various higher education ratings services and publications, including the annual US World News & World Report’s best colleges lists as well as its specialty lists like “Best Colleges for Veterans,” “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” and two national rankings in the publication for occupational therapy master’s degrees.

“Being ranked as one of the best Colleges for ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ only reiterates the point that we care about so much more than simply recruiting a student to fill a class,” said Ray Tatum, Brenau vice president of enrollment management. “We celebrate each of our students contributions in and out of the classroom. The bang part of ‘bang for the buck’ encompasses student services, counseling services, career planning, study abroad opportunities, and leadership throughout the campus and our community and our state. Brenau is a special place.”

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly national nonprofit magazine of U.S. politics and government that is based in Washington, D.C. The magazine is known for its annual ranking of American colleges and universities, which serves as an alternative to those of rival magazines, Forbes and US News & World Report rankings. It rates schools based on their contributions to the public good in social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings are exclusive lists of schools that help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, including universities from the North, Northeast, Midwest, South and Southeast.

Washington Monthly established a list of 2,425 institutions, including 1,133 four-year colleges and 1,292 two-year colleges for their rankings. To rank them in order, they used data gathered from the U.S. Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to determine percentages for various categories, including how many students at each university were receiving Pell Grants, a college’s graduation rates, its affordability rates and student loan repayment rates. Brenau and other institutions report that data to IPEDS each October.

To see the full 2017 “Best Bang for the Buck” Southeast Colleges rankings, go to http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017college-guide.

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