University of Georgia Meets “Public Ivy” Criteria by Stephen F. Been

In the 1980s, the term “Public Ivy” was introduced by Richard Moll in his effort to identify public colleges and universities that were competitive with prestigious Ivy League universities like Harvard and Yale.

This year, the concept of the Public Ivy has been refined by researchers at Educated Quest (EQ), an organization that reviews colleges and universities across the country for prospective students and their parents. The criteria that EQ set forth for the designation included high student retention and graduation rates coupled with comparatively low tuition rates.

The University of Georgia (UGA) was featured on the EQ list of new Public Ivies. It also ranked among the top 25 public universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. UGA’s Terry College of Business was noted as one of its major strengths, ranking in the top ten among all college business schools for several academic areas including Risk Management and Insurance, Real Estate, and Management Information Systems.

About the author: Stephen F. Been is CEO of Legacy Communities, an Atlanta-based contractor and real estate development firm. Legacy was recognized as National Builder of the Year in 2009 by the magazine Professional Builder. Mr. Been graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.


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