The U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) named Emory No. 21 among national universities for the fourth year in a row as part of its “Best Colleges” guide, which was released Sunday night. Emory has stayed in this position since 2017 when it dropped from No. 20.

USNWR determines its ranking by calculating weighted scores across various categories, including graduation rates, financial resources per student and faculty resources for the academic year. Emory received a total score of 83 out of 100 possible points, increasing from last year’s score of 79. For the first time, USNWR’s ranking included undergraduate business analytics and computer science programs.

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“What makes a university great, first and foremost, is its people,” wrote University President Gregory L. Fenves in a Sept. 14 University press release. “Rankings are important, as we continue to focus on our core mission: leading in research, providing students the highest quality education, and being actively engaged in our communities at home and beyond.”

Emory dropped to No. 23 from No. 21 in 2020 in the “Best Value Schools” category, a ranking based on a school’s academic quality and the average amount of need-based financial aid. Emory rose to No. 25 in “Best Undergraduate Teaching” from No. 40 last year, tying with five other universities. 

“These results reflect Emory’s commitments to offer the most inclusive and financially accessible higher education experience among the nation’s top universities and to create an undergraduate campus life experience that builds a vibrant, impact-oriented intellectual community,” Interim Provost Jan Love wrote.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings ranked Emory No. 22 in its 2020 guide in September, the same position as last year.