UGA top 20 in hybrid academic-athletic ranking

The University of Georgia ranks high in a new hybrid college ranking devised by Forbes magazine.

 

The ranking is combination of academic and athletic prowess, the athletic part measured by national championships.

Forbes gave UGA the No. 17 slot in that chimeric academic-athletic ranking.

In the magazine’s purely academic rankings, UGA was rated the 21st-best college in the South, No. 112 nationwide, and No. 56 on the magazine’s national “best value” list.

The rankings include private as well as public universities and colleges.

Private colleges dominate the Forbes academic rankings academically, even more so than in other academic ranking systems.

The three top three public schools on Forbes’ academic list were the U.S. Naval Academy at No. 20, the U.S. Military Academy at 24 and the University of California, Berkeley at 29.

Public colleges fared much better in the academic-athletic hybrid formula.

About two-thirds of the schools on that list are large state universities, though two of the top three spots were private universities — Stanford, at no. 1, and the University of Southern California, at no. 3. No. 2 was the University of California, Los Angeles.

Two other Southeastern Conference schools also made the combo list — the University of Florida at 12 and Louisiana State University at 20.

According to the NCAA records Forbes used in its ranking, Stanford teams and athletes have won 112 team titles and 497 individual national championships. UGA has won 29 team titles and 212 individual titles.

Stanford was also the No. 2 school on Forbes’ academic list, behind Harvard.

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