UOG rises on U.S. News & World Report rankings and gains first-time ranking for ethnic diversity
The University of Guam has climbed to higher positions on three U.S. News & World Report rankings and has gained a first-time recognition as well.
Released nationally this month, the 2022-2023 Best Colleges Rankings lists the University of Guam among 1,500 colleges and universities as a Top Performer on Social Mobility, one of the Best Regional Universities in the West, a Top Public School, and for the first time, a top school for Campus Ethnic Diversity.
|Best Colleges List||2022 Ranking||2021 Ranking|
|Top Performers on Social Mobility||30th||40th|
|Top Public Schools – Regional Universities (West)||36th||46th|
|Best Regional Universities (West)||70th||90th|
|Campus Ethnic Diversity||57th / .55 Diversity Index|
This is the third year that UOG has been included on the Best Colleges Rankings. UOG is categorized as a “regional university” on these lists, which is one that offers a full range of undergraduate programs and provides master’s degrees.
“We are proud to bring recognition to our students, our university, our island, and
our region...as an institution embracing the diversity of its community.”
“Being named a top university by U.S. News & World Report for a third consecutive
an honor, and even more so to see that we continue to rise in the ranks among institutions in
our categories,” UOG President Thomas W. Krise said. “We are proud to bring recognition to
our students, our university, our island, and our region as a top performer in social mobility,
as one of the best universities in the West, and as an institution embracing the diversity of
The Best Colleges Rankings assesses U.S. bachelor’s degree–granting institutions on
17 measures of academic quality. To calculate the rankings, U.S. News focuses on academic
quality and places emphasis on outcome measures, including graduation rates, retention rates, graduate indebtedness, and social mobility.
Among its peers on the Best Regional Universities list, the University of Guam has
above-average first-year student retention of 74% and a lower student-to-faculty ratio at 14:1.
In recognizing studies that show that diversity on college campuses improves intellectual
and cultural engagements among students and faculty, U.S. News and World Report publishes a Campus Ethnic Diversity ranking. The list identifies colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups different from their own.
On a scale of 0 to 1, with 1 being the most diverse, UOG received a diversity index of .55, placing it 57th among Western region universities.
The “Top Performers on Social Mobility” list measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell grants. These students belong to households typically earning less than $50,000 per year, with most Pell grant households earning less than $20,000.
UOG has a high percentage of students receiving the Pell grant — 46% compared to an average of 41% among other universities that made the social mobility list — and graduates a high number of its Pell recipients within six years.
UOG’s placements in the 2022-2023 Best Colleges Rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/colleges.