Emory University has been ranked 21st among the nation’s top universities in the new 2015 Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report.

“Emory is one of the highest ranked universities in the nation,” says Claire Sterk, Emory provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We are a place of amazing discovery, global research and innovation that advances knowledge every day. We’re committed to helping our students join the ranks of those on the leading edge of change to benefit society.”

Emory was listed as 18th among national universities offering the “best value” to students based on a combination of academic quality and the average level of need-based financial aid. The university also was cited for its economic diversity, with 22 percent of its undergraduates receiving need-based Pell Grants.

Emory’s Goizueta Business School, which is ranked separately from the university’s main undergraduate program based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty, was 15th in the undergraduate business rankings.

Emory consistently ranks high in a variety of national surveys that convey aspects of the university’s identity, from the strength of its academic programs, to the quality of faculty research, to the value of an Emory education for students and their families.

Emory has been cited as one of the world’s top research universities (Leiden Ranking), having one of the best college libraries (Princeton Review) and being a best value among private universities (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Princeton Review).

The new 2015 rankings appear today at www.usnews.com.