South Carolina Universities Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

SOUTH CAROLINA (WOLO) – A number of South Carolina universities are recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges Rankings, released this week.

Clemson University is ranked 23rd among the top public universities, the 10th year it has ranked among the top 25 public schools.

“Clemson was founded on the principle that the university should be a high seminary of learning,” Clemson President James P. Clements said. “I am extremely proud of the great work done every day by our faculty, staff and students who make this sustained excellence possible.”

The University of South Carolina climbed several spots, ranking 46th among all public institutions, and 25th among state flagships. This the fourth straight year in which the overall ranking has improved.

“We know that rankings don’t tell the whole story of an institution, but it is gratifying to see USC moving in the right direction in some important quality measures,” says USC Provost Joan Gabel. “I’m proud of the work our faculty and staff do every day to do high impact research and create a world-class educational experience for our undergraduate students, both inside and outside the classroom.”

USC’s other campuses also excelled in the latest rankings:

  • USC Aiken was ranked the best regional public college in the South, and the best regional public college for veterans.
  • USC Upstate was ranked No. 2 for regional public colleges, the No. 2 regional college for veterans and the No. 6 college for ethnic diversity.
  • USC Beaufort was ranked No. 7 among public colleges in the region.

Newberry College made the lists for Best Regional Liberal Arts Colleges in the South (#17) and Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South (#7).

“I am pleased Newberry College continues to be recognized for its efforts to offer students an affordable, high quality education,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “These highly respected rankings are another proof point of the value of a Newberry College education.”

The U.S. News rankings consider institutions’ performance on up to 15 measures of academic quality, as well as on how they are perceived by their peers. The rankings emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates accounting for 30 percent of the score.

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