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S.C. colleges score on U.S. News rankings

Staff Report
Published Sept. 12, 2012

Clemson University ranks No. 21 nationally among public colleges and universities and the University of South Carolina is No. 55, according to new U.S. News and World Report Best College rankings.

The 2014 rankings offer data on nearly 1,800 schools.

Clemson ranks No. 62 among all schools nationally — public and private — and South Carolina is No. 112 in the national category.

USC’s undergraduate international business major ranks No. 1 for the 17th straight year.

Furman University is No. 52, Wofford 65, Presbyterian 126 and Erskine 180 among national liberal arts colleges.

In the Regional University South category with public and private campuses that offer a full range of undergraduate programs, some master’s programs but few doctoral programs, The Citadel is No. 4., College of Charleston is No. 12, Converse College is No. 20, Winthrop University is No. 25, Columbia College is No. 46, Columbia International University is No. 55, Coastal Carolina is No. 62 and Francis Marion is No. 73.

In the Regional College South category with public and private campuses that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines, Coker College is No. 16, Anderson University 20, USC-Aiken 23, USC-Upstate 29, North Greenville 30, Newberry 35, Limestone 56, Lander and USC-Beaufort tied-66.

U.S. News changed its ranking method for 2014 to reflect the current status of admissions and better measure student outcomes, the magazine said. High school class rank is less important than past years. Graduation and retention rates increased in importance in the national universities and liberal arts colleges. Extended graduation rate performance is more heavily weighted for regional schools.

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