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Colleges and universities in the Upstate made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of best colleges. Clemson University was ranked No. 23 among public universities while USC-Upstate was ranked No. 2 for top public schools in the Regional Colleges South division.

“Many people have worked hard to make Clemson University’s academics, facilities and student experience among the best. It’s reflected in this recognition and it is gratifying that Clemson has been ranked among the top 25 public schools for 10 years in a row,” said Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost for Clemson, in a statement.

In addition to being ranked No. 2 for top public schools, USC-Upstate was also ranked No. 14 among regional colleges in the South.

Furman University was ranked No. 53 among national liberal arts colleges and No. 13 on the list for most innovative schools.

“While our focus is on delivering the best education through The Furman Advantage, we recognize that many prospective students and their families look at rankings to start their college search,” said Furman President Elizabeth Davis, in a statement.

Wofford College in Spartanburg was ranked No. 71 among the 233 national liberal arts colleges and No. 42 on the best value schools list.

“The recognition of Wofford as a best value college reflects our long-term commitment to balancing two important priorities: offering an outstanding residential academic program and focusing on affordability for a wide range of students and their families,” said Wofford College President Nayef Samhat, in a statement.

Converse College was ranked No. 27 among regional universities in the South. Ahead of Converse on that list was The Citadel (No. 4) and College of Charleston (No. 12). Anderson University was ranked No. 73 on the list followed by North Greenville University at No. 80. Anderson University was also ranked No. 7 among most innovative schools.

The University of South Carolina was ranked No. 103 on the list for national universities and No. 142 for best value schools.

Editor's note: The story has been changed to reflect that USC-Upstate was No. 2 for top public schools in the Regional Colleges South division.

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