USC now ranks 46th among all public institutions and 25th among state flagships. In addition to the overall ranking, the international business program at the Darla Moore School of Business retained its No. 1 national ranking, a position it has held for nearly 20 years in a row.
“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,” Joan Gabel, USC provost, said in a press release. “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.”
In last year’s publication, USC ranked 49th overall; this is the fourth consecutive year the school has improved its overall ranking. Some contributing factors, according to the publication, included improved peer ranking score, escalating graduation rate, reduced undergraduate class size and increase in full-time faculty.
The guide also gave USC’s Columbia campus additional accolades for its first-year experience program and its living and learning communities. This fall, the university launched the Galen Health Fellows program, a new living and learning community designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences.
Other USC campuses also made the list including:
- USC Aiken was ranked No. 6 among best regional public colleges in the South, and the best regional public college for veterans.
- USC Upstate was ranked No. 2 for top public schools, the No. 2 regional college for veterans and the No. 6 college for ethnic diversity.
- USC Beaufort was ranked No. 7 among top public schools in the region.
USC has a total of 47 nationally ranked programs in U.S. News and World Report’s undergraduate and graduate rankings, which are released annually in the spring.
Other area colleges mentioned in the U.S. News rankings were:
- Columbia International University, No. 32 in regional universities in the South.
- Columbia College, No. 57 in regional universities in the South.
- Newberry College, No. 17 in best regional colleges in the South.
- Francis Marion University, Florence, No. 89 in regional universities in the South.
- Coker College, Hartsville, No. 8 (tie) in regional colleges in the South.
For more information, go to www.usnews.com/best-colleges/.