Clemson University, Presbyterian College, and the University of South Carolina top the newly released College Choice’s 2017 Best Colleges in South Carolina list.

The independent online publication considered test scores, student-to-faculty ratios, student body diversity, and return on investment in coming up with its rankings.

The site highlighted South Carolina’s college choices, from a big-time college experience with school spirit and a competitive football team to a small campus experience.

“In short, South Carolina has something for everyone, which is important in an economy which needs more and more highly trained and educated workers,” said Christian Amondson, the site’s managing editor.

The site touted Clemson’s high ranking for best return on investment as well as its location on Lake Hartwell.

“It also includes top technology like the university-owned supercomputer and the state-of-the-art wind turbine. Both these impressive technologies give students hands-on experience in bleeding-edge technology,” the website said.

Presbyterian College was second. The publication cited the school’s average class size of 13 students and 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio.

College Choice highlighted USC’s research activity as well as its large collections of Robert Burns, Scottish literature, and Ernest Hemingway.

Others in the top 10 were Wofford College, Erskine College, Converse College, The Citadel, Claflin College, Furman University, and the College of Charleston. North Greenville University was ranked 13th and USC Upstate 14th.

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