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South Carolina’s colleges and universities made nearly all of the lists that comprise the 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s Best College Rankings.

Clemson University fell a few spots from last year’s ranking of 66, but the school was once again the top from South Carolina on the “Best National Universities” list at 70th out of 381. The University of South Carolina moved up from 106 to 104 on the same list.

Both schools also ranked in the “Top Public Schools” list with Clemson earning the 27th spot and the University of South Carolina coming in at 44 out of 129 National and Liberal Arts Universities.

Several state schools including Furman University (#46), Wofford College (#72), and Presbyterian College (#140) ranked on the list of 229 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.”

For its 35th edition, U.S. News ranked nearly 1,400 colleges and universities through a focus on academic quality and outcome measures – including graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility.

*Note: U.S. News displays numerical ranking ranges for schools in the bottom 25% of the categories based on their overall score.


Best National Universities

  • #70 Clemson University
  • #104 University of South Carolina

Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

  • #46 Furman University
  • #72 Wofford College
  • #140 Presbyterian College
  • #164-215 Allen University

Best Regional Universities – South

  • #2 The Citadel
  • #8 College of Charleston
  • #17 Winthrop University
  • #22 Converse College
  • #34 Bob Jones University
  • #38 Columbia International University
  • #41 Coastal Carolina University
  • #43 Coker College
  • #50 Anderson University
  • #50 North Greenville University
  • #54 Columbia College
  • #58 Charleston Southern University
  • #61 Francis Marion University
  • #75 Southern Wesleyan University

Best Regional Colleges – South

  • #6 Erskine
  • #9 Claflin University
  • #11 University of South Carolina – Upstate
  • #13 University of South Carolina – Aiken
  • #16 Newberry College
  • #29 Lander University
  • #49 Limestone College
  • #55 Voorhees College
  • #65-84 Benedict College
  • #65-84 Morris College

Top Public Schools

  • #27 Clemson University (National Universities)
  • #44 University of South Carolina (National Universities)
  • #1 The Citadel (Regional Universities – South)
  • #5 College of Charleston (Regional Universities – South)
  • #8 Winthrop University (Regional Universities – South)
  • #17 Coastal Carolina University (Regional Universities – South)
  • #24 Francis Marion University (Regional Universities – South)
  • #36 South Carolina State University (Regional Universities – South)
  • #1 University of South Carolina – Upstate (Regional Colleges – South)
  • #2 University of South Carolina – Aiken (Regional Colleges – South)
  • #5 Lander University (Regional Colleges – South)

Best Value – National Universities

  • #142 Clemson University
  • #182 University of South Carolina

Best Value – National Liberal Arts Colleges

  • #63 Wofford
  • #99 Furman University

Best Value – Regional Universities

  • #2 Coastal Carolina University
  • #3 The Citadel
  • #6 Bob Jones University
  • #8 Converse College
  • #12 Columbia International University
  • #25 Columbia College
  • #32 Anderson University
  • #49 Coker College
  • #51 North Greenville University
  • #54 College of Charleston
  • #56 Francis Marion University

Best Value – Regional Colleges

  • #6 Newberry College
  • #20 Erskine College
  • #26 – University of South Carolina – Aiken
  • #28 – University of South Carolina – Upstate

A+ Schools for B Students

  • Wofford College
  • Presbyterian College
  • Anderson University

Best Undergraduate Business Programs

  • #38 University of South Carolina
  • #66 Clemson University
  • #167 The Citadel
  • #224 College of Charleston
  • #292 Coastal Carolina University
  • #331 Winthrop University
  • #380 University of South Carolina – Aiken
  • #428 University of South Carolina – Upstate
  • #466-504 Francis Marion University
  • #466-504 Lander University
  • #466-504 South Carolina State University

Undergraduate Business Program – International Business

  • #1 University of South Carolina

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – Overall Doctorate

  • #54 Clemson University
  • #108 University of South Carolina

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – Overall Non-Doctorate

  • #21 The Citadel
  • #192 Francis Marion
  • #192 South Carolina State University

Historically Black Colleges & Universities

  • #9 Claflin University
  • #56 Benedict College
  • #59-76 Allen University
  • #59-76 Morris College
  • #59-76 Voorhees College

First-year experience

  • #3 University of South Carolina

Co-op/ Internship

  • #14 Clemson University

Learning Communities

  • #15 Clemson University

A complete list of rankings can be found on the U.S. News & World Report website.

 

 

 

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