South Carolina’s two largest universities saw their positions improve in the annual U.S. News & World Report list of nationally ranked universities.
Clemson University reached a new high, ranking 21st among public universities nationally and 65th among all schools. It is Clemson’s sixth year among the report’s top 25 universities.
The University of South Carolina remained at 55th among public colleges, but saw its overall ranking rise three spots to 112th. USC’s undergraduate international business major was ranked the nation’s best for a 17th consecutive year.
The Citadel ranked fourth among all Southern regional colleges and was first among public schools. College of Charleston was ranked 12th, while Converse was 20th and Winthrop 25th.
Among liberal arts colleges nationwide, Furman was 52nd, Wofford was 65th, and Presbyterian was 126th.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are often popularly viewed as the most definitive college guide. However, some institutions refuse to participate in them, calling their criteria arbitrary because rankings are at least partially based on a school’s reputation among its peers.