Five South Carolina colleges made a national ranking list of best institutions in the country.
Furman University scored the highest on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings of U.S. colleges. The private Greenville school came in at No. 130 in the national rankings.
Clemson University was next best at No. 207. Wofford College in Spartanburg at 210. The University of South Carolina-Columbia was at 256. The Citadel is the last S.C. school to make the top 500 at No. 487. The Charleston military school tied in the survey with Barry University in Miami, Fla., Maryville University in St. Louis and Mississippi State.
The survey looks at a variety of student outcomes in terms of salary earned 10 years after graduation and the rate of student debt repaid. Resources available to students and student surveys about the campus and community environment also played into the rankings.
Furman graduates earn an average of $47,100 a decade after leaving school, according to federal loan records, and have a repayment rate of 97 percent.
Clemson University Tigers also earned a higher income thatnecr in the survey, at $50,100.
Wofford College average grad salary: $48,200.
The University of South Carolina-Columbia 10-year income of $42,100