USC also is ranked ahead of major research universities such as Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts.
Kiplinger’s ranking is among several recent accolades earned by USC.
In August, the same week that it welcomed its largest freshman class, USC was recognized in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Colleges Guide” for its outstanding programs that encourage student success and for having the nation’s top undergraduate international business program.
The magazine cited USC for having one of the nation’s best programs for First-Year Experience, Learning Communities and Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects. USC also was featured in an article, titled “The Care and Feeding of Freshmen.”