USC shines in latest Kiplinger’s ranking

Posted on: 12/12/2013; Updated on: 2/7/2014
By Jeff Stensland, 803-777-3686

The University of South Carolina has been recognized as one of the Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for 2014, ranking No. 35 among the top 100 colleges reviewed by the publication.

Kiplinger’s named USC “an overall great value,” and singled out the university for its “high four-year graduation rate,” “low average student debt at graduation,” “abundant financial aid” and “low sticker price.”

USC — the state’s only top tier Carnegie research university — is building on a long tradition of providing high quality, affordable education. In September, President Harris Pastides proposed a “tuition timeout” that would freeze tuition for three years in exchange for a modest increase in state support. The school’s most recent tuition increase of 3.15 percent was the lowest rate since 1999.

In May, USC launched On Your Time graduation, a new year-round academic calendar that will enable USC students to graduate sooner and help reduce financial burdens on families. The program offers a full range of summer courses over eight sessions and accelerated lab courses in January and May allowing students to take the courses they need when they need them.

“The University of South Carolina continues to admirably serve the interests of South Carolina by providing a high quality education at a competitive value,” said Scott Verzyl, associate vice president for enrollment management. “We are very proud of the fact that we continue to improve student success and the quality of the educational experience while remaining as affordable as possible. Students know a Carolina degree is a sound investment in their future and that Carolina graduates are highly sought after by employers.”

The Kiplinger’s ranking is the latest in a string of accolades for USC, including the No. 1 public honors college, No. 1 undergraduate international business program and the No. 3 international MBA program.


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