UofSC excels in latest U.S. News college rankings

The University of South Carolina achieved its highest ranking ever in the new U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” list. The school moved up three slots from last year and is now ranked 49th among all public universities. Among state flagship universities, USC ranks 27th nationwide.

For the 18th year in a row, the Darla Moore School of Business’ undergraduate international business program also was ranked No. 1 in the popular publication. It is one of 47 USC academic programs in total that have earned national rankings from U.S. News and News and World Report.

The latest guide, released Tuesday (Sept. 13), also highlights several student support programs at USC, including its exemplary first-year experience for freshman and optional learning communities. The university also ranked No. 34 in the “Best College for Veterans” category.

Carolina has a long history of providing new students with the tools they need to be successful in college. The university is known for its pioneering University 101 program, which helps guide students through the transition from high school to college. 

The university’s Living and Learning Communities also are an important part of the Carolina experience, providing students with the opportunity to live in an environment that promotes diversity, embraces excellence, encourages insightful faculty-student interaction and works to develop a strong sense of community.

“We are delighted to see our commitment to academic excellence reflected in our rise in the rankings,” said USC Provost Joan Gabel. “Our continued success in areas such as international business reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff to provide students with the best education possible. We are equally proud of the recognition given to our commitment to student success. The experience we offer students in the classroom and beyond prepares them for wonderful careers as well as future leadership roles.”

In addition to the accolades for USC’s Columbia campus, the university’s comprehensive campuses also excelled in the latest rankings. USC Aiken was ranked the best regional public college in the South, and USC Upstate was ranked No. 2 for regional public colleges. Upstate also ranked as the second-best regional college for veterans and “least student debt” as well as fifth for “best ethnic diversity.” USC Beaufort was ranked No. 6 among public colleges in the region. 

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