UofSC continues to climb in latest U.S. News rankings

Boosted by a growing reputation for academic excellence and research prowess, the University of South Carolina climbed several spots in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s undergraduate rankings publication released this week, now ranking 46th among all public institutions, and 25th among state flagships.

The newest rankings in the popular annual publication bring the Columbia campus up from the 49th slot a year ago; this is the fourth straight year in which the overall ranking has improved. Contributing to the gain this year were an improved peer ranking score, an escalating graduation rate, reduced undergraduate class sizes and an increase in full-time faculty members.

In addition to the overall ranking, the international business program at the Darla Moore School of Business retained its No. 1 national ranking, a position it has held for nearly 20 years in a row.

“We know that rankings don’t tell the whole story of an institution, but it is gratifying to see USC moving in the right direction in some important quality measures,” says USC Provost Joan Gabel. “I’m proud of the work our faculty and staff do every day to do high impact research and create a world-class educational experience for our undergraduate students, both inside and outside the classroom.”

The guide also gave USC’s Columbia campus additional accolades for its first-year experience program and its living and learning communities. This fall, the university launched the Galen Health Fellows program, a new living and learning community designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences.

USC’s other campuses also exceled in the latest rankings:

  • USC Aiken was ranked the best regional public college in the South, and the best regional public college for veterans.
  • USC Upstate was ranked No. 2 for regional public colleges, the No. 2 regional college for veterans and the No. 6 college for ethnic diversity.
  • USC Beaufort was ranked No. 7 among public colleges in the region. 

USC has a total of 47 nationally programs ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s undergraduate and graduate rankings, which are released annually in the spring.

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