20 years on top

UofSC’s international business program still the best

U.S. News and World Report’s annual undergraduate rankings were released Monday, and the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business has reason to celebrate. For 20 straight years, its undergraduate degree in International Business has claimed the top ranking, besting programs that include elite Ivy League schools and other large public universities.

The ranking further solidifies a reputation of excellence the Moore school’s faculty and staff build on every year. The school’s International MBA program was ranked No. 1 in the nation in March as part of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools publication. 

“It is a distinct honor that the Darla Moore School of Business has been recognized for having the No. 1 undergraduate International Business program for 20 consecutive years,” Moore School Dean Peter Brews says. “This continuity of excellence reflects highly on our program, faculty, staff and students over the past two decades.”

Overall, UofSC's Columbia campus held its previous ranking as the No. 25 flagship university in the country and the No. 46 public national university. It also earned recognition in a brand new category, coming in as the 28th Most Innovative public university in America. 

Carolina's comprehensive universities also were recognized in the new guide. USC Aiken ranked No. 1 for best public regional college and No. 1 for best public regional college for veterans. USC Upstate ranked second for best public regional college and second-best public regional college for veterans. USC Upstate also ranked No. 6 in the South for ethnic diversity. USC Beaufort ranked No. 9 for best public regional college.

The rankings come on the heels of a record-setting year for sponsored research as well as a record-setting class of new students arriving on the Columbia campus. Approximately 7,700 new freshmen and transfer students are enrolled at the Columbia campus, including more than 4,350 South Carolinians — more students from the Palmetto State than ever before.

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