USC, Clemson both rise in new college rankings

ashain@thestate.comSeptember 10, 2013 

— The University of South Carolina’s ranking rose slightly nationally, while Clemson University reached a new high mark among public schools in U.S. News & World Report’s latest annual college report.

USC placed 112th among all schools nationally – public and private – up three spots from 2012, according to the rankings, released Tuesday. The school ranked 111th in 2011.

The state’s largest college ranked 55th among national public universities for a second year.

After six years among the Top 25 national public universities, Clemson reached a school-high 21st in what will be James Barker’s last year as president. Barker’s sometimes-controversial goal had been to get Clemson into the Top 20 of the rankings. The state’s second-largest college ranked 62nd among all schools, up six spots from a year ago.

In other rankings:

• USC’s undergraduate international business major was ranked the nation’s best for the 17th consecutive year. USC’s Darla Moore School of Business rose two spots to 38th nationally.

• Furman University fell three spots to 52nd among national liberal arts colleges, while Wofford College slid two spots to 65th and Presbyterian College dropped five spots to 126th.

• The Citadel ranked fourth among all Southern regional colleges – private and public – but first among public schools. College of Charleston ranked 12th among all Southern regional colleges, Converse College 20th and Winthrop University 25th.

U.S. News’ rankings are dismissed by some academics as arbitrary. But they have become a key guide used by parents and students to choose a school.

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