USC Upstate Ranked No. 2 Among Top Public Regional Colleges South

September 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce that it improved its rankings among the top regional colleges in the south in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

USC Upstate jumped to No. 2 among Top Public Regional Colleges South, having ranked third last year.  The University also tied for 10th place among Regional Colleges South, up from 33rd last year.

In addition, among regional colleges with the least average student debt, USC Upstate ranked third in the south with an average student debt of $19,896 and was the only school from South Carolina ranked in the Top 5.

“Unlike many larger universities, our students receive individualized attention from faculty who are accessible and who truly care about them not only as students, but also as people,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at USC Upstate. “Our commitment to excellence is evident and student success is our highest priority and I’m glad to see those things reflected in these rankings.”

USC Upstate also tied for No. 4 among Best Colleges for Veterans and tied for No. 8 for Ethnic Diversity.

U.S. News lists 113 institutions in its “Regional Colleges South” rankings. These colleges focus on undergraduate education, but grant less than half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines, according to the publication.

The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, now in their 32nd year, provide a starting point for students and parents researching colleges. Rankings are based on a wide array of criteria to include first-year retention rates, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.

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