South Carolina Universities Named Among The Best Colleges In America

By Sarah Tate

September 13, 2022

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For anyone seeking higher education, especially for students starting their senior year of high school, choosing where to pursue your degree can be a difficult decision.

Using 17 measures of academic quality, U.S. News & World Report analyzed 1,500 institutions to compile a list of the best colleges in the U.S. for 2022-2023. While the top of the list is filled with mostly Ivy Leagues, there are several public and private universities that found a spot on the list, including two of South Carolina's most popular colleges.

So which South Carolina universities were named among of the best colleges in the country?

  • No. 77: Clemson University
  • No. 115: University of South Carolina (Columbia)

Clemson University in Clemson received the highest ranking of both South Carolina colleges on the list. A public university founded in 1889 with an undergraduate enrollment of 21,653 as of Fall 2021, Clemson has an acceptance rate of 49%.

These are the Top 20 colleges in America:

  1. Princeton University (New Jersey)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts)
  3. Harvard University (Massachusetts)
  4. Stanford University (California)
  5. Yale University (Connecticut)
  6. University of Chicago (Illinois)
  7. TIED: Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) and University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)
  8. N/A
  9. California Institute of Technology (California)
  10. TIED: Duke University (North Carolina) and Northwestern University (Illinois)
  11. N/A
  12. Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)
  13. TIED: Brown University (Rhode Island) and Vanderbilt University (Tennessee)
  14. N/A
  15. TIED: Rice University (Texas) and Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri)
  16. N/A
  17. Cornell University (New York)
  18. TIED: Columbia University (New York) and University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
  19. N/A
  20. TIED: University of California, Berkley and University of California, Los Angeles (both California)

Check out U.S. News & World Report's full list of the best colleges in America for 2023.

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