USC Aiken Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report

September 13, 2016

Once again the University of South Carolina Aiken has been ranked #1 Regional Comprehensive Public College in the South by U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide.  This 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.

Importantly, USC Aiken rose significantly in the overall rankings among public and private institutions in the South.  Overall – among all public and private institutions throughout the South – USC Aiken holds the 5th position.  Last year, the university was ranked #18 overall with 17 private institutions ahead of USC Aiken. 

"This is especially good news for it highlights the value of a USC Aiken education," said Chancellor Sandra Jordan.

The reported average tuition and fees for the top 10 private institutions ranked just below USC Aiken was $25,450.00 for the 2014-15 Fall and Spring Semesters. In comparison, USC Aiken’s tuition and fees were $9,878.00.   

"USC Aiken’s recognized high-quality at more affordable cost provides a significant value proposition for students and their families," Jordan said. 

Additionally, USC Aiken was again ranked as the #1 Public Regional College in the South by U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges for Veterans guide.  The university rose significantly in these overall rankings as well.  This year USC Aiken was ranked #2 overall.  Last year, the university was ranked #13 overall behind 12 other private institutions.  

"These distinguished honors would not be possible without our engaged, award-winning faculty; dedicated staff; talented student body; the steadfast support of the local legislative delegation, Aiken Partnership Board, the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education, the Inclusion Advisory Council, and the Alumni Council; and our generous donors," Jordan said.


USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to approximately 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.