USC Aiken Ranks Number One among Best Regional Public Colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report

September 10, 2015

Aiken, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken is ranked #1 among top public regional colleges in the South in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s guide, "America’s Best Colleges."  Since U.S. News & World Report created this ranking category eighteen years ago, the University has been ranked in the top three public regional colleges every year.  USC Aiken has been ranked first eleven times: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

 "We are extremely honored to receive the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking. 'It’s obvious to me that maintaining an exceptional faculty and staff who consistently provide a high quality and transformative education to our students is a reason USC Aiken continues to be #1', states Dr. Sandra Jordan". "The campus is engaged in a 5-year strategic plan, and we take serious our goals, outcomes and measures that define the daily work performed on this campus. This ranking is a 'feather in our cap' and a testament to our University, community, and a significant accomplishment in the eyes of our parents, alumni, and donors. With 363 colleges in the regional category that covers twelve states, this is an outstanding recognition. We will celebrate this accomplishment, and I look forward to another successful academic year."

Over the past two decades, U.S. News rankings, which group colleges and universities based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, comprehensive universities focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. Because most of the 363 colleges in this category draw enrollment heavily from their own and nearby states, they are ranked by region.