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USC Upstate Ranked No. 2 Among Southern Regional Public Colleges

Sep 12, 2018 11:26AM ● By Kathleen Maris

The University of South Carolina Upstate once again ranks at No. 2 among Southern Regional Public Colleges, according to new rankings just released by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, in its list of Best Regional Colleges, USC Upstate again landed at No. 10 among all Southern Regional Colleges, which includes private institutions as well. 

“As the largest public, regional comprehensive university in Upstate South Carolina, USC Upstate plays a critical role in providing career-relevant education to the citizens of this state,” said Chancellor Brendan Kelly. “These rankings are significant recognition of USC Upstate’s impact.”

Key numbers the magazine cited in its overview of the university included a low student-faculty ratio with more than 25 percent of classes at fewer than 20 students. With an emphasis on smaller class sizes, faculty work closely with students, encouraging them to excel not only in the classroom, but in internships, research, and civic learning as well.

 “USC Upstate is committed to providing students with opportunities to participate in high-impact, experiential learning,” said Provost Clif Flynn. “These opportunities contribute to success on campus and upon graduation.”

USC Upstate ranks No. 5 among Best Colleges for Veterans, which includes schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. In 2016, USC Upstate was designated as a Military Friendly Campus.