Brief: USC moves up in U.S. News ranking for fourth straight year

The University of South Carolina is the 46th best public institution in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report's latest rankings. This is the fourth year in a row USC has moved up in the magazine's competitive rankings.

USC came in at 25th on the list of state flagship universities and 103rd out of all national universities. The Darla Moore School of Business was again named the nation's top international business program. 

Other SEC schools in the top 50 public institutions include the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, Texas A&M University, Auburn University and the University of Tennessee. Within the Palmetto State, Clemson University was also ranked in the top 50, coming in at 23rd.

U.S. News considers graduation rates, student-to-teacher classroom ratios and the number of full-time faculty on staff. It also values peer reviews by the leadership of other similar universities.

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