Forbes ranks SC schools high on best institutions list

ORANGEBURG (WACH) -- A national financial magazine has given South Carolina university high honors.

Forbes ranks South Carolina State University as one of the top schools in the South in its 2011 Best Colleges List. In addition, the school garnered the classification as the state's top historically black school for research.

SC State came in at 584 of the 650 institutions ranked nationwide, 175 in the South and 223 in research universities. The ranks are based on categories including post graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.

As a land-grant University, we pride ourselves on fulfilling the distinct mission of offering educational, research and outreach services that will have a direct benefit in our state and abroad, said President George E. Cooper. Our most recent initiative, $50 Million by 2012, is just one of many efforts to enhance our research activities. Receiving this recognition by Forbes magazine is truly an honor and solidifies the hard work and success we TMve achieved thus far.

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SC State has a student population of over 4,500 and is the only state funded, historically black land-grant institution in South Carolina.

Clemson University came in with a rank of 384 overall. USC pulled in a 424 rank, 109 in the South and 143 in research universities.

Here's a look at how other South Carolina schools fared:

Wofford College ranked 73Furman University ranked 81Presbyterian College ranked 127Erskine College and Seminary ranked 286Citadel Military College of South Carolina ranked 330Converse College ranked 355College of Charleston ranked 382Clemson University ranked 384North Greenville University ranked 409University of South Carolina ranked 424Clafflin University ranked 548South Carolina State University ranked 582Coastal Carolina University ranked 597

Read the full list from Forbes by clicking here.

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