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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in as ranked by CollegeSimply. This ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in is Clemson University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Clemson University 141 328 154
2 University of South Carolina Columbia 183 789 303
3 Wofford College 232 845 167
4 Presbyterian College 374 552 349
5 Columbia International University 408 128 648
6 North Greenville University 167 524 1,020
7 Anderson University 610 399 954
8 Winthrop University 661 814 619
9 Erskine College and Seminary 703 1,032 710
10 Coastal Carolina University 819 580 1,021
11 Limestone College 770 277 1,249
12 Coker College 890 523 919
13 Charleston Southern University 744 579 1,274
14 University of South Carolina Upstate 991 421 1,250
15 Lander University 818 612 1,299
16 Claflin University 1,151 194 1,217
17 University of South Carolina Aiken 949 755 1,185
18 Francis Marion University 1,018 611 1,154
19 Newberry College 990 551 1,336
20 University of South Carolina Beaufort 1,019 701 1,575
21 Furman University 1,697 788 79
22 Southern Wesleyan University 1,696 420 1,153
23 South Carolina State University 1,188 1,287 1,337
24 Voorhees College 1,699 1,130 1,352

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.