CLEMSON — Clemson University is ranked among the top 25 national public universities for the eighth consecutive year, according to U.S.News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges” for 2016.

Clemson collage flatThe university is 21st, tied with the University of Georgia and Purdue University.

“I am proud that Clemson is ranked among the nation’s top public universities. It is a tribute to the quality of a Clemson education and the outstanding work that our faculty, staff and administrators are doing to make a difference in the lives of our students and the state,” said Clemson President James P. Clements.

The guide also cited Clemson as 16th among “most innovative schools,” a new ranking of schools that have made the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. The guide says these are “schools the public should be watching because of the cutting-edge changes taking place on their campuses.”

“We are excited that Clemson is once again considered one of the top national public universities by the folks at U.S.News & World Report,” said Robert Barkley, director of undergraduate admissions at Clemson. “We know that prospective students are looking for a top quality educational experience, as well as a high return on their investment. The Clemson Experience offers all of that and so much more.”

Clemson also was recognized for its engineering and business programs — Nos. 31 and 39, respectively — among national public universities, as well as being one of the top 50 colleges for military veterans.

Clemson also was named one of the top institutions for Writing Across the Disciplines, a recognition based on nominations by university presidents and admissions officers.