CLEMSON — College Choice, an independent college and university rankings organization, has cited Clemson University’s College of Business as having one of the nation’s top undergraduate degree programs.

Among the 50 schools it ranked, the College of Business at Clemson ranked 24th in the online publication’s 2016-17 choices for students seeking an undergraduate degree in business administration. It was the only South Carolina school ranked among the 50 top programs.

The business school rankings were based on a number of criteria, including a nationwide survey of freshmen students who rated schools’ academic reputations, financial aid offerings, annual tuition, internship opportunities and graduate success rate in the post-college job markets. Additionally, data on the schools was sourced from U.S.News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and

“Business education at Clemson has been strengthened by strong corporate engagement programs that connect our students, faculty and alumni,” said Bobby McCormick, business school dean. “This ranking validates what many of us already knew. Clemson means business when it comes to delivering a world-class education.”

College Choice labeled Clemson’s College of Business as an innovative institution which recently underwent a transformation that focuses more on service-based learning as well as community opportunities for all of its students.

“This is one of the reasons business undergraduates at Clemson are so highly regarded. They complete their bachelor’s education with real-world learning and an understanding of how morals apply to business,” College Choice said.

In assigning Clemson’s business administration program with 90.15 out of 100 points, College Choice cited its modern approach to teaching.

“It dispenses with the old tradition of teaching business degrees with a general faculty and instead replaces it with… separate schools and departments, allowing business undergraduates to feel as though they are part of an intimate campus,” College Choice stated.