CLEMSON — Clemson University once again is ranked among the top universities in the country by U.S.News & World Report. In the 2018 edition of Best Colleges Rankings, Clemson is ranked 23rd among the top public universities, the 10th year it has been ranked among the top 25 public schools.

“Clemson was founded on the principle that the university should be a high seminary of learning,” Clemson President James P. Clements said. “That vision remains as clear today as ever, and is reflected by Clemson’s inclusion among the top 25 public universities every year for the past decade. I am extremely proud of the great work done every day by our faculty, staff and students who make this sustained excellence possible.”

The U.S. News rankings measure institutions’ performance on up to 15 measures of academic quality, as well as on how they are perceived by their peers. The rankings emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates accounting for 30 percent of the score. The top schools all have high six-year graduation rates and strong freshman retention rates. Clemson’s overall score is its highest ever.

“It is exciting to be recognized as one of the country’s top universities by U.S.News & World Report,” said Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Many people have worked hard to make Clemson University’s academics, facilities and student experience among the best. It’s reflected in this recognition and it is gratifying that Clemson has been ranked among the top 25 public schools for 10 years in a row.”

U.S. News also noted Clemson is:

  • The 12th most innovative school among all national public universities, based on nominations from top college officials of schools that are making the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities;
  • the 16th best college for veterans among all national public universities; and
  • one of only 11 public universities recognized for excellence in undergraduate research and creative projects.
  • ACT and SAT scores and the number of Clemson freshmen who were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes rank among the top 15 public universities.

Overall, Clemson was ranked 67h among all national universities, including private schools, Clemson also was recognized for its undergraduate engineering and business schools— ranking No. 56 and No. 78, respectively.