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      SC universities high in latest U.S. News & World Report ranks

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Holding spots near the top of U.S. News & World Report rankings is becoming commonplace for colleges and universities in South Carolina.

      U.S. News & World Report released its list of 'Best Colleges 2014' early Tuesday.

      For a third year in a row, The Citadel ranked number one among public schools in the South. The College of Charleston ranked fourth on that same list.

      Clemson University improved its ranking among national public universities. Clemson is #21 on that list. In 2013, Clemson University ranked #25 on the same list in 2013. The University of South Carolina held steady in that category.

      "I am very pleased that Clemson's momentum to the top 20 continues, but it is important to remember why we set such an ambitious goal in the first place," said Clemson President James F. Barker. "It is because U.S.News measures and reports on things that students and parents care about, like class size, graduation rate, freshman retention rate, faculty and student resources."

      USC remained #55 among national public universities, according to the latest rankings.

      The category of 'national universities' in the 2014 rankings was again dominated by Ivy League schools. Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University came in at #1 through #3 in the 2014 report.

      For a more in depth look at the rankings click here.

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