The Citadel and CofC snag high ranking in new report

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Citadel and the College of Charleston are among the top five public schools in the South region, according to an annual survey released by U.S. News & World Report Wednesday.

For a second consecutive year, The Citadel was{}ranked number one in the category ranking top public schools in the South.

"It's a good feeling. It's a great feeling," said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa. "It's a great honor. We work hard at producing principled leaders."

The College of Charleston ranked fourth in that same category. Other South Carolina universities on that list include Winthrop University at number nine, Coastal Carolina University at number 29 and Francis Marion University at number 37. Schools under this category are operated under the supervision of state governments and get full or partial funding from tax dollars and the state, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Two large universities in South Carolina also got high honors in the new report.

Clemson University{}ranks 25th among national public universities according to U.S.News & World Report and ranks 11th among both private and public schools. Clemson is the{}top choice of the state's best high school graduates. Nearly{}half of Clemson's incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

The University of South Carolina ranks 55th among national public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Among national universities, Clemson University ranked 68th, while the University of South Carolina ranked 115th.

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