Clemson has again been named the top national public university in South Carolina in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report annual rankingsClemson tied for No. 31 among national public institutions out of 227 universities, according to the publication.

“The impact of a degree from Clemson University, along with the positive contributions our University makes on the citizens of the State of South Carolina, remains our highest priority,” Provost Bob Jones said. “It’s always great to be recognized as the leading research university in the state, as well as to be considered among national leaders in these rankings.”

U.S. News & World Report publishes its education rankings annually as a guide for prospective students and their families. The rankings evaluate 1,500 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. 

Clemson’s individual undergraduate programs that were ranked and recognized as among the nation’s best in 2023 included engineering, nursing, computer science and business.

No. 1 in South Carolina

Clemson is the top national public university in the state.
Other top state rankings in 2023 were:
Most Innovative
Best Colleges for Veterans

Industrial engineering and accounting were highlighted as top programs, recognized specifically through nomination by other institutions. Clemson’s undergraduate business program moved up 13 places from 2022 to 2023, and undergraduate nursing moved up seven places. Clemson’s industrial engineering program is now ranked No. 16 in the nation among national universities, moving up five spots to break the top 20 in the category.

Along with being named the best value in South Carolina, U.S. News & World Report recognized Clemson as the state’s leader in several categories and academic programs, including:

  • Most Innovative.
  • Co-ops/Internships.
  • Best Colleges for Veterans. 
  • Undergraduate engineering, computer science, accounting and finance programs. 

For graduation and retention rank, Clemson placed No. 25 among national public schools, a reflection of its strong six-year graduation and first-year retention rates. The University also earned a student excellence rank of No. 26 among national public institutions, reflecting the University’s selective admissions, supportive learning environment and rigorous academic programs. 

And Clemson’s alumni continue to have a top-10 giving rate, ranking No. 6 among national publics.