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U.S. News lauds international business, student-success programs

University of South Carolina students begin classes Thursday (Aug. 20) at an institution that has been cited for innovation in academics, facilities and programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges” guide.

The university appeared in a section along with 18 other national universities, including the University of Southern California, identified as having made “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.” The university ranked No. 11, tied with Clemson University, Rice University and Emory University and ahead of Ohio State University and North Carolina State University.

The citation was one of several accolades for the university included in the annual college guide.

The Darla Moore School of Business’ undergraduate program in international business earned the No. 1 ranking for the 13th consecutive year. The school itself, which ranked 42nd for overall business education nationally, was 24th among business schools at public institutions.

U.S. News also ranked the university’s First-Year Experience and Learning Communities among the best in the nation in its “Programs to Look For” section. The designation is for schools with outstanding examples of academic programs linked to student success.

University President Harris Pastides said the accolades recognize the successful efforts of faculty and staff to offer students an exceptional educational experience.

“The U.S. News guide comes as colleges and universities throughout the United States are striving to offer the best possible education in a time of declining resources,” he said. “These rankings are proof that Carolina students will have a solid foundation for their futures.”

The international business ranking follows an announcement earlier this month that the school has raised $44.7 million, exceeding its fundraising goal to match a gift from its benefactor, university alumnus Darla Moore.

“Since its inception, the university’s undergraduate program in international business has been a national leader,” Pastides said. “Our university friends, alumni, parents and students have supported our business school, and we have worked hard to earn their allegiance.”

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U.S. News rankings

  • International Business Program -- Undergraduate program ranked No. 1 for the 13th year in a row.
  • Institutional progress -- University listed among 19 national universities identified as having made “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.”
  • First-Year Experience, Learning Communities -- Both listed among nation's best in “Programs to Look For” section, which recognizes schools with outstanding examples of academic programs linked to student success.
  • The Darla Moore School of Business -- No. 42 overall for business education, 24th among public institutions.

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