Columbia, SC (USC/WLTX) By Margaret M. Lamb -- The South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina, known for its rigorous curriculum, array of enrichment opportunities for students and its high-achieving alumni, has itself earned a top honor.
In the first-ever ranking of public university honors colleges, the South Carolina Honors College was ranked No. 1, according to the soon-to-be published guide, "A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs."
The ranking is based on honors curriculum, honors retention and graduation rates, honors housing, study abroad programs, and priority registration.
USC led the universities of Texas at Austin, Michigan, Virginia, Georgia, Penn State and Minnesota.
Also, a ranking of honors colleges within the context of their universities was conducted and the South Carolina Honors College is among the Top 10. This ranking is based on the same factors as above, with the additional criteria of prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for the university as a whole.
"This ranking is quite an honor for the honors college," Steven Lynn, dean of the South Carolina Honors College, said. "It's proof that we're succeeding in our mission, which is to create an environment of excellence, marked by a challenging, well-rounded curriculum, in a vibrant university setting with outstanding facilities and limitless enrichment opportunities."
To read more about the ranking, including the history of USC's Honors College, visit the University Of South Carolina's website.
For more information on the guidebook and rankings visit the rankings site.