McDaniel College ranked 134th in US News & World Report's '2018 Best Colleges'

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In the 2018 edition of Best Colleges Rankings, Clemson is ranked 23rd among the top public universities, the 10 year it has been ranked among the top 25 public schools. "We are very proud of that status and find it to be one of our primary attractions for our new and transfer students".

But five jockeyed for position in spots 50 to 80, including the University of Texas at Austin (second in Texas, 56th overall) and Dallas' Southern Methodist University (61st overall).

Furman University ranked tied for 53rd among national liberal arts colleges and fifth for best colleges for veterans in that category.

The University of Kansas climbed three spots and tied for 53rd among public universities in this year's U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

"Texas A&M University is one of the best values in American higher education", John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, says.

UC made the list among national universities for economic diversity, as measured by the percentage of undergrads (38 percent) receiving federal Pell Grants for low-income students.

U.S. News compiled a list of schools whose Class of 2016 graduated with the lightest debt load. "We are extremely proud of our recent national rankings and remain committed to offering a high-quality, affordable education that prepares our graduates to be civic, professional and military leaders". That ranking is up four spots from previous year. The School of Management is also highly rated, at No. 78, among more than 700 accredited schools.

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The Westwood institution tends to fare better in global rankings, including the last Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which had UCLA at No. 12.

McDaniel College was named among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report "2018 Best Colleges" rankings.

The rankings are based on several measures: undergraduate academic reputation (22.5%), graduation and retention rates (22.5%), faculty resources (20%), student selectivity (12.5%), financial resources (10%), graduation rate performance (7.5%) and alumni giving (5%).

The College of Engineering is ranked 34th among public universities with doctoral programs, up from 41st a year ago.

The University of SC was tied for 49th among national public universities with the University of New Hampshire.

Princeton, followed by Harvard, takes the overall top spot. The University increased its vaunted first-year student retention rate, which is above the national average.