SC State ranked among Top 10 National Universities for a 2nd consecutive year

Monday, September 10, 2007

ORANGEBURG – For a second consecutive year, South Carolina State University has been ranked among the Top 10 national universities by Washington Monthly magazine.

In the September 2007 issue, currently on newsstands, the magazine ranked SC State as the 10th best university in the nation, placing it in its Top 10 alongside Texas A&M University, UCLA, Cornell University and Stanford University. The magazine ranked SC State as the ninth best university in 2006, and as the nation’s top “social mobility” university.

“It’s indeed a great honor to be acknowledged on a national level for our commitment to our mission and to our students for a second consecutive year,” said SC State President Andrew Hugine Jr.

“A complement to our recent selection as host to a Presidential Primary Debate, this ranking helps to position the spotlight on what we will continue to do for our students and our state,” added Hugine.

The Third Annual Washington Monthly College Guide uses three criteria to measure the impact schools have on the country.

The first is Social Mobility: “Does the school do a good job recruiting and graduating students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds?” More than 70 percent of SC State students receive Pell Grants, which go to the neediest students. Also SC State’s graduation rate for Pell recipients is 47%, twice the number predicted by statistical models.

The second is Research: “Is the school supporting the scientific and humanistic study that is key to our national strength, by producing Ph.D.s and winning research grants?” SC State is one of the nation’s leaders in granting degrees to African Americans, ranked 29th in all disciplines combined, 10th in mathematics and statistics, 11th in biological and biomedical sciences and 20th in education. SC State is the only South Carolina institution to offer a baccalaureate degree in nuclear engineering and offers the state’s only Doctor of Education degree.

And the third is Service: “How effectively does the school foster an ethic of giving back to the country, either through military or civilian service?” SC State’s ROTC program has commissioned more minority officers than any other college in the nation since the program was established 60 years ago, with more than 2,000 commissioned officers and 13 generals among its graduates. And, earlier this year, SC State was named to the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the contributions that its students are making within their local communities and across the country through volunteer service.

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