Students, faculty members and even Ace, the USC Aiken mascot on Wednesday celebrated the school’s 13th selection as U.S. News and World Report’s No. 1 Public Regional College in the South, according to the 2018 edition of America’s Best Colleges.
This is the university’s fourth consecutive year taking the top honor. It was also ranked No. 2 as Best College for Veterans among public regional colleges in the South. The University of Mobile was first in that category.
“Congratulations, one and all,” USC Aiken Chancellor Sandra Jordan said. “It’s really a tribute to everyone on the campus, and we appreciate everything you do to make this the No. 1 university in the South among our public regional institutions.”
To calculate the rankings, U.S. News collects data from colleges on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. The indicators are scored, normalized and assigned weights that reflect U.S. News’ judgment about how much the measures matter. The weighted values are summed and transformed so that each eligible school receives an overall score between 0 and 100, with the top school in each category scoring 100.
USC Aiken celebrated its accomplishment with every college student’s two favorite words –free cake. Jordan and student body President Spencer LaMunion kicked off the event by cutting one of several cakes with a saber . Students were aware of the impact not only on their school but also on the community.
“We’re from Aiken, most of us, and we don’t have to go far to find the best,” student Catherine Pullan said. “We can just stay here. It’s great publicity for Aiken. It makes more people want to come here.”
Toby Fulmer is taking a break from school but plans to return soon.
“I think it’s fantastic for such a small town like Aiken to have a well-renowned school, and when I get back in here I’ll know that my education is No. 1 and I’m getting my money’s worth,” he said.