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U.S. News & World Report has released its annual college rankings for 2012.

The rankings, which cover nearly 1,400 schools, highlight some of the best public and private colleges and universities and programs in the country.

They are based on several key measures of quality, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni giving.

They are available at www.usnews.com/colleges, and also will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting next Tuesday.

Highlights from some state colleges and universities include:

Clemson

25th among the nation's top public universities, down from 23rd last year

37th among engineering programs at national public universities

One of five of the nation's 172 public universities cited for commitment to undergrad teaching.

College of Charleston

4th among top public colleges and universities in the South

5th among regional public universities in the South for a strong commitment to teaching

Also listed as an "A-Plus School for B Students" among southern regional universities

S.C. State

5th in the nation among public historically black colleges and universities

15th out of 80 on the list of historically black colleges and universities

The Citadel

First among top public colleges and universities in the South

5th among public and private regional universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's programs

21st among the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs that are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Univ. of South Carolina

First in the nation for its undergraduate international business program for the 15th year

42nd in the nation for overall business education at the Darla Moore School of Business

54th among national public universities

105th for best undergraduate engineering programs