Study: USC Sumter No. 2 two-year college in South Carolina


A leading college rankings organization recently ranked University of South Carolina Sumter as the No. 2 community college, or two-year college, in the state and No. 23 overall in the U.S. for this school year.

Niche, an online educational institutional data company, released its 2018 College Rankings for both four-year and two-year colleges earlier this month. The rankings for two-year institutions included junior colleges, community colleges and technical colleges.

According to its website, Niche ranks schools based on rigorous analysis of all aspects of campus life, including academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of survey reviews from students and alumni.

Niche gave USC Sumter an overall B+ grade in its rankings.

USC Sumter Dean Michael Sonntag said he was honored with the recognition from the national rankings organization.

“This ranking and the student comments at the website make clear that students understand the quality of the education they are receiving here,” Sonntag said. “It makes clear that we have world-class faculty, teaching rigorous courses, within the context of a supportive, community-minded campus, with many of the activities, sports teams and amenities found at much larger campuses.”

USC Sumter is one of four two-year USC campuses — also known as Palmetto College campuses — which also offer online, four-year bachelor’s degree completion programs through the University of South Carolina.

Niche ranked fellow Palmetto College campus University of South Carolina Lancaster in Lancaster as the No. 1 community college in the state and No. 4 nationally in its 2018 rankings. USC Lancaster also received a B+ overall grade from Niche. The website’s highest grade for any two-year community college in its 2018 national rankings was an A-.
According to online research, Niche is one of several college rankings organizations that also includes U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes, among others.

Niche’s website says its analysis is most useful for both students and families who are trying to find their personal and professional niche within local and college communities.

Rounding out the top-five two-year colleges in the state in Niche’s 2018 rankings were Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, University of South Carolina Salkehatchie in Allendale and Walterboro and Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg.