Clemson ranked #21st most affordable Southern University

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SALISBURY, Md. -- A new article about 50 top southern universities has just been launched on the website for Great Value Colleges. Editors for the piece picked "50 Great Affordable Colleges in the South" from a vast list of accredited universities in the southern United States. The article is meant to provide a new way of evaluating the nation's best colleges as a component of Great Value Colleges' complete web guide.

The list of 50 top southern schools is the culmination of a massive amount of research and evaluation. Every college or university in the southern U.S. came up for consideration, but only the most affordable were chosen for the first round, i.e., under $22,000 per year. Remaining schools were filtered through a multi-step grading system with points given for qualities that add value to college life. Editors looked at faculty-to-student ratio, number of campus organizations, percentage of classes taught by graduate assistants, overall student satisfaction and several other defining factors.

Great Value Colleges launched its valuation of the southern region to benefit career-bound students with the future in mind. College graduates who have made regional connections while studying in the south may expect a better-than average outlook for immediate employment. Southern states in general are currently experiencing higher job growth rates than the national average, according to research published by global information company IHS. IHS predicts the highest rates in coming years will be in Texas, Florida and Virginia.

"50 Great Affordable Colleges in the South" is evenly divided into 25 public institutions and 25 private schools all arranged according to tuition cost from highest to lowest. The piece includes photos and a few words about each of the institutions as well as the quality ranking given by Great Value Colleges' editors. The entire article is online now at this URL:

Following are the 50 greatest and most affordable colleges in the south as ranked in the article:

Public Schools

25. Christopher Newport University: Newport News, Virginia

24. Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, Virginia

23. University of South Carolina: Columbia, South Carolina

22. Auburn University: Auburn, Alabama

21. Clemson University: Clemson, South Carolina

20. Virginia Commonwealth University: Richmond, Virginia

19. George Mason University: Fairfax, Virginia

18. University of Tennessee: Knoxville, Tennessee

17. Florida State University: Tallahassee, Florida

16. Mississippi State University: Mississippi State, Mississippi

15. University of Texas ñ Austin: Austin, Texas

14. University of Florida: Gainesville, Florida

13. University of Mary Washington: Fredericksburg, Virginia

12. University of Central Florida: Orlando, Florida

11. James Madison University: Harrisonburg, Virginia

10. University of Virginia: Charlottesville, Virginia

9. University of Georgia: Athens, Georgia

8. North Carolina State University: Raleigh, North Carolina

7. University of North Carolina Wilmington: Wilmington, North Carolina

6. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

5. Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, Georgia

4. East Carolina University: Greenville, North Carolina

3. College of William and Mary: Williamsburg, Virginia

2. Texas A&M University: College Station, Texas

1. Appalachian State University: Boone, North Carolina

Private Schools

25. Howard University: Washington, D.C.

24. Stetson University: DeLand, Florida

23. Union University: Jackson, Tennessee

22. Transylvania University: Lexington, Kentucky

21. University of St. Thomas: Houston, Texas

20. St. Edward's University: Austin, Texas

19. University of Richmond: Richmond, Virginia

18. Vanderbilt University: Nashville, Tennessee

17. Agnes Scott College: Decatur, Georgia

16. Centenary College of Louisiana: Shreveport, Louisiana

15. Mercer University: Macon, Georgia

14. Asbury University: Wilmore, Kentucky

13. Washington and Lee University: Lexington, Virginia

12. Duke University: Durham, North Carolina

11. Emory and Henry College: Emory, Virginia

10. Converse College: Spartanburg, South Carolina

9. Rice University: Houston, Texas

8. John Brown University: Siloam Springs, Arkansas

7. Presbyterian College: Clinton, South Carolina

6. Harding University: Searcy, Arkansas

5. Ouachita Baptist University: Arkadelphia, Arkansas

4. Wesleyan College: Macon, Georgia

3. Mississippi College: Clinton, Mississippi

2. Lee University: Cleveland, Tennessee

1. Berea College: Berea, Kentucky

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