Best colleges in Charleston

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Scenery, sweet tea, and superior education

Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are drawn to Charleston for higher education. Why? Have you ever watched a movie and wished you were there? Now's your chance to make that happen. The scenic campuses are so beautiful in Charleston, they've been featured in movies, such as The Notebook and The Patriot. Okay, so it isn't just because of campus beauty.

Charleston is also home to one of the oldest and most regal public universities in the nation, with a student population made up of 63% females. Did you hear that gentlemen? Charleston has a lively Greek life, diverse degree options like archaeology, and unique after hours activities, like joining a sailing team.

Best Four Year Universities in Charleston

Citadel Military College of South Carolina offers 98 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,010 students graduated with students earning 603 Bachelor's degrees, 301 Master's degrees, and 106 Certificates.

College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

College of Charleston offers 98 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 2,376 students graduated with students earning 2,143 Bachelor's degrees, 205 Master's degrees, and 28 Certificates.

Eastern Illinois University offers 151 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 1,862 students graduated with students earning 1,226 Bachelor's degrees, 530 Master's degrees, and 106 Certificates.

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Charleston Southern University offers 102 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 775 students graduated with students earning 636 Bachelor's degrees, and 139 Master's degrees.

University of Charleston
Charleston, WV

University of Charleston offers 45 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 737 students graduated with students earning 415 Bachelor's degrees, 172 Master's degrees, 76 Associate's degrees, and 74 Doctoral degrees.

Medical University of South Carolina offers 54 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,000 students graduated with students earning 452 Doctoral degrees, 322 Master's degrees, 223 Bachelor's degrees, and 3 Certificates.

Charleston School of Law
Charleston, SC

Charleston School of Law offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 203 students graduated with students earning 202 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Master's degree.

Best Community Colleges in Charleston

Carver Career Center
Charleston, WV

Carver Career Center offers 10 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 79 students graduated with students earning 66 Certificates, and 13 Associate's degrees.

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West Virginia Junior College-Charleston offers 10 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 54 students graduated with students earning 46 Associate's degrees, and 8 Certificates.

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Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Charleston offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 254 students graduated with students earning 184 Certificates, and 70 Associate's degrees.

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Trident Technical College
Charleston, SC

Trident Technical College offers 128 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,933 students graduated with students earning 1,307 Associate's degrees, and 626 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Charleston

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Citadel Military College of South Carolina Logo Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
3/5
18 : 1 3,767
College of Charleston Logo College of Charleston Charleston, SC
3/5
20 : 1 10,545
Carver Career Center Logo Carver Career Center Charleston, WV   15 : 1 177
Eastern Illinois University Logo Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
3/5
21 : 1 7,806
Charleston Southern University Logo Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC
5/5
16 : 1 3,477
Southeastern Institute-Charleston Logo Southeastern Institute-Charleston North Charleston, SC   21 : 1 192
University of Charleston Logo University of Charleston Charleston, WV
4/5
24 : 1 2,718
Charleston School of Beauty Culture Logo Charleston School of Beauty Culture Charleston, WV     87
West Virginia Junior College-Charleston Logo West Virginia Junior College-Charleston Charleston, WV
3/5
36 : 1 179
Paul Mitchell the School-Charleston Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Charleston North Charleston, SC     209
Garnet Career Center Logo Garnet Career Center Charleston, WV     86
Ross Medical Education Center-Charleston Logo Ross Medical Education Center-Charleston Charleston, WV     141
Charleston Cosmetology Institute Logo Charleston Cosmetology Institute Charleston, SC     154
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Charleston Logo Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Charleston Charleston, SC   51 : 1 411
Medical University of South Carolina Logo Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
4/5
21 : 1 2,971
Trident Technical College Logo Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
2/5
48 : 1 12,351
Mountain State School of Massage Logo Mountain State School of Massage Charleston, WV     30
Charleston School of Law Logo Charleston School of Law Charleston, SC   27 : 1 612