Best colleges in Columbia

Stand Out in the Deep South

You don't need a unique name for a great education

When named the capitol of South Carolina, there were already twenty towns named Columbia. However, this particular Columbia sticks out as one of the best places to live and get a college education. Begin your path to being a biologist, journalist, teacher, or social worker by getting your degree at one of Columbia's 23 institutions. Named one of the "10 Great Cities to Live in" by Kiplinger Magazine, Columbia is the perfect place to make your next move. Not to mention an unemployment rate consistently below average meaning almost guaranteed job prospects after graduation.

Diversify your leisure as well as your education here. At the intersection of the "Three Rivers Greenway," a 12 mile long park system along the 3 rivers, Columbia a great place to play, especially on the water. Enjoy one of the many parks, the zoo, or trails. and with a State and National Park nearby, there are even more places to hike, fish, sail, or kayak. Warm days year round will let you get out any day, whether for adventure or drinks on the patio. With all these options, there's no reason you shouldn't let this Columbia help you stand out.

*Wikipedia, "Columbia" *National Center for Education Statistics *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Best Four Year Universities in Columbia

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University of South Carolina-Columbia offers 350 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 8,946 students graduated with students earning 5,988 Bachelor's degrees, 1,742 Master's degrees, 919 Doctoral degrees, and 297 Certificates.

Columbia International University offers 59 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 336 students graduated with students earning 175 Master's degrees, 112 Bachelor's degrees, 21 Doctoral degrees, 14 Associate's degrees, and 14 Certificates.

Columbia College
Columbia, SC

Columbia College offers 71 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 524 students graduated with students earning 414 Bachelor's degrees, 109 Master's degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

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Allen University
Columbia, SC

Allen University offers 10 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 61 students graduated with students earning 61 Bachelor's degrees.

Benedict College
Columbia, SC

Benedict College offers 49 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 287 students graduated with students earning 287 Bachelor's degrees.

South University-Columbia offers 24 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 285 students graduated with students earning 120 Bachelor's degrees, 96 Master's degrees, 37 Associate's degrees, 31 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Best Community Colleges in Columbia

Fortis College-Columbia offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 159 students graduated with students earning 145 Certificates, and 14 Associate's degrees.

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Midlands Technical College
West Columbia, SC

Midlands Technical College offers 85 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,015 students graduated with students earning 1,167 Associate's degrees, and 848 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Columbia

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of South Carolina-Columbia Logo University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC
3/5
24 : 1 35,364
Southeastern Institute-Columbia Logo Southeastern Institute-Columbia Columbia, SC   22 : 1 196
Columbia International University Logo Columbia International University Columbia, SC
5/5
43 : 1 1,649
Columbia College Logo Columbia College Columbia, SC
4/5
23 : 1 1,243
Allen University Logo Allen University Columbia, SC
3/5
20 : 1 817
Benedict College Logo Benedict College Columbia, SC
4/5
24 : 1 2,040
Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia Logo Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia Columbia, SC     142
Fortis College-Columbia Logo Fortis College-Columbia Columbia, SC
3/5
62 : 1 497
Paul Mitchell the School-Columbia Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Columbia Columbia, SC     239
Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia Logo Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia Columbia, SC     134
Remington College-Columbia Campus Logo Remington College-Columbia Campus Columbia, SC     140
South University-Columbia Logo South University-Columbia Columbia, SC
4/5
40 : 1 797
LeGrand Institute of Cosmetology Inc Logo LeGrand Institute of Cosmetology Inc Camden, SC     25
Midlands Technical College Logo Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC
2/5
42 : 1 9,160
W L Bonner College Logo W L Bonner College Columbia, SC
2/5