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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC

University of South Carolina-Columbia offers 361 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 9,273 students graduated with students earning 6,559 Bachelor's degrees, 1,706 Master's degrees, 770 Doctoral degrees, 234 Certificates degrees, and 4 Associate's degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
2 Columbia International University Columbia, SC

Columbia International University offers 73 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 670 students graduated with students earning 385 Bachelor's degrees, 184 Master's degrees, 60 Associate's degrees, 34 Certificates degrees, and 7 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 Columbia College Columbia, SC

Columbia College offers 58 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 414 students graduated with students earning 273 Bachelor's degrees, and 141 Master's degrees.

4 Benedict College Columbia, SC

Benedict College offers 47 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 399 students graduated with students earning 399 Bachelor's degrees.

5 South University, Columbia Columbia, SC

South University, Columbia offers 48 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 400 students graduated with students earning 186 Bachelor's degrees, 115 Master's degrees, 55 Doctoral degrees, 44 Associate's degrees.

6 Allen University Columbia, SC

Allen University offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 80 students graduated with students earning 80 Bachelor's degrees.

7 ITT Technical Institute-Columbia Columbia, SC

ITT Technical Institute-Columbia offers 13 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 71 students graduated with students earning 68 Associate's degrees, and 3 Bachelor's degrees.

8 University of Phoenix-South Carolina Columbia, SC

University of Phoenix-South Carolina offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 173 students graduated with students earning 139 Bachelor's degrees, and 34 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Columbia

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC

Midlands Technical College offers 89 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,172 students graduated with students earning 1,144 Certificates degrees, and 1,028 Associate's degrees.

2 Centura College-Columbia Columbia, SC

Centura College-Columbia offers 10 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 86 students graduated with students earning 86 Certificates degrees.

3 Fortis College-Columbia Columbia, SC

Fortis College-Columbia offers 14 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 311 students graduated with students earning 230 Certificates degrees, and 81 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of South Carolina-Columbia University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC
3/5
20 : 1 33,724
Columbia International University Columbia International University Columbia, SC
4/5
19 : 1 1,001
Columbia College Columbia College Columbia, SC
5/5
17 : 1 1,484
Benedict College Benedict College Columbia, SC
4/5
18 : 1 2,465
Midlands Technical College Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC
2/5
29 : 1 10,946
Southeastern Institute-Columbia Southeastern Institute-Columbia Columbia, SC 13 : 1 130
W L Bonner College W L Bonner College Columbia, SC
2/5
22 : 1 22
University Logo Columbia Academy of Cosmetology West Columbia, SC 8 : 1 23
Centura College-Columbia Centura College-Columbia Columbia, SC
4/5
10 : 1 133
University Logo LeGrand Institute of Cosmetology Inc Camden, SC 5 : 1 18
Remington College-Columbia Campus Remington College-Columbia Campus Columbia, SC 20 : 1 294
South University, Columbia South University, Columbia Columbia, SC
4/5
23 : 1 1,328
Allen University Allen University Columbia, SC
3/5
16 : 1 625
University Logo Paul Mitchell The School-Columbia Columbia, SC 29 : 1 200
University Logo Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia Columbia, SC 14 : 1 111
ITT Technical Institute-Columbia ITT Technical Institute-Columbia Columbia, SC
4/5
19 : 1 254
Fortis College-Columbia Fortis College-Columbia Columbia, SC
4/5
13 : 1 393
University Logo Regency Beauty Institute-Columbia Columbia, SC 12 : 1 24
University Logo Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia Columbia, SC 16 : 1 127
University of Phoenix-South Carolina University of Phoenix-South Carolina Columbia, SC 16 : 1 305
Lenoir-Rhyne University-Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Lenoir-Rhyne University-Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Columbia, SC 8 : 1 82
University Logo Lacy Cosmetology School-Lexington Lexington, SC

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