Best colleges in South Carolina

Find a College That’s Just Right

Not too big and not too small, not too hot and not too cold…

South Carolina is rich with heritage and proudly self-describes as “just right.” If you have always wanted to explore the Deep South but didn’t have a reason, going to one of the dozens of colleges in South Carolina is the perfect excuse. Here you’ll find a chiropractic college, 8 historically black colleges and the oldest institution in the region – built in 1770.* Majors of choice are as individual as the students themselves, but some popular options include Cardiovascular Technology, Computer Engineering, and Women’s Studies. Of the top 10 highest paid occupations in the Palmetto State, 100% are in the healthcare industry, so a healthcare degree will do well for your future career. Many South Carolina graduates go on to work at other local businesses like the Liberty Corporation, Bud Moore Engineering, and Ambassador International.*

During your downtime, eat some award-winning barbecue, explore a carnival or the ever-popular state fair when the season’s right, or enjoy the various beaches. Looking for a way to unwind and meet some locals? Head over to The Griffon in Charleston, where you’ll get a semi-authentic English pub feel with a definitive Southern Twist. Or, head over to the Bar at Husk, where one can try 80 different types of whisky.* South Carolina makes for truly memorable college years, whether you’re heading over as a freshman or looking for a fresh start in life that feels….just right.

Click Here to See the Best Colleges in the US*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, “List of Colleges and Universities in South Carolina”, “Companies based in South Carolina” *www.southernliving.com/travel/south-best-bars

Best Four Year Universities in South Carolina

Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC

Wofford College offers 32 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 381 students graduated with students earning 381 Bachelor's degrees.

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Clemson University offers 270 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 6,844 students graduated with students earning 4,806 Bachelor's degrees, 1,665 Master's degrees, 249 Doctoral degrees, and 124 Certificates.

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Furman University
Greenville, SC

Furman University offers 66 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 714 students graduated with students earning 671 Bachelor's degrees, and 43 Master's degrees.

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University of South Carolina-Columbia offers 305 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 8,953 students graduated with students earning 6,109 Bachelor's degrees, 1,600 Master's degrees, 929 Doctoral degrees, 311 Certificates, and 4 Associate's degrees.

Citadel Military College of South Carolina offers 88 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 1,054 students graduated with students earning 647 Bachelor's degrees, 316 Master's degrees, and 91 Certificates.

Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC

Presbyterian College offers 43 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 243 students graduated with students earning 197 Bachelor's degrees, and 46 Doctoral degrees.

Erskine College
Due West, SC

Erskine College offers 31 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway rural area. In 2020, 131 students graduated with students earning 97 Bachelor's degrees, 22 Doctoral degrees, and 12 Master's degrees.

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 2020, 2,313 students graduated with students earning 2,125 Bachelor's degrees, 181 Master's degrees, and 7 Certificates.

Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC

Claflin University offers 70 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 340 students graduated with students earning 315 Bachelor's degrees, and 25 Master's degrees.

Southern Wesleyan University offers 73 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 359 students graduated with students earning 269 Bachelor's degrees, 63 Master's degrees, and 27 Associate's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in South Carolina

Spartanburg Methodist College offers 7 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2020, 205 students graduated with students earning 205 Associate's degrees.

University of South Carolina-Sumter offers 2 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2020, 154 students graduated with students earning 154 Associate's degrees.

University of South Carolina-Lancaster offers 5 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2020, 139 students graduated with students earning 139 Associate's degrees.

University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2020, 110 students graduated with students earning 110 Associate's degrees.

Fortis College-Columbia offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2020, 186 students graduated with students earning 156 Certificates, and 30 Associate's degrees.

Denmark Technical College offers 21 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2020, 37 students graduated with students earning 20 Certificates, and 17 Associate's degrees.

University of South Carolina-Union offers 2 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2020, 47 students graduated with students earning 47 Associate's degrees.

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College offers 42 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2020, 303 students graduated with students earning 227 Associate's degrees, and 76 Certificates.

Spartanburg Community College offers 47 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2020, 601 students graduated with students earning 548 Associate's degrees, and 53 Certificates.

Williamsburg Technical College offers 16 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2020, 70 students graduated with students earning 54 Associate's degrees, and 16 Certificates.

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School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Wofford College Logo Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
5/5
12 : 1 1,764
Clemson University Logo Clemson University Clemson, SC
4/5
19 : 1 26,406
Furman University Logo Furman University Greenville, SC
5/5
10 : 1 2,567
University of South Carolina-Columbia Logo University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC
3/5
24 : 1 35,470
Citadel Military College of South Carolina Logo Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
3/5
18 : 1 3,740