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.

*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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Clemson University Clemson, SC

Clemson University offers 251 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 5,828 students graduated with students earning 4,002 Bachelor's degrees, 1,309 Master's degrees, 266 Doctoral degrees, and 251 Certificates degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
2 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
3 North Greenville University Tigerville, SC

North Greenville University offers 56 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 540 students graduated with students earning 429 Bachelor's degrees, 97 Master's degrees, and 14 Doctoral degrees.

4 Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC

Winthrop University offers 101 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 1,273 students graduated with students earning 909 Bachelor's degrees, 340 Master's degrees, and 24 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
5 College of Charleston Charleston, SC

College of Charleston offers 143 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,832 students graduated with students earning 2,568 Bachelor's degrees, 247 Master's degrees, and 17 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
6 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College of South Carolina offers 60 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,111 students graduated with students earning 728 Bachelor's degrees, 272 Master's degrees, and 111 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
7 Bob Jones University Greenville, SC

Bob Jones University offers 108 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 805 students graduated with students earning 593 Bachelor's degrees, 135 Master's degrees, 45 Associate's degrees, 26 Doctoral degrees, and 6 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
8 Anderson University Anderson, SC

Anderson University offers 95 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 677 students graduated with students earning 553 Bachelor's degrees, 122 Master's degrees, and 2 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
9 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC

Coastal Carolina University offers 79 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 1,951 students graduated with students earning 1,675 Bachelor's degrees, 262 Master's degrees, 14 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
10 University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartanburg, SC

University of South Carolina-Upstate offers 49 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 1,170 students graduated with students earning 1,158 Bachelor's degrees, 12 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in South Carolina

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Spartanburg Methodist College Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg Methodist College offers 8 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 209 students graduated with students earning 209 Associate's degrees.

2 University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Allendale, SC

University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie offers 2 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 222 students graduated with students earning 222 Associate's degrees.

3 University of South Carolina-Sumter Sumter, SC

University of South Carolina-Sumter offers 1 Degree program. It's a small public college in a small city. In 2015, 103 students graduated with students earning 103 Associate's degrees.

4 University of South Carolina-Lancaster Lancaster, SC

University of South Carolina-Lancaster offers 6 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 151 students graduated with students earning 151 Associate's degrees.

5 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC

Greenville Technical College offers 102 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,513 students graduated with students earning 1,277 Associate's degrees, and 1,236 Certificates degrees.

6 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC

Trident Technical College offers 108 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a small city. In 2015, 3,542 students graduated with students earning 1,784 Certificates degrees, and 1,758 Associate's degrees.

7 Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC

Horry-Georgetown Technical College offers 71 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,899 students graduated with students earning 1,153 Associate's degrees, and 746 Certificates degrees.

8 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC

Piedmont Technical College offers 69 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,178 students graduated with students earning 668 Associate's degrees, and 510 Certificates degrees.

9 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC

Tri-County Technical College offers 53 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,295 students graduated with students earning 889 Associate's degrees, and 406 Certificates degrees.

10 Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence, SC

Florence-Darlington Technical College offers 69 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small suburb. In 2015, 1,081 students graduated with students earning 545 Associate's degrees, and 536 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Clemson University Clemson University Clemson, SC
3/5
20 : 1 22,698
University of South Carolina-Columbia University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC
3/5
20 : 1 33,724
North Greenville University North Greenville University Tigerville, SC
4/5
16 : 1 2,689
Winthrop University Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC
3/5
17 : 1 6,031
College of Charleston College of Charleston Charleston, SC
3/5
18 : 1 11,531
Citadel Military College of South Carolina Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
3/5
16 : 1 3,506
Bob Jones University Bob Jones University Greenville, SC
3/5
15 : 1 3,005
Anderson University Anderson University Anderson, SC
5/5
18 : 1 3,212
Coastal Carolina University Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC
3/5
21 : 1 10,263
University of South Carolina-Upstate University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartanburg, SC
3/5
24 : 1 5,996
Furman University Furman University Greenville, SC
5/5
12 : 1 2,884
Charleston Southern University Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC
4/5
16 : 1 3,621
Francis Marion University Francis Marion University Florence, SC
3/5
17 : 1 3,947
Wofford College Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
5/5
13 : 1 1,660
Lander University Lander University Greenwood, SC
3/5
17 : 1 2,701
University of South Carolina-Aiken University of South Carolina-Aiken Aiken, SC
3/5
21 : 1 3,448
Presbyterian College Presbyterian College Clinton, SC
5/5
13 : 1 1,379
Limestone College Limestone College Gaffney, SC
4/5
34 : 1 3,139
Converse College Converse College Spartanburg, SC
4/5
15 : 1 1,148
Columbia International University Columbia International University Columbia, SC
4/5
19 : 1 1,001
South Carolina State University South Carolina State University Orangeburg, SC
3/5
20 : 1 3,054
Erskine College Erskine College Due West, SC
5/5
15 : 1 761
Coker College Coker College Hartsville, SC
5/5
16 : 1 1,282
Newberry College Newberry College Newberry, SC
5/5
14 : 1 1,064
Claflin University Claflin University Orangeburg, SC
4/5
14 : 1 1,925

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