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South Carolina (SC): Colleges and Universities Overview

There are nearly 60 public and private non-profit colleges and universities in South Carolina. Read about the schools with the highest graduation rates, lowest costs, in addition to their location and student enrollment figures, in order to find the school for you.

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Whether you're looking for an affordable college or one with a large student population, this article will help breakdown potential schools in South Carolina the will fit your academic needs.

South Carolina Colleges Near Large Cities

About half of the public and private non-profit schools in South Carolina are located in or near small or mid-sized cities. The schools listed below are all located in mid-sized cities. Additionally, there is Columbia International University and the University of South Carolina, both located in Columbia.

  • Allen University (Columbia)
  • Benedict College (Columbia)
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina (Charleston)
  • College of Charleston (Charleston)
  • Columbia College (Columbia)

Largest Schools in South Carolina

The largest schools in the state of South Carolina all had in excess of 10,000 undergraduates, as of Fall 2014, which includes the College of Charleston. Coastal Carolina University had just under 10,000 undergraduate students, while Horry-Georgetown Technical College had approximately 7,400 undergraduate students.

  • University of South Carolina-Columbia (24,866 undergraduates)
  • Clemson University (17,260 undergraduates)
  • Trident Technical College (16,136 undergraduates)
  • Greenville Technical College (12,592 undergraduates)
  • Midlands Technical College (11,424 undergraduates)

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  • Agriculture
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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The true cost of an education typically differs from the sticker price since financial awards offset the price. The NCES determines a college's net cost by subtracting the average amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attending the college. Listed below, the lowest net prices are all from 2014-2015.

  • Spartanburg Community College ($3,232)
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry ($4,506)
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College ($4,813)
  • Midlands Technical College ($5,715)
  • Aiken Technical College ($6,291)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rates displayed by the NCES are based on the number of students who began their studies in 2012 and completed their programs in 150% of the 'normal' time it takes to complete the programs (e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree or three years for an associate degree). The public and private non-profit schools listed below offer the highest graduation rates in the state.

  • Furman University (83% graduation rate)
  • Clemson University (81% graduation rate)
  • Wofford College (81% graduation rate)
  • University of South Carolina-Columbia (72% graduation rate)
  • Presbyterian College (70% graduation rate)

We've placed a number of South Carolina colleges and universities into these four categories to help you decide on a college that is best suited to your needs and study goals.

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