The state of South Carolina is home to 27 post-secondary institutions that offer graduate degrees. This article compares the traditional public and private non-for-profit schools that offer a variety of programs.
South Carolina Graduate Schools Near Large Cities
Large urban areas often provide students with many opportunities. For graduate students they may have accesses to research related resources, networking and extracurricular activities. Bellow we list five schools in South Carolina that are in small to mid-sized cities.
- College of Charleston (Charleston, SC)
- Columbia College (Columbia, SC)
- Columbia International University (Columbia, SC)
- University of South Carolina-Columbia (Columbia, SC)
- Anderson University (Anderson, SC)
Largest Schools in South Carolina with Graduate Programs
Another good indicators of the opportunities a school has to offer is the school's student population. The NCES collects data on the how many undergraduate and graduate students attend a school in a five year to get a student population. Here are the largest schools in South Carolina with graduate programs as of 2015.
- University of South Carolina-Columbia (33,724 enrolled students)
- Clemson University (22,698 enrolled students)
- College of Charleston (11,531 enrolled students)
- Coastal Carolina University (10,263 enrolled students)
- Winthrop University (6,031 enrolled students)
Lowest Graduate Tuition
The cost of gaining a college education adds up quickly. Tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks and academic supplies are regular expenses for most students. Here we look at the five schools with the lowest graduate tuition rates according to 2015-2016 NCES figures.
- North Greenville University ($6,750)
- South Carolina State University ($7,290)
- Anderson University ($7,426)
- Charleston Southern University ($7,500)
- Converse College ($8,190)
Highest Graduation Rate
To find out more on the quality of education available at a college or university, stats on undergraduate-graduation rates can be a good start for comparing institutions. Based on full-time undergraduates who entered programs in fall 2009 and completed them in 150% of normal time (e.g., a bachelor's programs in six years or less), the schools below have the highest graduation rates (NCES).
- Furman University (83% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- Clemson University (81% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- University of South Carolina-Columbia (72% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- College of Charleston (68% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- Columbia International University (62% undergraduate-graduation rate)
There are a lot of things to keep in mind when looking for the right graduate school for you. Here we assess schools within a close proximity to an urban area, high student population, low tuition rates and high undergraduate-graduation rates.