Greenville, SC, Higher Education Facts and City Info

Greenville, South Carolina, lies near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city is home to several universities and colleges offering career programs, undergraduate degrees and graduate programs. Read about the population, economy and school options in Greenville below.

Information about Greenville, SC

The city of Greenville, South Carolina, is located in Greenville County on the banks of the Reedy River, which winds through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With a population of 62,252, as of 2014 U.S. Census estimates, the city is relatively small. African American residents made up 30% of the population, while 61% was white and 6% was Hispanic, according to 2010 census data. Among residents 25 or older, 41.5% held bachelor's degrees, compared with 25.3% of the state as a whole (2010-2014 census info).

Attractions in and around Greenville include the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Bob Jones University Art Gallery and Museum, Falls Park on the Reedy River, the Greenville Zoo, the Fall for Greenville festival and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. The city is also known for being the birthplace of the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Nine bronze mice are installed throughout the downtown area in a nod to the children's book Goodnight Moon.

Higher Education

The city of Greenville has around 13 colleges and universities. Bob Jones University, a Christian 4-year liberal arts institution, is based here and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five colleges and schools and the Seminary and Graduate School of Religion.

The largest school in the city is Greenville Technical College, which enrolls nearly 13,000 students. This 2-year public school has certificate and associate's degree programs in engineering technology, health and medical technology, automotive mechanics and computer programming, to name a few. Furman University is a private 4-year university that offers bachelor's and master's degrees to about 3,000 students. North Greenville University is located about 15 miles away in Tigersville and enrolls around 2,500 students.

Economy and Employment

The economy of Greenville originally relied on textiles, and locals used the Reedy River as a convenient way of transporting raw materials and finished goods. In the present day, the area is better known for its business, high-tech, manufacturing and engineering companies. Michelin maintains its American headquarters in the city, and nearby Greer is the site of BMW's first American manufacturing plant.

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