South Carolina offers several Christian postsecondary institutions that are affiliated with different denominations, including Lutheran, Baptist and Methodist. The Christian schools in the state vary in size, location and a variety of other factors potential students may want to consider. Here we discuss some of these schools in depth.
Several different cities in South Carolina are home to 4-year Christian colleges. Learn about the location and tuition rates of a few of these institutions.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Claflin University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Orangeburg, SC||$16,480|
|North Greenville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Tigerville, SC||$19,150|
|Voorhees College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Protestant Episcopal||Denmark, SC||$12,630|
|Presbyterian College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Clinton, SC||$37,842|
|Newberry College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Newberry, SC||$25,900|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Christian Colleges in South Carolina
The Christian colleges in South Carolina provide students with a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These colleges also provide various student organizations and spiritual growth opportunities that they offer students. Explore a few of these schools and their distinguishing characteristics.
Claflin University is a Historically Black University that had about 1,900 undergraduates in 2016, according to the NCES. Students can pursue bachelor's or master's degree programs on-campus or online in a variety of subjects, including criminal justice, business administration, nursing, digital design, music, foreign language, sport management, biotechnology and computer engineering. Students can also participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad, global internships, Honors Leadership Seminars and the Global Leadership Program (GLP). The school offers several religious student organizations, including Gamma Phi Delta Christian Fraternity and ECHO (Echoing the Voice of Christ), as well as academic, cultural arts and shared interests clubs, like pre-dentistry club, Greek Life, art club, Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society and NAACP.
North Greenville University
North Greenville University was founded in 1892 and offers students a wide range of ministries and activities to help develop their spiritual lives, including Life Groups, summer missions, Media Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and a Global Impact Conference. The school also provides students with leadership opportunities through mentorship programs, like One-on-One Mentors where upperclassmen mentor freshmen, and recreational activities, like intramural sports. According to the NCES, the school had close to 2,350 undergraduate students in 2016 and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Students can choose from an array of study areas, such as Christian ministry, education, marketing, biology, outdoor leadership, health science, Christian studies and theatre.
Voorhees College is an undergraduate institution that is also a Historically Black College. Students can pursue bachelor's degree programs in a range of areas, such as health and recreation, theological studies, accounting, emergency management, child development and computer sciences. The NCES reported that the school had a student population of 415 students in 2016. The school's Chapel offers services every Sunday and Tuesday morning, as well as a Bible study each Wednesday, and remains open for students to meditate and pray. Students may also participate in Greek Life, honor societies, concert choir, student government, pre-law club and more.
Presbyterian College offers a range of bachelor's degrees in areas like religion and philosophy, biology, international studies, math, chemistry, education and political science, but only offers graduate and professional degree programs through the School of Pharmacy. The school had a little over 1,050 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES, and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1, according to the school's website. In 2013, the school was ranked 2nd in South Carolina for the Greatest Lifetime Return on Investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Presbyterian College also provides students opportunities to invest in their spiritual lives through organizations and activities like Bluefish Student Ministry, FCA, Religious Life Council, volunteer opportunities and Campus Outreach.
Newberry College is another undergraduate institution that offers bachelor's degree programs in physical education, forestry, nursing, graphic design, religion, music, chemistry and more, as well as pre-professional programs, including pre-engineering, pre-law, pre-physical therapy, pre-vet and pre-medicine. The school was named one of 'U.S. News and World Report's' Best Regional Colleges in the South for 2018 and offers students different campus ministry groups that are overseen by faculty or staff advisors and each group takes turns leading a Chapel service. Students may also choose to participate in music and theatre, Greek Life or a variety of clubs, like International Student Organization, Future Medical Professionals Association and The Write Minds. According to the NCES, the school had 1,070 undergraduate students in 2016.