Prospective students will find a wide variety of South Carolina colleges, from large public universities to small community colleges. To help students narrow down their options, we've organized schools into four categories, using data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).
South Carolina Schools Near Large Cities
All of the schools listed below are 4-year institutions located in large cities in South Carolina; each offers at least a bachelor's degree.
- Allen University (Columbia)
- Benedict College (Columbia)
- College of Charleston (Charleston)
- Columbia College (Columbia)
- Columbia International University (Columbia)
Largest Schools in South Carolina
The largest schools in South Carolina are all public schools. Of these top schools, a few had more than 10,000 students, as of the fall in 2014.
- University of South Carolina-Columbia (33,724 students)
- Clemson University (22,698 students)
- College of Charleston (11,531 students)
- Coastal Carolina University (10,263 students)
- Winthrop University (6,031 students)
Lowest Net Price
Choosing a school with a low net price can enable students to start their post-college lives with less debt. The NCES determines net price by subtracting government and institutional aid from the total cost of attendance. This data is based on statistics per year as of the 2014-2015 academic year, according to NCES, for full-time undergraduate students.
- Spartanburg Community College ($3,232)
- Clinton College ($8,113)
- University of South Carolina-Lancaster ($8,565)
- University of South Carolina-Sumter ($9,670)
- University of South Carolina-Union ($10,620)
Highest Graduation Rate
The overall graduation rate is determined by the percentage of students who finish their studies in 150% of 'normal time', or 6 years for a bachelor's degree. The NCES provides retention rates for first-time undergraduate students who began their studies in 2009.
- Furman University (83% graduation rate)
- Clemson University (81% graduation rate)
- Wofford College (81% graduation rate)
- University of South Carolina-Columbia (72% graduation rate)
- College of Charleston (68% graduation rate)
The South Carolina schools listed here have been organized into four separate categories to give you a better idea of their attributes, in order to help you choose one that is right for you.