Colleges in South Carolina

Colleges in South Carolina

South Carolina has 187 miles of coastline and a humid subtropical climate to go along with it. Summers are warm and winters are largely mild in the Palmetto State, especially close to the Atlantic ocean, which is also where most of the state’s population lives—in Charleston. There are 61 colleges in South Carolina, including 8 historically black colleges and universities. The largest institution in the state is the University of South Carolina, which resides in the state capital, Columbia. The most selective school is Claflin University. Automotive manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, energy, and logistics are the top industries in the South Carolina. The most prominent attractions in the state include Myrtle Beach, the Charleston Historic District, Hilton Head Island, and Fort Sumter.
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Clemson University

Clemson University is America’s second-largest university by student population and South Carolina’s land- and sea-grant institution. Clemson is home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 academic majors. For...

“…I am going to admit that classes are harder than I expected from high school. They are excellent, however, and I am learning a lot of information. The professors use different teaching methods, such as textbooks, lecture books, worksheets,...” – Sydney from Sumter, SC

University of South Carolina-Columbia

The University of South Carolina is a 4-year public research institution in the state capital of Columbia. South Carolina encompasses 12 colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, U of SC is home to the first freestanding academic...

“…At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, there are a multitude of classes to choose from. From the Psychology of Sex to the Philosophy of Contemporary Moral Issues, this University has many classes that will tickle your fancy. Being the...” – Emily from Ladson, SC

College of Charleston

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public university and is the oldest campus in South Carolina. The university offers 61 undergraduate majors and 78 minors from six schools, plus 24 master's degree programs and 10 graduate-level...

“…The College is everything you could want in a balance of academics and recreation. As a student in the Honors College, I can assure you that we work hard here but the love I have for my professors makes the work worthwhile. Besides academics, you are...” – Maddie from Huntersville, NC

Coastal Carolina University

With campus a short drive from the Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Carolina University is a 4-year public liberal arts institution in South Carolina. CCU confers bachelor’s degrees in 74 academic areas of study. In addition to the academic facilities on its...

“…Coastal is such a good school. It may sometimes get the party school name, but it really isn't anything like that. The classes aren't easy, but you will get a lot out of them. I love it at CCU. I would not choose to go anywhere else. The size is...” – Erin from Catawba , SC

Winthrop University

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University is a 4-year public school in the greater Charlotte area. Winthrop consists of five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 40 fields of study and is also home to Think College, a program that offers post...

“…With smaller class sizes, I feel that I'm learning a lot and more efficiently that friends I know at larger Universities. Professors are always open to questions and constantly stress that their office are meant to give us the help that we need to...” – Jess from Chapin, SC

Furman University

Furman University is a 4-year, 100% residential institution in Greenville, South Carolina, and is the oldest private institution in the state. The curriculum has a liberal arts focus throughout its 60 degrees of studies and is based around The Furman...

“…I am definately learning more than I thought I'd be learning in such short semesters at Furman. At times it may seem a bit overwhelming but professors are always willing to explain and help their students and Furman provides tutoring if needed during...” – Demesheka from Conyers, GA

Wofford College

Established in 1854, Wofford College is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Spartanburg, SC. Wofford offers 67 majors, minors, and programs on its 170-acre campus, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and, in...

“…Wofford is a tough school. In order to be a successful student there, you have got to mean business. There's no fooling around or second chances. By attending Wofford, I am challenging myself more than I ever have before and it is definitely...” – Lisa from Baltimore, MD

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina is a public institution and senior military college in Charleston. The Citadel confers undergrad degrees in 23 academic majors and all students become part of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. In...

“…The Citadel has been ranked #1 School in the South two years in a row. It is a institution of higher learning striving to mold the minds, morals, and bodies of the next generation of leaders. It is easy to get into but hard to stay.” – Wyatt from Decatur, IL

Presbyterian College

Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western South Carolina. PC grants undergraduate degrees in 107 academic majors, minors, and concentrations and all students are expected to abide by the...

“…PC is the right choice for you if you care about actually learning as opposed to just passing with a degree. The workload can be heavy, but the professors are interesting, fun, and caring. If you ever have a problem with an assignment, you can go to...” – Rachelle from Camano Island, WA

Charleston Southern University

Originally founded as Baptist College, Charleston Southern University is a Christian school in the greater Charleston area and the only Christian college in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. CSU grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic...

“…This school is fantastic if you are looking for a college with a small Christian atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody. The teachers are great. they know you by your name and personality not by your student id number.” – Shelby from Charleston, SC

South Carolina State University

Founded in 1896, South Carolina State University is a 4-year public school in central South Carolina and the only public Historically Black College and University in the state. SCSU is home to six academic departments conferring undergraduate degrees...

“…If you are adventurous, outgoing, and enjoy a challenge, SC State is for you. Being here teaches you how to separate yourself from competitors and how to sell your skills in a limited amount of time and words. I cannot imagine being anywhere else.” – Najee from Macon, GA

Benedict College

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a liberal arts college and an HBCU. It is a private institution based in Columbia, South Carolina, and home to the Benedict College Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places....

“…Yes, Benedict College you do learn alot in your major. The teachers will give you research projects and writing papers to become more familiar with you studies. The library is alway open from early mornings to late nights, so you can always study.” – Jasmine from College Park, GA

Newberry College

Founded in 1856, Newberry College is a 4-year liberal arts college in South Carolina affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Newberry offers undergraduate degrees in over 30 academic majors. For musically inclined students, Newberry is home to nine...

“…Newberry College is a wonderful undergraduate institution that prides itself on its personalized learning experiences. The professors are actively engaged with the students and work to not only teach but to instill a love of learning inside each...” – Kay

Lander University

Founded in 1872, Lander University is a small public higher education institution situated in Greenwood, South Carolina. The university provides a liberal arts program and several professional schools. The school houses a popular Equestrian Center...

“…Lander University is a great school, that involves varies activities and ways to make school not so bad. It also has great staff and the teachers are very easy to talk to and they all know you by name which was very important to me. Also has a great...” – Steven from Anderson, SC

Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University is a public institution focused on liberal arts education. It is located in Florence, South Carolina, and is one of the most affordable colleges in the state. FMU has several partnerships with international colleges and...

“…Francis Marion University is a place that passionately cares about the education of students. It is a place where the professors will never give up on a student. I enjoy taking classes as Francis Marion University because they are not only educating...” – L'Ariel from Hartsville, SC

Converse College

Founded in 1889, Converse College is a liberal arts institution with an all-female undergraduate program and coeducational graduate program. Most students choose to major in interior design, English, or psychology, and more than half double major....

“…there was something about the enthusiasm of the admissions counselors that just drew me to converse. i was able to connect with them, and felt drawn to the school. as i learned more about the school and attended open house in november, i fell in love...” – Vanessa from Chester, SC

Claflin University

Claflin University is a private HBCU and independent institution based in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The school provides a career-oriented liberal arts education. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund and affiliated with the United...

“…Claflin University is the wonderful college that opens up your mind to different cultures. It's also a college that gives you many opportunities to look for a career that you are interested in. Unlike many colleges many college professors are just...” – Tyra from Sumter, SC

Limestone College

Limestone College is an independent liberal arts school located in Gaffney, South Carolina. The school has “selective” admissions and provides a curriculum based on Christian values and ethics. Traditional students attend the “Day” program, while...

“…Professors are extremely helpful, and are available to help whenever you need them!” – Katherine from Trenton, NC

Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a private, historically black institution located in Denmark, South Carolina. The school offers degree options that can be completed entirely in evening courses for students with scheduling limitations. Voorhees’ campus features...

“…The classroom settings are very small so you can ask for help anytime. There are various opportunities to be taken advantage of. There are also many different programs on campus that help expand your cultural enrichment.” – Karessa from Long Beach, CA

Erskine College

Erskine College is a private, liberal arts institution founded by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1893. Students are required to live on campus, in the rural and historic town of Due West, South Carolina. Erskine offers study abroad in...

“…Erskine College has wonderful opportunities that allow all students to achieve their goals. With rigorous academics and many opportunities for extracurriculars everyone can find their niche here. Professors and faculty are always available to help...” – H from SC

Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina was founded in 1824 and is comprised of six colleges and a 700-bed medical center. MUSC is one of the oldest schools of medicine in the nation. The school is home to the South Carolina Clinical and...

“…Its very good college” – Suchit from CHARLESTON, SC

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christian liberal arts college in upstate South Carolina affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. SWU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 25 academic fields of study. Additionally, the university sponsors a 9-month...

“…I rate Southern Wesleyan as a ten out of ten! This university is not perfect but the mistakes are made up for by the incredible community and God filled atmosphere on campus. Southern Wesleyan University quickly becomes your home away from home and...” – Alex from Dallas, NC

Coker College

Coker College is a private liberal arts institution based in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker College offers a Trans4mations four-year undergraduate program that focuses on a different aspect of learning each year. All students must finish a...

“…Great School” – Toiekka from Timmonsville, SC

North Greenville University

North Greenville University is a conservative liberal arts school affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The school is situated at the base of the Appalachian mountains and offers a curriculum centered around the teachings of the...

“…North Greenville has a beautiful campus. The faculty really care about you and get to know you. The environment is Christ centered and all the people who attend are like family” – Chelsea from Spartanburg, SC

Columbia College (SC)

Columbia College is a women’s liberal arts college in South Carolina’s state capital. Columbia confers undergraduate degrees in eight academic areas and also makes certain programs available in coeducational formats. Throughout the school year,...

“…The course is rigorous, but the teachers really care and are so willing to help and they want you to succeed. The education is well-rounded so that it's practical for life and creates a nice learning experience with different methods and fun classes,...” – Suzie from Simpsonville, SC

Anderson University (SC)

Anderson University is a Christian liberal arts college in western South Carolina with close ties to the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Anderson is home to nine colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors and all...

“…Anderson University provides an excellent Christ Centered atmosphere for all students. The classes are excellent, yet challenging, with caring and knowledgeable teachers. Anderson University is an excellent school that provides many opportunities and...” – AU Student

Columbia International University is a private 4-year Christian college in South Carolina’s state capital. CIU offers 24 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary academic programs, all of which are founded on a biblical worldview. As a Christian...

“…Columbia International University is a very diverse and highly valued college. The staff,faculty, and students are all part of what makes the school so compelling . The school is focused on give each student an education that will allow them to Know...” – Megan from Columbia, SC

University of South Carolina-Upstate

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the University of South Carolina Upstate is a public university in northwest South Carolina. USC Upstate features colleges of Education, Social Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Science offering...

“…The campus is very nice and clean. They have a lot hills, but you'll get use to traveling on them them. Their campus has a lot of restaurants on it” – Christopher from Lancaster, SC

University of South Carolina-Beaufort

The University of South Carolina is a 4-year public institution and senior campus of the USC system in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. USCB offers undergraduate degrees in 18 academic majors and 19 minors. For students interested in the media...

“…SINCE I HAVE GOTEN HERE I HAVE BEEN LEARNING A PLETHORA OF NEW IDEAS AND THEORIES IN THE FIELDS OF PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY. MY PROFESSORS REALLY KNOW THEIR STUFF. YOU WILL LEARN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ADVANCE IN YOUR FIELD OF STUDY BECAUSE YOUR...” – DAVINA from SAINT HELENA ISLAND, SC

Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College is a 2-year public community college. The school awards associate degrees and provides 1-to-2-year professional certification programs. Data processing, nursing, and commercial vehicle operation are among the most popular...

“…It's extremely hard to rate my school in three sentences, because there are numerous positive things about the School! I would hands down give Greenville tech a 11 out of 10; the teachers are student oriented, they never failed to help when I asked...” – Nicolette from Lyman, SC

Trident Technical College is a public, 2-year institution located in North Charleston, South Carolina, with satellite facilities in Mount Pleasant, Moncks Corner, Summerville, and Hollywood. The college offers over 150 transfer and technical degree...

“…I have been at Trident since August of 2010 and so far I have nothing bad to say about the teacher and academic advisers who I have had or come into contact with. I have a full 15-hr schedule this semester and although my classes are all quite...” – Katherine from Charleston, SC

University of South Carolina-Aiken

The University of South Carolina-Aiken is a public institution rated as having “selective” admissions that offers programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences curriculum. USCA promotes individual attention for students through small classes and...

“…The University of South Carolina - Aiken is one of the top five schools in South Carolina. No other branch of University of South Carolina can say that. All professors work with you and are easily accessible. Everything that you need will be on the...” – Jemar from Elko, SC

Horry-Georgetown Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in Conway, South Carolina, with satellite locations in Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. HGTC offers over 65 degree, certificate, and diploma programs, as well as 11 fully...

“…The best school that offers great oppurtunities for students, a wonderful community of faculty who care about the students and an inexpensive way to take core college classes and earn an Associates. ” – Sophia from Myrtle Beach, SC

Spartanburg Community College is a 2-year community college serving a three county area in northwestern South Carolina with five campus locations. SCC offers over 70 degrees and certificates from its seven schools of learning. The campus features an...

“…The best most affordable college in the upstate. All of the personnel are very helppful.” – Margaret from Landrum, SC

Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College is a public two-year institution operating six campuses throughout South Carolina. The Academic Success Centers at Midlands Technical College offer academic help such as free tutoring and interactive educational programs....

“…Like any college, you get your good and bad classes and professors. But at tech the classes are small and you really get to know your fellow students and professors. Most of the professors I've had privilege to study under have been excellent! I...” – Lauren from SC

Allen University

Allen University is a private HBCU founded in 1870 by ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and located in Columbia, South Carolina. The school provides a liberal arts and professionally-focused education centered around Christianity....

“…I give Allen university 8 on a scale of 1-10.” – Ieesha from Wallace, SC

Piedmont Technical College is a 2-year institution serving the largest area in the South Carolina Technical College System. PTC is home to eight schools offering degree and certificate programs in fields such as Diversified Agriculture and...

“…Piedmont Technical College not only offers a wide variety of two year degree programs but also may continuing education courses. Many classes are not only offered in a traditional classroom setting but also online as well as in televised versions....” – Kaylynn from Ninety Six, SC

Morris College

Morris College is a private, historically black college located in Sumter, South Carolina. The college is career-focused, and offers a number of programs to prepare students for employment, including their Cooperative Education and Call Me Mister...

“…Very motivating college” – Britney from Kingstree, SC

Spartanburg Methodist College is a private, 2-year institution established in South Carolina, and is the only independently-run, residential 2-year college in the state. SMC offers six associate’s degree-level fields of study, including Arts,...

“…they are a well organized school. very small so there is a lot more one-on-one attention. everyone is very friendly and fun!” – Janell from Charleston, SC

Tri-County Technical College is a community college located in Pendleton, South Carolina. The institution also maintains three satellite campuses in Anderson, Easley, and Oconee County. TCTC hosts the Industrial Technology Center and Senator Bill O...

“…Tri-County Technical College is quite accomplished for a school of it's nature. Classroom sizes are moderately small and the teachers genuinely enjoy working with students of all types. The school provides many excellent programs that intend for it's...” – Kaitlin from Easley, SC

York Technical College

York Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Along with its main campus, the college also maintains satellite facilities in Chester and Fort Mill. The college offers a variety of credit programs,...

“…I am in the Nursing program and have learned a great deal.” – Tonia from Rock Hill, SC

Central Carolina Technical College is a 2-year technical and vocational school with a main campus and ten extension sites serving a four county South Carolina area. CCTC offers over 50 degree and certificate programs in 12 academic departments. Among...

“…Unlike some of the other colleges I have attended, most of the teachers here at Central Carolina Tech actually try to help every student in their class success. They do not have the mentality of If you can't keep up, that's your problem.” – Pamela from Elgin, SC

Aiken Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in Graniteville, South Carolina, and is part of the SC Technical College System. ATC offers 12 certificate and degree options, with over 85 different transferable courses available...

Florence-Darlington Technical College is a 2-year community college with six campuses in the northeast region of South Carolina. FD Tech offers degrees in 38 academic programs as well as 42 certificates. In addition, FD Tech was the first South...

“…i believe it will be easier to learn on a smaller campus” – Courtney from Marion, SC

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is a 2-year career-oriented community college in the lowcountry region of South Carolina. TCL’s three campuses are home to over 90 academic programs of study. The college also trains students for careers in the...

The University of South Carolina in Lancaster is a public university and regional USC campus. USC Lancaster students pursue the first two years of their education on campus and finish their undergrad careers at the local Palmetto College or at USC’s...

“…The college I go to is very small which means that you have more one on one with the instructors. This school also have alot of student activities for example Spring Fling the school give out free food, a washable tattoo and other cool stuff. USCL...” – Katrina from Lancaster, SC

University of South Carolina-Sumter

The University of South Carolina-Sumter is a junior college and a regional campus of the USC system in central South Carolina. USC Sumter confers bachelor’s degrees in Organizational Leadership, Liberal Studies, and Business Administration as well as...

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College is a 2-year institution serving two counties in South Carolina’s Lower Savannah Region. OC Tech is home to 11 academic departments granting degrees and certificates in technical subjects including Engineering...

Denmark Technical College is a 2-year technical and vocational school serving three counties in South Carolina. Denmark offers 10 associate degrees and 18 diploma and certificate-granting academic programs. For students who wish to live on campus,...

Clinton College is a private, historically black institution established in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Academics at CC are primarily focused on liberal arts and holistic learning, and while many students enrolled pursue an associate degree, the...

“…Dorm Life can be pretty cool at CJC. My freshman year i was a little scared at first. I cried like the first whole week there. But i got use to it. Its fun meeting new people and you learn so much when you all are living together. It literally...” – Ashanti from Lancaster, SC

The University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie is a regional campus in the USC system with two campuses in the lowcountry part of the state. USC-Salkehatchie offers 15 bachelor’s degree programs entirely on campus and students also have the option to...

Northeastern Technical College is a 2-year technical and community college with five campus locations in northeastern South Carolina. NETC offers 21 associate degrees, 23 certificates, and four diplomas in various vocational fields of study....

“…The teachers enjoy what they are teaching, which makes it more interesting for me and the other students.” – Melissa from Pageland, SC

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic

Sherman College of Chiropractic is a private, medical education institution established in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Students enrolling at Sherman have the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree over the course of fourteen quarters....

“…Teacher really teach the material and care for the students. also have counselor really following you through the program. Feel like one big family and accepted right away :)” – Clement from Spartanburg, SC

Williamsburg Technical College is a 2-year technical and vocational school in Atlantic Coastal South Carolina. WTC grants five associate degrees, three diplomas, and 21 certificates in various career-centered fields of study. Several WTC courses are...

The University of South Carolina-Union is a regional campus in the USC system in the northwest part of the state. USC Union offers three bachelor’s degrees in Organizational Leadership, Nursing, and Liberal Studies entirely on campus as well as the...

Established in 1995, W. L. Bonner College is a private, 4-year institution located in Columbia, South Carolina. WLBC offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Religious Studies, as well as a certificate in Christian Ministries, featuring six areas...

Remington College Columbia is a technical and vocational school and a campus of the Remington system in the South Carolina state capitol. The Columbia campus offers diplomas and certificates in six career-centered fields of study. Throughout the year...

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