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...

“…Clemson has a beautiful campus, and has so many things to offer its students. Clemson also has a staff that is always willing to help its students. Most of all, Clemson makes you feel at home and the bond between fellow students and faculty members...” – Kristen from Latta, 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...

“…The campus is beautiful and not too spread out. All of my classes have been wonderful thus far, and really are shaped to my interests. There are so many study enhancements in this community to make sure that students do succeed. ” – Taelor from Columbia, 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...

“…I enjoy my undergraduate classes at CofC. Class sizes are reasonable, and my professors are approachable and helpful. I appreciate the large selection of electives. ” – Savannah from Mount Pleasant, SC

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 carolina is an excellet school, it has a pretty good science program. although biochemistry is a new major here, the science departments are pretty fond of this major. the science departments has a good tutoring program” – Tiesha from Lancaster, 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...

“…Winthrop is a very wonderful school. Your just not a number here you are a person. Winthrop has very high credentials. ” – Benjamin from Anderson, 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...

“…Furman is exciting, but rigorous academically, but you can be successful if you are organized and willing to get help. Furman will give you a network and lifelong friends. It will also give you amazing study skills and prepare you for the future.” – Perry from Mauldin, SC

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 extremely expensive but all the professors are amazing and really know what they're talking about. going to wofford is really hard work, the professors expect a lot from their students and it's a small community (not the big university...” – Sabrina from Fort Lawn, SC

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...

“…It is a challenging school were self discipline and time management are key. The campus is great with a multitude of activities if you keep an open mind. People are every where and making new friends and meting new people is beyond simple.” – cadet

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...

“…This school is really homey and small, which gives it a great community feel to it. You can come to your professors at any time for them to help you. Also, there is a bunch to get into at the college, so there is no reason not to get involved and be...” – Tiffany from Darlington, SC

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...

“…Charleston Southern is a private Christian school. The Classes are small which makes it easier for you to actually learn. Their academics scale is high so they expect you to study and keep your grades up.” – Cameron from West Columbia, 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...

“…I love attending South Carolina State University. The classroom environment is lovely. The staff/workers are helpful.” – Kyana from MOUNT CROGHAN, SC

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....

“…Benedict College is place where we hold true to being A power for good in the 21st Century. We are educated not only on our choice of study, but how to transfer from being a young adults to walking in paths and becoming adults, we are also educated...” – Lovfertiti from Columbia, SC

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 the best choice for students who are looking for a school with a good sense of community, good academics, and great opportunities all around. This school has everything from a wonderful student body and staff to a welcoming place...” – Anonymous

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. If you are serious about your education and also want to have fun this is your university. Its like a home away from home.” – Tenee' from Clinton, 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...

“…FMU is a great school on the academic and social level. I've made some great friends here. I am also a student athlete so I saw both sides of the spectrum.” – Julian from Darlington, 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 Univeristy is a wonderful HBCU. Claflin University has a good location. Also the students and faculty are very friendly.” – Dae'quan from Cherry Hill, NJ

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...

“…Limestone College provides the perfect environment for the students who'd prefer not to be on big campuses. The classes are pretty small, which gives the teachers a chance to have one on one time with each student. Not only is Limestone College an...” – Niketa from Batesburg, SC

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 classes are small. The teachers and professors get to know each of there students. The campus is also very open to the public.” – Bentley from North Augusta, SC

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...

“…Southern Wesleyan university became my home. I play basketball here. I love people and education and I would love to finish my degree here.” – Tomas from Slovakia

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...

“…Coker College is very diverse. The professors are very knowledgeable in their fields. The college works very well with student and helping them find financial aid. ” – JS

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...

“…NGU has a great Christian atmosphere. This college has great courses to offer and wonder fellowship. The theatrical program is fun, entertaining and a great major.” – Joseph from Greenville, SC

Columbia College

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,...

“…Columbia College is a great liberal arts, small, all-women's college if your personality suits that type of environment. Professors are willing to help you, and you can truly grow if you take advantage of all of the great opportunities offered. I've...” – Stephanie from Hertford, NC

Anderson University

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 is an amazing college, filled with kind and helpful professors always ready to help. The college has a wonderful atmosphere, and since the classes are small it is much easier to learn. Anderson University is such an outstanding...” – Samantha from Iva, SC

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...

“…CIU is a small, close-knit community (about 600 students) committed to preparing students to serve God. The professors care about students and do a good job teaching. CIU will be entering intercollegiate athletics for the first time in 2013.” – Joel from Carmel, IN

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...

“…I would rate the University of South Carolina an 8.5 out of 10. The professors here, unlike other schools, try to reach out to their students, and keep them involved. Although the school isn't as big as other universities, you still get the full...” – Kelsie from Spartanburg, 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...

“…A university where people care. A university where all resources are spent on the current and future success of students. A university full of fun and learning, where you are a person; not a number.” – Ezekiel from Georgetown, 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...

“…I have been beyond pleased with Greenville Tech. The staff and all departments are well adjusted and things get handled in a timely manner. I would rate it 5 stars, handsdown!” – Casey from Moore, 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...

“…Trident Tech is a very good school. Everyone is helpful. This school has great instructors” – Harry from St.stephen, 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 of Aiken is a wonderful college and has a great environment for learning. The professors and fellow students are nice and Aiken provides a lot of opportunities for it's students. It is a great place to get familiar...” – Antwon from Cayce, 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...

“…Ever since I have been at student at this college since 2007 I have loved every day of it. The teachers really care about your learning and believe in putting first thing first. This is a college filled with lots of love and understanding. ” – Shayvonne from Conway, 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....

“…I will be attending Midlands Technical college in the Fall. As of what I have seen so far, the campus is very nice and well laid out. From my recent experience, it seems well organized and a wonderful place with a smaller environment than an...” – Olivia from Laurens, 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....

“…Allen University teaches the mind to think. The University teaches the heart to love. This university teaches the hands to work through work study programs ,off-campus workshops, and service group opportunities.” – Wendall from Marion, 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 Tech is very small, the teachers are always willing to help. The classes are small enough so that you and your peers can get equal attention. Also, Piedmont Tech can work with any schedule.” – Cameo from Clinton, 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...

“…Morris College is a great college that not only wants you too succeed but, give you the tools necessary to do so. The campus is also very safe with 24/7 security and on campus active-duty police officers.Morris also has plenty of extracurricular...” – Tisheema from Lake City, 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,...

“…SMC is a school with a student/teacher friendly environment. This school makes it easy for students to succeed in any and every area of study, and also makes the transfer process easy. With all the tools given to students, its easy to adjust, make...” – Mariah from Columbia, 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...

“…The people are helpful and lively. The campus is clean and beautiful. There are plenty to do and see.” – Octavia from Ladson, SC

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,...

“…they are a well rounded school, with decent teachers it took them a couple semester to get the math teachers worked out, but they have a great Head of the math dept, science dept. and Physics dept, they are great teachers. They also have a good...” – Alex 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...

“…Central Carolina is a small conveniently placed postsecondary institution. ” – Natascha from Sumter, 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...

“…I think Aiken Technical College is a great school. It has several different schedules to fix around your own schedule. Everyone at Aiken Technical is very friendly.” – Diamond from Batesburg, SC

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...

“…The classes are small and very interactive. All the teachers and professors are always there to help you with whatever you need. The entire staff makes time to help the students and their needs at all times, they try their best to help get what...” – Chelsea from Effingham, 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...

“…HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS/ PROFESSORS, WIDE VARIETY OF CLASSES, AND GREAT STUDENT RESOURCES” – TIFFANY from Bluffton, SC

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...

“…Its a great school. You'll defiantly will get your moneys worth.” – Joy from Sumter, SC

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...

“…It is a small and close knit community of students and staff. Here you can get the one on one attention that is essential for every college student. You are not just a number at this institution and your growth and development is important to the...” – Kamary from Rock Hill, 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....

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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