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95 Colleges
58,342 Yearly Graduations
$55,539 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,522 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

South Carolina ranked #28 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 58,342 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $13,885 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $17,983 a year.

An estimated 64% of college students in South Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,631 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
9,950 Yearly Degrees
$13,737 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 25,243 full-time undergraduates at Carolina, and 34,731 students altogether. For undergraduates at Carolina, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 49% of students at Carolina take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,750 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Carolina with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
6,759 Yearly Degrees
$10,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 18,642 full-time undergraduates at Clemson, and 24,387 students altogether. It takes the average Clemson undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 47%. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 40% of students at Clemson take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,747 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Clemson with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,637 Yearly Degrees
$70 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,863 students at C of C in total, 9,083 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average C of C undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

48% of C of C students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,863 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,000 during the early-career years.

#4

Tri-County Technical College

Pendleton, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,252 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tri-County Technical College is 6,069, of which 3,351 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,314 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCTC is $25,700.

#5

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,239 Yearly Degrees
$10,674 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Coastal Carolina University is 10,663, of which 9,021 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Coastal Carolina University is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,423 a year. Coastal Carolina University has a 8.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,900 during the early-career years.

#6

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,190 Yearly Degrees

There are 11,745 students at GTC in total, 4,809 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,106 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from GTC is $26,500.

#7

Midlands Technical College

West Columbia, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,125 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Midlands Technical College is 10,625, of which 4,397 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

29% of MTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,363 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MTC is $25,300.

#8

Trident Technical College

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,073 Yearly Degrees

There are 13,271 students at Trident Technical College in total, 5,517 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

34% of Trident Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,628 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,400 during the early-career years.

#9

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Conway, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,514 Yearly Degrees

There are 7,079 students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in total, 3,172 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

39% of Horry-Georgetown Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,500 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Horry-Georgetown Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,346 Yearly Degrees
$15,318 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,488 full-time undergraduates at Winthrop, and 6,073 students altogether. It takes the average Winthrop undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Around 28% of accepted students are men, and 72% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,511 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Winthrop with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

University of South Carolina - Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,300 Yearly Degrees
$13,734 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,990 students at USCU in total, 4,583 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

About 58% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,483 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from USCU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

York Technical College

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,250 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at York Technical College is 4,538, of which 2,252 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at York Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,289 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from York Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Piedmont Technical College

Greenwood, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,100 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,596 students at Piedmont Technical College in total, 1,621 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,931 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,700 during the early-career years.

#14

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,043 Yearly Degrees
$10,740 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,717 students at The Citadel in total, 2,559 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at The Citadel, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 87% are men and 13% are women.

57% of The Citadel students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $11,257 a year. The Citadel has a 4.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,600 during the early-career years.

#15

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,007 Yearly Degrees
$16,333 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,985 students at MUSC in total, 301 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

MUSC has a 0.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MUSC is $68,400.

#16

Anderson University South Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
870 Yearly Degrees
$9,651 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,494 students at Anderson University South Carolina in total, 2,550 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Anderson University South Carolina is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 30% are men and 70% are women.

64% of Anderson University South Carolina students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,390 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,900 during the early-career years.

#17

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
812 Yearly Degrees
$6,225 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Furman University is 2,949, of which 2,658 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Furman is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Roughly 37% of students at Furman take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,237 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Furman is $38,400.

#18

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
800 Yearly Degrees
$7,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Charleston Southern University is 3,492, of which 2,804 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average CSU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

72% of CSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,974 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from CSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florence, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
769 Yearly Degrees

There are 5,439 students at Florence-Darlington Technical College in total, 2,083 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

21% of Florence-Darlington Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,550 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,200 during the early-career years.

#20

Francis Marion University

Florence, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
704 Yearly Degrees
$10,612 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,006 full-time undergraduates at Francis Marion University, and 3,786 students altogether. For undergraduates at Francis Marion University, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 60%. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

Approximately 91% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,629 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,300 during the early-career years.

#21

Central Carolina Technical College

Sumter, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
672 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,307 full-time undergraduates at Central Carolina, and 3,720 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

20% of Central Carolina students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,054 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Central Carolina is $21,300.

#22

Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
660 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,058 full-time undergraduates at Spartanburg Community College, and 4,635 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 8% of students at Spartanburg Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $2,274 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,400 during the early-career years.

#23

Bob Jones University

Greenville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
607 Yearly Degrees
$8,162 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Bob Jones University is 2,916, of which 2,306 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Roughly 33% of students at Bob Jones University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,994 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,400 during the early-career years.

#24

North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
590 Yearly Degrees
$10,800 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at North Greenville University is 2,565, of which 2,080 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average North Greenville undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 92% of students at North Greenville take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,168 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from North Greenville is $26,600.

#25

University of South Carolina - Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
574 Yearly Degrees
$13,734 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of South Carolina - Aiken is 3,506, of which 2,716 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at USCA is 4.6 years.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 60% of students at USCA take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,518 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,000 during the early-career years.

Other South Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College 562
27 Lander University 553
28 Limestone College 546
29 Columbia College 543
30 Wofford College 476
31 South Carolina State University 466
32 Aiken Technical College 450
33 Southern Wesleyan University 446
34 Columbia International University 428
35 Arclabs 423
36 Claflin University 394
37 Strayer University - South Carolina 374
38 University of South Carolina - Beaufort 356
39 Miller-Motte Technical College-Conway 351
40 Technical College of the Lowcountry 332
41 Presbyterian College 303
42 Converse College 302
43 Coker College 293
44 Benedict College 287
45 South University - Columbia 285
46 Miller-Motte Technical College-Charleston 254
47 Newberry College 248
48 Charleston School of Law 203
49 Spartanburg Methodist College 198
50 Northeastern Technical College 180
51 Southeastern Institute-Charleston 165
52 University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie 164
53 Fortis College-Columbia 159
54 International Diving Institute 141
54 Southeastern-Esthetics-Institute 141
56 University of South Carolina-Lancaster 137
57 University of South Carolina-Sumter 133
58 Denmark Technical College 127
59 Erskine College 122
60 Williamsburg Technical College 110
61 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek 108
62 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg 104
63 Paul Mitchell the School-Columbia 103
64 Morris College 99
65 Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic 97
66 Southeastern Institute-Columbia 96
67 Remington College-Columbia Campus 93
68 University of South Carolina-Union 91
69 Paul Mitchell the School-Charleston 87
69 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill 87
71 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Florence 84
72 Voorhees College 79
73 Paul Mitchell the School-Greenville 77
74 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia 69
75 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Greenville 64
76 Allen University 61
77 Academy of Hair Technology 56
78 Charleston Cosmetology Institute 55
79 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta 49
80 Strand College of Hair Design 34
81 Aiken School of Cosmetology and Barbering 30
82 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia 29
83 Charzanne Beauty College 26
84 Forrest College 25
85 Clinton College 21
86 Construction Training Center 18
87 Palmetto Beauty School 15
87 Academy for Careers and Technology 15
87 Barber Tech Academy 15
90 Vski-Cosmetology-School 13
90 LeGrand Institute of Cosmetology Inc 13
92 B-Unique Beauty and Barber Academy 10
92 American-College-Of-The-Building-Arts 10
94 Sumter Beauty College 7
94 Top of the Line Barber College 7

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