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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. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in South Carolina is $13,885 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $17,983 a year.

About 64% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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
$12,688 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 27,502 undergraduates at UofSC, of which 26,400 are full-time, and there are 35,364 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,000 during the early-career years.

#2

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
6,759 Yearly Degrees
$15,558 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Clemson University is 25,822, of which 20,195 students are undergraduates and of those, 19,486 are full-time. For undergraduates at Clemson, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

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.

40% of Clemson students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,747 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
$12,939 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at College of Charleston is 10,545, of which 9,600 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,762 are full-time. It takes the average C of C undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Around 29% of accepted students are men, and 71% are women.

Roughly 48% of students at C of C take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,863 a year. C of C has a 5.1% 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 $33,000 during the early-career years.

#4

Tri-County Technical College

Pendleton, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,252 Yearly Degrees
$5,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Tri-County Technical College is 6,181, which includes 3,467 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

20% of TCTC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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
$11,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,760 undergraduates at Coastal Carolina University, of which 8,810 are full-time, and there are 10,484 students altogether. For undergraduates at Coastal Carolina University, the average graduation time 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.

72% of Coastal Carolina University students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Coastal Carolina University is $30,900.

#6

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,190 Yearly Degrees
$5,186 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,123 students at GTC in total, 4,537 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

24% of GTC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,500 during the early-career years.

#7

Midlands Technical College

West Columbia, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,125 Yearly Degrees
$5,916 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,160 students at MTC in total, 4,179 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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
$5,143 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,617 full-time undergraduates at Trident Technical College, and 12,351 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 34% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Trident Technical College is $25,400.

#9

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Conway, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,514 Yearly Degrees
$5,356 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,705 students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in total, 3,207 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,400 during the early-career years.

#10

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,346 Yearly Degrees
$15,806 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Winthrop University is 5,865, of which 4,764 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,236 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Roughly 72% of students at Winthrop take out loans to pay for college. 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
$11,558 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,308 students at USC Upstate in total, 5,853 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,637 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. 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. USC Upstate has a 8.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from USC Upstate 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
$5,365 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,277 full-time undergraduates at York Technical College, and 4,529 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,600 during the early-career years.

#13

Piedmont Technical College

Greenwood, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,100 Yearly Degrees
$5,315 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,822 full-time undergraduates at Piedmont Technical College, and 4,747 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

31% of Piedmont Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Piedmont Technical College is $22,700.

#14

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,043 Yearly Degrees
$12,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Citadel Military College of South Carolina is 3,767, of which 2,923 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,688 are full-time. 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.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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
$17,122 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Medical University of South Carolina is 2,971, of which 325 students are undergraduates and of those, 324 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.6% which is much lower than the average 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
$29,230 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,893 undergraduates at Anderson University South Carolina, of which 2,544 are full-time, and there are 3,543 students altogether. It takes the average Anderson University South Carolina undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 30% of accepted students are men, and 70% are women.

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,390 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Anderson University South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
812 Yearly Degrees
$50,844 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,688 undergraduates at Furman, of which 2,603 are full-time, and there are 2,828 students altogether. Furman has a freshman retention rate of 93%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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
$26,040 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Charleston Southern University is 3,477, of which 2,884 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,558 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,974 a year. CSU has a 7.6% 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 $30,100 during the early-career years.

#19

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florence, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
769 Yearly Degrees
$5,036 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,462 full-time undergraduates at Florence-Darlington Technical College, and 3,558 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from Florence-Darlington Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Francis Marion University

Florence, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
704 Yearly Degrees
$11,160 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Francis Marion University is 4,240, of which 3,800 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,900 are full-time. It takes the average Francis Marion University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 60%. Of the accepted students, 31% 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. Francis Marion University has a 8.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Francis Marion University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Central Carolina Technical College

Sumter, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
672 Yearly Degrees
$6,402 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,125 full-time undergraduates at Central Carolina, and 3,361 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,300 during the early-career years.

#22

Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
660 Yearly Degrees
$5,886 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,633 students at Spartanburg Community College in total, 2,132 are full-time undergraduates. 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 average amount of student loans 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
$19,141 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,651 undergraduates at Bob Jones University, of which 2,314 are full-time, and there are 3,008 students altogether. It takes the average Bob Jones University undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 33% of students at Bob Jones University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,994 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Bob Jones University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
590 Yearly Degrees
$21,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,426 students at North Greenville in total, 2,166 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,758 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

92% of North Greenville students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,600 during the early-career years.

#25

University of South Carolina - Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
574 Yearly Degrees
$10,760 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,720 students at UofSC Aiken in total, 3,252 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,585 are full-time. It takes the average UofSC Aiken undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,518 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UofSC Aiken is $31,000.

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 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 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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