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72 Colleges
47,809 Yearly Graduations
$53,971 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,616 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

South Carolina ranked #28 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2018. Around 47,809 students received some type of diploma that year. South Carolina colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,493 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $17,462 per year.

An estimated 59% of college students in South Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,404 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
9,868 Yearly Degrees
$13,650 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.

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

49% of Carolina students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,750 a year. Carolina has a 2.3% 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 $38,000 during the early-career years.

#2

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
6,321 Yearly Degrees
$9,386 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Clemson University is 24,387, of which 18,642 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Clemson, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 47% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students 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 1.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Clemson is $43,600.

#3

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,626 Yearly Degrees
$70 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,083 full-time undergraduates at C of C, and 10,863 students altogether. For undergraduates at C of C, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. 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 2.4% 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 C of C is $33,000.

#4

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,165 Yearly Degrees
$10,584 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,021 full-time undergraduates at Coastal Carolina University, and 10,663 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Around 42% of accepted students 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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#5

Trident Technical College

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,541 Yearly Degrees

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

Roughly 34% of students at Trident Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,628 a year. Trident Technical College has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Trident Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,366 Yearly Degrees
$15,166 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.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 73%. 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 3.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,200 during the early-career years.

#7

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,335 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.

Roughly 24% of students at GTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,106 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% 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.

#8

University of South Carolina - Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,293 Yearly Degrees
$13,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of South Carolina - Upstate is 5,990, of which 4,583 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at USCU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 73% of students at USCU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,483 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.5% 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.

#9

Midlands Technical College

West Columbia, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,095 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,397 full-time undergraduates at MTC, and 10,625 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 29% of students at MTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,363 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,300 during the early-career years.

#10

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,029 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.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 87% are men and 13% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at The Citadel take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $11,257 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from The Citadel is $44,600.

#11

Medical University of South Carolina

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

The total student population at Medical University of South Carolina is 2,985, of which 301 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

MUSC has a 0.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MUSC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $68,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Conway, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
969 Yearly Degrees

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

Approximately 39% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,500 a year. Horry-Georgetown Technical College has a 7.7% 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 $22,400 during the early-career years.

#13

Tri-County Technical College

Pendleton, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
936 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.

20% of TCTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,314 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#14

Anderson University South Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
837 Yearly Degrees
$8,563 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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

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.

Roughly 64% of students at Anderson University South Carolina take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,390 a year. Anderson University South Carolina has a 4.1% 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 $29,900 during the early-career years.

#15

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
832 Yearly Degrees
$9,720 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,949 students at Furman in total, 2,658 of which are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Furman is 93%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

37% of Furman students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,237 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Furman with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Charleston Southern University

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

There are 2,804 full-time undergraduates at CSU, and 3,492 students altogether. For undergraduates at CSU, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

Roughly 72% of students at CSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,974 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,100 during the early-career years.

#17

Francis Marion University

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

There are 3,786 students at Francis Marion University in total, 3,006 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Francis Marion University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

Roughly 91% of students at Francis Marion University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,629 a year. Francis Marion University has a 3.9% 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 Francis Marion University is $28,300.

#18

Limestone College

Gaffney, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
669 Yearly Degrees
$12,350 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Limestone College is 2,661, of which 1,943 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

About 50% of students who apply get accepted. Around 54% of accepted students are men, and 46% are women.

84% of Limestone College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $12,877 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Limestone College is $31,800.

#19

York Technical College

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
605 Yearly Degrees

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

24% of York Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,289 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 York Technical College is $23,600.

#20

Piedmont Technical College

Greenwood, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
603 Yearly Degrees

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

Roughly 31% of students at Piedmont Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,931 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Piedmont Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Spartanburg Community College

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

The total student population at Spartanburg Community College is 4,635, of which 2,058 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $2,274 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Spartanburg Community College is $24,400.

#22

Bob Jones University

Greenville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
576 Yearly Degrees
$9,411 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,306 full-time undergraduates at Bob Jones University, and 2,916 students altogether. 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. Bob Jones University has a 1.2% 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 $28,400 during the early-career years.

#23

University of South Carolina - Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
558 Yearly Degrees
$13,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,506 students at USCA in total, 2,716 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average USCA undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 53%. 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. USCA has a 7.0% 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 $31,000 during the early-career years.

#24

Columbia College

Columbia, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
540 Yearly Degrees
$8,969 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Columbia College is 1,514, of which 804 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Columbia College South Carolina is 4.2 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,615 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,400 during the early-career years.

#25

North Greenville University

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

There are 2,080 full-time undergraduates at North Greenville, and 2,565 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at North Greenville is 4.3 years.

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.

92% of North Greenville students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,168 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

Other South Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Wofford College 531
27 Lander University 520
28 Southern Wesleyan University 492
29 Florence-Darlington Technical College 459
30 Columbia International University 423
31 South Carolina State University 417
32 Central Carolina Technical College 369
33 Claflin University 343
34 University of South Carolina - Beaufort 327
35 South University - Columbia 323
36 Strayer University - South Carolina 309
37 Converse College 304
38 Presbyterian College 275
39 Coker College 270
40 Aiken Technical College 258
41 Benedict College 248
42 Newberry College 232
43 Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College 222
44 Technical College of the Lowcountry 220
45 University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie 189
46 Spartanburg Methodist College 171
47 University of South Carolina-Sumter 145
48 University of South Carolina-Lancaster 144
49 Northeastern Technical College 127
50 Erskine College 123
51 Morris College 117
52 Charleston School of Law 107
53 Miller-Motte Technical College-Charleston 102
54 Golf Academy of America-Myrtle Beach 91
55 Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic 86
56 Miller-Motte Technical College-Conway 80
57 Voorhees College 65
58 University of South Carolina-Union 63
59 Virginia College - Columbia 62
60 Allen University 59
61 Denmark Technical College 52
62 Williamsburg Technical College 48
63 Virginia College-Florence 42
64 Virginia College - Charleston 28
65 University of Phoenix - South Carolina 24
65 Centura College-Columbia 24
67 Clinton College 20
68 Virginia College - Spartanburg 18
69 Forrest College 15
70 Fortis College-Columbia 8
71 Southeastern Institute-Charleston 0
71 Southeastern Institute-Columbia 0

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