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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

In 2019, 58,342 students received a degree from a college in South Carolina, making it rank #28 in terms of graduations. 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
$12,688 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 26,733 undergraduates at UofSC, of which 25,633 are full-time, and there are 34,795 students altogether. It takes the average UofSC undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

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

49% of UofSC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,750 a year. UofSC has a 3.3% 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
6,759 Yearly Degrees
$15,558 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,951 students at Clemson in total, 19,669 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 18,971 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Clemson is 93%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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 student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
2,637 Yearly Degrees
$12,939 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,880 undergraduates at C of C, of which 9,103 are full-time, and there are 10,783 students altogether. 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 80%. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

Students who graduate from C of C with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Tri-County Technical College

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

There are 6,082 students at TCTC in total, 3,361 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 20% of students at TCTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,314 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from TCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,239 Yearly Degrees
$11,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,641 students at Coastal Carolina University in total, 9,917 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,941 are full-time. 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.

Roughly 72% of students at Coastal Carolina University take out loans to pay for college. 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 4,261 full-time undergraduates at GTC, and 10,864 students altogether. 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%.

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

The total student population at Midlands Technical College is 9,892, which includes 4,239 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 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%.

Students who graduate from MTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Trident Technical College

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,073 Yearly Degrees
$5,143 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Trident Technical College is 12,148, which includes 4,614 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

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.

#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 6,788 students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in total, 3,304 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 39% of students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College take out loans to pay for college. 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

There are 5,813 students at Winthrop in total, 4,887 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,331 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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.

72% of Winthrop students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%!

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

#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 6,036 undergraduates at USC Upstate, of which 4,739 are full-time, and there are 6,175 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

Roughly 73% of students at USC Upstate take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,483 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from USC Upstate is $33,200.

#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 2,065 full-time undergraduates at York Technical College, and 4,253 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 typical student loan amount 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
$5,315 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Piedmont Technical College is 4,491, which includes 1,643 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 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%.

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
$12,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,911 undergraduates at The Citadel, of which 2,654 are full-time, and there are 3,763 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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.

57% of The Citadel students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

Students who graduate from The Citadel with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 2,944, of which 329 students are undergraduates and of those, 323 are full-time. 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
$29,230 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Anderson University South Carolina is 3,429, of which 2,881 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,525 are full-time. For undergraduates at Anderson University South Carolina, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

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

The total student population at Furman University is 2,947, of which 2,768 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,665 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 38% 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%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,400 during the early-career years.

#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 3,414, of which 2,945 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,729 are full-time. It takes the average CSU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

72% of CSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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 1,719 full-time undergraduates at Florence-Darlington Technical College, and 4,182 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at Florence-Darlington Technical College take out loans to pay for college. 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
$11,160 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,940 students at Francis Marion University in total, 3,482 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,883 are full-time. It takes the average Francis Marion University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

91% of Francis Marion University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,629 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 Francis Marion University is $28,300.

#21

Central Carolina Technical College

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

The total student population at Central Carolina Technical College is 3,550, which includes 1,305 full-time undergraduates. 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 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
$5,886 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Spartanburg Community College is 4,534, which includes 2,105 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 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%.

Students who graduate from Spartanburg Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Bob Jones University

Greenville, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
607 Yearly Degrees
$19,141 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bob Jones University is 3,005, of which 2,647 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,273 are full-time. For undergraduates at Bob Jones University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

33% of Bob Jones University students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%!

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
$21,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,578 students at North Greenville in total, 2,319 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,937 are full-time. 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%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 92% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

Students who graduate from North Greenville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

University of South Carolina - Aiken

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

The total student population at University of South Carolina - Aiken is 3,699, of which 3,344 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,671 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%!

Students who graduate from UofSC Aiken with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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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