Aug 20, 2017

South Carolina

Located in the southeastern part of the U.S., South Carolina is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Columbia is the state capital. Other major cities include Aiken, Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill.

South-CarolinaSouth Carolina has a total population of 4,774,839, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

The state is home to over 50 technical, two year, four year and post-graduate schools, including Clemson University, which is ranked #62 in the 2015 U.S. News national university rankings. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education serves as the coordinating board for the state’s public higher education institutions.

Top Reasons to Study in South Carolina

  • Quality of Life: With warm summers and mild winters, and over 180 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach front, South Carolina offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Cost of Living: South Carolina boasts a lower cost of living than the U.S. average. The cost of living is 4 percent below the national average and housing costs are 9 percent below the national average.
  • Employment Prospects. With $16.7 billion in annual revenues and more than 30 million visitors annually, tourism is South Carolina’s largest industry, accounting for over 10 percent of jobs in the state. However, in addition to being a top tourism destination, South Carolina is a major destination for foreign direct investment. Global companies such as BMW, Boeing, Michelin, and Caterpillar all have operations in the state.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in South Carolina, contact the state’s Commission on Higher Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Bob Jones University Business,Education,Visual/ Performing Arts Private >10,000 Request Info
Winthrop University Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Coastal Carolina University Biology,Business,Parks/Recreation Public >10,000 Request Info
Clemson University Business,Engineering,Management Public >10,000 Request Info
University of South Carolina: Columbia Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info

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