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Top Colleges in South Carolina

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

South Carolina colleges have something to offer any student. Whether you’re drawn in by the Clemson football team or the pristine campus at Furman, you’re sure to find a great school in South Carolina. What’s more, the state offers South Carolina Tuition Grants to help students afford college. Try browsing through our list of South Carolina colleges below to find a school that suits you.

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Clemson University

Clemson, SC • Public, Suburb

Clemson, SC

Public, Suburb

49% acceptance rate
21,577 undergraduate students
85% graduation rate
$22,116 average per year after aid
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University of South Carolina-Columbia

Columbia, SC • Public, City

Columbia, SC

Public, City

62% acceptance rate
26,430 undergraduate students
78% graduation rate
$20,796 average per year after aid
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Furman University

Greenville, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Greenville, SC

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

71% acceptance rate
2,299 undergraduate students
82% graduation rate
$25,925 average per year after aid
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Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC • Private, Non-Profit, City

Spartanburg, SC

Private, Non-Profit, City

52% acceptance rate
1,759 undergraduate students
80% graduation rate
$28,012 average per year after aid
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College of Charleston

Charleston, SC • Public, City

Charleston, SC

Public, City

76% acceptance rate
9,770 undergraduate students
67% graduation rate
$18,394 average per year after aid
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Bob Jones University

Greenville, SC • Private, Non-Profit, City

Greenville, SC

Private, Non-Profit, City

--% acceptance rate
2,427 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$17,680 average per year after aid
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Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC • Public, City

Rock Hill, SC

Public, City

64% acceptance rate
3,765 undergraduate students
58% graduation rate
$17,033 average per year after aid
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Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Clinton, SC

Private, Non-Profit, Town

71% acceptance rate
931 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$21,962 average per year after aid
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Columbia International University

Columbia, SC • Private, Non-Profit, City

Columbia, SC

Private, Non-Profit, City

46% acceptance rate
743 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$20,181 average per year after aid
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Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC • Public, City

Conway, SC

Public, City

79% acceptance rate
9,384 undergraduate students
51% graduation rate
$14,382 average per year after aid
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North Greenville University

Tigerville, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

Tigerville, SC

Private, Non-Profit, Rural

70% acceptance rate
1,609 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$19,514 average per year after aid
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Newberry College

Newberry, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Newberry, SC

Private, Non-Profit, Town

57% acceptance rate
1,226 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$18,911 average per year after aid
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Lander University

Greenwood, SC • Public, Town

Greenwood, SC

Public, Town

69% acceptance rate
3,392 undergraduate students
53% graduation rate
$16,955 average per year after aid
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University of South Carolina-Upstate

Spartanburg, SC • Public, Suburb

Spartanburg, SC

Public, Suburb

76% acceptance rate
4,496 undergraduate students
47% graduation rate
$14,661 average per year after aid
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Columbia College

Columbia, SC • Private, Non-Profit, City

Columbia, SC

Private, Non-Profit, City

99% acceptance rate
1,045 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$21,098 average per year after aid
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Francis Marion University

Florence, SC • Public, Suburb

Florence, SC

Public, Suburb

86% acceptance rate
2,867 undergraduate students
43% graduation rate
$13,020 average per year after aid
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Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Orangeburg, SC

Private, Non-Profit, Town

62% acceptance rate
1,773 undergraduate students
51% graduation rate
$19,308 average per year after aid
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University of South Carolina Beaufort

Bluffton, SC • Public, Town

Bluffton, SC

Public, Town

84% acceptance rate
1,847 undergraduate students
30% graduation rate
$15,587 average per year after aid
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Coker University

Hartsville, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Hartsville, SC

Private, Non-Profit, Town

98% acceptance rate
834 undergraduate students
37% graduation rate
$19,890 average per year after aid
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Voorhees University

Denmark, SC • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Denmark, SC

Private, Non-Profit, Town

--% acceptance rate
402 undergraduate students
32% graduation rate
$14,083 average per year after aid
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