The State of South Carolina, through somewhat small in area, is home to many institutions of higher learning. The state itself, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina and Georgia, is a gateway to the southern United States. It is the 24th largest in the United States in terms of population and has a long, if not somewhat contentious history with regards to other states and the federal government. Columbia is the state’s largest city as well as its capital.
The University of South Carolina System was established in 1957 to increase the educational opportunities for residents throughout the state. The system is comprised of 8 schools, totaling about half of all the public 4 year institutions in the state. The system is the largest institution of higher learning in the state, serving approximately 44,000 students per year.
Schools within the USC System include:
- University of South Carolina Columbia (Columbia)
- University of South Carolina Upstate (SpartanBurg)
- University of South Carolina Aiken (Aiken)
- University of South Carolina Beaufort (Beaufort)
South Carolina also funds public schools that are operated independently of the USC System. These schools have varying purposes and systems of education, but offer students an alternative to the USC System while providing low cost higher education.
Some publically funded schools include:
- The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina (Charleston)
- South Carolina State University (Orangeburg)
- Lander University (Greenwood)
- College of Charleston (Charleston)
Private institutions found in South Carolina offer a variety of educational methods, some are liberal arts colleges, and some are graduate studies institutions, while others were founded in faith based principles. These schools generally tend to have a low number of enrolled students, higher tuition costs, and a better student to teacher ratio. These schools offer an alternative to the public school system, and can provide an educational experience that is more conducive for certain students.
Public institutions in South Carolina include:
- Anderson University (Anderson)
- Converse College (Spartanburg)
- Erskine College (Due West)
- Furman University (Greenville)
- Presbyterian College (Clinton)
Additionally, South Carolina is served by a comprehensive community college system providing vocational and associate level educations to students at a low cost. Community colleges are also beneficial for low cost general education studies covering the first two years of a four year education and allow students to transfer to four year institutions. Vocational programs are also available through private schools specializing in specific fields that offer certificate or diploma programs and prepare students for work in entry level positions of their chosen field. Such programs tend to last a year or less.
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in South Carolina (M.D.) (2 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in South Carolina (Pharm. D.) (4 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in South Carolina (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (44 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in South Carolina (J.D.) (2 Schools)