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List of 4-Year Public Universities & Colleges in South Carolina

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South Carolina is known as the Palmetto State for the various palm trees found throughout the state and on its state flag. It is the bordered by Georgia and North Carolina with a population of over 5 million residents placing it the 23rd largest state by population. State universities in the state include several smaller and large schools spanning from Rock Hill and Charleston to Clemson and Columbia. Top ranked public colleges in South Carolina include the University of South Carolina, Citadel Military College, Coastal Carolina University, Clemson University, South Carolina State University, and Winthrop University.

Degrees Offered by South Carolina State Colleges

The variety of schools, in terms of size and academics, provide students ample opportunity to learn and grow in various domains. Learning programs include graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, and online degrees across several departments. Students interested in a technology-oriented academic experience may be interested in computer science, data modeling, computer programming, web design, computer systems, computer networking, robotics, computer forensics, or computer engineering. On the other hand, there are substantive opportunities for growth in dance, teaching, accounting, exercise physiology, and criminal justice.

Researching Public Universities in South Carolina

Large and smaller state universities can quickly be found below to help you determine schools that fit your individual profile. Researching each school will yield information about the campus size, enrollment, student ratios, financial aid trends, and much more. Winnowing down you list by using MatchCollege will help you arrive at a short-list of schools to request information from using our portal. After carefully reviewing the admissions information, we recommend visiting the schools on your remaining list prior to applying. Being organized, focused, and motivated to find your perfect match will result in a more seamless process with sustained efforts.

University of South Carolina

The 4 schools listed below are part of the University of South Carolina system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
University of South Carolina - Aiken in Aiken, SC1,000 to 4,999info
University of South Carolina - Beaufort in Bluffton, SC1,000 to 4,999info Virtual Campus Tour of University of South Carolina - Beaufort
University of South Carolina - Columbia in Columbia, SCMore Than 20,000info Virtual Campus Tour of University of South Carolina - Columbia
University of South Carolina - Upstate in Spartanburg, SC5,000 to 9,999info

Other Public 4-Year State Universities & Colleges

Below is a list of other 4-year state universities and colleges in South Carolina.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Lander University in Greenwood, SC1,000 to 4,999info
Citadel Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC1,000 to 4,999info
Clemson University in Clemson, SCMore Than 20,000info
Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC10,000 to 19,999info
College of Charleston in Charleston, SC10,000 to 19,999info
Francis Marion University in Florence, SC1,000 to 4,999info
South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC1,000 to 4,999info
Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC5,000 to 9,999info

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both South Carolina in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.