List of colleges and universities in South Carolina

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There are 61 colleges and universities in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the largest university in the state with 29,599 enrolled for Fall 2010.[1] Trident Technical College in North Charleston is the largest two-year college, with an enrollment of 15,790.[2] The smallest institution is W. L. Bonner College, a Pentecostal Holiness-affiliated seminary, with an enrollment of 47 students.[3] The oldest institution is the College of Charleston, founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785.[4]

The majority of colleges and universities in South Carolina are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS),[5] but one is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE),[6] one by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS),[7] one by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS),[8] and two by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.[9] There are also 6 four-year and 2 two-year historically black colleges and universities.[10]

The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia are the only allopathic medical schools in the state and are accredited by the Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME).[11] The University of South Carolina School of Medicine established a second campus in Greenville and matriculated its first class in 2012. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg is the only college of osteopathic medicine in South Carolina and is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).[12] Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg is the only chiropractic college in the state and is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).[13] Charleston School of Law and the University of South Carolina School of Law are American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools.[14]

Institutions[edit]

List of Colleges and Universities in South Carolina
School Location(s)[15] Control Type[a] Enrollment[15]
(Fall 2010)
Founded Accreditation[15]
Aiken Technical College Aiken Public Associate's college 3,128 1972[16] SACS
Allen University[b] Columbia Private
(AME)
Baccalaureate college 848 1870[17] SACS
Anderson University Anderson Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college 2,512 1911[18] SACS
Benedict College[b] Columbia Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college 3,137 1870[19] SACS
Bob Jones University Greenville Private
(for-profit)
Special-focus institution 3,794 1927[20] TRACS
Cathedral Bible College Myrtle Beach Private
(Interdenominational)
Special-focus institution 151 1975[21] ACI
(Not recognized by CHEA)
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter[c] Public Associate's college 4,382 1962[22] SACS
Charleston School of Law Charleston Private Special-focus institution 700 2003[23] ABA
Charleston Southern University North Charleston Private
(Baptist)
Master's university 3,213 1964[24] SACS
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Charleston Public Master's university 3,402 1842[25] SACS
Claflin University[b] Orangeburg Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college 1,920 1869[26] SACS
Clemson University Clemson Public Research university 19,453 1889[27] SACS
Clinton Junior College[b] Rock Hill Private
(AME Zion)
Associate's college 143 1894[28] TRACS
Coastal Carolina University Conway Public Master's university 8,706 1954[29] SACS
Coker College Hartsville Private Baccalaureate college 1,106 1908[30] SACS
College of Charleston Charleston Public Master's university 11,532 1770[4] SACS
Columbia College[d] Columbia Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college 1,367 1854[31] SACS
Columbia International University> Columbia Private
(Interdenominational)
Master's university 1,201 1923[32] SACS
Converse College[d] Spartanburg Private Master's university 1,269 1890[33] SACS
Denmark Technical College[b] Denmark Public Associate's college 1,033 1947[34] SACS
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Carolinas Campus
Spartanburg Private Special-focus institution 600
(Spring 2014)
2010[35] COCA
Erskine College Due West Private
(Presbyterian)
Baccalaureate college 811 1839[36] SACS
Florence–Darlington Technical College Florence Public Associate's college 5,855 1963[37] SACS
Forrest College Anderson Private
(for-profit)
Associate's college 108 1963[38] ACICS
Francis Marion University Florence Public Master's university 4,032 1970[39] SACS
Furman University Greenville Private Baccalaureate college 2,996 1826[40] SACS
Greenville Technical College Greenville[e] Public Associate's college 14,879 1962[41] SACS
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway[f] Public Associate's college 7,826 1966[42] SACS
Lander University Greenwood Public Baccalaureate college 3,060 1872[43] SACS
Limestone College Gaffney Private
(Interdenominational)
Baccalaureate college 3,419 1845[44] SACS
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Columbia Private
(Lutheran)
Special-focus institution 153 1830[45] ATS
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston Public Special-focus institution 2,556 1824[46] SACS
Midlands Technical College West Columbia[g] Public Associate's college 12,078 1973[47][h] SACS
Morris College[b] Sumter Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college 1,048 1908[48] SACS
Newberry College Newberry Private
(Lutheran)
Baccalaureate college 1,155 1856[49] SACS
North Greenville University Tigerville Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college 2,312 1891[50] SACS
Northeastern Technical College Cheraw[i] Public Associate's college 1,219 1968[51] SACS
Orangeburg–Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg Public Associate's college 3,200 1968[52] SACS
Piedmont Technical College Greenwood[j] Public Associate's college 5,703 1966[53] SACS
Presbyterian College Clinton Private
(Presbyterian)
Baccalaureate college 1,266 1880[54] SACS
Sherman College of Chiropractic Spartanburg Private Special-focus institution 237 1973[55] CCE
South Carolina State University[b] Orangeburg Public Research university 4,362 1896[56] SACS
Southern Wesleyan University Central Private
(Wesleyan)
Master's university 1,883 1906[57] SACS
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg[k] Public Associate's college 5,871 1963[58] SACS
Spartanburg Methodist College Spartanburg Private
(Methodist)
Associate's college 790 1911[59] SACS
Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort[l] Public Associate's college 2,792 1868[60] SACS
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton[m] Public Associate's college 6,941 1962[61] SACS
Trident Technical College North Charleston[n] Public Associate's college 15,790 1964[62] SACS
University of South Carolina Aiken Aiken Public Baccalaureate college 3,254 1961[63] SACS
University of South Carolina Beaufort Beaufort Public Baccalaureate college 1,754 1959[64] SACS
University of South Carolina Columbia
(Main campus)
Columbia Public Research university 29,599 1801[65] SACS
University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancaster Public Associate's college 1,588 1959[66] SACS
University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Allendale Public Associate's college 1,150 1965[67] SACS
University of South Carolina Sumter Sumter Public Associate's college 1,192 1966[68] SACS
University of South Carolina Union Union[o] Public Associate's college 530 1965[69] SACS
University of South Carolina Upstate Spartanburg Public Baccalaureate college 5,492 1967[70] SACS
Voorhees College[b] Denmark Private
(Episcopal)
Baccalaureate college 752 1897[71] SACS
W. L. Bonner College Columbia Private
(Pentecostal Holiness)
Special-focus institution 47 1995[72] ABHE
Williamsburg Technical College Kingstree Public Associate's college 723 1969[73] SACS
Winthrop University Rock Hill Public Master's university 5,998 1886[74] SACS
Wofford College Spartanburg Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college 1,541 1854[75] SACS
York Technical College Rock Hill Public Associate's college 6,000 1964[76] SACS

Out-of-state institutions[edit]

Ten schools based in other states offer programs at locations in South Carolina:[15]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Historically black college or university[10]
  3. ^ Central Carolina Tech has locations in Sumter, Bishopville, Camden, and Manning.
  4. ^ a b Women's college
  5. ^ Greenville Tech has locations in Greenville, Berea, Greer, and Simpsonville.
  6. ^ Horry-Georgetown Tech has locations in Conway, Georgetown, and Myrtle Beach.
  7. ^ Midlands Tech has locations in West Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville, Columbia, Fort Jackson, and Irmo.
  8. ^ Created in 1974 as a merger of three institutions founded in 1947, 1957, and 1963[47]
  9. ^ Northeastern Tech has locations in Cheraw, Bennettsville, Dillon, and Pageland.
  10. ^ Piedmont Tech has locations in Greenwood, Abbeville, Clinton, Edgefield, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda.
  11. ^ Spartanburg CC has locations in Spartanburg, Duncan, and Gaffney.
  12. ^ TCL has locations in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hampton, Parris Island, and Walterboro.
  13. ^ Tri-County Tech has locations in Pendleton, Anderson, Easley, and Seneca.
  14. ^ Trident Tech has locations in North Charleston, Charleston, and Moncks Corner.
  15. ^ USC Union has locations in Union and Laurens.

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