List of colleges and universities in South Carolina

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There are 60 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, by enrollment.[1] Trident Technical College in North Charleston is the largest two-year college.[2] The oldest institution is the College of Charleston, founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785.[3]

The majority of colleges and universities in South Carolina are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).[4] There are six four-year and two two-year historically black colleges and universities.[5]

The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia are the only medical schools in the state accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).[6]

Charleston School of Law and the University of South Carolina School of Law are American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools.[7]

Institutions[edit]

List of colleges and universities in South Carolina
School Location(s)[8] Control Type[a] Enrollment[8]
(Fall 2010)
Enrollment[8]
(Spring 2020)
Founded Accreditation[8]
Aiken Technical College Aiken Public Associate's college 3,128 2267 1972[9] SACS
Allen University[b] Columbia Private
(A.M.E Church)
Baccalaureate college 848 743 1870[10] SACS
Anderson University Anderson Private
(Baptist)
Master's university 2,512 3429 1911[11] SACS
Benedict College[c] Columbia Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college 3,137 2165 1870[12] SACS
Bob Jones University Greenville Private
(non-profit)
Special-focus institution 3,794 3005 1927[13] TRACS
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter[d] Public Associate's college 4,382 3550 1962[14] SACS
Charleston School of Law Charleston Private Special-focus institution 700 612[15] 2003[16] ABA
Charleston Southern University North Charleston Private
(Baptist)
Master's university 3,213 3414 1964[17] SACS
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Charleston Public Master's university 3,402 3763 1842[18] SACS
Claflin University[c] Orangeburg Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college 1,920 2172 1869[19] SACS
Clemson University Clemson Public Research university 19,453 24951 1889[20] SACS
Clinton Junior College[c] Rock Hill Private
(AME Zion)
Associate's college 143 193 1894[21] TRACS
Coastal Carolina University Conway Public Master's university 8,706 10641 1954[22] SACS
Coker University Hartsville Private Baccalaureate college 1,106 1280 1908[23] SACS
College of Charleston Charleston Public Master's university 11,532 10783 1770[3] SACS
Columbia College[e] Columbia Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college 1,367 1276 1854[24] SACS
Columbia International University Columbia Private
(Interdenominational)
Master's university 1,201 1048 1923[25] SACS
Converse College[e] Spartanburg Private Master's university 1,269 1380 1890[26] SACS
Denmark Technical College[c] Denmark Public Associate's college 1,033 489 1947[27] SACS
Erskine College Due West Private
(Presbyterian)
Baccalaureate college 811 693 1839[28] SACS
Florence–Darlington Technical College Florence Public Associate's college 5,855 4182 1963[29] SACS
Forrest College Anderson Private
(for-profit)
Associate's college 108 N/A 1963[30] ACICS
Francis Marion University Florence Public Master's university 4,032 3940 1970[31] SACS
Furman University Travelers Rest Private Baccalaureate college 2,996 2947 1826[32] SACS
Greenville Technical College Greenville[f] Public Associate's college 14,879 10864 1962[33] SACS
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway[g] Public Associate's college 7,826 6788 1966[34] SACS
Lander University Greenwood Public Baccalaureate college 3,060 3044 1872[35] SACS
Limestone University Gaffney Private
(Interdenominational)
Baccalaureate college 3,419 2442 1845[36] SACS
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

of Lenoir-Rhyne University

Columbia Private
(Lutheran)
Special-focus institution 153 164[37] 1830[38] ATS
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston Public Special-focus institution 2,556 2944 1824[39] SACS
Midlands Technical College West Columbia[h] Public Associate's college 12,078 9892 1973[40][i] SACS
Morris College[c] Sumter Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college 1,048 649 1908[41] SACS
Newberry College Newberry Private
(Lutheran)
Baccalaureate college 1,155 1208 1856[42] SACS
North Greenville University Tigerville Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college 2,312 2578 1891[43] SACS
Northeastern Technical College Cheraw[j] Public Associate's college 1,219 1275 1968[44] SACS
Orangeburg–Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg Public Associate's college 3,200 2387 1968[45] SACS
Piedmont Technical College Greenwood[k] Public Associate's college 5,703 4491 1966[46] SACS
Presbyterian College Clinton Private
(Presbyterian)
Baccalaureate college 1,266 1330 1880[47] SACS
Sherman College of Chiropractic Spartanburg Private Special-focus institution 237 422 1973[48] CCE
South Carolina State University[c] Orangeburg Public Research university 4,362 3022 1896[49] SACS
Southern Wesleyan University Central Private
(Wesleyan)
Master's university 1,883 1551 1906[50] SACS
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg[l] Public Associate's college 5,871 4534 1963[51] SACS
Spartanburg Methodist College Spartanburg Private
(Methodist)
Associate's college 790 869 1911[52] SACS
Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort[m] Public Associate's college 2,792 2247 1868[53] SACS
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton[n] Public Associate's college 6,941 6082 1962[54] SACS
Trident Technical College North Charleston[o] Public Associate's college 15,790 12148 1964[55] SACS
University of South Carolina Aiken Aiken Public Baccalaureate college 3,254 3699 1961[56] SACS
University of South Carolina Beaufort Beaufort Public Baccalaureate college 1,754 2116 1959[57] SACS
University of South Carolina Columbia
(Main campus)
Columbia Public Research university 29,599 34795 1801[58] SACS
University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancaster Public Associate's college 1,588 1523 1959[59] SACS
University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Allendale Public Associate's college 1,150 927 1965[60] SACS
University of South Carolina Sumter Sumter Public Associate's college 1,192 1110 1966[61] SACS
University of South Carolina Union Union[p] Public Associate's college 530 1093 1965[62] SACS
University of South Carolina Upstate Spartanburg Public Master's University 5,492 6175 1967[63] SACS
Voorhees College[c] Denmark Private
(Episcopal)
Baccalaureate college 752 491 1897[64] SACS
Williamsburg Technical College Kingstree Public Associate's college 723 737 1969[65] SACS
Winthrop University Rock Hill Public Master's university 5,998 5813 1886[66] SACS
Wofford College Spartanburg Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college 1,541 1666 1854[67] SACS
York Technical College Rock Hill Public Associate's college 6,000 4253 1964[68] SACS

Out-of-state institutions[edit]

Schools based in other states offer programs at locations in South Carolina:[8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ Historically black college or university[5]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Historically black college or university[5]
  4. ^ Central Carolina Tech has locations in Sumter, Bishopville, Camden, and Manning.
  5. ^ a b Women's college
  6. ^ Greenville Tech has locations in Greenville, Berea, Greer, and Simpsonville.
  7. ^ Horry-Georgetown Tech has locations in Conway, Georgetown, and Myrtle Beach.
  8. ^ Midlands Tech has locations in West Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville, Columbia, Fort Jackson, and Irmo.
  9. ^ Created in 1974 as a merger of three institutions founded in 1947, 1957, and 1963[40]
  10. ^ Northeastern Tech has locations in Cheraw, Bennettsville, Dillon, and Pageland.
  11. ^ Piedmont Tech has locations in Greenwood, Abbeville, Clinton, Edgefield, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda.
  12. ^ Spartanburg CC has locations in Spartanburg, Duncan, and Gaffney.
  13. ^ TCL has locations in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hampton, Parris Island, and Walterboro.
  14. ^ Tri-County Tech has locations in Pendleton, Anderson, Easley, and Seneca.
  15. ^ Trident Tech has locations in North Charleston, Charleston, and Moncks Corner.
  16. ^ USC Union has locations in Union and Laurens.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "College Navigator – Trident Technical College". College Navigator. United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "About the College". College of Charleston. Archived from the original on July 4, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "Member, Candidate and Applicant List" (PDF). Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. January 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "List of HBCUs". White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. United States Department of Education. August 17, 2007. Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "Directory of Accredited Medical Education Programs". Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "School(s) Location and Fees Data – LSAC". Law School Admission Council. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e "College Navigator". United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  9. ^ "School History". Aiken Technical College. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Allen's Legacy". Allen University. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "History". Anderson University. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  12. ^ "About Benedict College". Benedict College. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  13. ^ "History of BJU". Bob Jones University. Archived from the original on June 22, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  14. ^ "History of Central Carolina Technical College". Central Carolina Technical College. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  15. ^ "Charleston School of Law ABA Disclosures". Charleston School of Law. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  16. ^ Kropf, Schuyler (October 19, 2005). "Bar Association Accreditation Team Takes Look at Charleston School of Law". The Post and Courier. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  17. ^ "University Quick Facts". Charleston Southern University. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "Welcome to The Citadel!". The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  19. ^ "About Claflin". Claflin University. Archived from the original on April 29, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  20. ^ "History". Clemson University. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  21. ^ "About Clinton". Clinton Junior College. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  22. ^ "About Coastal Carolina University". Coastal Carolina University. Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  23. ^ "About Coker". Coker College. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  24. ^ "About". Columbia College. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  25. ^ "History". Columbia International University. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  26. ^ "Our Mission and History". Converse College. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  27. ^ "Denmark Technical College". Denmark Technical College. Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  28. ^ "Erskine College History". Erskine College. Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  29. ^ "Our History". Florence-Darlington Technical College. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  30. ^ "Our History". Forrest College. Archived from the original on July 4, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  31. ^ "About FMU > History". Francis Marion University. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  32. ^ "History of Furman". Furman University. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  33. ^ "Greenville Tech History". Greenville Technical College. Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  34. ^ "About HGTC". Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  35. ^ "About Lander University". Lander University. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  36. ^ "Limestone College History". Limestone College. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  37. ^ "ELCA Seminaries". ELCA Seminaries. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  38. ^ "History". Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  39. ^ "A History of MUSC". Medical University of South Carolina. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  40. ^ a b "History of Midlands Technical College". South Carolina Library Historic Project. University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. Archived from the original on October 31, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  41. ^ "The Morris Experience". Morris College. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  42. ^ "History". Newberry College. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  43. ^ "The History of NGU". North Greenville University. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  44. ^ Brown, Ray C. "South Carolina Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names". Ray C. Brown. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  45. ^ "History of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College". Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  46. ^ "History of Piedmont Technical College". Piedmont Technical College. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  47. ^ "History of Presbyterian College". Presbyterian College. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  48. ^ "Sherman College History". Sherman College. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  49. ^ "History of SC State University". South Carolina State University. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  50. ^ "SWU History". Southern Wesleyan. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  51. ^ "SCC Historical Overview". Spartanburg Community College. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  52. ^ "History of SMC". Spartanburg Methodist College. Archived from the original on June 22, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  53. ^ "Mission / History". Technical College of the Low Country. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  54. ^ "History & Growth". Tri-County Technical College. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  55. ^ "The History of Trident Technical College". Trident Technical College. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  56. ^ "The History of USC Aiken". University of South Carolina Aiken. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  57. ^ "History of USCB". University of South Carolina Beaufort. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  58. ^ "History of the University of South Carolina". University of South Carolina. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  59. ^ "Our History". University of South Carolina Lancaster. Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  60. ^ "History". University of South Carolina Salkehatchie. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  61. ^ "Campus History". University of South Carolina Sumter. Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  62. ^ "University of South Carolina". University of South Carolina. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  63. ^ "The History of USC Upstate". University of South Carolina Upstate. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  64. ^ "History". Voorhees College. Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  65. ^ "College Statements". Williamsburg Technical College. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  66. ^ "Winthrop's History". Winthrop University. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  67. ^ "A History of Wofford, 1854–2010". Wofford College. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
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