Best South Carolina Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in South Carolina for 2022

There are 66 colleges and universities in South Carolina enrolling 228,886 students. Explore the list of top colleges in South Carolina below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in South Carolina offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 South Carolina is home to nationally ranked institutions like Furman University, Clemson University, University of South Carolina Columbia and Citadel Military College of South Carolina. The highest ranked college in South Carolina is Furman University and the top rated public state college is Clemson University.

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66 results

List of the Best South Carolina Colleges

Furman University
F
Greenville, SC
Furman University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,567enrollment
  • $37,761net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1400SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.62Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Clemson University
C
Clemson, SC
Clemson University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 26,406enrollment
  • $22,935net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 4.39Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of South Carolina Columbia
S
Columbia, SC
University of South Carolina Columbia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 35,470enrollment
  • $21,784net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1340SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 4.26Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
C
Charleston, SC
Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 3,740enrollment
  • $17,920net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1210SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

College of Charleston
C
Charleston, SC
College of Charleston

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 10,384enrollment
  • $20,351net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Presbyterian College
P
Clinton, SC
Presbyterian College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,309enrollment
  • $21,959net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1200SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Winthrop University
W
Rock Hill, SC
Winthrop University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 5,576enrollment
  • $19,300net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 940-1150SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.98Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Converse College
C
Spartanburg, SC
Converse College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,377enrollment
  • $25,534net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.89Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

Columbia International University
C
Columbia, SC
 
Columbia International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,098enrollment
  • $18,651net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 940-1150SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.34Avg GPA

Applications Due May 30

Coastal Carolina University
C
Conway, SC
Coastal Carolina University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 10,118enrollment
  • $14,716net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

North Greenville University
N
Tigerville, SC
North Greenville University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,280enrollment
  • $20,627net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 950-1210SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 30

Southern Wesleyan University
S
Central, SC
 
Southern Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,345enrollment
  • $18,614net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1100SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Charleston Southern University
C
Charleston, SC
Charleston Southern University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 3,350enrollment
  • $17,496net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 990-1170SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.24Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 11

Limestone University
L
Gaffney, SC
 
Limestone University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,943enrollment
  • $24,967net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Applications Due Sep 1

University of South Carolina Upstate
S
Spartanburg, SC
 
University of South Carolina Upstate

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 6,038enrollment
  • $15,074net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 900-1090SAT range
  • 17-21ACT range
  • 3.16Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

University of South Carolina Aiken
S
Aiken, SC
 
University of South Carolina Aiken

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 3,944enrollment
  • $12,689net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 970-1150SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 4.0Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Francis Marion University
F
Florence, SC
Francis Marion University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 4,148enrollment
  • $12,380net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 890-1110SAT range
  • 15-21ACT range
  • 3.96Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

University of South Carolina Beaufort
S
Bluffton, SC
 
University of South Carolina Beaufort

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,006enrollment
  • $16,748net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 940-1110SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.93Avg GPA