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Top Ranked South Carolina Colleges


The Best Colleges in South Carolina Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in South Carolina as ranked by CollegeSimply. This South Carolina ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in South Carolina is Clemson University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in South Carolina
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Clemson University 131 250 154
2 Furman University 144 544 79
3 Wofford College 259 797 167
4 University of South Carolina Columbia 222 895 302
5 Presbyterian College 440 678 348
6 North Greenville University 360 545 1,017
7 Columbia International University 1,088 84 645
8 Converse College 788 861 561
9 Winthrop University 617 925 616
10 Erskine College and Seminary 976 417 707
11 Anderson University 489 1,114 951
12 Coastal Carolina University 737 546 1,018
13 Claflin University 897 178 1,213
14 University of South Carolina Aiken 938 367 1,181
15 Lander University 1,010 277 1,295
16 Limestone College 977 310 1,245
17 Coker College 1,009 584 916
18 Newberry College 898 478 1,332
19 Francis Marion University 1,063 523 1,150
20 University of South Carolina Upstate 1,011 479 1,246
21 Charleston Southern University 1,037 435 1,270
22 Columbia College 937 1,333 880
23 University of South Carolina Beaufort 1,038 648 1,569
24 South Carolina State University 1,178 1,083 1,333
25 Southern Wesleyan University 1,690 366 1,149
26 Voorhees College 1,692 368 1,348

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.