The Best South Carolina Colleges

The Best Colleges in South Carolina for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in South Carolina as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in South Carolina is Furman University. The top rated public state college is Clemson University. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


25 results

Furman University
F
Greenville, SC

Furman University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,463enrollment
  • $37,761net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1422SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Wofford College
W
Spartanburg, SC

Wofford College

Private 4 Year

8 reviews

#1 Best Value in South Carolina

  • 1,765enrollment
  • $30,431net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1185-1330SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Clemson University
C
Clemson, SC

Clemson University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 27,341enrollment
  • $22,935net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of South Carolina Columbia
S
Columbia, SC

University of South Carolina Columbia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 35,471enrollment
  • $21,784net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1360SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.69Estimated Avg 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

#3 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 3,693enrollment
  • $17,920net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1210SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

College of Charleston
C
Charleston, SC

College of Charleston

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 10,941enrollment
  • $20,351net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.94Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Presbyterian College
P
Clinton, SC

Presbyterian College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,231enrollment
  • $21,959net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1220SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Sep 21

Winthrop University
W
Rock Hill, SC

Winthrop University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 5,174enrollment
  • $19,300net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1195SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

North Greenville University
N
Tigerville, SC

North Greenville University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,273enrollment
  • $20,627net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 980-1210SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 22

Columbia International University
C
Columbia, SC
 

Columbia International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,338enrollment
  • $18,651net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 940-1135SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Converse College
C
Spartanburg, SC

Converse College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,440enrollment
  • $25,534net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.89Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Southern Wesleyan University
S
Central, SC
 

Southern Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,300enrollment
  • $18,614net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 980-1168SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Coastal Carolina University
C
Conway, SC

Coastal Carolina University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 10,473enrollment
  • $14,716net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1190SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Charleston Southern University
C
Charleston, SC

Charleston Southern University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 3,341enrollment
  • $17,496net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 990-1200SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.24Estimated Avg GPA

University of South Carolina Upstate
S
Spartanburg, SC
 

University of South Carolina Upstate

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 5,438enrollment
  • $15,074net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 19-23ACT range
  • 2.53Avg GPA

Limestone University
L
Gaffney, SC
 

Limestone University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,840enrollment
  • $24,967net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

University of South Carolina Aiken
S
Aiken, SC
 

University of South Carolina Aiken

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 3,869enrollment
  • $12,689net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 960-1170SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.19Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Newberry College
N
Newberry, SC

Newberry College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,242enrollment
  • $20,205net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 935-1155SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA