South Carolina Best Colleges Comparison

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Colleges In South Carolina Statistics

There are 113 colleges in South Carolina - 34 public and 79 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $18,042 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $18,945. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,067 and the average acceptance rate is 75% for South Carolina Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in South Carolina. You may want to check more statistics and compare all South Carolina colleges at South Carolina Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In South Carolina Statistics
Top 20 colleges in South CarolinaAll colleges in South Carolina
Number of Schools20 schools
(9 public, 11 private)
113 schools
(34 public, 79 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$12,692 (in-state)
$30,796 (out-of-state)
$8,231 (in-state)
$18,042 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$12,755 (in-state)
$20,034 (out-of-state)
$13,116 (in-state)
$18,945 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$15,071$8,208
Test Scores1,116 SAT, 23 ACT 1,067 SAT, 21 ACT
Acceptance Rate69.89% 74.63%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)26.68% 31.18%
Population124,241240,850
Undergraduate101,079211,130
Graduate23,16229,720
Graduation Rate59.20%46.89%
Transfer-out Rate23.47%22.91%
Students to Faculty Ratio13.60 to 114.42 to 1

Top Colleges In South Carolina Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in South Carolina for academic year 2019-2020. Clemson University ranked top in the South Carolina Best Colleges Comparison and University of South Carolina-Columbia and Furman University follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $30,796 for undergraduate programs $20,034 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in South Carolina is 1,116 and the acceptance rate is 69.89%. The average students to faculty ratio is 13.60 to 1 for top colleges in South Carolina. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in South Carolina Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Clemson University
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Public, 4 yearsClemson, SC
$38,550
($15,558)
$9,287 26,40649% 1,320 SAT
30 ACT
16 to 1
2 University of South Carolina-Columbia
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Public, 4 yearsColumbia, SC
$33,928
($12,688)
$6,405 35,47062% 1,255 SAT
29 ACT
18 to 1
3 Furman University
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Private, 4 yearsGreenville, SC
$53,372 $33,297 2,56771% 1,331 SAT
31 ACT
9 to 1
4 Wofford College
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Private, 4 yearsSpartanburg, SC
$49,550 $33,309 1,76452% 1,258 SAT
30 ACT
12 to 1
5 Columbia International University
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Private, 4 yearsColumbia, SC
$25,590 $15,832 2,09846% 1,038 SAT
21 ACT
15 to 1
6 North Greenville University
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Private, 4 yearsTigerville, SC
$22,470 $12,873 2,28070% 1,095 SAT
22 ACT
14 to 1
7 Citadel Military College of South Carolina
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Public, 4 yearsCharleston, SC
$35,826
($12,570)
$12,363 3,74086% 1,120 SAT
24 ACT
12 to 1
8 Anderson University
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Private, 4 yearsAnderson, SC
$30,720 $20,431 3,84850% 1,035 SAT
23 ACT
16 to 1
9 College of Charleston
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Public, 4 yearsCharleston, SC
$34,438
($12,978)
$9,561 10,38476% 1,185 SAT
26 ACT
15 to 1
10 Converse College
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Private, 4 yearsSpartanburg, SC
$19,850 $2,181 1,37782% 1,100 SAT
19 ACT
11 to 1
11 Coker University
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Private, 4 yearsHartsville, SC
$31,524 $20,792 1,08798% 1,050 SAT
20 ACT
12 to 1
12 Winthrop University
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Public, 4 yearsRock Hill, SC
$30,176
($15,846)
$11,440 5,57664% 1,098 SAT
23 ACT
12 to 1
13 Coastal Carolina University
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Public, 4 yearsConway, SC
$27,394
($11,640)
$9,351 10,11879% 1,110 SAT
23 ACT
17 to 1
14 Charleston Southern University
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Private, 4 yearsCharleston, SC
$28,930 $18,390 3,35057% 1,095 SAT
21 ACT
13 to 1
15 Southern Wesleyan University
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Private, 4 yearsCentral, SC
$26,498 $15,585 1,34557% 1,074 SAT
21 ACT
13 to 1
16 University of South Carolina Beaufort
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Public, 4 yearsBluffton, SC
$21,776
($10,730)
$6,739 2,00684% 1,025 SAT
20 ACT
15 to 1
17 Presbyterian College
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Private, 4 yearsClinton, SC
$41,080 $33,014 1,30971% 1,115 SAT
23 ACT
12 to 1
18 South Carolina State University
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Public, 4 yearsOrangeburg, SC
$21,750
($11,060)
$9,703 2,33988% 925 SAT
17 ACT
14 to 1
19 Francis Marion University
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Public, 4 yearsFlorence, SC
$21,544
($11,160)
$9,107 4,14886% 1,025 SAT
19 ACT
14 to 1
20 Bob Jones University
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Private, 4 yearsGreenville, SC
$20,950 $11,753 3,029- 1,073 SAT 12 to 1
Average$30,796
($12,692)
$15,071 124,24169.89% 1,116 SAT 13.60 to 1
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All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020