Best colleges in South Carolina

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March 6, 2023
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Best colleges in South Carolina

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a person will make for their education, impacting everything from future earnings and employment to potential student loan debt and social circles.

While every student wants to get the best education they possibly can, there are myriad considerations to take into account: location, size, diversity, areas of focus, study abroad opportunities—the list goes on. While best college lists are often topped with the same handful of expensive Ivy League schools, the U.S. is home to more than 4,000 degree-granting schools spread out across all 50 states and several territories, with amazing education offerings for students to consider.

Stacker compiled a list of the best four-year colleges in South Carolina using rankings from Niche. Tuition, student-to-faculty ratio, acceptance rate, and graduation rate are factors considered in deciding these rankings. Location is also often a key factor in a school's appeal, whether it be a beachside location, one full of New England foliage, or proximity to tech hubs and companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Online and unspecified location schools were excluded from the rankings. Keep reading to see the best schools in your state.

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#25. Converse University

- Acceptance rate: 82%
- Net price: $25,534
- Enrollment: 684 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: C+
--- Campus grade: B-
--- Athletics grade: B-
--- Dorms grade: B-

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#24. Coker University

- Acceptance rate: 93%
- Net price: $16,647
- Enrollment: 868 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: C+
--- Diversity grade: A
--- Athletics grade: B
--- Academics grade: B-

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#23. Erskine College

- Acceptance rate: 60%
- Net price: $35,573
- Enrollment: 733 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: C+
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Academics grade: B
--- Athletics grade: B

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#22. Claflin University

- Acceptance rate: 65%
- Net price: $20,806
- Enrollment: 1,806 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Party grade: A-
--- Dorms grade: B
--- Academics grade: B-

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#21. Newberry College

- Acceptance rate: 57%
- Net price: $20,205
- Enrollment: 1,231 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Diversity grade: A
--- Athletics grade: B+
--- Party grade: B+

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#20. University of South Carolina - Beaufort

- Acceptance rate: 67%
- Net price: $16,748
- Enrollment: 1,670 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Dorms grade: A+
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Campus grade: B

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#19. Francis Marion University

- Acceptance rate: 75%
- Net price: $12,380
- Enrollment: 2,852 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Diversity grade: B+
--- Dorms grade: B+
--- Value grade: B

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#18. Presbyterian College

- Acceptance rate: 71%
- Net price: $21,959
- Enrollment: 977 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B-
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Academics grade: B
--- Value grade: B

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#17. Charleston Southern University

- Acceptance rate: 54%
- Net price: $17,496
- Enrollment: 2,491 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Athletics grade: A-
--- Safety grade: A-

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#16. North Greenville University

- Acceptance rate: 65%
- Net price: $20,627
- Enrollment: 1,658 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Safety grade: A
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Athletics grade: B+

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#15. Coastal Carolina University

- Acceptance rate: 70%
- Net price: $14,716
- Enrollment: 8,529 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Campus grade: A
--- Athletics grade: A
--- Party grade: A

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#14. Winthrop University

- Acceptance rate: 64%
- Net price: $19,300
- Enrollment: 3,992 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Athletics grade: B+
--- Academics grade: B

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#13. Lander University

- Acceptance rate: 57%
- Net price: $15,541
- Enrollment: 3,159 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Campus grade: B+
--- Dorms grade: B+

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#12. Southern Wesleyan University

- Acceptance rate: 57%
- Net price: $18,614
- Enrollment: 774 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Dorms grade: A
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Campus food grade: A-

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#11. University of South Carolina - Upstate

- Acceptance rate: 60%
- Net price: $15,074
- Enrollment: 4,374 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Student life grade: A-
--- Safety grade: A-

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#10. Anderson University - South Carolina

- Acceptance rate: 59%
- Net price: $21,576
- Enrollment: 2,673 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Dorms grade: A-
--- Campus grade: B+
--- Safety grade: B+

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#9. University of South Carolina Aiken

- Acceptance rate: 56%
- Net price: $12,689
- Enrollment: 2,600 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Safety grade: A
--- Diversity grade: A-
--- Campus grade: B+

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#8. College of Charleston

- Acceptance rate: 74%
- Net price: $20,351
- Enrollment: 8,466 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B
--- Party grade: A+
--- Location grade: A
--- Student life grade: A

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#7. Citadel Military College of South Carolina

- Acceptance rate: 80%
- Net price: $17,920
- Enrollment: 2,654 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B+
--- Location grade: A
--- Value grade: A-
--- Diversity grade: B+

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#6. Wofford College

- Acceptance rate: 53%
- Net price: $30,431
- Enrollment: 1,753 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B+
--- Value grade: A-
--- Athletics grade: A-
--- Academics grade: B+

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#5. Columbia International University

- Acceptance rate: 51%
- Net price: $18,651
- Enrollment: 589 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B+
--- Diversity grade: A
--- Academics grade: A-
--- Safety grade: A-

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#4. Bob Jones University

- Acceptance rate: 100%
- Net price: $15,669
- Enrollment: 2,295 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: B+
--- Value grade: A
--- Location grade: A
--- Diversity grade: A-

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#3. Furman University

- Acceptance rate: 65%
- Net price: $37,761
- Enrollment: 2,294 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: A-
--- Academics grade: A
--- Campus grade: A
--- Professors grade: A

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#2. University of South Carolina

- Acceptance rate: 68%
- Net price: $21,784
- Enrollment: 26,174 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: A
--- Athletics grade: A+
--- Party grade: A+
--- Student life grade: A+

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#1. Clemson University

- Acceptance rate: 62%
- Net price: $22,935
- Enrollment: 20,021 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Overall Niche grade: A
--- Athletics grade: A+
--- Student life grade: A+
--- Academics grade: A

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