|Are you planning to attend a South Carolina college?
Then, you have come to the right place! We have
carefully reviewed each of 4-year colleges and
universities in the state of South Carolina and the
following are the top-ranked public and private programs
listed in alphabetical order. You can keep reading to see best SC colleges. Please note that
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The Palmetto State has a proud tradition of leadership
in international affairs. South Carolina has produced
such statesmen as James F Byrnes, who was Secretary of
State under President Harry S Truman, and John West,
former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, South
Carolina is emerging as a leader in the global economy.
Multinational corporations such as BMW, Michelin, and
Honda have begun manufacturing in South Carolina, while
locally headquartered companies such as Fluor Daniel and
Sonoco Products have risen to international prominence.
Likewise, South Carolina's institutions of higher
education reflect an openness to international
South Carolina's 33 public institutions and 27 private
colleges are home to nearly 179,000 students. The state
school system consists of three research universities,
nine comprehensive teaching universities, five two-year
colleges affiliated with the University of South
Carolina, and sixteen technical schools offering
Geographically, South Carolina is divided into three
distinct geographic areas. The Lowcountry encompasses
the coastal area of the state, while the Upstate
consists of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Midlands of South Carolina marks a transition
between the other two regions. Each region of the state
has a separate identity, which is best captured by
visiting the three major metropolitan areas of the state
- Charleston, Greenville, and Columbia.
Charleston, in the Lowcountry, has a long history of
welcoming international visitors. Founded in 1670,
Charleston is the oldest city in the state. Charleston's
reputation for religious tolerance led to a
proliferation of churches that mark the city's skyline,
earning Charleston the nickname of the 'Holy City'.
During the late 17th century, thousands of French
Huguenot refugees settled in Charleston, and their
presence influenced both the architecture and culture of
the city. In 1861, the Civil War began when Confederate
troops fired on the Federal garrison at Fort Sumter, in
Charleston Harbor. Today, Charleston boasts the fourth
largest container port in the United States, connecting
the Holy City with more than 140 countries around the
Culturally, Charleston is home to the Spoleto USA
Festival, an annual performing arts festival held
jointly with the city of Spoleto, Italy. Every year, the
Spoleto Festival attracts artists, musicians and dancers
from around the world. Charleston is home to several
institutions of higher learning, including the College
of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, the
Medical University of South Carolina, and the Citadel,
South Carolina's state-supported military college.
International students have made contributions at all
these schools. Petra Lovetinska, one of the first female
cadets admitted to the Citadel, is a native of the Czech
The Lowcountry is also home to South Carolina's
wonderful beaches. Myrtle Beach in Horry County, lies at
the centre of a 60-mile stretch of beach know as the
Grand Strand. With its sunny beaches, world-class golf
and diverse live entertainment, Myrtle Beach is fast
becoming an international tourist destination. Every
March, more than 100,000 Canadians flock to Myrtle Beach
for the annual "Can-Am Days" festival, which coincides
with Spring Break in the Canadian school system. Even
bigger is the annual Sun Fun Festival, which draws
300,000 visitors every June. Myrtle Beach's agreeable
climate (with more than 200 days of sunshine each year)
made it a favourite place for students to visit for
rest, relaxation and recreation.
For those who wish to study at the beach, Coastal
Carolina University offers a variety of four-year degree
programs. Coastal has a unique co-operative program in
Golf Management, which combines academic study with
hands-on experience at the area's 100 golf facilities.
Students who complete the program will earn a degree in
marketing and credit towards membership in the
Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA).
Beginning in the fall of 2000, students from Barcelona,
Spain, will travel to Coastal Carolina for the final two
years of their study, adding a unique international
perspective to the program.
At the opposite end of the state lies Greenville, the
largest city in the Upstate. Long a centre of the
textile industry, Greenville is now the heart of South
Carolina's burgeoning international development. As of
December 1996, Greenville County was home to 87
international companies representing 23 different
countries. More than 240 international firms call the
Upstate home, many of them located along Interstate 85.
Greenville's proximity to the mountains offers the
visitor many wonderful opportunities to sample the
natural beauty of South Carolina. State parks such as
Caesar's Head and Table Rock allow visitors to see some
of the dramatic granite outcroppings that form the Blue
Ridge Mountains. The Jocassee Gorges, a 32,000-acre
(13,000-hectare) tract of land recently acquired by the
state, contains spectacular waterfalls and is home to
rare mountain wildlife.
Clemson University, located just one hour away from
Greenville in the northwest corner of the state, is a
state-supported land grant university. Clemson has long
focused on the applied sciences - it is home to
three-quarters of the state's engineering students, and
its agricultural research programs play an active role
in improving South Carolina's farm economy.
Columbia, the state capital, forms the heart of the
Midlands. Columbia is home to the main campus of the
University of South Carolina, which consists of seven
other satellite schools located around the state. The
president of USC, Dr John Palms, is a native of the
Netherlands. USC has long been a leader in international
business studies, with both its undergraduate and
graduate international business programs placing at or
near the top of college rankings in 'US News and World
Report'. Approximately 20 percent of students in the
Masters in International Business Studies program come
More students study in Columbia than any other city in
the state, and this gives the city a quintessential
college atmosphere. On Saturdays in autumn, tens of
thousands of sports fans pack Williams-Brice Stadium for
a USC football game. Columbia's college population also
supports a diverse nightlife. The rock-and-roll group
Hootie and the Blowfish first began playing in local
Columbia nightclubs, and the band members still maintain
residences in Columbia.
South Carolina is also home to seven historically black
colleges and universities - Claflin College, Morris
College, Benedict College, Allen University, Denmark
Technical College, Voorhees College and South Carolina
State University. These schools have played a vital role
throughout South Carolina's history, and have been
strong pillars of the state's African-American
population. SC State has produced more African-American
military officers than any other institution in the
United States, and its Transportation Sciences Center is
one of only 33 such programs in the nation dedicated to
the study of transportation issues.
This has been only a sampling of the many programs
offered by South Carolina's colleges and universities.
Each of the state's 60 public and private institutions
has something unique to offer to the international
student. For more information about South Carolina and
her schools, I urge you to visit the homepage for the
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education at
www.che400.state.sc.us or the states main website at
Below we list all universities in the state of South Carolina. You can visit
AllCityPopulation for colleges in South Carolina by city.
Slogan: "We Teach The Mind To Think, The Hands To Work,
The Heart To Love"
Location: 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204
Tuition: $13,540 (2015)
Acceptance Rate: 43% (2015)
Total Enrollment: 600
Slogan: "To nourish humanity through the cross"
Slogan: "A Power for Good in Society"
Location: 1600 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204
Tuition: $18,288 (2014)
Total Enrollment: 2,247
Slogan: "Integrating Faith in Learning, Leading and
Location: 9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC 29406
Tuition: $24,140 (2016)
Acceptance Rate: 60% (2015)
Total Enrollment: 3,724
Slogan: "The World Needs Visionaries"
Location: 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115
Tuition: $16,098 (2016)
Acceptance Rate: 41% (2015)
Total Enrollment: 1,978
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