South Carolina offers college-bound students many higher education options from which to choose:
Most two-year public universities in South Carolina are technical schools and the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) is the state's largest higher education system. The majority of private, two-year colleges are beauty and barbering vocational schools.
Twenty-one of the private colleges in South Carolina offer four-year degree programs. Almost all of them belong to the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) system.
The University of South Carolina (USC) is one of only 32 public universities in the U.S. to earn the Carnegie Foundation's top rankings in research and community engagement. It is also highly ranked by publications such as Kiplinger's, Inc. and U.S. News & World Report.
Perhaps the best-known private university in the state is Clemson University, which boasts impressive rankings and a rich history. Founded as a military school in 1896, Clemson is today known for its science and engineering programs.
South Carolina participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which sets national standards for distance education, making it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.
And, through the state's dual enrollment program, high school students can take college courses for college credit, while meeting high school graduation requirements.
South Carolina's membership in the Academic Common Market, administered by the Southern Regional Education Board, allows eligible residents to pay in-state tuition for specific programs offered in other states.
For more information, visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.