Greenville, South Carolina, is a quaint city with a vibrant downtown, where foodies flock for dining, and shopping and entertainment are plentiful. Those diversions appeal to many students attending Greenville colleges, as do the recreation opportunities in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Budget-minded students can appreciate the affordable housing here. Fun fact for career-minded students: Greenville is home to more than 250 international firms from 26 different countries.
Students enrolled in Greenville Early College can gain real college experiences each semester starting in 6th grade. The school partners with Clemson University, Furman University and University of South Carolina Upstate.
Greenville Technical College has five campuses. Its Center for Manufacturing Innovation includes labs for pneumatics/hydraulics, metrology and prototyping. GTC works with local businesses to help develop the curriculum. The school also operates an automotive center and an aircraft maintenance and truck driver training hub.
Other colleges in Greenville focus on helping aspiring cosmetologists and barbers to learn their trade. These include the Academy of Hair Technology, the Kenneth Schuler School of Cosmetology, and the B-Unique Barber Academy.
While Furman University has been included "among the most beautiful colleges in America" (Architectural Digest), its mission is to be a diverse, inclusive community. Undergrads are expected to live on campus. Furman has 150-plus student organizations, including intramural sports, as well as 20 Division I sports teams.
Bob Jones University is a Christian liberal arts college. Popular undergrad degree programs include business administration, accounting, criminal justice and registered nursing. BJU also offers online dual credit course opportunities to high schoolers as well as full online degree programs.
Other universities in Greenville include a campus of Strayer University, which offers degree programs in accounting, business, finance, health services, criminal justice, education and IT.
Several universities in Greenville offer advanced degree programs.
While Furman University offers multiple master's programs, their most robust selection is in education, which has six different concentrations, including special education, school leadership, and teaching English language learners.
Bob Jones University offers graduate studies in communications, education leadership, theater, music education, sports administration and coaching, and seminary/religious studies.