What You Need to Know about South Carolina Colleges - Do It Yourself College Rankings

What You Need to Know about South Carolina Colleges

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Where to Start Looking to Find South Carolina Colleges

SC CAN should be the website to start at if you’re looking for South Carolina colleges but it hasn’t for the past two years since it has been “newly refreshed.” If anything, it has actually become worst since I reviewed it last year. The search form doesn’t work, the menu selections for specific users are targeted enough to justify the differences, and the content is skimpy at best.

The main reason to visit this website is for the information on the South Carolina scholarship/financial aid programs. You might also want  to download the College Resource Manual under the Counselor’s menu which includes a lot of useful handouts that should be available for students on the website but aren’t.

If you’re looking for a less intimidating handout, visit the South Carolina Student Loan website and download their Making Higher Education Possible: A Guide to Planning and Paying for College. It provides a good overview of the financial aid process and South Carolina specific information.

SC CAN includes links (that are still working) to other useful sites including the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center. You can search for transfer agreements by college of origin or the destination college. It also has a calendar listing of transfer events. However, none of the private 4-year colleges appear to participating.

The Center for Scholarship Administration provides applications for a variety of privately fund scholarships. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education allows users to search for academic programs at all public and private colleges in South Carolina. It also has information on the Academic Common Market, Veterans Education, and financial aid including scholarships and grants for South Carolina residents.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

South Carolina has 31 four-year institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. 19 are private not-for profit colleges and 12 are public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 106,362 students, 25% attend private colleges and 75% attend public universities.

The average four-year graduation rate for private colleges was 37.4% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 48.3%. A total of 11 South Carolina colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile  requirements.

The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in South Carolina was 488 for Critical Reading and 487 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 560 for Critical Reading and 560 for Math. A total 13 colleges had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state in both categories.

The top 20 colleges SAT test takers applied to:

  • University of South Carolina: Columbia
  • Clemson University
  • College of Charleston
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Winthrop University
  • Charleston Southern University
  • University of South Carolina: Upstate
  • Anderson University
  • Lander University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Wofford College
  • University of South Carolina: Aiken
  • Furman University
  • University of South Carolina: Beaufort
  • Presbyterian College
  • The Citadel
  • North Greenville University
  • University of Georgia
  • Newberry College
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

South Carolina Colleges Conferences and Divisions

South Carolina colleges athletic conferences

List of South Carolina Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2015 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

South Carolina Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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