Clemson University, Presbyterian College, and USC Top the 25 Best Colleges in South Carolina

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 25 Best Colleges in South Carolina for 2017. 

The state of South Carolina can boast one of the oldest colleges in America, as well as the country's first municipal college. It is a historic state, with an old heritage of higher education.

"Looking for a big-time college experience with school spirit and a competitive football team? South Carolina has that," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "Or maybe you are a quieter, more literary type, and are looking for a small liberal arts college? How about a religious school? Or a college focused on training and career success? In short, South Carolina has something for everyone, which is important in an economy which needs more and more highly trained and educated workers."

Indeed, since the Great Recession, the economy has added 11.6 million jobs, but a full 11.5 million of those jobs have gone to people with at least some college education. Even though college tuition keeps climbing, many still find college to be worth the investment.

College Choice developed its list by looking at academic quality, institutional reputation, regional accreditation, along with return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings. Data comes from US News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and Payscale.

The ranking for the 25 Best Colleges in South Carolina finds Clemson University in the top spot. Presbyterian College is in second, and University of South Carolina - Columbia rounds out the top three.

The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Anderson University

Charleston Southern University

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Claflin University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Coker College

College of Charleston

Columbia College (Columbia International University)

Converse College

Erskine College

Francis Marion University

Furman University

Lander University

Limestone College

Newberry College

North Greenville University

Presbyterian College

Southern Wesleyan University

University of South Carolina-Aiken

University of South Carolina-Beaufort

University of South Carolina-Columbia

University of South Carolina-Upstate

Winthrop University

Wofford College

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.