South Carolina’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in South Carolina offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

South Carolina’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

Colleges and Universities in South Carolina

The 31 public schools range in tuition from $5,000 to $17,000. The largest institution, the University of South Carolina (U of SC), is right in the middle, totaling $11,000 for fees. Located in Columbia, U of SC has over 30,000 students in attendance and offers over 300 degree options. Aside from the technical and community colleges in the state, there are four universities under $10,000. At $17,000, the Medical University of South Carolina is the most expensive public school in the state.

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In addition, over 25 private schools, 17 with religious affiliations, offer academic settings with small student populations, none exceeding 3,500. Though it is the most expensive at $50,000, Furman University boasts an 84% graduation rate. With Methodist connections, Wofford College charges a tuition of $44,000, and it bears noting that the campus is situated on a national arboretum. The University of South Carolina School of Law is one of the nation’s oldest law schools and the state’s only nonprofit law school. Graduates of the school have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from the Public Interest Law Loan Forgiveness Fund if they are employed in the field of public interest law.

Along the 60-mile stretch of beaches in South Carolina is iconic Myrtle Beach, home to one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels. Cypress swamps, military museums, and tea gardens add to the southern charm of this state. And with over 50 higher education institutions, students have plenty of options for where to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

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How do we determine South Carolina's best community colleges?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.


There are 19 community colleges in South Carolina. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in South Carolina

  1. #1

    Spartanburg Methodist College

    #7890 institution's historical influence
    #977 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    919/17

    Spartanburg, SC

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    What is Spartanburg Methodist College known for?

    Spartanburg Methodist College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Technical College of the Lowcountry

    #7885 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    11%

    Student body

    1K

    Beaufort, SC

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    What is Technical College of the Lowcountry known for?

    Technical College of the Lowcountry’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
  3. #3

    Tri-County Technical College

    #7994 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    5K

    Pendleton, SC

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    What is Tri-County Technical College known for?

    Tri-County Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
  4. #4

    York Technical College

    #11182 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    3K

    Rock Hill, SC

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    What is York Technical College known for?

    York Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
  5. #5

    Spartanburg Community College

    #11155 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    3K

    Spartanburg, SC

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    What is Spartanburg Community College known for?

    Spartanburg Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Nursing
  6. #6

    Florence–Darlington Technical College

    #10453 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    17%

    Student body

    2K

    Florence, SC

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    What is Florence–Darlington Technical College known for?

    Florence–Darlington Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Business
  7. #7

    Midlands Technical College

    #9270 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    7K

    West Columbia, SC

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    What is Midlands Technical College known for?

    Midlands Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Horry-Georgetown Technical College

    #12665 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    5K

    Conway, SC

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    What is Horry-Georgetown Technical College known for?

    Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
  9. #9

    University of South Carolina Salkehatchie

    #10423 institution's historical influence
    #1395 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    920/15

    Allendale, SC

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    What is University of South Carolina Salkehatchie known for?
  10. #10

    Greenville Technical College

    #10783 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    8K

    Greenville, SC

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    What is Greenville Technical College known for?

    Greenville Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    Denmark Technical College

    #10365 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    <1K

    Denmark, SC

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    What is Denmark Technical College known for?

    Denmark Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    Aiken Technical College

    #7893 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    1K

    Graniteville, SC

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    What is Aiken Technical College known for?

    Aiken Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #13

    Northeastern Technical College

    #15138 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    <1K

    Cheraw, SC

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    What is Northeastern Technical College known for?

    Northeastern Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
  14. #14

    Piedmont Technical College

    #9561 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    4K

    Greenwood, SC

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    What is Piedmont Technical College known for?

    Piedmont Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
  15. #15

    Trident Technical College

    #7452 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    8K

    Charleston, SC

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    What is Trident Technical College known for?

    Trident Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
  16. #16

    University of South Carolina Union

    #7972 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    867/15

    Union, SC

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    What is University of South Carolina Union known for?
  17. #17

    Orangeburg–Calhoun Technical College

    #14559 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    2K

    Orangeburg, SC

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    What is Orangeburg–Calhoun Technical College known for?

    Orangeburg–Calhoun Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
  18. #18

    University of South Carolina Lancaster

    #9500 institution's historical influence
    #218 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/17

    Lancaster, SC

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    What is University of South Carolina Lancaster known for?

    University of South Carolina Lancaster’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #19

    University of South Carolina Sumter

    #6791 institution's historical influence
    #737 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/17

    Sumter, SC

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    What is University of South Carolina Sumter known for?

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