Best Grad Schools in South Carolina 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in South Carolina offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Best Grad Schools in South Carolina 2022

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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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! 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 in their fields of study.

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

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 11 doctorate-granting graduate schools in South Carolina. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the South Carolina is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in South Carolina 2022

  1. #1

    University of South Carolina

    Columbia , SC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    What is University of South Carolina known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Law
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Education
    • Economics
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Clemson University

    Clemson , SC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    What is Clemson University known for?

    Clemson University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    What is Coastal Carolina University known for?

    Coastal Carolina University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Economics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Education
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #6

    Anderson University

    Anderson , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/23

    What is Anderson University known for?

    Anderson University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Religious Studies
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Law
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #7

    Erskine College

    Due West , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/19

    What is Erskine College known for?

    Erskine College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  6. #8

    Converse University

    Spartanburg , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/19

    What is Converse University known for?

    Converse University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #9

    North Greenville University

    Tigerville , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/23

    What is North Greenville University known for?

    North Greenville University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Religious Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #10

    Southern Wesleyan University

    Central , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    What is Southern Wesleyan University known for?

    Southern Wesleyan University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    What is Columbia International University known for?

    Columbia International University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of South Carolina
  2. Clemson University
  3. Bob Jones University
  4. Erskine College
  5. Coastal Carolina University
  6. Columbia International University
  7. North Greenville University
  8. South Carolina State University