South Carolina’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in South Carolina. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

South Carolina’s  Most Affordable Colleges & Universities 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 most affordable colleges and universities?

Methodology

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.

We’ve identified 16 affordable colleges and universities in South Carolina, all of which satisfies the following conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. It must have stated tuition and fees under $16,000/year.

Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in South Carolina

  1. #1

    Clinton College

    Rock Hill , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    8%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Clinton College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
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  2. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/19

    What is University of South Carolina Beaufort known for?

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

    • Education
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
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  3. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    What is University of South Carolina Aiken known for?

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

    • Education
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
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  4. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    915/16

    What is South Carolina State University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Social Work

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  5. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/18

    What is Francis Marion University known for?

    Francis Marion University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • History
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

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  6. 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:

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  7. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/19

    What is University of South Carolina Upstate known for?

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

    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Literature
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  8. #8

    Lander University

    Greenwood , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/20

    What is Lander University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Medical
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  9. #9

    The Citadel

    Charleston , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/22

    What is The Citadel known for?

    The Citadel’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

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  10. 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:

    • Medical
    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  11. #11

    Voorhees College

    Denmark , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Voorhees College known for?

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

    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  12. #12

    College of Charleston

    Charleston , SC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    What is College of Charleston known for?

    College of Charleston’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Biology
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  13. #13

    Allen University

    Columbia , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Allen University known for?

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

    • Mathematics
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

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  14. #14

    Morris College

    Sumter , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Morris College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Sociology
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  15. #15

    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:

    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

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  16. #16

    Winthrop University

    Rock Hill , SC

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/21

    What is Winthrop University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
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