COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 10: College students eat dinner outside at the University of South Carolina on August 10, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. Students began moving back to campus housing August 9 with classes to start August 20.

What are the best colleges in South Carolina? There’s no perfect college because no one student wants or needs the exact same things. What makes a particular academic institution stand out to one person may be exactly what another doesn’t want. And choosing which school that is can be a daunting task. Even creating a list of universities to visit and apply to can be overwhelming. That’s why Niche creates its Best Colleges rankings each year. And they have released their rankings for 2022-2023.

The Best Colleges ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares more than 1,000 top colleges and universities in the U.S. This year’s rankings have reduced the weight of ACT/SAT scores to reflect a general de-emphasis on test scores in the college admissions process. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

Best Colleges In South Carolina

So back to South Carolina. We’ve got some major recognizable names when it comes to universities. But you can probably guess the top 2, it’s the two largest schools in the state and with the most prolific sports teams. Like many states, sports are a big driver for many of the dozens of colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina. It was a huge factor in my college selection. One that was the best decision I ever made. But returning to academics, South Carolina has options of all sizes including large research universities, midsize colleges, and small private liberal arts colleges. You can choose an institution in a big city, a small town, the mountains, or the beach.

Keep reading to see where your school made the list. You’ll find the top 20 schools ranked 20-1. R


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