Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in South Carolina.
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Accredited Online Colleges Database
There are a number of accrediting agencies that accredit schools in South Carolina, including the ones listed below. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that these grant institutional accreditation, as opposed to program-specific accreditation. For the latter, you can refer to our subject pages.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For information on higher education in South Carolina, you can refer to the state’s commission and council on higher education, as well as its department of education. These organizations provide information on anything from new state regulations to career and technology centers in South Carolina.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Public education in the state is anchored by the University of South Carolina System, a state university system of eight campuses that is comprised of its flagship campus in Columbia, as well as three senior campuses and four regional campuses. Top public institutions can also found in Rock Hill and Orangeburg.
University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 and is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It was listed among the top 10 “Most Promising and Innovative Schools” in the country by U.S. News & World Report, as well as among the top national universities.
Winthrop University is a liberal arts institution founded in 1886. It originally operated as a teachers’ college for young women, but today offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through five colleges and schools to both men and women. U.S. News & World Report ranks the school among the best in the South.
South Carolina State University
Founded in 1896, South Carolina State University is the state’s only public, historically black college and university, or HBCU. It awards the only Bachelor of Science program in nuclear engineering in South Carolina and at an HBCU.
Found in the Bible Belt, South Carolina is home to many private colleges and institutions that provide a Christian-centered education. These include top universities found in the cities of Central, Anderson, and Columbia, S.C.
Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christian college that was founded by Methodist churches in the state in 1906. To this day, it continues to offer a Christ-centered, liberal arts education in areas such as business and education to about 2,000 students.
Founded in 1911, Anderson University is a private, liberal arts university that is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. It is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 colleges in the South.
Benedict College is a historically black, liberal arts college. It was founded in 1870 by northern Baptists as a teachers’ college, but has since expanded into a four-year college offering degrees in nearly 30 major areas of study.