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The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education’s primary goal is to coordinate efforts to meet the educational and workforce demands of the state. To do this, the Commission works alongside public and private colleges and universities to brainstorm and pioneer an educational agenda. Much of the Commission’s time is spent researching and analyzing South Carolina’s economic development, increasing statewide education and community collaboration, and increasing the use of the technology through online colleges in the state. Furthermore, the Commission also works to form partnerships with school districts and state agencies to enhance training of instructors, quality of education in public schools, and preparation of K-12 grade school students and the educational support that is available to them. Any students, parents, or citizens with concerns about a public, private, or online college in South Carolina are welcome to contact the Commission.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

1122 Lady Street
Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 737-2260

The Growth of Online Education in South Carolina

Between 2007 and 2011, two-year colleges and online schools in South Carolina experienced a surge in enrollment, some schools experiencing nearly 24% growth. With the knowledge that not every student can pursue the traditional brick-and-mortar college route, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education works diligently to improve the quality and availability of online colleges, as well as public and private universities, in the state.

Strategic Plan for Higher Education in South Carolina

In 2001, the Commission decided to revise the strategic plan for higher education in South Carolina. Through a series of community meetings, the Commission developed a plan that would address the needs of public and private higher education institutions in the state. The plan focused on a number of strategic goals: expanding educational opportunities for South Carolina citizens, meeting the changing statewide workforce needs, positioning students to compete in a global economy, and creating a generation of public and private sector leaders. In order to do this, the Commission looked to “promote development of distance education courses and programs to reach students who may not have access to traditional educational programs.”

Increase Cooperation and Collaboration for Efficiency and Quality

One of the points the Commission addresses in their research is the effectiveness of collaborating with K-12 schools in preparing students for the college education experience. The Commission places particular emphasis on addressing the needs of “traditionally under-served populations including first generation college students, minorities, students from low-income families, and adult learners.” In the hopes of increasing traditionally under-served student enrollment, the Commission works with K-12 schools to develop programs and policies that encourage students to progress from two-year colleges or online colleges to four-year universities. In order to do this, the Commission develops distance education courses and schools that appeal to students who may not have the ability to attend traditional brick-and-mortar institutions.

Strategies to help evaluate the quality of post secondary educational programs and schools

In order to uphold the prestige of online schools in South Carolina, the Commission has laid out a number of requirements and expectations of online and distance education schools. In particular, the Commission’s outline thoroughly details the differences between diploma mills and accredited online colleges. According to the Commission, “state law requires that the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education license private institutions that operate or solicit in South Carolina. Licensed institutions are required to meet a set of standards and provide accurate and useful information to prospective and current students.” These guidelines will help potential college students understand if the university they are applying to is a respectable public or private university, college, or online college.

The Career Outlook for South Carolina Graduates

Medicine, science, and education are among the most prosperous industries in South Carolina. Between 2008 and 2018, employment in these areas is projected to expand faster than any other in the state. Medical assistants and technicians are in-demand in South Carolina, with some entry-level occupations available to students with an undergraduate education and/or vocational training. Graduates of an advanced degree program may be eligible for a career in medical science or medical engineering, while those with terminal degrees may choose to pursue a teaching career. These occupations represent the fastest-growing jobs in the state of South Carolina:

Biomedical Engineers

Projected Increase:
65%
Employment in 2008:
70
Employment by 2018:
110

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Projected Increase:
50%
Employment in 2008:
120
Employment by 2018:
180

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Projected Increase:
44%
Employment in 2008:
2,220
Employment by 2018:
3,190

Biochemists and Biophysicists

Projected Increase:
41%
Employment in 2008:
60
Employment by 2018:
80

Physician Assistants

Projected Increase:
40%
Employment in 2008:
600
Employment by 2018:
830

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Colleges & Universities in South Carolina

Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway
Graniteville, South Carolina 29829
Contact: (803) 593-9231
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3048
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina 29621
Contact: (864) 231-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2705
Accrediting Agency: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Address: 1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard
Greenville, South Carolina 29614-0001
Contact: (864) 242-5100
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3525
Accrediting Agency: n/a
Address: 803 Howard Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577-1413
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associates, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associates degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Doctor’s degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 169
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 506 N Guignard Dr
Sumter, South Carolina 29150-2499
Contact: (803) 778-1961
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4528
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 9200 University Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina 29410-8087
Contact: (843) 863-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3299
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 171 Moultrie St
Charleston, South Carolina 29409
Contact: (843) 225-3294
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3398
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
Contact: (864) 656-4636
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 19778
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 108 James P. Blanton Circle
Conway, South Carolina 29526
Contact: (843) 347-3161
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 9063
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, Council for Higher Education
Address: 300 E. College Ave.
Hartsville, South Carolina, 29550
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor’s degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1093
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 66 George St
Charleston, South Carolina 29424-0001
Contact: (843) 953-5500
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 11975
Accrediting Agency: The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association
Address: 1001 Rogers Street
Columbia MO 65216
Contact: (573) 875-8700
Website: Learn more
Type of School: Private, 4-year, not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 1301 Columbia College Dr
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor’s degree;Master’s degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1269
Accrediting Agency: Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditatio & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 7435 Monticello Rd
Columbia, South Carolina 29203-1513
Contact: (803) 754-4100
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1180
Accrediting Agency: National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on College
Address: 1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd
Denmark, South Carolina 29042
Contact: (803) 793-5100
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1536
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 2 Washington St
Due West, South Carolina 29639
Contact: (864) 379-2131
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 818
Accrediting Agency: National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 2715 W. Lucas Street
Florence, South Carolina 29501-0548
Contact: (843) 661-8324
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 5994
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 506 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, South Carolina 29607-2416
Contact: (864) 250-8111
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 13170
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 2050 Highway 501 East
Conway, South Carolina 29526
Contact: (843) 347-3186
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 7645
Accrediting Agency: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Address: 1628 Browning Road
Suite 180, Columbia, South Carolina 29210
Contact: (803) 216-6600
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Address: Six Independence Pointe
Greenville, South Carolina 29615
Contact: (864) 288-0777
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649-2099
Contact: (864) 388-8000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3073
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 1115 College Drive
Gaffney, South Carolina 29340-3799
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3215
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 179 Ashley Ave
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
Contact: (843) 792-2300
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: no
Number of Students: 2679
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-2176
Contact: (803) 738-8324
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 12224
Accrediting Agency: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Address: 8085 Rivers Ave-Ste E
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
Contact: (843) 574-0101
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: no
Number of Students: 670
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 7801 N. Tigerville Road
Tigerville, South Carolina 29688-1892
Contact: (864) 977-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2438
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 1201 Chesterfield Hwy.
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520-1007
Contact: (843) 921-6900
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1224
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 3250 Saint Matthews Rd
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118-8299
Contact: (803) 536-0311
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2945
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 620 North Emerald Road
Greenwood, South Carolina 29646
Contact: (864) 941-8324
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 6126
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 300 College St NE
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117-0001
Contact: (803) 536-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4331
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 9 Science Court
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate’s degree;Bachelor’s degree;Master’s degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 547
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 709 Mall Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia 31406
Contact: (912) 691-6000
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 547
Accrediting Agency: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Address: 541 Broughton St
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115-7367
Contact: (803) 534-7826
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: Business I-85
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
Contact: (864) 592-4600
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 5913
Accrediting Agency: n/a
Address: 555 N. Pleasantburg Dr. Ste. 300
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Associates degree; Bachelor’s degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: no
Number of Students: 2052
Accrediting Agency: National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, South Carolina 29901-1288
Contact: (800) 768-8252
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2712
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 7900 U.S. Hwy 76
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
Contact: (864) 646-1500
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 6790
Accrediting Agency: National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
Contact: (843) 574-6111
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 16781
Accrediting Agency: University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.
Address: 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29223-5733
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3672
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 471 University Pkwy
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Contact: (803) 648-6851
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3253
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 1 University Boulevard
Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
Contact: (843) 521-4100
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1871
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: Columbia
South Carolina 29208
Contact: (803) 777-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 30671
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 800 University Way
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-4999
Contact: (864) 503-5000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 5490
Accrediting Agency: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Address: 7201 Two Notch Rd. Suite 1000
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associates degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: no
Number of Students: 557
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave
Kingstree, South Carolina 29556-4197
Contact: (843) 355-4110
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 694
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 119 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29733
Contact: (803) 323-2211
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 5525
Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Address: 452 S Anderson Rd
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
Contact: (803) 327-8000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 5621