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2021 Best Colleges in South Carolina by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

We calculated a Salary Score for colleges in South Carolina to show how schools stack up in terms of alumni salary. Salary Score is an indicator of whether bachelor's degrees from a given college may lead to better financial outcomes compared to the same degrees at other colleges. We calculated this by comparing median alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for a major at a given college to alumni earnings for the same major across all colleges. Scores by major were then combined to provide an overall bachelor's degree Salary Score. The city of Charleston is home to three colleges on South Carolina’s Best Colleges list, and Citadel Military College of South Carolina tops the list, with a Salary Score of 65.17.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. This list includes all eligible schools in South Carolina. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston Charleston $12,516 65.17
#2 #2 Clemson University Clemson Clemson $15,374 50.68
#3 #3 University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia Columbia $12,618 49.76
#4 #4 Columbia College - SC Columbia Columbia $19,500 43.92
#5 #5 Limestone College Gaffney Gaffney $25,025 43.13
#6 #6 College of Charleston Charleston Charleston $12,838 41.61
#7 #7 Furman University Greenville Greenville $49,532 37.33
#8 #8 University of South Carolina-Aiken Aiken Aiken $10,760 32.17
#9 #9 Wofford College Spartanburg Spartanburg $43,985 31.45
#10 #10 Newberry College Newberry Newberry $26,424 31.24
#11 #11 University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartanburg Spartanburg $11,852 29.32
#12 #12 Charleston Southern University Charleston Charleston $25,540 28.30
#13 #13 Anderson University - SC Anderson Anderson $28,000 27.96
#14 #14 Winthrop University Rock Hill Rock Hill $15,730 25.46
#15 #15 Bob Jones University Greenville Greenville $18,150 23.30
#16 #16 Coastal Carolina University Conway Conway $11,716 22.60
#17 #17 University of South Carolina-Beaufort Bluffton Bluffton $10,730 22.04
#18 #18 North Greenville University Tigerville Tigerville $19,750 20.36
#19 #19 Lander University Greenwood Greenwood $11,700 17.41
#20 #20 Francis Marion University Florence Florence $11,976 17.28
#21 #21 Coker College Hartsville Hartsville $29,548 14.89
#22 #22 Claflin University Orangeburg Orangeburg $16,854 12.24
#23 #23 South Carolina State University Orangeburg Orangeburg $11,060 5.55