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South Carolina is home to a number of historic universities and liberal arts colleges, such as Wofford College, one of a select few institutions in the region founded before the American Civil War. The combination of nationally leading academic programs and vibrant student life at Clemson University attracts students from around the country, but the University of South Carolina system also deserves recognition for its leading sports science programs. The Citadel, one of only six senior military colleges in the United States, is renowned for the quality of its academics and prepares graduates for military careers.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in South Carolina

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $18,548

Payback: 1.7 Years

Earnings: $67,770

Vs. state average: + $23,485

Economic score: 1.11

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#2 in South Carolina

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

Admission rate: 62%

Grad rate: 82%

Net cost: $20,008

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $63,857

Vs. state average: + $19,572

Economic score: 1.44

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#3 in South Carolina

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 82%

Net cost: $25,674

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $67,530

Vs. state average: + $23,245

Economic score: 1.50

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#4 in South Carolina

University of South Carolina-Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

Admission rate: 69%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $20,509

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $54,109

Vs. state average: + $9,824

Economic score: 2.21

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#5 in South Carolina

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $19,000

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $49,534

Vs. state average: + $5,249

Economic score: 2.62

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#6 in South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 49%

Net cost: $14,749

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $44,305

Vs. state average: + $20

Economic score: 2.94

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#7 in South Carolina

Bob Jones University

Greenville, South Carolina

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $12,923

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $40,853

Vs. state average: - $3,432

Economic score: 3.10

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#8 in South Carolina

University of South Carolina Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

Admission rate: 56%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $15,050

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $44,741

Vs. state average: + $456

Economic score: 3.12

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#9 in South Carolina

Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $19,152

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $49,050

Vs. state average: + $4,765

Economic score: 3.27

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#10 in South Carolina

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 79%

Net cost: $30,861

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $58,343

Vs. state average: + $14,058

Economic score: 3.30

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#11 in South Carolina

Lander University

Greenwood, South Carolina

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $12,981

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $41,049

Vs. state average: - $3,236

Economic score: 3.33

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#12 in South Carolina

University of South Carolina-Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Admission rate: 60%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $15,832

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $42,949

Vs. state average: - $1,336

Economic score: 3.59

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#13 in South Carolina

Southern Wesleyan University

Central, South Carolina

Admission rate: 56%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $17,750

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $41,792

Vs. state average: - $2,493

Economic score: 4.00

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#14 in South Carolina

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $19,047

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $41,504

Vs. state average: - $2,781

Economic score: 4.53

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#15 in South Carolina

Converse College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $12,685

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $38,109

Vs. state average: - $6,176

Economic score: 4.69

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#16 in South Carolina

Coker University

Hartsville, South Carolina

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $13,472

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $36,437

Vs. state average: - $7,848

Economic score: 4.86

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#17 in South Carolina

Newberry College

Newberry, South Carolina

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $19,539

Payback: 5.3 Years

Earnings: $40,867

Vs. state average: - $3,418

Economic score: 5.75

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#18 in South Carolina

North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $22,058

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $40,031

Vs. state average: - $4,254

Economic score: 5.80

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#19 in South Carolina

Anderson University

Anderson, South Carolina

Admission rate: 60%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $21,756

Payback: 5.3 Years

Earnings: $39,593

Vs. state average: - $4,692

Economic score: 5.89

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#20 in South Carolina

Limestone University

Gaffney, South Carolina

Admission rate: 69%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $22,707

Payback: 6.6 Years

Earnings: $39,684

Vs. state average: - $4,601

Economic score: 7.35

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