# 2022 best colleges in South Carolina

Read more**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.

**Earnings plus**: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

**Rankings**: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earnings*plus *performance.

#### Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $23,485

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $19,572

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $23,245

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of South Carolina-Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $9,824

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $5,249

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $20

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Bob Jones University

Greenville, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,432

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of South Carolina Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $456

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $4,765

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $14,058

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Lander University

Greenwood, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,236

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of South Carolina-Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $1,336

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Southern Wesleyan University

Central, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $2,493

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $2,781

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Converse College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $6,176

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Coker University

Hartsville, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $7,848

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Newberry College

Newberry, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,418

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $4,254

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Anderson University

Anderson, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $4,692

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Limestone University

Gaffney, South Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $4,601

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.