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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in South Carolina

16 Colleges
1,665 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,865 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in South CarolinaIn 2018-2019, education students earned 1,665 bachelor's degrees from a South Carolina school, making the subject the 5th in the state. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.9% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in South Carolina ranking analyzed 16 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those education schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Education Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in South Carolina

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for education majors.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Bob Jones University

Greenville, SC

Bob Jones University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the city of Greenville, Bob Jones University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Bob Jones University, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina ranking.

At Bob Jones University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,528. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University is about $82,018. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

North Greenville University

Tigerville, SC

North Greenville University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. North Greenville is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Tigerville. North Greenville also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina rankings.

It takes the average student at North Greenville about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,352. This means that the average student pays around $103,983 to get a bachelor’s degree from North Greenville. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#3

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Winthrop University. Located in the small city of Rock Hill, Winthrop is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Winthrop, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Winthrop to complete their degree, and it costs about $28,359 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop be around $123,645. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Charleston Southern University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. CSU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Charleston. In addition to being on our best value list, CSU has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at CSU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,451. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from CSU is $110,712. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of South Carolina - Upstate earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. USCU is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Spartanburg. USCU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina list.

It takes the average student at USCU about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $26,374 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from USCU is $116,837. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Clemson University. Located in the large suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Clemson has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina ranking.

It takes the average student at Clemson about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $42,274. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Clemson be around $182,624. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Lander University

Greenwood, SC

Our rankings recognize Lander University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Lander University is a small public school located in the distant town of Greenwood.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lander University is 4.6 years, and it costs about $22,205 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lander University is $101,699. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Carolina - Columbia. Carolina is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. Carolina also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina rankings.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Carolina to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,917. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Carolina be around $167,651. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

Columbia College

Columbia, SC

Columbia College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College South Carolina is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Columbia College South Carolina to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,046. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College South Carolina be around $88,183. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Anderson University South Carolina as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Anderson University South Carolina is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Anderson. Anderson University South Carolina also made our Best Colleges for Education in South Carolina list, coming in at #9.

At Anderson University South Carolina, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,142. This means that the average student pays around $110,468 to get a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University South Carolina. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 1,213
Florida 4,383
Virginia 1,712
Georgia 2,694
North Carolina 2,584
Tennessee 1,699
West Virginia 586
Alabama 2,026
Louisiana 1,415
Kentucky 1,884
Arkansas 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,137
Teacher Education Subject Specific 344
Special Education 145
General Education 39

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 1,701
Psychology 1,543
Communication & Journalism 1,254
History 449
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 154

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 16 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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