Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in South Carolina

3 Colleges
1,641 Bachelor's Degrees
$39,802 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in South CarolinaEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in South Carolina. With 1,641 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 6th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.3% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in South Carolina ranking analyzed 3 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in engineering. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those engineering schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Engineering Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in South Carolina

Check out the engineering programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Best Value Engineering Schools in South Carolina

#1

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Our rankings recognize Clemson University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public college 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 Engineering in South Carolina ranking.

At Clemson, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $42,274. 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 Clemson is $182,624. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Carolina - Columbia as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Carolina is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia. Carolina also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in South Carolina list, coming in at #2.

At Carolina, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,917. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Carolina is $167,651. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. The Citadel is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Charleston. As a testament to the quality of education offered at The Citadel, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in South Carolina ranking.

It takes the average student at The Citadel about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $37,214. This means that the average student pays around $154,438 to get a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 958
Florida 5,865
Virginia 3,378
Georgia 3,528
North Carolina 2,926
Tennessee 1,750
West Virginia 928
Alabama 2,794
Louisiana 1,842
Kentucky 1,081
Arkansas 816

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 507
Civil Engineering 241
Electrical Engineering 166
Industrial Engineering 165
Biomedical Engineering 162

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 2,455
Computer & Information Sciences 844
Physical Sciences 430
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 353
Mathematics & Statistics 255

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 3 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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