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South Carolina is known for its coastal towns, tobacco production, and historic plantations. It is situated in the Deep South, where southern hospitality is king. The state’s diverse higher education system serves all types of learners, including online learners. Colleges in South Carolina include public research universities, other four-year colleges, technical and community colleges, and private institutions, including online colleges in South Carolina. A large number of public and private colleges in South Carolina offer online courses, whether they specialize in such courses or not. For instance, the University of South Carolina, the state’s flagship university, offers a number of online courses through its Extended University and through online professional education.

Prospective students can also find online technical colleges in South Carolina. The South Carolina Technical College System, which is comprised of 16 institutions, provides a Centralized Online Course Database that allows students to find the online course they need without visiting each institution’s website. Also, the TechOnLine Consortium of Colleges allows the state’s member technical colleges to share online courses, giving students more online options. Online accredited colleges in South Carolina also include nonprofit and for-profit institutions, such as the nationally-known University of Phoenix, and private Christian colleges like Bob Jones University.

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Aiken Technical College
2276 Jefferson Davis Highway
Graniteville, South Carolina 29829
(803) 593-9231

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina 29621
(864) 231-2000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard
Greenville, South Carolina 29614-0001
(864) 242-5100

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Central Carolina Technical College
506 N Guignard Dr
Sumter, South Carolina 29150-2499
(803) 778-1961

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Charleston Southern University
9200 University Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina 29410-8087
(843) 863-7000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
171 Moultrie St
Charleston, South Carolina 29409
(843) 225-3294

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
(864) 656-4636

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Coastal Carolina University
108 James P. Blanton Circle
Conway, South Carolina 29526
(843) 347-3161

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
College of Charleston
66 George St
Charleston, South Carolina 29424-0001
(843) 953-5500

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Columbia College
1301 Columbia College Dr
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
(803) 786-3012

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Columbia International University
7435 Monticello Rd
Columbia, South Carolina 29203-1513
(803) 754-4100

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditatio & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Denmark Technical College
1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd
Denmark, South Carolina 29042
(803) 793-5100

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on College
Erskine College and Seminary
2 Washington St
Due West, South Carolina 29639
(864) 379-2131

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Florence-Darlington Technical College
2715 W. Lucas Street
Florence, South Carolina 29501-0548
(843) 661-8324

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Greenville Technical College
506 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, South Carolina 29607-2416
(864) 250-8111

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
2050 Highway 501 East
Conway, South Carolina 29526
(843) 347-3186

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
ITT Technical Institute-Columbia
1628 Browning Road
Suite 180, Columbia, South Carolina 29210
(803) 216-6600

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ITT Technical Institute-Greenville
Six Independence Pointe
Greenville, South Carolina 29615
(864) 288-0777

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Lander University
320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649-2099
(864) 388-8000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Limestone College
1115 College Drive
Gaffney, South Carolina 29340-3799
(800) 795-7151 x0

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Medical University of South Carolina
179 Ashley Ave
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
(843) 792-2300

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Midlands Technical College
1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-2176
(803) 738-8324

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Miller-Motte Technical College
8085 Rivers Ave-Ste E
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
(843) 574-0101

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
North Greenville University
7801 N. Tigerville Road
Tigerville, South Carolina 29688-1892
(864) 977-7000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Northeastern Technical College
1201 Chesterfield Hwy.
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520-1007
(843) 921-6900

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
3250 Saint Matthews Rd
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118-8299
(803) 536-0311

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Piedmont Technical College
620 North Emerald Road
Greenwood, South Carolina 29646
(864) 941-8324

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
South Carolina State University
300 College St NE
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117-0001
(803) 536-7000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
South University
9 Science Court
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
(803) 799-9082

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Southern Methodist College
541 Broughton St
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115-7367
(803) 534-7826

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Spartanburg Community College
Business I-85
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
(864) 592-4600

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Technical College of the Lowcountry
921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, South Carolina 29901-1288
(800) 768-8252

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Tri-County Technical College
7900 U.S. Hwy 76
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
(864) 646-1500

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Trident Technical College
7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
(843) 574-6111

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences & Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
University of Phoenix-Columbia Campus
1001 Pinnacle Point Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29223-5733
(803) 699-5096

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org
University of South Carolina-Aiken
471 University Pkwy
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
(803) 648-6851

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
University of South Carolina-Beaufort
1 University Boulevard
Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
(843) 521-4100

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
University of South Carolina-Columbia
Columbia
South Carolina 29208
(803) 777-7000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
University of South Carolina-Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-4999
(864) 503-5000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Williamsburg Technical College
601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave
Kingstree, South Carolina 29556-4197
(843) 355-4110

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Winthrop University
119 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29733
(803) 323-2211

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
York Technical College
452 S Anderson Rd
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
(803) 327-8000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges