Clemson, BJU named best colleges in South Carolina

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Clemson University and Bob Jones University are the best four-year colleges in South Carolina, according to the website Schools.com, an online resource that provides information about colleges nationwide for prospective students.

The website’s recent report, “Best Schools 2017,” ranked more than 1,600 schools across the country, and looked at affordability, flexibility, and other factors. BJU came in at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 1. out of 34 South Carolina institutions. 

Clemson was noted for its affordability. “Although its sticker price is higher than that of other schools on this list, Clemson is more affordable once financial aid is factored in,” the report said. “The university has the fifth lowest average net price for low-income students.” The estimated yearly tuition rate is $14,318 for Clemson.

The website’s survey, released earlier this month, credited Clemson for its 38 online programs and considerable flexibility. It also commended the university for retaining students and helping them advance toward graduation in six years or less.

“Students looking for online South Carolina degrees will find plenty of options at Clemson University,” the report said. “The school ranks third for the number of distance education programs it supports. Also notable is the university’s graduation rate, which is ranked second in the state.”

The report also said Clemson students graduate with lower debt levels relative to other South Carolina college graduates because of the amount of grant money available.

Clemson “ranks fifth for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees,” the report said. “Perhaps as a result of that, Clemson comes in fourth for the low median debt carried by graduates.”

The university, which has an admission rate of 51 percent, was also listed as one of the most exclusive of the Top 10 colleges in South Carolina.

Schools.com also spotlighted BJU for its affordability. The report said BJU ranks fifth for its average net price and ranks first for the low median debt carried by graduates.

BJU is also ranked first in the state in terms of its three-year loan repayment rate. Tuition and fees cost BJU students about $14,900 a year without financial aid, according to the university’s website.

“BJU is honored to be recognized for its affordability – both in its price and in the low debt students acquire while pursuing their college degree,” BJU President Steve Pettit said in a press release.

“We work every day to deliver affordable high-quality academic programs to students from across the United States and around the world,” he added.

BJU is a regionally accredited university with more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. The university has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries.

Schools.com also commended BJU for its student support services.

“The university offers a number of support services to help students be successful,” the report said. “There are remedial classes for those who need to brush up on core skills, academic advising and career placement for those who earn their degree.”

The Top 10 four-year colleges in South Carolina: 

Source: Schools.com “Best Schools 2017” report

  1. Clemson University
  2. Bob Jones University
  3. University of South Carolina – Columbia
  4. The Citadel
  5. Lander University
  6. North Greenville University
  7. Francis Marion University
  8. Coastal Carolina University
  9. Columbia International University
  10. University of South Carolina-Beaufort

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