Education in Central SC

The Epicenter of Education

Central SC is home to more than 12 colleges and universities, anchored by the University of South Carolina’s main campus. USC is the state’s flagship university, home to 56 nationally ranked academic programs, including the No. 1 international business program and public Honors College. Central SC is also home to four technical colleges, which offer more than 80 manufacturing-related degree programs. As a No. 1 ranked metro for education, Central SC is an ideal location for residents of all ages, whether you’re a parent looking for the best preschool for your child or a recent high school graduate looking to further your education.

Fast Facts


Most Educated MSA in the state, Wallet Hub 2017


International MBA program in the U.S., USC

Top 50 Masters program in the world - USC, International Business


HBCU in the U.S., Claflin University


enrolled in higher education


of population 25+ has a Bachelor’s degree or higher

Region produces 20% more Software and Computer Science degrees compared to national average


public and private schools in the Central SC Region


schools from the Region ranked among the top 10 in S.C.

University of South Carolina Law School graduation May 2022

A Network of 12 Schools

Recent college graduates can take their pick from a cluster of highly-ranked schools in the Central SC Region. Whether you’re seeking a certificate at one of our technical colleges or planning to earn a four year degree, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Multiple initiatives and programs are available to connect talent with the right program, internship, or opportunity for their career path. From technical certificates to bachelor’s degrees to doctorate degrees, our education network will arm you to enter the workforce – or shift careers entirely. Browse our Region’s colleges and universities below and click to learn more.





A group of young students reach into a plastic container at Leaphart Elementary in the Central SC Region

A Launchpad for Learning

Central SC is home to dozens of well-established public schools in 13+ districts, so you can be sure that you’re making the best choice for your child’s education. Don’t just take our word for it – Spring Hill High School in Richland County is highly ranked the Best Public High Schools in the state and numerous others ranked among the top 10 and 20. Our excellent public schools are highly rated for their commitment to students’ learning and well-being. K-12 schools here guarantee an excellent learning experience for children, with different options tailored to suit the needs of every child. Explore our region’s expansive school districts below.


Two students sit side by side while reviewing a textbook at Cardinal Newman in the Central SC Region

Highly Ranked Education Options

Throughout Central SC, many K-12 private schools offer plenty of choices to set your children up for success. From faith-based education to Montessori Schools, you’ll find a range of choices in this region. Hammond School, a private K-12 school in Columbia, is among the Best Private Schools in South Carolina. Explore private schools by county below.


young student apprentice

Practical Education for Future Opportunities

Getting prepared for a career in Central SC is made easier through an abundance of youth programs. Aimed at inspiring and educating, these programs provide real-world experience and networking opportunities for students looking to get ahead for the future.


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