Central SC is home to more than 12 colleges and universities, anchored by the University of South Carolina’s main campus. UofSC 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.
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.
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 ranked the No. 3 Best Public High School 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.
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 ranked the No. 2 Best Private School in South Carolina. Explore private schools by county below.
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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Applications for the South Carolina State Fair’s Ride of Your Life Scholarship open Wednesday, which is awarded each year to 50 high school seniors in the state. According to the SC State Fair, the $6,000 scholarships are awarded at an annual rate of $1,500. Recipients are chosen based on academic and extracurricular achievement, communication skills, […]
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is set to open the Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Aquarium & Reptile Conservation Center on March 2. The multi-million dollar renovations were supported by The Boyd Foundation, to transform the heart of the zoo into a state-of-the-art animal care facility to provide guests with an engaging experience that places Riverbanks’ critical role in wildlife […]