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Updated March 24, 2021

Are you ready to find your fit?

By BVS Staff

Welcome to our best value ranking of online colleges in South Carolina. Don't forget to visit Top Cheap Degrees Online for a more general ranking of online colleges and universities.

Residents of South Carolina have roughly 30 different colleges and universities from which they may choose. However, online learners hoping to obtain a degree in this state have only a third as many options. Fortunately, that still leaves plenty of choices for students who are committed to distance education. Of those online-accessible schools, we are bringing you the 5 "best value." These top 5 colleges all earned at least 60 points (out of 100) in our ranking.


Click here to read all about our best value online schools ranking methodology.

#1 Anderson University Anderson, SC
#2 Columbia College Columbia, SC
#3 Limestone College Gaffney, SC
#4 University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartanburg, SC
#5 Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC

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  1. Anderson University

    Anderson, SC



    Anderson University's Adult Studies program is without a doubt one of the leading continuing education initiatives in the state. Of all the best online schools in South Carolina, few can match the low tuition and high stakes of Anderson's remote bachelor's degree programs. Not only can adult/continuing students select from over 60 completely online degree programs, but they are also eligible for a nearly two-thirds tuition reduction on all but nursing and education programs. Given these exceptional opportunities, it's easy to see why over 60% of Anderson students take courses online.

  2. Columbia College

    Columbia, SC



    At Columbia College, competitive in-state tuition, diverse undergraduate degree opportunities, and a flexible distance-learning program all converge to produce one of the top online colleges in South Carolina. From a statistical standpoint, Columbia's tuition to online degree program ratio already places it far ahead of the pack. After all, its distance education programs run the gamut from business to literature, with many other career-relevant courses - marketing, communications, healthcare, education, and computer science among them - sprinkled in between. But what truly seals the deal is Columbia's "Six Sessions" schedule, which allows online students to concentrate on a single eight-week course at a time.

  3. Limestone College

    Gaffney, SC



    Like USC, Limestone College is known for its array of affordable online college courses in South Carolina. But Limestone's bachelor's degree offerings far outstrip the six available at USC Upstate. With more than a dozen different options, Limestone is a top choice for remote and working students from all backgrounds. On the technical side, online students at Limestone can choose from a range of specializations within Business Administration and/or Computer Science. Students with more of a humanities orientation can likewise take advantage of Bachelor of Arts programs in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Elementary Education, and Liberal Studies.

  4. University of South Carolina-Upstate

    Spartanburg, SC



    The University of South Caroline-Upstate's cut-rate in-state tuition alone carves out a space for it on our South Carolina best online colleges ranking. At under $11,000 a year, USC Upstate is not only one of the cheapest online schools in South Carolina; it's one of the best values as well. Unlike other bargain colleges, USC actually offers a comprehensive range of online and hybrid degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. From engineering and nursing to IT and business, USC provides students with the opportunity to discover their passion from the convenience of their own home.

  5. Charleston Southern University

    Charleston, SC



    Charleston Southern University's selection of business-oriented online degrees in South Carolina make it an attractive option for professionals looking to rise through the ranks in their corporate career. With bachelor's degree options spanning Organizational Management to Computer Systems and Information Science, Charleston prepares graduates of its online programs for leadership in both human and technological pursuits. Plus, these degrees are available 100% online to accommodate demanding schedules. In other words, Charleston Southern has the online degree options to satisfy independent, technical thinkers as well as sociable, eager extroverts.

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See also: 20 Best Value Colleges and Universities in South Carolina


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