Education

The Upstate is home to 23 institutions of higher education serving more than 85,000 students annually through a diverse mixture of learning environments. The average SAT score of first time freshmen from the Upstate entering South Carolina Public Colleges and Universities was 1121 in 2008, above the state average of 1115. However, general educational attainment in the Upstate falls markedly short of state and national measures. South Carolina has a smaller percentage than the nation of adult residents who are high school graduates and of adult residents who are college graduates. Further, only one of the ten Upstate counties has a higher percentage than the state average of residents who have graduated from high school and of residents who have graduated from college. Of the 23 school districts in the Upstate, the latest available data reported that only eight districts exceeded the South Carolina average high school graduation rate and only four districts eclipsed the national average.

UPSTATE SCHOOL DISTRICTS

ABBEVILLE COUNTY
Abbeville School District


ANDERSON COUNTY
Anderson School District 1
Anderson School District 2
Anderson School District 3
Anderson School District 4
Anderson School District 5

CHEROKEE COUNTY
Cherokee County School District

GREENVILLE COUNTY
Greenville County School District

GREENWOOD COUNTY
Greenwood School District 50
Greenwood School District 52

LAURENS COUNTY
Laurens County School District 55
Laurens County School District 56

OCONEE COUNTY
Oconee County School District

PICKENS COUNTY
Pickens County School District

SPARTANBURG COUNTY
Spartanburg County School District 1
Spartanburg County School District 2
Spartanburg County School District 3
Spartanburg County School District 4
Spartanburg County School District 5
Spartanburg County School District 6
Spartanburg County School District 7

UNION COUNTY
Union County School District

WARE SHOALS COUNTY
Ware Shoals School District 51

UPSTATE FOUR YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Anderson University
Bob Jones University
Clemson University
Converse College
Erskine College
Forrest Junior College
Furman University
Greenville Technical College
Lander University
Limestone College
North Greenville University
Piedmont Technical College
Presbyterian College
Southern Wesleyan University
Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg Methodist College
The University Center
Tri‐County Technical College
University of South Carolina‐Union
USC Upstate
Webster University
Wofford College