Education Data

21.1% of Charleston-North Charleston, SC residents possess a Bachelor’s Degree (2.7% above the national average), and 8.9% hold an Associate’s Degree (1.0% above the national average).

Bachelors Degree or higher:

  • Charleston-North Charleston, SC – 32%
  • South Carolina – 26%
  • United States – 29%

High School Diploma:

  • Charleston-North Charleston, SC – 89%
  • South Carolina – 85%
  • United States – 86%

Education Pipeline

In 2016, there were 9,736 graduates in Charleston-North Charleston, SC. This pipeline has grown by 9% over the last 5 years. The highest share of these graduates come from Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, “Business Administration and Management, General”, and Pre-Nursing Studies.

Top Five Schools by 2016 Graduates

  • Trident Technical College – 3,053
  • College of Charleston – 2,846
  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) – 1,022
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina – 950
  • Charleston Southern University -674

Map of Local Colleges and Universities


Top Programs by Regional Completions 

CIP Code Program Regional Completions (2016)
52.0201 Business Administration and Management, General 747
24.0101 Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 498
51.3801 Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 485
42.0101 Psychology, General 251
26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General 241
12.0401 Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 216
52.0301 Accounting 201
51.0801 Medical/Clinical Assistant 198
45.1001 Political Science and Government, General 184
51.1105 Pre-Nursing Studies 178
43.0103 Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 171
51.1201 Medicine 165
9.0101 Speech Communication and Rhetoric 157
12.0503 Culinary Arts/Chef Training 151
22.0101 Law 141
30.9999 Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 138
43.0104 Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 127
11.9999 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 126
51.2207 Public Health Education and Promotion 123
11.0301 Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 120
Source: Emsi