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 graduates
  • College of Charleston – 2,846 graduates
  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) – 1,022 graduates
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina – 950 graduates
  • Charleston Southern University – 674 graduates

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