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Education Data

23% of Charleston-North Charleston, SC residents possess a Bachelor’s Degree (16% above the national average), and 9.5% hold an Associate’s Degree (11.7% above the national average).

Bachelors Degree or higher:

  • Charleston-North Charleston, SC – 35.6%
  • South Carolina – 28.1%
  • United States – 32.1%

High School Diploma or higher:

  • Charleston-North Charleston, SC – 90.7%
  • South Carolina – 87.5%
  • United States – 88.0%
Source: American Community Survey, 2015-2019

Education Pipeline

In 2019, there were 8,603 graduates in Charleston-North Charleston, SC.  The top five program categories for total count of completions for 2019 are:

  • Health professions and related programs
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Personal and Culinary Services

The top five program categories for percent growth in completions from 2015 to 2019 are:

  • Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Transportation and Materials Moving
  • Philosophies and Religious Studies
  • Legal Professions and Studies

Top Five Schools by 2019 Graduates

  • College of Charleston – 2637 graduates
  • Trident Technical College – 2,073 graduates
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina – 1,043 graduates
  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) – 1,007 graduates
  • Charleston Southern University – 800 graduates

Map of Local Colleges and Universities


Top Programs by Regional Completions 

CIP Code Description 2019 Completions
52.0201 Business Administration and Management, General 631
51.3801 Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 530
24.0101 Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 460
26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General 240
42.0101 Psychology, General 224
22.0101 Law 202
12.0401 Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 196
51.0801 Medical/Clinical Assistant 173
52.0301 Accounting 170
51.1201 Medicine 169
45.1001 Political Science and Government, General 161
09.0101 Speech Communication and Rhetoric 151
51.2207 Public Health Education and Promotion 143
49.0304 Diver, Professional and Instructor 141
43.0103 Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 111
26.0908 Exercise Physiology 110
49.0205 Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 103
52.1401 Marketing/Marketing Management, General 102
12.0409 Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 100
11.9999 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 96
Source: Emsi