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South Carolina Schools

Academia in South Carolina is a declining field. The trends in South Carolina's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in South Carolina By Profession

675 691 796 743
271 274 310 317
1,850 1,999 2,064 1,997
1,633 1,637 1,666 1,706
1,688 1,942 1,920 1,670
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 6,433 higher education faculty at the 104 colleges and universities in South Carolina, where in 2006 there were 6,117.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 6%.

Average faculty salaries in South Carolina

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in South Carolina is $52,365 per year. This is less than faculty salaries in the rest of the country, which average $57,293 per year. And generally, in South Carolina, male faculty earn 3% more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in South Carolina

No data at this time.

Of the 6,582 college faculty in South Carolina, 44% are tenured. Another 30% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in South Carolina by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. South Carolina Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 3.56% 5.46% 2.28%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in South Carolina by 5% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 5%. Thus, working full-time is becoming less popular in South Carolina.

National Vs. South Carolina Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 10.22% 6.69% 5%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in South Carolina

No data at this time.

In 2009 16% of part-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background. While 15% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in South Carolina

No data at this time.

National Vs. South Carolina Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 12.86% 1.73% 1.84%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: South Carolina
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in South Carolina has decreased by 6%. National statistics are not in line with this. Nationally, 788,996 higher education faculty were working in 2006. Of these, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background. And in 2009, 855,625 faculty were working around the nation. 151,691 of these were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at South Carolina by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at South Carolina by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. South Carolina Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 4.83% 4.43% 0.9%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

Just as the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has decreased in academia in South Carolina, the percentage of women has also decreased. This is inconsistent with national trends, which show that the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has grown by 9% from 2006 to 2009.

National Vs. South Carolina Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 6.49% 7.87% 6.3%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. South Carolina Faculty employment by Gender

National South Carolina
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 46%
Women 54%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in South Carolina


Consistent with the growth in the number of collegiate-level faculty in South Carolina, the number of students studying in institutions of higher learning has also increased in the state.

Currently South Carolina has 24,386 graduate students and 218,912 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in South Carolina

7178 7070 7161 7686 7638
19229 19127 19844 20100 20902
464 486 766 740 1293
5126 4836 4830 4600 5518
7307 7409 7648 7545 7995
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in South Carolina


In 2009, 13,525 students graduated from colleges and universities in South Carolina. Approximately 16% of these students graduated from masters and doctoral degree programs. Another 48% graduated from bachelors-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in South Carolina


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in South Carolina.

Retention rates in South Carolina

Returning Students 58%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In South Carolina, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 58 students return to school the following year and 39 students eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in South Carolina

Graduation Students 39%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. South Carolina Students By Gender

National South Carolina
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 39%
Women 61%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Similar to the faculty population in South Carolina, the student population is diverse. 61% of the 243,298 students studying in the state's colleges and universities are female. Approximately 32% of South Carolina's students identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. These numbers are consistent with national statistics, which show that 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from minority backgrounds.

National Vs. South Carolina Students Minorities

National South Carolina
Minorities 29%
Minorities 32%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in South Carolina

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  1. South Carolina Teaching Schools71,798 Employed
  2. South Carolina Business Schools68,023 Employed
  3. South Carolina Engineering Schools31,825 Employed
  4. South Carolina Music Schools22,471 Employed
  5. South Carolina Management Schools20,817 Employed
  6. South Carolina Business Administration Schools20,076 Employed
  7. South Carolina Art Schools18,193 Employed
  8. South Carolina Nursing Schools18,058 Employed
  9. South Carolina Psychology Schools17,101 Employed
  10. South Carolina Liberal Arts Schools16,889 Employed
  11. South Carolina English Schools16,332 Employed
  12. South Carolina Information Technology Schools14,488 Employed
  13. South Carolina Law Schools14,275 Employed
  14. South Carolina Biology Schools14,063 Employed
  15. South Carolina Educational Leadership Schools13,170 Employed
  16. South Carolina Information Systems Schools12,910 Employed
  17. South Carolina Communications Schools12,380 Employed
  18. South Carolina Math Schools12,235 Employed
  19. South Carolina MBA Schools11,933 Employed
  20. South Carolina Accounting Schools11,561 Employed
  21. South Carolina Chemistry Schools10,603 Employed
  22. South Carolina Physics Schools10,361 Employed
  23. South Carolina Special Education Schools10,079 Employed
  24. South Carolina History Schools10,063 Employed
  25. South Carolina BSN Schools9,959 Employed
  26. South Carolina Forensic Nursing Schools9,959 Employed
  27. South Carolina RN to BSN Schools9,959 Employed
  28. South Carolina Visual Communications Schools9,174 Employed
  29. South Carolina Criminal Justice Schools8,781 Employed
  30. South Carolina Theology Schools8,381 Employed
  31. South Carolina Elementary Education Schools8,332 Employed
  32. South Carolina Early Childhood Education Schools8,005 Employed
  33. South Carolina Counseling Schools8,005 Employed
  34. South Carolina Design Schools7,988 Employed
  35. South Carolina Finance Schools7,921 Employed
  36. South Carolina Political Science Schools7,684 Employed
  37. South Carolina Public Health Schools7,374 Employed
  38. South Carolina Electrical Engineering Schools7,025 Employed
  39. South Carolina Sociology Schools7,016 Employed
  40. South Carolina Public Relations Schools6,660 Employed
  41. South Carolina Human Services Schools6,298 Employed
  42. South Carolina Social Work Schools6,156 Employed
  43. South Carolina Civil Engineering Schools6,148 Employed
  44. South Carolina Architecture Schools6,124 Employed
  45. South Carolina Health Science Schools6,029 Employed
  46. South Carolina Marketing Schools5,967 Employed
  47. South Carolina Veterinary Schools5,949 Employed
  48. South Carolina Business Management Schools5,906 Employed
  49. South Carolina Construction Management Schools5,633 Employed
  50. South Carolina Mechanical Engineering Schools5,464 Employed
  51. South Carolina Computer Engineering Schools5,420 Employed
  52. South Carolina Public Administration Schools4,864 Employed
  53. South Carolina Journalism Schools4,778 Employed
  54. South Carolina Biomedical Engineering Schools4,672 Employed
  55. South Carolina Drafting Schools4,647 Employed
  56. South Carolina Speech Therapy Schools4,583 Employed
  57. South Carolina Hospitality Schools4,309 Employed
  58. South Carolina Property Management Schools4,027 Employed
  59. South Carolina Biochemistry Schools4,011 Employed
  60. South Carolina Advertising Schools3,884 Employed
  61. South Carolina Human Resources Schools3,758 Employed
  62. South Carolina Radiology Technology Schools3,743 Employed
  63. South Carolina International Business Schools3,711 Employed
  64. South Carolina Physical Therapy Assistant Schools3,598 Employed
  65. South Carolina Film Schools3,468 Employed
  66. South Carolina Video Production Schools3,468 Employed
  67. South Carolina Paralegal Schools3,406 Employed
  68. South Carolina Computer Programming Schools3,406 Employed
  69. South Carolina Surgical Technology Schools3,387 Employed
  70. South Carolina Dental Hygienist Schools3,383 Employed
  71. South Carolina Culinary Schools3,344 Employed
  72. South Carolina Sports Management Schools3,223 Employed
  73. South Carolina Gerontology Schools3,209 Employed
  74. South Carolina Respiratory Therapy Schools3,151 Employed
  75. South Carolina Computer Science Schools3,042 Employed
  76. South Carolina Health Information Schools2,982 Employed
  77. South Carolina Forestry Schools2,783 Employed
  78. South Carolina Creative Writing Schools2,755 Employed
  79. South Carolina Occupational Therapy Schools2,360 Employed
  80. South Carolina Small Business Schools2,260 Employed
  81. South Carolina Hotel Management Schools2,222 Employed
  82. South Carolina School Psychology Schools2,207 Employed
  83. South Carolina Physical Therapy Schools1,896 Employed
  84. South Carolina Risk Management Schools1,886 Employed
  85. South Carolina Criminology Schools1,772 Employed
  86. South Carolina Sports Medicine Schools1,733 Employed
  87. South Carolina Healthcare Management Schools1,629 Employed
  88. South Carolina Clinical Psychology Schools1,582 Employed
  89. South Carolina Software Engineering Schools1,582 Employed
  90. South Carolina Organizational Psychology Schools1,454 Employed
  91. South Carolina Industrial Design Schools1,194 Employed
  92. South Carolina Sonography Schools1,084 Employed
  93. South Carolina Ultrasound Technology Schools1,084 Employed
  94. South Carolina Fire Science Schools1,084 Employed
  95. South Carolina Graphic Design Schools1,047 Employed
  96. South Carolina Nutrition Schools1,004 Employed
  97. South Carolina Ministry Schools1,002 Employed
  98. South Carolina Healthcare Administration Schools912 Employed
  99. South Carolina Computer Networking Schools904 Employed
  100. South Carolina Restaurant Management Schools754 Employed
  101. South Carolina Web Development Schools605 Employed
  102. South Carolina Court Reporter Schools594 Employed
  103. South Carolina Carpentry Schools591 Employed
  104. South Carolina Music Therapy Schools324 Employed
  105. South Carolina Physician Assistant Schools314 Employed
  106. South Carolina Fashion Design Schools304 Employed
  107. South Carolina Interior Design Schools303 Employed
  108. South Carolina Christian Counseling Schools188 Employed
  109. South Carolina Web Design Schools139 Employed
  110. South Carolina Forensic Science Schools95 Employed
  111. South Carolina Mental Health Schools85 Employed
  112. South Carolina Medical Coding Schools61 Employed
  113. South Carolina Medical Billing Schools60 Employed
  114. South Carolina Fashion Schools53 Employed
  115. South Carolina Fashion Marketing Schools53 Employed
  116. South Carolina Emergency Management Schools47 Employed
  117. South Carolina Homeland Security Schools47 Employed
  118. South Carolina Animation Schools23 Employed
  119. South Carolina Computer Animation Schools23 Employed
  120. South Carolina Video Game Design Schools23 Employed

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