You know there are a ton of great reasons to major in english — the job prospects, the intellectual challenge, and the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.
But what program in South Carolina offers the most to would be English majors?
We at Zippia decided to take a look at the data on the 116 institutions of higher learning in the Palmetto State to determine which programs offer the best career opportunities for English majors.
After the dust settled, we’re left with this set of the top colleges for English majors in South Carolina:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best English programs the Palmetto State has to offer.
English is, at its core, the study of theory and history. When it comes to identifying the best English schools we wanted to approach the ranking like English major would, by looking at data on how schools perform and comparing them to one another.
What better way to optimize your choice?
So with that mind, we looked at the following data from the NCES (National Center For Education Statistics) and College Scorecard data from ED.gov to understand what english department offer the best career opportunities:
It’s hard to argue with a selective school that features english and produces strong earning potential for your career.
After we had this data, we looked at the 116 institutions of higher learning in South Carolina. We then ranked each of these schools with 1 being the best in any given criteria.
Next, we averaged the ranks for each school to create an “English Quality Index”. The school with the best score on the “English Quality Index”, University of South Carolina-Aiken, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For English’ in South Carolina.
It might come as a surprise, but little USC-Aiken has the best English department in the state of South Carolina. Grads earn above-average salaries even a decade after graduation, and it’s the 3rd-least expensive program in the state. That means you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Plus, the admission rate is the 4th-lowest, meaning it’s hard to get into. Our argument is exclusivity is a sign of greatness.
English majors who want to network successfully will thrive at Clemson, which has a ton of alumni working in the state years after graduation. Clemson’s graduation rate is the 2nd-highest in South Carolina, and English grads here typically command the highest salaries in the state, bar none.
For the English geeks who thrive on big group settings, you won’t find a better place to learn. There are by far more English majors in Columbia than the rest of the state. The admission rate is about average, but it’s the 7th-least expensive program in the state. Plus, English grads leave and go on to make the 5th-highest pay in South Carolina.
It can be argued there isn’t a better place to live in the south than in Charleston. Beauty and amenities aside, COC is above average in English grad salaries, and below average in cost. This is one of the easiest programs to get into (which lots of English grads would actually say is a good thing.)
Little Lander in Greenwood, SC is the most exclusive English program to get into in the state, where less than half of applicants make the cut. It’s also the 6th-least expensive English program in South Carolina, and the number of graduates still working in the English world who left Lander is far above average, too.
It doesn’t get much more up, close and personal than at little Wofford in Spartanburg, which packs a punch when it comes to English department statistics. The graduation rate here is the 3rd-highest of all South Carolina English departments. Plus, you might be surprised to hear that Wofford English grads are the highest paid in the entire state.
If you’re an English major at Furman, there’s a really good chance you’ll graduate – this university has the highest graduation rate in the state. Graduates make the 4th-highest salaries, and the percentage of English majors on campus at Furman, in comparison to the rest of the school body, is really high, too.
The University of South Carolina’s Beaufort campus might be under the radar, but English nerds pay heed – this program is the least expensive in the state. But graduates who leave earn above-average salaries, and many of them are still working in the field, even 10 years after leaving school.
If you’re a woman who wants to thrive in an intimate setting, then Converse has a great English department. Among other factors: Far higher-than-average graduation rates, great pay after leaving campus, and exclusivity. Meaning you can brag that you were accepted into the program.
Located in Florence, SC, Francis Marion is a great place for English grads. It’s very affordable, and English is a big focus on campus, meaning you’ll be well represented and given ample resources.
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|University Of South Carolina-Columbia||3|
|College Of Charleston||4|
|University Of South Carolina-Beaufort||8|
|Francis Marion University||10|
|North Greenville University||11|
|University Of South Carolina-Upstate||13|
|Coastal Carolina University||14|
|Citadel Military College Of South Carolina||15|
|Columbia International University||18|
|Charleston Southern University||23|
|Southern Wesleyan University||27|
|South Carolina State University||28|