Area Colleges and Universities – Greenville Area Development Corporation

Clemson University

Clemson University, in nearby Pickens County, is a selective, public land grant university in a college-town setting along a dynamic southeastern corridor.  Named by Time Magazine in 2001 as “Best Public College of the Year,” Clemson offers 114 degrees in 75 undergraduate degree programs, 75 masters programs and 39 doctoral programs.  Approximately 1,200 faculty – including 33 Fulbright Scholars – teach 17,000 students each year.

The University is committed to world-class teaching, research and public service.  More than $76 million is spent each year on research.  Clemson is among the top 25 colleges in the U.S. in terms of revenues of intellectual property licenses.  The Wall Street Journal cited Clemson as leading the Southeast in commercializing inventions in university laboratories.  Clemson is one of only 25 NSF-designated Engineering Research Centers in the country.  Clemson currently administers more than two-thirds of all engineering degrees in South Carolina.

The College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University has consolidated many of its graduate business and community outreach programs to downtown Greenville. Clemson’s new facility at ONE is a vibrant center for business education conveniently located in the midst of a growing, globally engaged community. The new facility houses the MBA program, the MBA program in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Small Business Development Center and the Center for Corporate Learning.  The Master of Real Estate Development and graduate-level Management, Marketing, Accountancy & Finance programs are also based at ONE.

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), also located in Greenville, is an advanced-technology research campus where University, industry and government organizations engage in synergistic collaboration.  With more than $200 million in commitments, CU-ICAR represents the ultimate public/private partnership, directly fueling a knowledge base critical to the automotive industry.  This is also where Clemson University offers the nation’s only Ph.D. in automotive engineering.

Industrial-scale laboratories and testing facilities are accessible to companies and professionals for applied R&D on new technology.  Thanks to world-class partners like BMW, IBM and Microsoft, the Carol A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center houses more than $10 million in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

Furman University

Furman University is a private coeducational institution founded in 1826.  It has an established reputation as a leading liberal arts college.  It offers degrees and pre-professional programs in over 40 subjects.  More than half of Furman’s 2,600 students finished in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.  Furman also boasts a research-minded faculty and one of the strongest chemistry programs in the nation.  The University is known for its emphasis on engaged learning, a problem-solving, project-oriented and experienced-based approach to the liberal arts. Engaged learning emphasizes the value of active learning, research, service learning, internships, and study abroad.  U.S. News and World Reportranks Furman 4th among national liberal arts colleges in the area “Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.”

Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a nondenominational, Christian liberal arts institution that offers over 120 undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Religion, Fine Arts, Business Administration, Education, and Applied Sciences.  More than 65 graduate majors are offered.  Bob Jones is the largest liberal arts university in South Carolina.  Bob Jones serves nearly 5,000 students from around the United States and over 40 countries.  Top firms as well as top graduate programs seek BJU graduates.  One of the highlights of the campus is the University Museum and Gallery, which has been proclaimed one of the greatest collections of religious art in the Western Hemisphere.

Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College, founded in 1962, is a four-campus system, providing education and training to more than 15,000 students.  Programs include business, health, engineering, and industrial careers along with a university transfer option that provides an economical route to a four-year degree.  The College’s continuing education division offers classes that improve skills in specific areas.  As of 2000, more than 75,000 individuals and 2,000 companies had been served by continuing education programs.

Of note, the Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) brings together research and education, providing access to experienced engineers and professionals who help to build problem-solving and critical thinking on real-world projects aimed at moving advanced manufacturing forward.

Students benefit from modernized curriculum, career pathways and certificates of proficiency so that students are afforded access to manufacturing employment. Manufacturers also benefit from the innovative classes and open collaborative space at CMI. Together, this exciting environment offers the opportunity to move advanced manufacturing forward in Greenville and the rest of the state.

Greenville Tech is also home to the McKinney Regional Automotive Technology Center, which covers over 94,000 square feet.  It houses a show room that displays street rods, motor sports vehicles and new cars donated by both businesses and industry in the area.  At the heart of the building are 10 multimedia-equipped classrooms, computer labs, offices, and teaching facilities for the College’s auto body, automotive and diesel programs.  Also included are the General Motors partnership programs in automotive service and body service.  There is room for developing more partnership programs with business and industry as we continue to expand our technological services.

Whether you’re starting out or starting over, Greenville Technical College has more than 100 programs of study that will help students gain job skills quickly or transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.

North Greenville University

North Greenville University is a small, coeducational liberal arts institution located 18 miles north of Greenville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  In the fall of 2005, the North Greenville Board of Trustees approved a change from North Greenville College to North Greenville University.  Accredited by multiple associations including the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, North Greenville University offers basic liberal arts curricula that lead to the associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees.  North Greenville presents distinctive, innovative programs that attract and meet the needs of non-traditional students.  Enrollment is approximately 1,500.

The University Center

The University Center, a nonprofit consortium of seven different South Carolina colleges and universities, is dedicated to increasing access and educational opportunities for citizens of the Greenville metropolitan area.  The state-of-the-art teaching and learning center is designed to serve the needs of working adults.  Most courses are offered during the evenings, for the convenience of working adults.  Some daytime and weekend classes are also available.  Seven senior institutions are members in the University Center’s consortium: Clemson, Furman, Lander, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State, University of South Carolina, and USC Upstate.

The Center offers more than 600 courses in 76 degree programs.  Degree programs include accounting, computer science, communications, teacher education, health administration, communications, human resources development, information management, nursing, business administration, psychology/sociology, public administration, social work, interdisciplinary studies, health sciences, health administration, engineering technology, political science, and library and information science.

Upstate Colleges and Universities, Greenville MSA

College/University/Technical SchoolLocation (County)
Anderson UniversityAnderson
Bob Jones UniversityGreenville
Clemson UniversityPickens
Clemson University (CU-ICAR Campus)Greenville
Clemson University at ONE (Downtown Campus)Greenville
Converse CollegeSpartanburg
ECPI College of TechnologyGreenville
Embry RiddleGreenville
Furman UniversityGreenville
Greenville Technical CollegeGreenville
Limestone CollegeCherokee; Greenville
North Greenville UniversityGreenville
Presbyterian CollegeLaurens
Southern Wesleyan UniversityPickens
Spartanburg Community CollegeSpartanburg
Spartanburg Methodist CollegeSpartanburg
Strayer UniversityGreenville
The University Center (Consortium)Greenville
Tri-County Technical CollegeAnderson; Pickens
USC School of Medicine - Greenville CampusGreenville
University of South Carolina - UpstateSpartanburg
Webster UniversityGreenville
Wofford CollegeSpartanburg

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