Lesson 1:College Results Online. College Results Online is a college research website managed by the Education Trust, a non-profit educational foundation. While there are a number of websites through which you may research colleges and universities, the College Results Online website has many useful tools for developing your college list..

  • Go to the College Results Online website: http://www.collegeresults.org/default.aspx
  • Select the ‘Compare Colleges’ tab near the top of the screen (where you can choose different 4-year U.S. Colleges and Universities to compare)
  • After selecting your colleges, click onto the ‘Compare Selected Colleges’ box on the bottom right side under the colleges that you have selected
  • Choose each college from the list, one-by-one, and write down the information needed to complete your college research sheet.
  • After researching all of your colleges, transfer the information that you wrote down onto your College Research Sheet to the Google Doc, “College Research Sheet (LCECHS)

Click here to view a sample ‘College Research Sheet’ of South Carolina Colleges and Universities…

Lesson 2: HBCU and HSI. If you are interested in attending an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) or HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), South Carolina has 8 historically black colleges and universities, all of which are currently accredited (Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Clinton Junior College, Denmark Technical College, Morris College, South Carolina State University, and Voorhees College). 6 institutions are 4-year degree granting programs, with Clinton Junior College and Denmark Technical College offering 2-year programs. The size of the 4-year undergraduate programs range from 523 at Voorhees College to 2,788 at South Carolina State. Six-year graduation rates range from 28.2% at Allen University to 49.2% at Claflin University.

Lesson 3: The South Carolina Technical College System provides many opportunities for students interested in earning associate’s degrees, certification, workplace preparation, and developing a 2-year pathway into a 4-year institution earning both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center provides comprehensive information regarding the transfer agreements between South Carolina’s technical colleges and South Carolina’s 4-year institutions. This activity provides guidance in developing a 2-year to 4-year college transfer pathway.

Identify Transfer Pathways: The South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center can assist with identifying a 2-year to 4-year pathway, such as Florence-Darlington Tech to Coker College or Francis Marion University, or Midlands Tech to the College of Charleston.

  • Research: If you know the 2-year regional campus (e.g., USC-Sumter, Florence-Darlington Tech, Greenville Tech) where you wish to begin your studies, you may identify the 4-year institutions to which you may transfer.
  • Research: If you know the South Carolina 4-year college or university where you wish to conclude your studies, you may identify their agreements with 2-year programs where you may begin your studies.