Education

Greenville is served by Greenville County Schools, the largest public school system in the state and the 45th largest school system in the country. Nine of the district’s 11 magnet academies are located in the city of Greenville, as is A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School, one of the first elementary schools in the country to offer a school-wide engineering curriculum.

Greenville is also home to seven charter schools and a number of highly accredited private schools ranging from K-3 to high school. The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, the state’s premier school for artistically talented high school students, is located in downtown Greenville. New to the city is Next High School, a free public high school that uses a web-delivered curriculum to teach principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and design within a project-based learning environment.

Many nationally recognized colleges and universities have located branch campuses within the city, including Clemson University, whose College of Business and Behavioral Science graduate-level programs, Center for Corporate Learning, Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Small Business Development Center are located in downtown Greenville. The city is also home to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus. Additionally, Clemson’s Center for Visual Arts – Greenville recently opened in The Village of West Greenville.

Bob Jones University (BJU), is a nondenominational Christian liberal arts institution located near downtown Greenville. BJU offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 60 graduate programs. The Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University houses one of America’s finest collections of Italian paintings and one of world’s greatest collections of religious art.  

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville is a partnership between the University of South Carolina (USC) and Greenville Health System (GHS). The four-year medical school is housed on GHS’s Greenville Memorial Campus, located less than 10 minutes from downtown Greenville.

The University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business offers evening MBA classes designed for working professionals from a satellite location in downtown Greenville.

Greenville Technical College is a two-year public college, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, that offers more than 100 programs in a wide range of academic fields.  

The University Center of Greenville is a coalition of higher education institutions which provides working professionals an opportunity to obtain undergraduate or graduate-level degrees from seven South Carolina universities.
  1. Public & Private Education
  2. Higher Education
  3. Map of School Locations

Public & Private School Education


Greenville has a diverse range of quality education options for public and private school education. View an interactive map of the schools located in Greenville for exact locations. Education options include:
  • Greenville County Schools is the largest public school system in SC, and the 45th largest public school system in the US.
  • 11 magnet academies offer unique educational opportunities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  • Greenville is also the site of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, the state’s premier school for artistically talented high school students.
  • Greenville is home to nearly 60 private schools ranging from K-3 to high school.