Anderson County is home to two institutes of higher education: Anderson University, a four-year private school, and several branches of Tri-County Technical College, a two-year technical college with over 70 majors. Just outside our borders are several other highly accredited colleges and universities, and many students and faculty choose to live within Anderson County and commute to these schools.


Anderson University was chartered as a four-year college for women back in 1911, officially opening its doors in 1912. In the years since it has adapted to students’ and residents’ needs, now offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees to students of both genders. Anderson University is a private Christian school in the midst of the most significant growth period in its history: its enrollment has nearly doubled over the last decade and a Division II football program is in the works! We’re proud to be home to thousands of current and former Trojans.

Technical College

Founded in 1962, Tri-County Technical College has grown to a large well-respected two-year college that serves about 7,300 students across Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties. It is one of the largest technical colleges in the state with campuses in Pendleton, Anderson, Easley, and Seneca. Its strong credit transfer program allows students to move their credits to four-year universities or to earn associate degrees. Its goal is to prepare a workforce that will make South Carolina an even stronger state by giving on-the-job, hands-on education.


Perhaps best known in recent years for their championship football program, Clemson University is located just outside of Anderson County, about five minutes from downtown Pendleton and thirty minutes from downtown Anderson. Clemson is an internationally recognized university established in 1889 that has developed into a top-tier research institution, now home to more than 22,500 undergraduate students and nearly 6,000 graduate students. As a land-grant university, it maintains its strong tradition of agricultural study and engineering innovations, and these remain some of the most popular concentrations of study – as well as some of South Carolina’s strongest industries.


About 45 minutes away from downtown Anderson, the city of Greenville is also home to several institutes of higher learning. Due to the more affordable cost of living, some students, faculty, and staff choose to live in Anderson County and commute. Furman University, Bob Jones University, Greenville Technical College, North Greenville University, and Strayer University are all located in the greater Greenville area, as well as Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) campus. Other nearby schools include Southern Wesleyan University in Central; Lander University in Greenwood; and Erskine College in Due West.

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