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First-rate educational opportunities are widespread throughout the Clemson area. A collection of daycares, private institutions, public schools and higher learning facilities are all positioned here, ensuring students have ready access to education at all levels.

The School District of Pickens County, the main public school district serving the Clemson area, is one of the highest rated school systems in the state, consistently garnering many accolades and recognitions for students and teacher excellence. The district’s rigorous traditional curriculum is joined by great opportunities to take advantage of adult learning, alternative education, AP, gifted and talented programs, career and technical courses as well as many others. SDPC is currently growing, thanks to a $315 million building plan that will result in four new high schools, two new elementary schools, a state-of-the-art technology center and renovations at more than a dozen other schools.

Clemson University

Clemson University is a nationally ranked, science and technology-oriented public research university known for an emphasis on collaboration, focus and a culture that encourages faculty and students to embrace bold ideas. Ranking 23rd among national public universities according to U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is the number one choice of the state’s best high school graduates. Clemson is ranked 12th among the country’s 262 national doctoral universities, both public and private, and is in the top 10 among public and private national universities in payback ratio, according to Smart Money magazine.

Southern Wesleyan University is a comprehensive liberal arts university based in Central. In total, more than 1,350 traditional students and over 1,000 adult-evening students take advantage of 42 degree, five graduate and four specialized programs. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and its fine arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Tri-County Technical College is a public, two-year, open admissions institution with four campuses in the region. Tri-County offers more than 70 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as several noncredit courses and continuing education options. In addition, the college supplies services to employers, including: training, consulting, job placement services and cooperative education programs.

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