The benefits of an educated workforce assure the effectiveness and efficiency of Greer’s growing and diverse business base and contribute to Greer’s enviable quality of life.

Educational Attainment
Higher Education
Greer Area Public Schools
Greer Area Private Schools
Additional Educational Facilities
Educational Attainment

2014 Population 25 Years Old & Older by Educational Attainment

Less than 9th Grade 7.7%
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma 9.7%
High School Graduate 23.9%
GED/Alternative Credential 4.0%
Some College, No Degree 20.6%
Associate Degree 8.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.3%
Graduate/Professional Degree 8.1%

2014 Employed Population 16+ by Industry

Agriculture / Mining 0.6%
Construction 8.4%
Manufacturing 20.1%
Wholesale Trade 3.6%
Retail Trade 12.7%
Transportation / Utilities 3.0%
Information 1.2%
Finance / Insurance / Real Estate 5.1%
Services 43.4%
Public Administration 2.0%

Source: ESRI, 2015

Higher Education

Greer is home to the Greer Campus of Greenville Technical College, and there are a wide variety of other higher education facilities, all within a close proximity to Greer.  These facilities include technical colleges as well as some of the nation’s finest small colleges and highly respected Universities. The following provides overview information for these institutions of higher education.

Regional Institutions of Higher Education

Institution Type City Enrollment Fall, 2014
Anderson University 4 Year Private College Anderson 3,112
Bob Jones University 4 Year Private University Greenville 3,108
Clemson University 4 Year Public University Clemson 21,857
Converse College 4 Year Private College Spartanburg 1,394
Furman University 4 Year Private University Greenville 2,973
Greenville Technical College Technical College Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer 12,592
Limestone College 4 Year Private College Gaffney 3,214
North Greenville University 4 Year Private University Tigerville 2,569
Southern Wesleyan University 4 Year Private College Central 1,778
Spartanburg Methodist College 2 Year Private College Spartanburg 793
Spartanburg Community College Technical College Spartanburg 5,495
The University Center Consortium Greenville *
Tri-County Technical College Technical College Pendleton 6,386
USC- Upstate 4 Year Public University Spartanburg 5,585
Wofford College 4 Year Private College Spartanburg 1,658

Source: SC Commission on Higher Education

*Students attending The University Center of Greenville are actually enrolled in one of eight participating colleges and universities.

Established in the early 1960s, Greenville Tech has grown from a small institution to a thriving four-campus system where over 15,000 academic students and more than 21,000 continuing education students change their futures with short-term training, programs geared to today’s opportunities, or courses that will count toward a bachelor’s degree when they transfer. Students come first at Greenville Tech with flexible scheduling choices, convenient locations, small classes so you won’t get lost in a crowd, and instructors who work with you every step of the way.

Spartanburg Community College is a comprehensive, two year technical college. The college serves between 10,000 to 14,000 students each year. Spartanburg CC provides a wide range of instructional programs, which include associate degree, diploma, certificate, occupational advancement and community interest courses.

Greer residents have immediate access to eight separate institutions of higher education under one roof at The University Center of Greenville. Students have the opportunity to be enrolled in one of the following colleges or Universities, and attend classes at the University Center.

  • Anderson University
  • Clemson University
  • Furman University
  • Greenville Technical College
  • South Carolina State
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina – Upstate

More than 600 courses are offered in 76 graduate and undergraduate programs. Students must meet the academic and financial requirements of each individual institution. The majority of courses are offered in the evenings, with some daytime and weekend classes provided.

Furman University is one of the nation’s top independent, coeducational liberal arts and sciences colleges. Located on the outskirts of Greenville, Furman is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a beautiful 750-acre campus. The American Society of Landscape Architects has recognized Furman as one of the most beautifully landscaped areas in the country, and was once selected by the Princeton Review as one of the five most scenic university campuses in the nation .

Located in downtown Spartanburg, Wofford College is a private, coeducational college, which has approximately 1,495 students and offers 26 major fields of study. Forbes, Kiplinger’s, U.S. News, USA Today and other publications have recognized the college for educational quality and value.

Converse is a private women’s college, located in downtown Spartanburg. Converse College offers 45 majors to a student body of 1,269, and has been acclaimed as one of the top ten colleges in the south. A unique feature of the Converse curriculum is the double major program, which allows students to combine two fields of study from the liberal arts offerings.

The University of South Carolina – Upstate (USCU) is a branch campus of South Carolina’s largest university system, which offers undergraduate programs and selected master’s degrees. In addition to its comprehensive curricula in the arts and sciences, USCU offers professional studies in the fields of business, education, heath, criminal justice and information technology. Programs are offered through on-site instruction, distance learning, continuing education and inter-institutional articulation agreements.

With a student body of almost 20,000, Clemson is one of the nation’s leading centers for research and development. The University is located on 1,400 acres in southern Pickens County, along the shores of Lake Hartwell.  Clemson University was named TIME Magazine’s “ Public College of the Year” in its 2001 edition of “The Best College for You”. Clemson was ranked as the 25th best national public university by U.S.News and World Report in 2012, and ranked 2nd in “happiest students” in the 2012 Princeton Review. As the state’s second largest institution of higher learning, Clemson excels in such areas as agriculture, architecture, and engineering.  A total of 74 undergraduate programs and 112 postgraduate programs are offered in Clemson’s five colleges.

Greer Area Public Schools
School School District Grade Enrollment *Student-Teacher Ratio
Greer High School Greenville County 9th – 12th 1,130 30.0 to 1
Riverside High School Greenville County 9th – 12th 1,619 30.8 to 1
Blue Ridge High School Greenville County 9th – 12th 1,182 32.8 to 1
James F Byrnes High School Spartanburg District 5 9th – 12th 2,275 28.3 to 1
DR Hill Middle School Spartanburg District 5 7th – 8th 579 22.5 to 1
Greer Middle School Greenville County 6th – 8th 961 27.4 to 1
Riverside Middle School Greenville County 6th – 8th 1,180 27.4 to 1
Blue Ridge Middle School Greenville County 6th – 8th 966 26.3 to 1
Northwood Middle School Greevnille County 6th – 8th 859 24.6 to 1
Beech Springs Intermediate Spartanburg District 5 5th – 6th 570 15.2 to 1
Skyland Elementary School Greenville County K4 – 5th 715 22.4 to 1
Chandler Creek Elementary Greenville County K5 – 5th 993 22.9 to 1
Crestview Elementary Greenville County K5 – 5th 646 22.8 to 1
Reidville Elementary Spartanburg District 5 K4 – 3rd 296 18.4 to 1
Brook Glenn Elementary Greenville County K5 – 5th 462 19.9 to 1
Woodland Elementary Greenville County K5 – 5th 1,112 21.9 to 1
Duncan Elementary Spartanburg District 5 K5 – 3rd 702 16.5 to 1
Brushy Creek Elementary Greenville County K(4&5) – 5th 892 22.7 to 1
Buena Vista Elementary Greenville County K5 – 5th 836 23.0 to 1
Tigerville Elementary Greenville County K4 – 5th 264 17.4 to 1
Mountian View Elementary Greenville County K5 – 5th 841 20.1 to 1
Greer Middle College Charter High School Greenville County 9th-12th 394 30.6 to 1

Source: SC Department of Education, *Student-Teacher Ratio determined from core subjects

Greer Area Private Schools

Greer Area Private Schools 2016

School City Grade Enrollment Denomination
Southside Christian School Greenville Pre-K – 12 th 1045 Independent
Christ Church Episcopal School Greenville Pre-K – 12 th 1099 Episcopal
Hampton Park Christian School Greenville Pre-K – 12 th 419 Baptist
Shannon Forest Christian School Greenville Pre-K – 12 th 455 Interdenominational
Spartanburg Day School Spartanburg Pre-K – 12 th 500 Nondenominational
Tabernacle Christian School Greenville K – 12 th 101 Baptist
Westgate Christian School Spartanburg Pre-K – 12 th 184 Independent Baptist
Piedmont Christian Academy Greenville Pre-K – 12 th 195 Nondenominational
Dependent Christian School Spartanburg K – 12 th 50 Free Will Baptist
Bob Jones Academy Greenville Pre-K – 12 th  1339 Nondenominational
St Joseph ’s High School Greenville 6 th – 12 th 612 Catholic
Spartanburg Christian Academy Spartanburg Pre-K – 12 th 424 Baptist
Mitchell Rd. Christian Academy Greenville Pre-K – 8 th 343 Presbyterian
St. Mary’s School Greenville Pre-K – 8 th 270 Catholic
Mt. Zion Christian School Greenville Pre-K – 8 th 136 Nondenominational
Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville K – 8 th 146 Catholic
St Paul the Apostle School Spartanburg Pre-K – 8 th 151 Catholic
Blue Ridge Christian Greenville K – 12 th 160 Nondenominational
Additional Educational Facilities
The J. Harley Bonds Career Center

The J. Harley Bonds Career Center is located on Main Street in Greer, South Carolina and is a resource center for a multitude of educational programs. The School District of Greenville County provides both day and evening classes as part of their Lifelong Learning program at the Career Center for adults 17 years of age or older who want to get a high school diploma or GED. The Greenville Literacy Association, which is the largest community-based literacy program in South Carolina, has a Greer location in the Career Center.

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is the states premier school for artistically talented high school students.  It offers artistic experiences and intensive study for students throughout the state, and is located in the heart of Greenville’s arts community, on an 8.5-acre historic site overlooking the Reedy River Falls. Life on the campus of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities offers talented young adults the opportunity to live, learn and play together in a community environment.

The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind

The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind is a specialized instructional and resource center located in Spartanburg, South Caorlina. It provides services statewide for deaf, blind and sensory multi-disabled individuals (children and adults), their families and the professionals who work with them. SCSDB offers programs for preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, sensory multi-disabled, vocational and postsecondary educational students, as well as a variety of outreach and support services. The main campus is in Spartanburg, and regional centers are located throughout the state.

Roper Mountain Science Center

The Roper Mountain Science Center is an educational facility of the Greenville County School district, dedicated to improving education through “hands-on; minds-on” activities that excite and motivate students and their teachers. The facility is located in Greenville on 62-acres and has a major observatory, the state’s largest planetarium, six health education classrooms, chemistry and physics labs, a life science lab, a discovery room, a computer lab, a living history farm, and a TV studio. The center also provides a variety of hands-on staff development programs and institutes for teachers throughout the year.  The center is open to the public, and offers a variety of educational activities.