STEM Premier Spotlight: South Carolina

Students on the STEM Premier platform reside all across the U.S. (even Alaska and Hawaii!). This means that STEM Premier students not only represent talent and skills across a vast array of interest areas, but they also represent a cross-section of the U.S. itself. The result is a geographically, culturally, and educationally diverse population that makes each state unique. 

We’ll regularly feature spotlights on different states around the U.S. and the students who reside within their borders. What better place to start than STEM Premier’s home, South Carolina?

Quick Stats:

  • STEM Premier Secondary-Level Students in SC: 7,000
  • Average SAT: 1620
  • Average ACT: 24
  • Average GPA: 3.10 (On a 4.0 scale)

Boasting nearly 1,000 students with GPAs of 4.0 or higher, South Carolina’s talent base is rich and diverse. With STEM Premier partner The Boeing Company having a strong presence in the state, it’s no surprise that aerospace technology ranks as one of the top interest areas for South Carolina’s students. Other areas of high interest include mechanical engineering and computer programming.

Naturally, STEM Premier students are concentrated in South Carolina's larger cities Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Aiken, but they also have a notable presence in Walterboro, Beaufort, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg.

According to ACT, the percentage of ACT-tested South Carolina students with an interest in STEM is relatively high at 52%, which outpaces the national expressed interest of 49%.

Interested in learning more about STEM in South Carolina? Check out ACT’s full report.