Florence-Darlington Technical College

2715 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC 29501
Tel: (843)661-8324
6,215 students
Public institution
The mission of Florence Darlington Technical College is to provide comprehensive technical education, workforce development, and educational services to students, business & industry, and the markets it serves. Through instructional programs, business & industry partnerships, and community involvement, the College will play a major role in the economic development and quality of life of its constituents. The educational experience at Florence-Darlington Technical College will have an international perspective, which will enhance the student's marketability in today's global economy.
School Highlights
Florence-Darlington Technical College serves 6,215 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
Minority enrollment is 45% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 37%.
Florence-Darlington Technical College is the only community colleges within Florence County, SC.
The nearest community college is Northeastern Technical College (32.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 169 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
College Florence-Darlington Technical College (SC) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 169 staff 44 staff

Student Body

The student population of 6,215 has grown by 21% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 26:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.56 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,215 students 1,090 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 37:1 28:1
# Full-Time Students 2,751 students 708 students
# Part-Time Students 3,464 students 524 students
% Asian
1%
1%
% Hispanic
2%
3%
% Black
37%
27%
% White
55%
63%
% Unknown races
5%
3%
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.56 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,028 is less than the state average of $4,676. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,862 is less than the state average of $9,420. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,028 $4,676
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,862 $9,420
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93% 94%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Florence-Darlington Technical Education Center was established in 1963 and presently serves Florence, Darlington, and Marion counties. The College's initial enrollment of 250 students now exceeds 5,000 curriculum students. Its original campus of less than 10 acres has expanded to nearly 240 acres with a modern complex of eight major buildings totaling nearly 350,000 square feet. The College is in the midst of planning and developing another 325,000 square feet of instructional space entirely devoted to the advanced technology required in today's sophisticated manufacturing environment. The College operates sites in Hartsville, Lake City, and Mullins. The College also operates a large health sciences complex in downtown Florence entirely devoted to careers in the health arena. Florence-Darlington's main campus is located between the cities of Florence and Darlington on U.S. Hwy. 52 and in close proximity to Interstates 95 and 20. The 100-acre campus has eight major buildings. However, plans are in place for the construction of eight technical institutes on a recently purchased 146-acre tract behind the current campus. FDTC continues to offer affordable, quality education in more than 60 fields of study. Acknowledged as the fastest growing institution of higher education in South Carolina during the late 1990s, FDTC's curriculum enrollment is now approaching 5,500 students and its Continuing Education Division enjoys about 30,000 registrations annually. The primary accreditor of Florence-Darlington Technical College is the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,589 per year for in-state students and $8,916 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,830 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.53, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is Virginia College-Greenville. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.