Piedmont Technical College

620 North Emerald Road
Greenwood, SC 29646
Tel: (864)941-8324
5,694 students
Public institution
Piedmont Technical College, a member of the South Carolina Technical and Comprehensive Education system, is a public comprehensive two-year post-secondary institution. Piedmont contributes to the economic growth and development of the largest and most diverse region of the technical college system, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties and to the state. The college responds to the academic, training, and public service needs of the community through excellence in teaching and educational services.
School Highlights
Piedmont Technical College serves 5,694 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
Piedmont Technical College is the only community colleges within Greenwood County, SC.
The nearest community college is Forrest College (36.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 190 teachers has declined by 19% over five years.
College Piedmont Technical College 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 190 staff
62 staff
Piedmont Technical College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 5,694 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 24:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.47 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has declined by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment 5,694 students 1,371 students
Piedmont Technical College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1
Piedmont Technical College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 2,134 students
779 students
Piedmont Technical College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 3,560 students
1,083 students
Piedmont Technical College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Piedmont Technical College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
Piedmont Technical College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Piedmont Technical College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Piedmont Technical College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Piedmont Technical College More (2011-2014)
Piedmont Technical College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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. 0.47 0.70
Piedmont Technical College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,460 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,660 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,460 $5,664
Piedmont Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,660 $10,360
Piedmont Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 98%
Piedmont Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1966, the eighth Technical Education Center, Piedmont, was established to serve Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda and surrounding counties. Classes met for the first time at Piedmont on September 6, 1966, with some 300 students enrolled in day and evening classes. On October 2, 1972, five new buildings representing the first phase of a 30-year master development plan were occupied. These facilities housed classrooms, laboratories, a learning resources center and faculty offices. A general renovation of the main campus center included a student lounge and recreation complex. On April 10, 1974, the institution\'s name was changed from Piedmont Technical Education Center to Piedmont Technical College to more accurately reflect our post-secondary educational mission. The 1981-82 year saw six new additions to the Piedmont campus: a health sciences facility, conference center, continuing education complex, student center, multi-purpose building and automotive technology facility. In 1986, a 10,000-square-foot addition to the Conference Center made it one of the finest facilities of its type in the state. Piedmont\'s main Campus, the Lex Walters Campus borders a primary industrial corridor on the outskirts of Greenwood, South Carolina. The modern campus is a large complex that integrates the latest in instructional technology while also offering an environment that is totally conducive to learning. Campus highlights includes the James C. Self Conference Center, Marion P. Carnell library, the Solutia Gallery, PTC Campus Shop, Student Center & Canteen. Other features includes labs for medical, technology and business programs, industrial shops, a well-equipped media center, faculty and administrative offices. The college offers Associate degrees in vocational, technical, and occupational areas and university transfer; vocational, technical and occupational diplomas and certificates; developmental education programs and courses preparing individuals to take the General Education Development Test, custom-designed Continuing Education training programs for business, industry, and facilities for the Special Schools program to train potential employees for new and expanding manufacturing companies; and Student Development programs which provide academic, career and individual support. Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate\'s degree and holds membership in the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and in the American Technical Education Association.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Forrest College
    Private for-profit
    111 students | 36.10 Mi601 E River Street
    Anderson SC 29624
  • Virginia College-Greenville
    Private for-profit
    453 students | 43.40 Mi78 Global Dr Ste 200
    Greenville SC 29607
  • 269 students | 44.50 MiSix Independence Pointe
    Greenville SC 29615
  • 12,592 students | 45.10 Mi738 S Pleasantburg Dr
    Greenville SC 29607
  • 679 students | 45.10 Mi309 East Academy St
    Union SC 29379
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.