Piedmont Technical College

620 North Emerald Road
Greenwood, SC 29646
Tel: (864)941-8324
6,192 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 6,192 students (42.68% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 45%.
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 197 teachers has declined by 14% over five years.
College Piedmont Technical College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 197 staff
61 staff
Piedmont Technical College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 6,192 teachers has grown by 23% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,192 students 1,296 students
Piedmont Technical College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,643 students
810 students
Piedmont Technical College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 3,549 students
1,036 students
Piedmont Technical College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Piedmont Technical College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Hispanic
Piedmont Technical College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Piedmont Technical College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Piedmont Technical College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Piedmont Technical College More (2011-2013)
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 0.53
Piedmont Technical College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,208 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,408 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,208 $5,694
Piedmont Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,408 $10,252
Piedmont Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (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
    135 students | 36.10 Mi601 E River Street
    Anderson, SC 29624
  • 344 students | 43.40 Mi78 Global Dr Ste 200
    Greenville, SC 29607
  • 398 students | 44.50 MiSix Independence Pointe
    Greenville, SC 29615
  • 12,087 students | 45.10 Mi738 S Pleasantburg Dr
    Greenville, SC 29607
  • 485 students | 45.10 Mi309 East Academy St
    Union, SC 29379
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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,761 per year for in-state students and $9,547 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,789 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 77%. 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 0.58, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.