Technical College of the Lowcountry

Tel: (800)768-8252
2,466 students
Public institution
One of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System, the Technical College of the Lowcountry traces its origin to the Mather School founded in 1868. The college is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of the rural counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper. The College annually serves approximately 8,500 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non-traditional, full-time, and part-time.
School Highlights:
Technical College of the Lowcountry serves 2,466 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 36%.
Technical College of the Lowcountry is one of 2 community colleges within Beaufort County, SC.
The nearest community college is University of South Carolina-Beaufort (18.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 84 teachers has declined by 10% over five years.
Technical College of the Lowcountry Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 84 staff
59 staff
Technical College of the Lowcountry Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,466 teachers has grown by 32% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,466 students
1,269 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 29:1
22:1
Technical College of the Lowcountry student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
756 students
810 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,710 students
1,017 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Technical College of the Lowcountry sch enrollment Technical College of the Lowcountry sta enrollment
% Asian
1%
2%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
7%
7%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
36%
12%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Black (2006-2013)
% White
51%
57%
Technical College of the Lowcountry White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races"
1% 2%
% Unknown races
4%
3%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Unknown (2006-2013)
Technical College of the Lowcountry sch ethnicity Technical College of the Lowcountry sta ethnicity
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. 0.54 0.53
Technical College of the Lowcountry Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,540 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 29% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,548 is less than the state average of $10,260. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,540 $5,742
Technical College of the Lowcountry In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,548 $10,260
Technical College of the Lowcountry Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 95%
89%
Technical College of the Lowcountry % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

The Technical College of the Lowcountry provides quality, affordable academic and technical programs leading to Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates in an environment fostering excellence in teaching and learning. The College prepares graduates with knowledge and skills for transfer to senior colleges and universities and for careers in computer technology, industrial technology, engineering technology, occupational technology, business, health sciences, and public service. As an open admissions institution, the Technical College of the Lowcountry offers over 70 academic, transfer, and specialized programs. Offerings include developmental education; arts and sciences; career development; specialized, contract courses tailored for specific businesses and industries; and continuing education to meet the workforce needs of the Lowcountry. TCL is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) and Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.

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  • Bluffton University of South Carolina-Beaufort
    Public
    1 University Boulevard
    Bluffton, SC 29909
    (843)208-8000
    18.4  Mi  |  1715  students
  • Savannah Savannah Technical College
    Public
    5717 White Bluff Rd
    Savannah, GA 31405
    (912)443-5700
    37  Mi  |  4787  students
  • Savannah South University-Savannah
    Private for-profit
    709 Mall Blvd
    Savannah, GA 31406
    (912)201-8000
    37.9  Mi  |  1529  students
  • Charleston The Art Institute of Charleston
    Private for-profit
    24 N. Market St
    Charleston, SC 29401
    (843)727-3500
    50.9  Mi  |  622  students
  • North Charleston Virginia College-Charleston
    Private for-profit
    6185 Rivers Avenue
    North Charleston, SC 29406
    (843)614-4300
    51.3  Mi  |  338  students
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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 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 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is ITT Technical Institute-Columbia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.