Technical College of the Lowcountry

921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29901-1288
Tel: (800)768-8252
2,529 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 2,529 students (29% 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 39% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
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 (18.40 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 84 teachers has declined by 12% over five years.
Technical College of the Lowcountry (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 84 staff 44 staff
Technical College of the Lowcountry Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 2,529 has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 25:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is equal to the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,529 students 1,090 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1 28:1
Technical College of the Lowcountry Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 734 students 708 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 1,795 students 524 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Technical College of the Lowcountry Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Technical College of the Lowcountry American Indian/Alaskan (2012-2014)
% Asian
1%
1%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
5%
3%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
29%
27%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Black (2006-2014)
% White
61%
62%
Technical College of the Lowcountry White (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
2%
4%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Ethnicity Breakdown SC All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.54 0.54
Technical College of the Lowcountry Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,772 is less than the state average of $4,396. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,212 is more than the state average of $8,104. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,772 $4,396
Technical College of the Lowcountry In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,212 $8,104
Technical College of the Lowcountry Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 94% 94%
Technical College of the Lowcountry % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (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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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,396 per year for in-state students and $8,104 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,547 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 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is The Art Institute of Charleston. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.