Florence-Darlington Technical College

2715 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC 29501-0000
Tel: (843)661-8324
  • 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 38%.
  • 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 11% over five years.
Florence-Darlington Technical College(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty169 staff55 staff
Florence-Darlington Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 6,215 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.56 is more than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment6,215 students1,260 students
Florence-Darlington Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:128:1
Florence-Darlington Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,751 students726 students
Florence-Darlington Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,464 students534 students
Florence-Darlington Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Florence-Darlington Technical College Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
1%
Florence-Darlington Technical College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
2%
3%
Florence-Darlington Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
37%
27%
Florence-Darlington Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
55%
62%
Florence-Darlington Technical College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
5%
4%
Florence-Darlington Technical College 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.0.560.54
Florence-Darlington Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
8%
12%
Florence-Darlington Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,600$28,900
Florence-Darlington Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,198 is less than the state average of $6,687. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,022 is less than the state average of $10,638. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,198$6,687
Florence-Darlington Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,022$10,638
Florence-Darlington Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%94%
Florence-Darlington Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,000$14,979
Florence-Darlington Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
Florence-Darlington Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $6,687 per year for in-state students and $10,638 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,551 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 62%. 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.