Florence-Darlington Technical College

  • 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 4,182 students (41% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 48%.

Top Rankings

Florence-Darlington Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in South Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 169 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Florence-Darlington Technical College(SC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty169 staff60 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Florence-Darlington Technical College has declined by 32% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
The Florence-Darlington Technical College diversity score of 0.65 is equal to the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,182 students1,554 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio25:124:1
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# Full-Time Students1,719 students708 students
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# Part-Time Students2,463 students846 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
2%
5%
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% Black
40%
27%
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% White
42%
52%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
% Non Resident races
2%
3%
% Unknown races
10%
7%
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Diversity Score0.650.65
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College Completion Rate
12%
18%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,600$28,900
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,198 is less than the state average of $5,094. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,022 is less than the state average of $9,919. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,198$5,094
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,022$9,919
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Tuition Notes5133.00 (Full-time,
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid92%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$14,250$12,001
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,583$5,500
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Source: 2019 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Florence-Darlington Technical College is Northeastern Technical College (32.2 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,094 per year for in-state students and $9,919 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,507 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 67%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is Midlands Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.