Forrest College

  • The mission of Forrest Junior College is to provide an environment that inspires students to more fully develop the confidence to reach their personal and professional goals. The college strives to attain its mission by providing appropriate educational experiences that stress personal and academic goal attainment and emphasize the importance of learning as a life-long process through both individual and group work.
School Highlights
  • Forrest College serves 111 students (75% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Forrest College is one of 2 community colleges within Anderson County, SC.
  • The nearest community college to Forrest College is Tri-County Technical College (13.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Forrest College places among the top 20% of community colleges in South Carolina for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 12 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Forrest College(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty12 staff55 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Forrest College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Forrest College diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment111 students1,260 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio9:128:1
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# Full-Time Students83 students726 students
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# Part-Time Students28 students534 students
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% Hispanic
2%
3%
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% Black
30%
27%
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% White
68%
62%
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Diversity Score0.450.54
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College Completion Rate
55%
12%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$23,300$28,900
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $9,420 is less than the state average of $12,551. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$9,420$12,551
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates$15,899$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,467$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Forrest Junior College was founded in January 1946 by Mr. R.C. Carr. and was known at that time as the Carolina School of Commerce. The College was located on East Benson Street. Mr. Charles M. Forrest purchased the school in 1951 and, in 1954 the College moved to 500 North McDuffie Street. In 1963, a new facility was constructed and opened at its present location at 601 E River Street. The new facility became known as Forrest College. In April 1985, John Re, Ph.D., and Charles Palmer, Jr., M.Ed., purchased Forrest College, and in March 1989, changed its name to Forrest Junior College. Forrest Junior College is located at 601 E. River Street in Anderson, SC. The institution offers an associate degree program with nine areas of specialization, as well as a number of diploma programs. The College is different from traditional junior colleges in a number of ways. Our classes are small. Consequently, our students receive more individualized instruction and attention. Age is not relevant at FJC, with students ranging from the teens through the seventies. The College offers Associate Degree in Accounting, Computer Information Services, Early Childhood Development, Legal Assisting/Paralegal Studies, Legal Office Administration and Medical Office Administration. Diploma Programs offered by the College includes Administrative Office Assistant, Bookkeeper, Managed Care Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Assistant and Medical Office Assistant. Forrest Junior College is accredited as a junior college by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national professional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. In addition, the College has program accreditation for its Medical Assisting Program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.