Forrest College

601 E River Street
Anderson, SC 29624-2405
Tel: (864)225-7653
  • 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 is Tri-County Technical College (13.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 12 teachers has grown by 200% 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
Forrest College Total Faculty (2008-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 111 has grown by 9% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
  • The school's 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
Forrest College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio9:128:1
Forrest College Student Staff Ratio (2008-2016)
# Full-Time Students83 students726 students
Forrest College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students28 students534 students
Forrest College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Forrest College Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
2%
3%
Forrest College Hispanic (2008-2016)
% Black
30%
27%
Forrest College Black (2007-2016)
% White
68%
62%
Forrest College White (2007-2016)
Forrest 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.0.450.54
Forrest College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
55%
12%
Forrest College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$23,300$28,900
Forrest College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Forrest College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%94%
Forrest College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$15,900$14,979
Forrest College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,467$5,500
Forrest College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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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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.